Merry Christmas!

It’s Christmas Eve and while my spotty pups are all anxiously waiting for Santa Paws to come, I thought I’d take a little moment to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas! I am so thankful to have such wonderful friends, family, and fans – I hope your day is  filled with lots of love and laughter.

Thank You

I have so much to be thankful for in my life – a loving family, incredible friends, and three amazing spotted dogs. I also have one of the best jobs ever, thanks to my wonderful clients and supporters – you all mean so much to me and I hope you have a very, very happy Thanksgiving! I’m looking forward to spending the day with my family, including little Derby, who will be going to the beach for the first time…so fun!

Happy Thanksgiving and THANK YOU all for your friendship and support – I couldn’t do what I love to do without you!

Simply Spotted’s New Addition

It’s been sooooo busy around here lately – I just realized that I haven’t introduced the newest addition to the Simply Spotted Photography team! You might recognize this little guy from a puppy session I had last month – he is now known as “Derby” and he is exactly 10 weeks old today.

Derby – 5 weeks

Derby – 8 weeks

Derby – 9 weeks

I’m sure you’ll be seeing lots more of this little guy – although he won’t be little for long! He’s such an awesome pup and we’re having so much fun with him!

Will Work for Puppy Breath | Dalmatian Puppies!

It’s not a big surprise to anyone who knows me, or follows my blogs, that Dalmatians are my breed of choice. I don’t think that there’s much that makes me smile more than a Dalmatian puppy, and as you may have noticed, I’ve been suffering from a bad case of dalpuppyitis lately. So naturally, when I learned of a litter of EIGHT puppies (sired by one of my favorite Dalmatians) was here in Florida, I just had to meet and photograph them!

These little guys and gals (5 males/3 females) were exactly five weeks old when I met them on Friday and oh. my. goodness. they. are. SO. CUTE. For the record, they were not the easiest subjects I’ve ever photographed – at one point I think at least 6 of them were either under me (working on untying my shoelaces) or attempting to crawl in my lap. Absolutely no complaints here though!

Those little smooshy puppy noses, their little grunts and squeals, the way they stumble/waddle/run – ADORABLE. And of course, I can’t forget to mention the puppy breath! They are all so darn cute and so much fun; I don’t know that I could even pick a favorite – although I’ll admit to being slightly partial to the little blue-eyed boy.

Now for my little public service announcement: As with any breed, Dalmatians are not for everyone. If you are looking for a Dalmatian, please do your research first and make sure that you find a reputable breeder that stands for outstanding health and temperament in the breed -or- support your local Dalmatian rescue. Of course, this is true for *any* puppy, but since I occasionally receive comments from individuals wanting to breed to my (both spayed/neutered, rescued) spotty dogs, I thought it was worth stating here.

A super big thanks to the R family for letting me come up and get a much needed puppy fix!

Reagan + Bentley | Dalmatian Duo

Meet Reagan and Bentley – two super awesome spotty dogs that I met during my trip to Indiana. I was sooooo excited when their mom contacted me about doing a session while I was in town! I knew they would be a lot of fun, and they certainly did not disappoint…it was all I could do to *not* try to sneak them in my suitcase and bring them both home with me!

Reagan is 1 1/2 and little Bentley is only 5 months old. Two young Dalmatians…isn’t their mom brave!?

I  just *adore* Reagan! She is so much fun, has an awesome smile, and is total momma’s girl. She is also an awesome big sister – it’s so cute to see how Bentley follows her lead. I’m trying to convince her mom that she would have a lot of fun doing agility…and of course she would be more than welcome to send her down to Florida for a little personal training!

Bentley is an absolute doll, but I didn’t get to see his usual crazy happy puppy self since on the morning of our session he decided that a rock would make a great snack. Thankfully he was fine, but had a bit of a belly ache. Silly spotty boy! Doesn’t he have the sweetest puppy face? Gah! Not helping my serious case of dal-puppy-want *at all*!

I had such a nice time with my new Indy spotty friends! I wish I lived closer, but hopefully we can visit next time I’m in town. Here’s a fun outtake I couldn’t resist sharing…thanks Reagan, Bentley, and Nicole for being so much fun!

The Honest Kitchen – Sharing the Love

The spotties and I are excited to announce that we are now part of Honest Kitchen Allies program! We’ve been big fans for many years, but as “Allies” we’ll now be able to share literature, samples, and coupons with our friends.

If you’re not familiar with The Honest Kitchen, here’s a quick little rundown…

The Honest Kitchen makes dehydrated pet foods, supplements, and treats for dogs and cats.
– They use 100% human grade ingredients that are produced in a human food facility in the USA!
– Their recipes use high quality ingredients including free-range chicken, cage-free turkey, organic sea kelp, and *no* genetically modified produce, artificial ingredients, colors, flavors, or by-products.
– All of their diets (with the exception of Preference) are 100% balanced.
– They dehydrate their fruits and vegetables at a low enough temperature that they are still considered raw, and meats are dehydrated enough at a temperature high enough to eliminate the risk of Salmonella and E Coli.
– They are an approved member of Green America and use re-usable, recyclable, and biodegradable materials whenever possible.

We love Honest Kitchen foods because they offer the same (or more) health benefits as a properly formulated raw or home-cooked diet, but are much more convenient. In just 5 minutes, my dogs can have a healthy, wholesome meal. Anyone who knows me can attest that I prefer to spend as little time in the kitchen as possible. And yes, (unfortunately) my dogs do eat much, much better than I do!

While we like to rotate through the different Honest Kitchen formulas for variety, we are currently using Embark and Keen. Because Indy has some issues related to urinary incontinence, she is limited to grain-free diets (such as Embark), but has been “leak-free” since we first started using The Honest Kitchen over 5 years ago. We’re also excited about their newest grain-free fish based diet, Zeal, which is coming soon!

Now for the good stuff…
– If you’d like to learn more about The Honest Kitchen, head over to www.thehonestkitchen.com. Be sure to sign up for their newsletter and join their facebook fan page for news and special offers.
– Click here for coupons! Enjoy $2 off a 2, 3, or 4 lb. box or $5 off a 7 or 10 lb. box of dehydrated food. The coupons are valid online or at a store near you.
– If you would like to try The Honest Kitchen, please feel free to contact me for a few samples!

And finally, Peyton would like you to know that while he would love to eat *all* of the Honest Kitchen samples (and yes, he did try!), he’s going to try very hard to be a good spotty dog and share with his friends.
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Please note, we do not sell The Honest Kitchen or profit from the sale of their products. We just think that they are an awesome company and want to share the love with our friends who are also interested in all natural pet foods. If you have any questions, I recommend chatting with the folks over at The Honest Kitchen. They have always been super helpful when I’ve had questions or needed advice!

Remembering Pongo

One month ago today I lost my best friend. It doesn’t seem possible that it’s been a whole month…it seems like just yesterday I held him in my arms while he took his last breath. Where does the time go?

Since Pongo’s passing, I’ve been working on a few special photography projects. When he first started having health problems early last fall, I found it difficult to do much with any of his images. I just couldn’t look at them without thinking that they might be some of the last photographs that I would ever have of him…and at the time, that was not something that I wanted to accept.

But now that he’s gone, I just can’t stop looking at his photographs. It’s not that I need a picture to help me remember him, but every image sparks a memory of our time together. Ah, the power of photography. It’s been so therapeutic to finally be able to go back and work on some of his images from the past several months.

I hope to share some of my projects soon, but in the meantime I thought I’d share some photos from Pongo’s trip to Venice dog beach last November. Pongo absolutely *loved* the beach…I remember he used to make the strangest noises on the car ride there – I think it was a cross between a whine/cry/moan, and it made us laugh every time! This was our last trip to the beach together and I’m so glad that I have these images to help remember such a happy time.

Love and miss you Pongo!

Remembering Pongo - Venice Beach

Pongo - Venice Dog Beach

Goodbye Pongo

Beach Dalmatian

Pongo - Venice Paw Park

Pongo - Venice Beach

Remembering Pongo

My Valentines

My three spotty valentines would like to wish all of our friends a very sweet Valentine’s Day!

Generally I’m not a big fan of using props in my photographs, but I do make an occasional exception when I come across cute items around the holidays. And since my three dogs are all seasoned models, they generally don’t mind too much! Peyton gives his best “sad spotty dog” pose…

Dalmatian Valentines

As usual, Indy was less than amused, but at least she loves me….I think.

Indy Loves Me

And Pongo wonders whose brilliant idea it was to make candy hearts that *can’t* be eaten!

My Original Valentine