Here kitty kitty kitty…

Over the weekend we headed to downtown Charleston to scout some new urban photo shoot locations (we found plenty!) and, along the way, just off the “Gateway Walk” (about which you can read more here, and see an overhead view of here) in the graveyard behind St. John’s Lutheran Church, we ran into this cute little fellow (gal?) who was completely focused on catching a fat black lizard (who somehow managed to escape in the bark of a palm tree.) Meanwhile, Mascha was getting eaten alive by mosquitos while I was completely focused on catching the cat trying to catch the fat black lizard. The scenic shots of downtown Charleston will have to wait for another post…







(For you photography buffs out there, can i just say that i love love LOVE my Canon 50mm 1.4 lens. It’s not an “L” lens, but my oh my, it sure feels like one.)

I love the dreamy quality of some of these shots…and, how about those whiskers!!

We ended up having lunch at Yo! Burrito (still trying to find Mexican food around here that matches up to anything we were used to in San Diego) and, while there, we picked up the June issue of Skirt! Magazine, and, lo and behold, one of my tweets about “What i love about Charleston” ended up being published in the magazine (for you locals who have access to the mag, it’s in the middle of page 52.) Through some magic, a really alert creative director/layout artist, or, maybe just serendipity, my quote appears on a spread that includes dog products, and, the color scheme of the headlines matches the color scheme of my branding/logo. Exactly. Completely awesome.

And, if that wasn’t cool enough…my new print ad is hitting the streets as we speak, in Lowcounty Dog magazine. You can view that magazine (and my ad on page 21) here. Just click on the magazine cover and you can read the entire magazine online. Awesome.

Oh, and if you happen to be the owner of the kitty in this post, shoot me an email if you’d like to get some prints!

June 2, 2009 - 11:16 am

Jennie - The 1.4 is yummy isn’t it? Love the last photo. That kitty has beautiful eyes.

June 2, 2009 - 12:48 pm

Stephanie - Loving the first and third one….Way to go. And yes. I heart 1.4’s.

June 2, 2009 - 12:55 pm

Vikkie - Absolutely wonderful shots!

Such a beautiful Cat!

June 3, 2009 - 12:25 pm

claire - this shots are so vibrant–they just feel like summer.

June 11, 2009 - 4:20 pm

Nicole - Ok, so I have the 50mm 1.8, but WOW what a difference with 1.4. Uh-oh. I feel a B & H run coming on… Beautiful work.

June 30, 2009 - 7:30 pm

Meredith Perdue - Oh my! You are rockin’ the 1.4! These are beautiful!

Bully Sticks

Yesterday, Cooper got his first taste of a “Bully Stick.” How have we not known about these things for so long?!? Thanks to twitter, i came across @bestbullysticks, who sent Cooper a fine Bully Stick sample. Needless to say, after seeing Cooper react to, and devour,  his first Bully Stick, we will be placing our order for more soon. Apparently they are even low in fat and high in protein…

“Whatcha got mom? Is it for me? Is it for me? Is it for me?!?!?”


“Hmmm…i dunno about this thing…”


“Ohhhh…ok…i get it…..”


“You sure i can eat it? It sure is different than my rawhides…”


“I’m going for it!”


“Don’t even think about stealing it from me…i got the whole thing hidden in my mouth!”


“That was yummy! Ya got any more?!?”


June 26, 2009 - 12:47 pm

claire - my dogs L-O-V-E bully sticks… they’re fab! (although i have to admit i’m not a fan of the smell…)

June 30, 2009 - 7:33 pm

Meredith Perdue - Okay, so Cooper is RIDICULOUSLY cute! I love that first picture of him on the bed. Aren’t bully sticks awesome?! Well, not for us humans who hate the smell, but the dogs ADORE them!

Good intentions…

While this blog is never far from my mind, i guess the rituals of daily life have taken over and i see today marks one month since i’ve made a blog post, despite my best intentions to keep this blog updated regularly. Not to make excuses, but, May has had its share of distractions, celebrations, and other things going on that have kept me away from the blog. Despite this month having some difficult “firsts” without mom (her birthday on the 4th, and, mother’s day) we also had reason to celebrate Mascha’s graduation from the College of Charleston on May 9th.


This was taken at home, just before we left for the graduation ceremony. The College of Charleston has its own tradition that does not involve gowns and mortar boards. The guys wear black pants with white jackets, and the gals wear white dresses. Must say it’s a nice tradition, and, considering the temperature at the graduation was a muggy 90-plus degrees, i’m sure all the graduates were happy not to be wearing long robes. If you look closely in the photo above at the reflection in the left window by the door, you will see Mascha’s bookbag hanging from the (Dutch) flagpole. It’s Dutch tradition that the graduates hang their bookbags from the flagpole to announce to the world they’ve finally completed their degree. In this case, “finally” means “just before reaching 40.” You GO girl!!!

Sullivan’s Island

Our carpe diem was in full swing this morning, and we made it to the beach on Sullivan’s Island around 8:30 a.m.—though we suddenly realized on the way there that we had brought everything…except tennis balls! A quick stop at the Piggly Wiggly—gotta love those down-south grocery store names—and we were on our way again.

Cooper was happy as a clam finally being at the beach again (I think we’ve only been a handful of times since moving here from San Diego) and he was in complete bliss in the water, chasing his tennis balls, and playing with all his new doggie friends.

He’s been a tired puppy since we got back home, but, I’m sure if I said “beach” he’d be ready to go again right now. Some shots of his first day:

“Is this the only ball we brought?!? And by the way, this salt water makes me drool!”


“I’m gonna git you, suckah!”


“Where did it go?!?”


“Check out my bright orange dog license collar! I’m legal!”


“This is one of my new friends I met at the beach. He’s huge! And has a cool goatee!”


“This is another of my new friends. He’s got bristly whiskers!”


“And this is KV. He’s named after Ken Venturi, the famous golfer. He’s 8 years old, and has a long tongue!”


“OK, back to playing now. Throw it mom! Throw it! Throw it! Throooowwww itttt!!!!!”


“Hey, do you got snacks?”


“Is that my tennis ball you got there?”


“I am gonna get snacks for posing in front of the lighthouse, right?!?”


April 30, 2009 - 9:46 am

claire - these are great!! i am so jealous of your proximity to a beach… i’ve been scheming about taking a road trip with the dogs this summer to a beach. we would have to drive a long way to from colorado to find a beach!

Awwww mom…


I’m not really much of a planner—more of a spur-of-the-moment kind of person—but, I had planned to take Cooper, and his new “I’m-legal-at-the-beach” tag/collar, to the beach this morning on Sullivan’s Island. But poor Cooper woke us up at 4:30 a.m. needing to go outside…and it wasn’t pretty. So much for planning…

Our poor guy is still suffering, though showing signs of improvement, so, our beach escapades will have to wait for another day. Too bad too, because it is simply GORGEOUS outside. And, I really cannot wait to get out to the beach to get some shots of Cooper running in the surf and chasing birds and playing with other dogs.

We’ll cook some rice for him today (sometimes I think he pulls this stuff just because he wants rice!) and hopefully tomorrow or this weekend we can make a go of it to the beach. Silver lining to this dark cloud? In honor of Earth Day, I’m doing my part by not driving to the beach today…(lame, I know.)

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