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20 Sep

Yappy Hour

In Adoption,Charitable Organizations,Company,corporate events,Dogs,Local Companies,Pets by / September 20, 2017 / 0 Comments


Fuzzy’s Taco Shop in Brandon this past Friday after 5pm was a somewhat familiar scene. Looking around the restaurant, there were families and local area workers looking to wind down after an especially long week. Just a few days prior, our area was hit by Hurricane Irma, which was at one point the strongest hurricane the National Hurricane Center had ever recorded in the Atlantic outside of the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico. Although we didn’t bear the brunt of her wrath like the Leeward Islands of the Caribbean had, she brought plenty of misery to our area in the form of wind damage, flooded properties and lands, downed trees and continued lack of electricity for many. With schools in our area being closed for a week and several area businesses struggling to fully re-open, the apparent normalcy at Fuzzy’s was a welcome distraction; as was The Humane Society of Tampa Bay’s Yappy Hour event which was also taking place at Fuzzy’s.

Restaurant goers dined in the outdoor patio with their pets while Humane Society volunteers circulated with pets up for adoption. Inside the restaurant, over $5,000 in prizes were being raffled off with all ticket sales going towards the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. Some of the prizes donated for the raffle were game tickets and sports memorabilia for The Tampa Bay Lightning, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tampa Bay Rays, as well as admission tickets for Busch Gardens, The Florida Aquarium, Big City Events, Lowry Park Zoo and the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI). Southern Muscle, Camp Gladiator, Orange Theory Fitness Brandon and Crossfit BNI also donated products and services as raffle prizes. Restaurant gift cards for Brocato’s Sandwich Shop, Columbia RestaurantWorld of Beer,  and of course Fuzzy’s Taco Shop were also donated for the raffle. Fuzzy’s also sold brownie sundaes and dog treats with all proceeds benefitting the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, as well as $1 for every frozen drink sold.

Despite the lingering rain and hurricane fatigue, it was a successful and fun event with over $1,000 being raised! Here are some of my favorite pictures.

17 Feb

Riley, the German shorthaired pointer

In Dogs,German shorthaired pointer,Pets,Photography,portraits by / February 17, 2016 / 0 Comments

While watching the news this morning, I learned that the Westminster Kennel Club awarded the 2016 Best in Show Trophy to “CJ”, the German shorthaired pointer during this year’s Westminster Dog Show. This brought a smile to my face. In the earlier days of my professional photography career, I photographed a particularly handsome German shorthaired pointer named Riley.

The Westminster Kennel Club’s Breed description notes that the German shorthaired pointer,

certainly has the handsome good looks needed for the show ring, but he was bred to be a high performance hunting dog.”

They also go on to say,

Many regard him as the most versatile of sporting dogs, reflecting his land and water skills. His 19th century origins can be traced to Germany and Austria, where old Spanish Pointer was probably mixed with English Foxhound and other scent hounds. Introduced here in the 1920’s, the Shorthair quickly earned the respect of serious hunters, who found him athletic, easy to train, and generous in nature. And with enough exercise, he’s well suited to family life, too.”

To date Riley is one of my favorite four legged subjects in my portfolio and one of the most handsome dogs I’ve ever seen. Here are some photos of him. To learn more about German shorthaired pointers, check out the German Shorthaired Pointers of America.

03 Feb

Update: Snickers The Shih Tzu

In Death,Dogs,Dying,Pet Illness,Pet Loss,Pets,Photography,Shih Tzu by / February 3, 2016 / 0 Comments

This morning I was saddened to learn that Snickers, the subject of yesterday’s blog, passed away in the wee hours of the morning. My sympathies to the Mathews family….

02 Feb

Snickers The Shih Tzu

In Death,Dogs,Dying,Pet Illness,Pet Loss,Pets,Photography,portraits,Shih Tzu by / February 2, 2016 / 0 Comments

Last Wednesday morning, I received an upsetting text from a good friend of mine who lives within walking distance. Her family’s 13 year old Shih Tzu, named Snickers, had suffered a traumatic medical episode and she thought he had died. Luckily, her husband, a dentist and retired Army medic, was home at the time. Snickers was barely conscious but alive nonetheless. They rushed him to the vet and after a battery of tests, he was diagnosed with intestinal cancer. Since his time left on earth is rapidly ticking away, I decided to grab a few shots of him this past weekend. Here are some of my favorites.