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I am thoroughly happy with the BarkCam app.  It contains a range of sounds to attract your dog’s attention – a squeaky toy, keys jangling, a cat, and more.

I’ve been using the app for a couple of weeks now to snap photos of my massage clients.  They are turning out great!

BarkCam is a free app for Android and iphone.

Highly recommended (this is an unsolicited endorsement)

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand

Senior Dogs Across America

As a canine massage therapist, I see my fair share of senior dogs. There is something both elegant and heartwarming to see a dog reach its senior years, knowing that they will not be with us for much longer.

Now, a special book of photography pays homage to the senior dog.

Senior Dogs Across America features the photography of Nancy LeVine.  LeVine travelled widely in the United States in her quest for the best senior dog photos; 86 are featured in this book.

Below are a few:

Senior Dogs Across America


Murphy, 10 years old, from Milford, Connecticut (photo credit to Nancy LeVine)


Cecilia, 12 years old, from Baltimore, Maryland (photo credit to Nancy LeVine)

I haven’t seen the book in its entirety yet – but it’s on my wish list.

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand



Dogs at the wedding

Wedding photo

Penny, front and center, posed with the family following the wedding of Linnea Elizabeth Sanderson and Dr. Robert Collier Davidson, right, in February. Credit Kieran Kesner for The New York Times

Dogs are part of the family and, increasingly, they are being included in their owner’s Big Day.  (I’m invited to a wedding in October that will include the couple’s dogs – Bernese Mountain Dogs –  and look forward to sharing that with my readers).

In this article from the New York Times, a Vermont-based photographer says that half of the weddings on his schedule this season involve a dog. And most of the owners interviewed say that they wouldn’t think of not involving their beloved dog in the ceremony.

Did you include your dog in your wedding?  I’d love to see the photos!

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand

Dogs in the photo booth

Rescue groups who want to increase their adoption rates may want to look at the great work being done by Guinnevere Shuster, who is social media coordinator at the Humane Society of Utah and also a professional photographer.

Ms Shuster has taken dogs out of the shelter environment and put the dogs in a photo booth setting to help show off their good looks and individual personalities.  (There are no bars in these adoption photos).

Adoption photo booth photo

When interviewed by website DIY Photography, she said It helps a great deal, almost all of these dogs have been adopted within a couple days of being posted, some even have people lining up at the front door before we open.”

What shelter wouldn’t want these results?  (And if the shelter isn’t lucky enough to have a photographer on staff, then it’s an opportunity to ask for this support from a local photographer – helping to promote their business, too).

Due to time constraints, Guinnevere can only photograph two dogs per week.  It’s a worthwhile investment of time to see the dogs placed in new forever homes.

Adoption photo 2

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand

When Dogs Heal

When Dogs Heal is a photographic exhibition supported by the charity Fred Says, which helps people diagnosed with HIV.

The photographs tell the stories of the dogs who helped their HIV-positive owners through tough times.

When Dogs Heal photograph

Paolo and Stud

The photographs have been shown in Chicago and New York, and through the When Dogs Heal website, galleries can express interest in hosting an exhibit.

When Dogs Heal photograph

Sharon and Dulk

The stories behind the photographs are pretty hard-hitting, but then again so is HIV and the impact of an HIV diagnosis.  Just another example of the human-animal bond and the connection between dogs and good health.

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand


A unique photo series

Professional photographer Fred Levy of Maynard, Massachusetts heard about Black Dog Syndrome at the local dog park and decided to use his skills to help combat it.

As described here in my 2013 post, Black Dog Syndrome is a phenomenon reported by many shelters and rescues.  Black dogs are often depicted in movies and other media as mean, vicious and menacing.   And since many shelter don’t have lighting for ‘ambiance’ these dogs are often not seen in a flattering light.

“A dog shouldn’t be overlooked just because of its coat,” Levy said. “That’s a minor element when it comes to the dog.”

So he’s created a lovely photo series of black dogs using a black background to show off their beauty.

Here are a couple of examples:

Springer spaniel Aki

Aki, a Springer Spaniel

In this Oct. 2013 photo provided by Fred Levy, a black Labrador retriever named Denver poses in Levy's studio in Maynard, Mass. Levy, a pet photographer, first heard about “Black Dog Syndrome” in a 2013 conversation at a dog park. It’s a disputed theory that black dogs are the last to get adopted at shelters, perhaps because of superstition or a perception that they’re aggressive. The idea inspired Levy to take up a photo project on their behalf. (Fred Levy via AP)

A black Labrador retriever named Denver

And view more of the series on Fred’s website…

Great idea!

Source:  Yahoo news

Dry Dog, Wet Dog

Serenah Hodson is an Australian pet photographer.  She’s just done a series entitled Dry Dog Wet Dog.  She says,

‘Dry Dog Wet dog came about with washing my own dogs. Their personalities change when they know it’s bath time. So I decided to create a series of the different looks and not only personalities but the difference in look from groomed to wet. We get such great texture on the dog when the hair is wet. Some dogs look completely different when wet and this was the joy I wanted to capture.’

Here’s a few of Serenah’s photos and  you can follow her on Facebook to see more of her work.

Garfunkel-Dry-Dog-Wet-Dog Casper-Dry-Dog-Wet-Dog Bones-Dry-Dog-Wet-Dog Henri-Dry-Dog-Wet-Dog

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, Canine Catering Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand

Beefcake (not beef bones) to benefit dogs

Christchurch based animal welfare charity K9 Rescue and Rehoming has paired well-muscled men with dogs available for adoption in their 2014 calendar.

K9 Rescue and Rehoming calendar

Entitled Dogs and Dudes, this fundraising calendar includes photographs of New Zealand actors and other local celebrities who were willing to bare their bodies to support dog adoption.

The best way to organise a purchase is to contact Trisha through the organisation’s Facebook page.  Calendars cost NZ$25

And dog owners get to enjoy a little beefcake all year long, combined with some really beautiful dog photos, too!

Black dog syndrome

A common challenge in the adoption business is finding homes for black dogs.  For many years, shelter workers worldwide have reported that black dogs (and cats) are less likely to be adopted than others and more likely to be euthanized.

It’s a case of judging a book by its cover – or is it?

In films, if there is an evil or menacing guard dog, it’s usually black or dark coloured (e.g. Rottweiler, Doberman).  Black cats are notoriously associated with the devil or witches, as well.

However, research published in early 2012 suggested that the issue isn’t colour – it’s breed.  And no one appears to be gathering statistics on the adoption of black dogs vs other dogs.  Plus there’s the fact that the Labrador (including black Labs) is routinely the top of the list when it comes to popular breeds.  This means that someone isn’t afraid of black dogs!

Practically speaking, however, it is usually more difficult to photograph a black dog.  Many shelters find that they can’t do a black dog justice in the photos that are mounted on the internet on shelter web pages and Facebook sites.   Rescue organisations are encouraged to place additional overhead lighting in the kennels of black dogs to make them more appealing to visitors.  Another suggestion is to take a black dog  for a run or brisk walk before photographing him/her – thus photographing them when they are panting which is more likely to look like a smile in their photograph.

Patricia McConnell has commented on Black Dog Syndrome (fact or fiction) on her website.

Meanwhile, rescue organisations often hold special events for the adoption of black-coated animals.  These are photos I took last year at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary during their May appeal – Back in Black… The adoption fee was waived for all black animals during the month.  Very creative!

Back in BlackBack in Black 2

Do you think Black Dog Syndrome is real?  What does your rescue organisation do to support the adoption of black dogs?

Maddie the Coonhound

Theron Humphrey is a photographer who is currently traveling across the United States with the aim of meeting one new person each day and documenting their story.

He’s also the owner of Maddie the Coonhound.  Humphrey photographs Maddie balancing in all sorts of crazy positions.

Humphrey adds to his website Maddie on Things (subtitled Maddie the Coonhound a super serious project about dogs and physics) on a regular basis.    Visit this creative website today!

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