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…
As usual, Indy was less than amused, but at least she loves me….I think.
And Pongo wonders whose brilliant idea it was to make candy hearts that *can’t* be eaten!
I have to admit that I’ve never been a big fan of flowers and chocolates for Valentine’s Day. Flowers are pretty for a few days and then they start to wilt…and while chocolates are very yummy, I always feel like I need to spend the next few weeks working off all those calories! I know that it’s the thought that counts, but just as a friendly little reminder, Simply Spotted Photography offers gift certificates for any occasion. Guaranteed to provide memories that will last for a lifetime *and* 100% calorie free, custom portraits are a perfect gift for your pet loving Valentine!
Let this be a warning for cute little spotty dogs that decide to steal my Colt’s hat and parade around the house with it…
If you want to play with my hat, that’s okay, but it’s going to end up on your head. And, of course, that means I’ll have to take pictures.
Poor Peyton. Lucky for him, he’s extremely cute (and very charming) – I’ve never met a Dalmatian that didn’t use both of those traits to their advantage! I will say, no matter how many thousands of pictures I take of Peyton, I will never tire of his expressions. I’m so lucky to have such fun and animated dogs – they are such a great source of inspiration for my work.
We wish you all joy and happiness this holiday season!
Kim, Pongo, Peyton & Indy
Simply Spotted Photography
Peyton and I are still trying to recover from our last two weekends of agility trialing, but I thought I would share a few pictures of my spotty boy, who has decided that staying in a hotel is great fun! We stayed at the Microtel in Perry Georgia and I have to say this was a wonderful hotel – the rooms were a little on the small side, but clean and very modern. And best of all, they had fresh chocolate chip cookies every night!
If you are interested in seeing some of our runs, they can be viewed on my YouTube channel. Peyton and I both agree that traveling is downright exhausting!
These past few weeks have been very busy around here! I spent last weekend at a statewide agility competition in Orlando and tomorrow I’m leaving for Perry, Georgia for a 4 day AKC agility trial. All this trial preparation has left very little time for sharing pictures, but I promise I’ll work on getting caught up next week!
In the meantime, Indy would like to remind everyone to take some time to get out and enjoy summer!
A few months ago I decided to join Twitter…I was a little skeptical at first, but thought it might be a fun way to send quick little updates about my spotty dogs, especially while we are away at agility trials. Well, I found out quickly how addicting “tweeting” can be and have since formed little friendships with other “tweeters” here in Florida and all over the world. Well, in addition to being a cool way to connect with like-minded “tweeps”, there’s also an abundance of fun little contests you can enter. I think I’ve only entered one so far, but it’s by far the coolest one I’ve come across – Pet portrait artist Aimée Hoover in Southern California is having a monthly contest where you can enter to win a free custom portrait of your dog. And keeping with the Twitter theme of 140 characters or less, she’s doing these portraits in 140 minutes – and they are absolutely beautiful!
This month I decided to enter two of Pongo’s pictures in her contest. Not because I don’t have a ton of Indy and Peyton pictures that I love just as much, but since Pongo is my original spotty dog, I think he’s probably the most deserving of a custom portrait. And well, to make this long story short(er), he didn’t win, but he did get first runner up! Aimée really likes his picture, but apparently painting a (good) spotted dog portrait in 140 minutes would be extremely difficult. Sigh, leave it to a Dalmatian to be impossible in more ways than one!
Anyway, I am just excited that we made the honorable mention list…and I think it’s very cool that Pongo is getting some attention. Poor guy has to put up with Peyton and Indy being in the spotlight most of the time! I’ve included a black and white version of my entry below, but please go check out Aimée’s blog to see it in color and be sure to check out her galleries – she does awesome work (and she might just have me convinced to have this portrait done some day)!
If you happen to be on twitter, you can follow Aimée (aka DogArteest) here and you can follow me (aka Agilespots) here. Who knows, maybe you could be her next custom portrait winner!