Aussies and Minis and a Border Collie – OH MY!

As promised, here are the rest of Pryce puppy’s lovely canine (and equine) family! I’m missing little Zoe, the papillon, but since she wasn’t feeling too great the morning of our session, I didn’t get too many images of her. Hopefully she forgives me. : )

First up are Owen (left) and Nike – both have awesome and highly contagious smiles, but I think Owen wins the “most likely to be a cartoon character” award.

Owen is also in charge of watching *his* two miniature horses.

Next up is Zeke. His expressions crack me up and I can’t help but to think that he knows something that I don’t…and he’s not telling!

This little guy (I forget his name) has a rockin’ hairdo!

And finally we have sweet Trace and his puppy friend, Pryce. I am so sad to report that Trace passed away the week following our session, just shy of 13 years old. I had the pleasure of knowing Trace for several years; he was a remarkable dog and I know his family is missing him terribly.

Pryce | German Shepherd Puppy

Meet Pryce, an adorable three month old German Shepherd puppy that I had the pleasure of playing with last weekend. He’s one very handsome boy and a LOT of fun!

Apparently his ears decided to take flight a few days before our session and they made for some very cute (and entertaining) images. Nothing like some big ‘ol puppy ears to make you smile!

Even though Pryce was the star of this session, I also got to play with the rest of his canine family *and* two miniature horses! I hope to share a few of those images soon.

Buster + Barclay | Min Pins!

“Fearless animation, complete self-possession, and spirited presence” – that would be a Miniature Pincher, according to the breed standard. With BIG personalities, these guys clearly didn’t get the memo that they are “small” dogs!

I’ve always been found of Min Pins and so I was super excited to meet up with Buster and Barclay last week in Lakewood Ranch, one of my favorite local communities. These guys were a TON of fun! In addition to being very handsome and most definitely “spirited”, these two are also rising agility stars. They might not be famous *yet*, but one of these days…

Buster is 6 years young I’d have to say that he’s the sweet one. Not that he isn’t capable off showing a little attitude, of course, but it’s a little hard to take this face very seriously. *SO* sweet.

Barclay, on the other hand, SCREAMS “fearless animation” loud and clear. But here’s a little secret – he’s not as tough as he would like you to believe. Don’t tell him I told you!

It only took a few hours of walking around the woods and playing in the paw park, but look! A happy, semi-relaxed, smiling Barclay. He’s probably going to be really mad that I’m sharing this one – it totally ruins his tough boy persona!

A big thank you to Buster and Barclay (and their assistants) for a great session!

Cadyn + Riley | Sheltie Fun

Meet Cadyn and Riley, two of my good agility friends! These two handsome shelties train at SOTC and I’ve gotten to know them very well over the past few years.

First I have to say that they are both very, very sweet *and* they are therapy dogs which is of course, super awesome. But aside from their good natured temperaments, they have totally different personalities! Because they really do look very similar (especially in person), I was thinking that I might have trouble telling them apart in some of their photos, but that proved to be no issue because their expressions are so unique.

In these first two, Riley is on the left and Cadyn is on the right. Wanna take a guess as to which one is the “good boy” and which one is the “wild child”?

Cadyn, the “good boy”, is 5 years old and he’s one of the nicest dogs I’ve ever known. If he was a person, he would most definitely be a humanitarian and would do his part to help save the planet and end world hunger (starting with Shelties, of course). In agility, he’s a star – speedy yet very consistent. This isn’t to say that he’s never a little bit naughty, but when he is, you can’t help but laugh because he’s just so darn cute. Seriously, who could resist this face? And those big brown eyes!

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been at an agility trial talking to Cadyn and Riley’s mom when I’ve felt something poking (or nibbling!) at my pockets and look down to see something like this…

Those long noses come in handy! Cadyn says “I love you. Please may I have a cookie?”

Now for a little comparison, here’s Riley…

“Give me the (bleep) cookie NOW!”

At 4 years old, Riley is the “wild child” and you might even say he’s a little bit of a hot head. In agility, he is wicked fast and has a lot of talent, but he doesn’t always have the patience needed for such trivial things as waiting for the teeter to drop or keeping the bars up. He is a lot of fun to watch though and has been making some really good progress!

We decided to have our session out at the club, which made for a lovely setting, but Riley didn’t seem to understand why we weren’t out playing agility.

To say that he was unimpressed might be an understatement.

However, he was a good sport and just like Cadyn, is very photogenic….when he gets excited, his little teeth chatter. So cute!

Super big thanks to Cadyn and Riley for being so darn cute and so much fun!

Woof Gang Trio

If you’ve ever stopped by Woof Gang Bakery in Lakewood Ranch, then you’ve likely met at least one member of their welcoming committee – Kali, Kobe, and Kase. They take their jobs very seriously and do a great job of greeting their customers and fans. I had the pleasure of hanging out with this adorable trio last week and let me tell you, they are a super fun bunch!

I’ll be sharing more pictures soon, but in the meantime  here are a few group shots…*smoosh* – they are just too darn cute!

Woof Gang Bakery Greeters

Kali Kobe & Kase

Riley + Finn | Golden Retrievers

Who doesn’t love a pair of Golden Retrievers? Meet Riley and Finn – two of my favorite Goldens, who also happen to be Peyton’s very best friends. They’ve been featured here before, but now Finn is all grown up – he just recently turned one year old! Although Riley will be four soon, you can definitely see the family resemblance.

Riley & Finn - Golden Retrievers

Riley is just a tad bit obsessed with his Chuckit! balls…you might remember his GulfCoast DOG cover shot from last summer. I’m thinking he could easily have a career as a Chuckit! spokesdog!

Chuck-it Fan!

Riley with his Chuck-its

Golden Retriever Photography

Finn looks so much like a puppy in this shot…what a baby face!

Sarasota Pet Photography

Finn - Golden Retriever

Don’t let their cute and innocent faces fool you – these guys are ferocious…RAWR!! 🙂

Playful Goldens

Polo Ponies!

I thought I’d share a few more pictures from my afternoon at the Sarasota Polo Club. These really make me miss my horse days! I’ve never attempted polo, although we did have a college team when I was at Purdue. I read that the Polo Club offers lessons so maybe one of these days I’ll have to try it out, just for fun. Sadly though, I’m pretty sure my horse riding muscles are long gone…not to mention my apparent lack of coordination!

Sarasota Polo Ponies!

Clydesdale Photography

Sarasota Polo Club

Sarasota Polo Club

Polo Photography

Sarasota Equine Photography

Clydesdales | Sarasota Polo Club

I had a great time at the first annual Woof Gang Bakery Cup at the Sarasota Polo Club this afternoon. I can’t believe that after almost 6 years of living in Sarasota, I had never been to a polo match! Since I was very busy judging the Woof Gang Bakery contests, I didn’t get a chance to watch much of the action on the field, but will definitely have to make a trip back!

There were so many cool dogs who came out for this event – we had such a hard time judging. Congratulations to all of the winners! I’ll be posting more pictures soon, but thought I’d start with these beauties – the Lake Run Farm Clydesdales.

Sarasota Polo Club Clydesdales

Meet Bella

Bella is a 3 year old Poodle/Fox Terrier mix – a very sweet girl and an absolute joy to photograph! We spent a few hours together last week and in keeping with her Terrier roots, she kept going and going and going…! We managed to cover a lot of ground in her Lakewood Ranch community, which I thought was the perfect backdrop for this beautiful girl. Oh, and don’t let the pictures of her running after the cranes fool you, Bella has fabulous manners and a great recall!

I had a fabulous time hanging out with Bella and her mom…a special thanks to both of them for a wonderful morning!

Lakewood Ranch Pet Photographer

Florida Pet Photography


Bradenton Pet Photography

Bella - Poodle/Fox Terrier

Bella - Lakewood Ranch

Bella Smiles