Monday, April 30, 2012

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Sundays at the SPCA . . .

I love weekends at the SPCA, though I usually manage to do only one day of the weekend. I went today after church and snapped six dogs--and I think two of them have been adopted already (before I even got their photos uploaded!)

Anyway, I made some charming doggie friends today, and I'd love to present them to you.

I'm at the point now where the doggie names are beginning to overlap--I have had about four Sadies, two Lillies, a couple of Lolas, and a couple of Dukes.  No wonder the SPCA identifies  animals more by number than name . . .



Friday, April 27, 2012

Back to the Doggies!

Boy, I can tell that summer is nearly upon us!  This morning I had to sit down after unloading my car at the SPCA--it was HOT!

But I had a busy morning, snapping all kinds of dogs.  Best of all, I snapped a Mastiff mix and felt right at home with this lovely boy.  I don't know what he's "mixed" with, but I think he's 98 percent mastiff.  So lovely and sweet.

All the doggies were sweet today, though not many knew how to sit down.  And the puppies--I brought them in and enlisted a helper to blow bubbles--you know, the kind you blew as a kid.  I thought the puppies would be fascinated by the bubbles, but they barely even looked up.  Huh.  Maybe I'll try it with the kitties next.  :-)

And here is today's--and I see on our SPCA website that there are more dogs to photograph already.  Sigh.  It never ends.

That's the stately mastiff look.  :-) 

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Equal time for cats!

Because another volunteer was shooting dogs today, I went down to the cat area to photograph some cats that didn't have pictures.  (Yes, I have been trained for cats, too.)  :-)

Because it was my first time photographing cats, I was grateful that no one else was around.  I would carefully take a cat from its pen, take it into the small room where I had my stuff spread all over, and then chase the cat around the room while yelling, "Sit! Sit!"  Sometimes I whistled, sometimes I said, "Kitty, kitty," but most of the time the first words that sprang to my lips were "Sit! Please!"

Apparently the trick to photographing cats is to lie flat on the floor OR stand above them with a pretty blanket or something on the ground. I know that some older cats will sit in a chair (I know this only because I've seen lots of pictures of demure older cats curled up in chairs), but none of the cats I snapped today were inclined to do anything but run around the room like wildcats.  :-)

Don't get me wrong--they were very sweet.  That little darling, Scootch (who I think has been adopted already!) purred the entire time he was with me.  The orange tabby wanted only to curl up in my lap--which, while heartwarming, does not make for a good picture.

In any case, I now present my first cat photos.  I hope to do more, and I hope to learn not to yell "Sit, Sit!" as I chase after them.  Trust me, it does no good.  :-)

P.S.  In case my agent or editor is reading this, YES, I am still working on my book. And yes, I'm still on schedule.  :-)