Sunday, June 18, 2017

Too Darn Hot!

First Zachary got sick.

After a few days (and some magic white pills) he was back to his normal self... and then Henry caught it.

Thankfully, the vet said I could give same pills to Henry, so he started feeling better pretty much right way.

And then it turned hot.

Darned hot.

Too darned hot!

I think today peaked at 106F.

So while I *did* take happy-snappies each day, they weren't anything to write home about.

Here's a sampling...


Family Dinner
Family Dinner


Too Darn Hot
Too hot for overhead lights


Henry still healthy and Zachary feeling better...

Golden Unicorn
Unicorn Henry

This was NOT what I'd pictured in my head.

I imagined the Cookies larger, the rainbow "grass" in the golden bowl overflowing (heck, I'd have been happy with visible), the fabric bright and shimmery...

You get the idea.

About the only thing that worked out as planned - actually better than I'd hoped - was the Unicorn horn.

Fashioned from a discarded manilla folder, held together with masking tape, wrapped in a bit of gold ribbon I had on hand, and attached with pixie sprinkles and fairy dust.

(Well, you can't expect me to divulge ALL my secrets.)

Let's just say that the horn is a real, physical thing and Henry was absolutely wearing it here.

Daily Dog Challenge 2051. "Colorful"

Our Daily Challenge - June 16, 2017 - "Unicorn Food"

117 Pictures in 2017 - #81. "Herbivore"

(Work with me here)

100x - 56: Unicorn

Apparently, Unicorns eat yogurt dipped dog cookies.

Who knew?

In our defense, it was darned hot today, and after a few days off due to Zachary's tummy issue, we were all a bit... rusty.

While Zachary was feeling MUCH better today (a big thanks to the little white pills) I decided - after seeing the shoot going down in flames - to give him another night off.


Warm Blanket
Sleeping it off

Ethereal Henry


Line up
Line Up

Line up
Groggy Henry


... and we are back to before Zachary's tummy went... south.

Cult of the Lacrosse Ball
Zen Zachary

Sacrificial Sock
Henry and Sock

Our Daily Challenge - June 13, 2017 - "Hold or Holding"

Daily Dog Challenge 2049. "Mine"


What's Cooking? 24/52
Master Chefs

Our Daily Challenge - June 12, 2017 - "Stainless Steel"

Daily Dog Challenge 2049. "What's Cooking?"

Dog Blog Post #2426

See above

Photography Assignment

See above

Happy Boys
The Boys

Let's hope this week works out better.

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Z is for Zebra

Z is for Zebra
Z is for Zachary with a Zebra

Dog Blog Post #2425

Some pictures defy explanation.

I'm thinking this might be one of them.

Photography Assignment

Our Daily Challenge - June 8, 2017 - "Balanced"

Daily Dog Challenge 2048. "Balance"

117 Pictures in 2017 - #31. "Begins with X or Z"

Well Balanced
Henry (thinking) : "This is Puppy Stuff."

Henry doing what Henry does best.

In truth, his balancing ability exceeds my own ability to create a stable stack with Cookies.


Worn Out
Henry: "Zzzzzz"

Daily Dog Challenge 2047. "Worn Out"

Models don't work on Day Spa Day.

Worn Out
Groggy Henry

(And yes, he really is as tired as he looks)


Game of Bones
Henry: "... or maybe I should move here..."

Game of Bones
Henry: (think think think)

I'm not quite sure what the rules are...

Or who is winning...

But they seem to be quite into it.

Our Daily Challenge - June 8, 2017 - "Playing Games"

Daily Dog Challenge 2046. "What to Do"

Your move, Henry.

Game of Bones
Henry: "Of course, I could move over THERE."


Best Friends
The other day... in a kitchen... far far away

Pressed up against the sofa, this technically is...

Our Daily Challenge - June 8, 2017 - "As Far as the Eye Can See"

A fish-eye lens snapped on my iPhone tries to make it look a bit further than it really is.

(While the hallway actually allows a farther distance, there wasn't enough light for the "see" part.)

Daily Dog Challenge 2045. "Best Friends"

... are off in the distance, playing a game with large dog bones. Alas, we are too far away to see it clearly. Perhaps I'll take a better picture of it tomorrow.

As I've mentioned before. The monochrome nature of floor, cabinets, and dogs is why I'm so fond of using backdrops.

This is the full extent of my "studio" - unmasked.

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Private Conversation

Private Conversation
(whisper whisper whisper)

Dog Blog Post #2424

Apparently, it's a secret.

Photography Assignment

Our Daily Challenge - June 7, 2017 - "Sounds"

Daily Dog Challenge 2044. "Undisclosed"

We Were Wolves...

We Were Wolves

"We were wolves once
Wild and wary
Then we noticed you had sofas"

-- Francesco Marciuliano, I Could Chew on This: And Other Poems by Dogs

Our Daily Challenge - June 6, 2017 - "Caring For"

Daily Dog Challenge 2043. "Homebody"

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Pretty Little Flower

Pretty Little Flower
Happy World Environment Day!

Dog Blog Post #2423

Gardener Zachary with his One Perfect flower.

Photography Assignment

Our Daily Challenge - June 5, 2017 - "One Perfect"

Daily Dog Challenge 2042. "Nature Dog"

Fun With Felt night?

~1/4 yard of heavy green felt, a yard of grosgrain ribbon, and a half hour or so of my time.

If I'd found a rich green fleece in my stash I would have spent longer on it, but as the flower headdress is just heavy index card perhaps the felt was most appropriate in the end.

I'm actually quite surprised how long the headdress has lasted. I reapply tape to the back as needed, but it has proved surprisingly durable given how little time I spent on it.


Prince Henry
Prince Henry

Prince Zachary
Prince Zachary

I'm going to have to have a chat with their agent.

Our Daily Challenge - June 4, 2017 - "Gaudy"

Daily Dog Challenge 2041. "Over the Top"

Prince Henry
Henry, still looking princely


Window to the Soul

Window to the Soul

These didn't turn out quite as I'd hoped.

Daily Dog Challenge 2040. "Picture within a Picture"


The Blues Brothers 22/52
The Blues Brothers

The Blues Brothers
Looking shady?

"Elwood: It's 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark... and we're wearing sunglasses.

Jake: Hit it."

-- "The Blues Brothers"

Daily Dog Challenge 2039. "Shady"

117 Pictures in 2017 - #95. "Bags or Baggage"

The Blues Brothers
Henry: "Hit it!"


Henry: "Zzzzzz"

Neither of the usual topics "worked" for the boys, so you get a Happy Snappy.


My Favorite Book
"Welcome to Golden Gourmands."

Our Daily Challenge - May 31, 2017 - "First or Last Lines"

"This is my favorite book in all the world, though I have never read it."

-- "The Princess Bride" by William Goldman

This was a bit of a challenge, given my self-imposed subject matter restriction. And after my third or fourth "List Of..." website turned up nothing, I was really beginning to worry.

But when I finally hit on the line above I instantly knew my search was over.

Daily Dog Challenge 2036. "Who Me?"

Truth in Advertising: Uh, no, despite the obvious similarities (I'm looking at you, Zachary) the Cover Dog isn't one of mine.

Handsome fellow, though.

(Yes, it's a real book.)

My Favorite Book
Henry: "I'm the official taste tester."

No, I didn't mean to go that long without posting.

I'll do better this week.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Hole in the Wall

Hole in the Wall
Henry: (sniff sniff sniff)

Hole in the Wall
Henry: (snuffle snuffle snuffle)

Are we inside... or out?

Dog Blog Post #2422

(aka Fun With Construction Paper)

Photography Assignment

Our Daily Challenge - May 30, 2017 - "Crack or Hole"

Daily Dog Challenge 2035. "Larger Than Life"

Snuffle snuffle
Zachary: (sniff sniff sniff)

The shadow on Zachary's face is caused by the purple fedora, which is not visible in the image.

I put it on his head, pulled down low, to keep the camera flash out of his eyes as I was quite close.

Although the flash is at lowest power, just enough to trigger the off-camera flash, there is no reason for him to have to see it.


An Old Friend
Henry with an Old Friend

Henry with Mousie, a...

Our Daily Challenge - May 29, 2017 - "Memento"

... from his puppyhood.

Daily Dog Challenge 2034. "Past"

Sleepy Henry
Sleepy Henry

No flash here - these were wide aperture, high ISO, slower exposure shots.


Zachary - dreaming

Son's collage project took over my "studio" for the day (again) leaving the Models with nothing to do.

Still no flash. A simple iPhone shot turned B&W (plus other slider-stuff) to try and obscure the digital grain.


Sleep Tight
Sleepy Henry

A few sliders were pushed for this iPhone image of a sleeping Henry.

Yup, once again, no flash - but at least I used the good camera.

Daily Dog Challenge 2033. "Artistic"

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Thursday, May 25, 2017


Mr. Henry
Mr. Henry

Mr. Zachary
Mr. Zachary

Uh, no.

I didn't try to make their feathers (or them!) look identical.

I did make sure their feather's "flowed" over the side of the pillow, but that's the extent of it.

The rest just happened to turn out that way.

Dog Blog Post #2421

The boys, showing The Power Of Love.

Of Cookies, that is.

They'll do practically anything for a tasty treat. I'm just the Delivery System.

Truth in Advertising: Ok, fine. I don't REALLY believe that. My boys are Golden's, after all. They love everybody.

But despite the happy greetings they give everyone who looks their way, they do reserve extra special greetings for their extra special people.

Like when Son comes home for the weekend.

Such joy!

They wag and wiggle and make happy noises that words just can't describe.

Photography Assignment

Our Daily Challenge - May 23, 2017 - "The Power Of Love"

Daily Dog Challenge 2031. "Flowing"

... Locks, of course.

FWIW: By random chance, today's shoot turned up quite similar pictures of the boys, both of which I uploaded.

The top shot is Henry, with his heavier "bed-head" coat. Since he's shed his heavy undercoat, and he was groomed over the weekend, he's looking about as sleek as he's going to get.

Below that is Zachary, with his sleeker (thinner) coat. It looks like this pretty much year round. His "distinguished" muzzle coloring is clearly visible.


Henry: "Zachary???"

Henry was most unhappy when the V-E-T closed the door, which...

Daily Dog Challenge 2030. "Covered"

... Henry's view of Zachary.

Zachary was just in the other room for routine shots, but Henry was sure something nefarious was going on.

Thankfully, the separation was less than five minutes, although to witness the ensuing greeting you would think they'd been separated for months.

Ah yes, gotta love a golden.

Henry: "Zachary!!!"


Sleepy Time
Henry: (contented sigh)

Henry, well...

Our Daily Challenge - May 23, 2017 - "On The Way To..."

... a nice long nap.

Daily Dog Challenge 2028. "Negative Space"

Sleepy Time


Not Long For This World
(insert Jaws music here)

Knives and Dogs are a bad combination, but this one seemed relatively safe.

The loaf was fresh from the oven and smelled wonderful.

The boys agreed, and after doing their Modeling Thing they evenly split what you see here.

(Hubby and I had already eaten the other half.)

Our Daily Challenge - May 21, 2017 - "Knife"

Daily Dog Challenge 2028. "Dramatic"

Not Long For This World
Zachary: "Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!"

Not Long For This World
(more Jaws music)

Not Long For This World
Zachary: "Pleeeeeeease"

Loafing Around
End of the line

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