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12th Day of Christmas 2019

(We made it!)

On the 12th day of Christmas my true dog gave to me…

12th xmas 2019

twelve paws unwrapping,

eleven nights-a-waiting,

ten stolen ornaments,

nine socks-a-hanging,

eight paws-a-prancing,

seven melting snowmen,

six trees-a-decorated,

five tasty treats!

four reindeer antlers,

three outside cats,

two tired dogs,

and a climbing cat in a pear(less) tree!

Here’s wishing everyone and their pets a very Meowy Christmas and Happy Howlidays!

Day 4 of 13 Days of Halloween 2019

I’m sure it’s no secret or surprise by now that we love taking pictures of our pets. I mean, really, with adorable faces, penetrating eyes, and silly antics, how am I supposed to resist capturing the moment?

It is fun to create specific moments with our pets. I mean, just check out this picture from Easter earlier this year:

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However, sometimes the more candid photos are the most memorable. Today I thought I would share some things that I’ve learned in the pursuit of capturing my pets’ cutest moments, especially for the Fall season.

  • Embrace the spontaneous
    • First and foremost, embrace the spontaneous, unplanned, and impromptu moments. The unexpected happens when it’s least expected. Therefore, the cutest and most picturesque moments of our pets will most likely happen at any given time. Maybe it’ll be a shot of Socks helping to decorate the front yard, Simon trying to sneak a piece of candy out of the candy bowl (which was unsuccessful, by the way)- check out last years 13 days of Halloween, or Rosee playing in a pile of leaves while visiting the park down the street during one of our daily walks. Any moment can be capture-worthy. So even if you’re trying to stage the perfect photo shoot, when it comes to photographing our pets, sometimes following their lead and direction is really the best course of action.
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  • Use natural surroundings
    • One of the great things about the Halloween and Fall season is the beautiful natural surroundings that can provide the perfect backdrop to any photo. Of course, the other seasons can do the same, but there’s something about the Fall that I personally favor. Maybe it’s the changing colors of the leaves, the copious amounts of pumpkins (at least at our house there is), or the giant leaf piles that are just to inviting to ignore…there’s always a good background perfect for any photo. Take advantage of the season and go outside and explore…before you know it you may have the cutest photo of you and your pet.

  • Always have phone/camera at the ready
    • Naturally, coming off of the first two points, it is always important to have a camera ready, even if it’s the camera on your phone. Although, let’s face it, most cameras on phones are better than actual cameras these days anyways, and even better, they’re always convenient. I always seems to find myself reaching for my phone to capture one of the cats doing something utterly adorable, or one of the pups in a unique position.
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  • Editing is our friend
    • Editing our photos can definitely be helpful when we’re trying to capture the pawrfect moments, but certain elements (such as lighting) aren’t quite working in our favor. The lighting can be adjusted (usually to help make things brighter), not-so-important elements can be cut or cropped out, and the main figure (in this case cat or dog) can be better aligned so they’re sure to be the center of attention. Play around with what you can do, even if it’s just a few small adjustments, an adorabull picture is sure to be achieved.

If you haven’t already, make sure to check out the past 3 days of Halloween fun so far!

Day 1 of 13 Days of Halloween 2019

It’s that time of year again…the start of the holiday season! The seasons are changing, the leaves are starting to fall, decorations are starting to be hung, and smell of pumpkin spice is permeating the air.

It’s 13 days of Halloween (or should I say Howl-oween)!

And what makes this year so special?

Besides having a full house, with Simon and Rosee (two dogs), four inside cats, two outside cats, and 2 neighborhood cats that like to visit every so often, exactly one month ago (to the day) I officially entered my last year until the big 3-0. For some reason, this last fact seems to make this holiday season extra special. Plus, Halloween also means it’s going to be another little (dog) girl’s birthday, and while we often refer to Simon and Rosee as puppies or pups, they’re definitely starting to show their age a little bit more each year. So, while life may be changing fast (or at least it feels that way sometimes), the Halloween ( and holiday) season is a reminder to have fun, slow down a little, and always make time for family.

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So stay tuned for the next 13 days as we celebrate everything spooky, hocus pocus-y, and Halloween-y.

Just in case you missed our previous Halloweens, here’s a reminder:

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11th Day of Christmas 2018

On the 11th day of Christmas my true dog gave to me…

11th Day of Christmas

eleven frosted cookies,

ten socks-a-hanging,

nine nights-a-waiting,

eight paws-a-prancing,

seven tags-a-jingling,

six cats-a-meowing,

five tasty treats!,

four reindeer antlers,

three christmas trees,

two striped gray cats,

and an amazing new cat tree!

Merry Christmas Eve!

10th Day of Christmas 2018

On the 10th day of Christmas my true dog gave to me…

10th Day of Christmas 2018
For our pets present and past.

ten socks-a-hanging,

nine nights-a-waiting,

eight paws-a-prancing,

seven tags-a-jingling,

six cats-a-meowing,

five tasty treats!,

four reindeer antlers,

three christmas trees,

two striped gray cats,

and an amazing new cat tree!

9th Day of Christmas 2018

On the 9th day of Christmas my true dog gave to me…

9th Day of Christmas 2018
9th Day of Christmas 2018

nine days-a-waiting,

eight paws-a-prancing,

seven tags-a-jingling,

six cats-a-meowing,

five tasty treats!,

four reindeer antlers,

three christmas trees,

two striped gray cats,

and an amazing new cat tree!