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    We are very honored to have won the Professional Photographer Magazine Cover Contest!

    I always thought this would make a great cover. It was an outtake from a Holiday Cover we shot for CityDog Magazine. Although it didn't quite look right for CityDog, I think it looks pretty amazing on the front of Professional Photographer. I could not be more thrilled with this honor!

Don’t yank it! | Friday Night Dog Love | Bailey & Banjo | Week 15

Summer is here! That means hiking, biking, boating and all sorts of other outdoor fun! Here in the Northwest, when the sun is out, we all tend to run out the door to soak up as much Vitamin D as possible! Especially after this long winter-like spring we have had. So, to kick summer off we have a very special Friday Night Dog Love. An amazing story and some great reminders.

I am going to warn you before I get started that this story is pretty graphic if you’re the squeamish type, and it has some graphic pictures. It is an amazing story, but you have been warned! On Monday, May 16th, while out on a run in the woods, Abby, a 4 year old German Short haired Pointer, let out a loud yelp. Her father who was a few yards behind her came up upon her trembling and bleeding from her chest. Quickly thinking, he wrapped her up in his shirt and raced her to the Redmond-Fall City Animal Hospital. Dr. Terri Hartung was able to stabilize Abby with pain medications and antibiotics. There was a stick protruding from Abby’s chest and she was referred immediately to Seattle Veterinary Specialists.

When Abby arrived at SVS she was in shock. She was given fluids, additional pain medication, and it was found there was fluid around her heart. Abby was anesthetized, and after the bandage was removed, the doctors could see the stick moving in rhythm with Abby’s heart beat. Emergency surgery was performed by board certified surgeon, Dr. Kristin Kirkby, who was assisted by Dr. Kim Podlecki. Anesthesia was performed by a licensed veterinary technician and board certified anesthetist Tina Branham.

Abby’s chest was opened and her breast bone was split down the middle using surgical saw. The stick was about 7 inches long and 1 inch thick. It entered the chest between the third and fourth rib and was lodged in the heart. In order to fully open the chest to prepare for removing the stick, the stick first had to be sawed in half at the point were it entered the heart. The piece through the ribs was removed through the entry wound.

Once the chest was fully opened, they could see the stick had entered the heart in the right ventricle, just missing a main coronary artery, and exited in the muscle between the right and left vetricles, just below the coronary artery. As the assistant removed the stick, Dr. Kirkby tightened down both sutures and minimal blood was released from the heart. Additional stitches were placed over the two holes for added security. Once the stick had been removed, the chest cavity was flushed with several liters of sterile saline to remove blood clots and splinters from the stick. The entry wound was cleaned and bandages were placed over the incision and entry wound. Because Abby had lost a fair amount of blood in the original trauma, she received a blood transfusion during surgery.

Following surgery Abby has had irregular heart beats (arrhythmias) which was expected after such severe damage to the heart. Cardiologist Dr. Adonia Hsu closely monitored Abby’s ECG and performed an echocardiogram to assess any residual damage. During surgery, there was concern that the coronary artery would get trapped in the stitches, which would cause a heart attack. Thankfully, there were no signs of this complication after surgery. However, a small clot was seen, and Dr. Hsu prescribed anti-arrhythmic drugs to control the irregular heart beats, and a blood thinner to help prevent the growth of the blood clot.

Three days after Abby’s first surgery, she required a second procedure (performed by Dr. Kirkby) to clean the puncture wound, flush any residual debris from the chest, and place a feeding tube to provide complete nutrition during her recovery. Abby recovered remarkably well from the second surgery and left SVS exactly one week after she arrived.

It seems so natural to want to pull out anything that is sticking out of, or through the body, even though you always hear not to! Abby is alive and well today because the stick was not removed from the chest by the owner or primary veterinarian, and she was able to receive emergency surgery, advanced monitoring, and 24 hour care by the highly specialized and skilled staff at SVS.

I am so thrilled and amazed at the happy ending to this story. Abby has another follow up appointment this Monday. She has been doing remarkably well for such a traumatic event. Kudos to the owner for his quick action, smart thinking, knowing where the closest vet hospital was located, and to all of the veterinarians, surgeons and support staff that worked as a team to get Abby back safely to her family. As you can imagine, this has been a huge unexpected expense to the family, but we all know that when our loved ones need us, we will go to go to great lengths to save them and have them with us again. This traumatic event has created a hardship for Abby’s family and donations are being accepted at SVS for Abby’s medical care.

Seattle Veterinary Specialists is a full-service veterinary hospital and 24-hour emergency care facility servicing the greater Puget Sound Community. All major veterinary specialties are represented, including internal medicine, surgery, cardiology, neurology, neurosurgery, radiology and emergency/critical care. Make an appointment, and see if your dog can help. Be sure to also check SVS out on Facebook!

Don’t roast your dog | Friday Night Dog Love | Bailey & Banjo | Week 14

I am just going to go ahead and be optimistic. Summer is coming…and it’s coming fast! No more cloudy, rainy days, just bright sun and a nice mild Northwest summer. What do we all do when it’s awesome out!? We grab our dogs and take them to the park, or to the store, or wherever we can! But I am sure you have all seen many times, dogs locked in cars with the windows barely cracked and sitting in the sun. It doesn’t feel too hot out, must be ok. It’s NOT!

On an 80° day, temperatures in a parked car can reach 120° in ten minutes.

That is ridiculously hot normally, but then add a big furry coat, it could easily end in death. So…check this cool thing out, the Too Hot for Spot? window cling! A thermometer that clings to your windows and not only draws attention to your car and hopefully makes people think about how this can be so dangerous, but also will tell you at a glance how hot it actually is in the car.

I think it’s a great idea and I know our dogs will thank us to leave them at home on days like this or at least take them out of the car. No dog deserves to roast.

Find Too Hot for Spot on Facebook and get your window cling for the summer on their website!

Now…go enjoy summer!

Enzo | The Stock Project

Enzo a cattle dog/aussie mixEnzo came out to our first weekend of The Stock Project and was super cute and really had a lot of fun! She is the latest shelter rescue of 3. Enzo, like the other two dogs, started off as a foster. Enzo’s mom said, “It didn’t take more than a few minutes to fall in love with him he had to be the cutest puppy I’d ever seen and so calm, such a sweet little man! Some people would say he’s and old man in puppy fur!”

Cattle Dog/Aussie mixEnzo’s mom had just finished reading the book “The Art Of Racing in the Rain” which is how she came by the name Enzo. They had just lost their beloved 14 year old boy Jake just weeks before Enzo came to live with them as a foster.

“It was all about the circle of life and those big beautiful ears of his.” says Enzo’s mom.

I think Enzo and friends have found themselves a wonderful home. What a wonderful story about fostering and adoption!

Black and white cattle dog mix If you, or anyone you know is interested in The Stock Project, please email me at for more information! Soon, we are going to be traveling a bit locally and giving some of the session fee proceeds to various charities. Stay tuned, there is a lot in store for The Stock Project! If you are involved in any dog related charities or rescues, please contact me about setting up a Stock Project day for you to benefit your cause. Limited days available.

Molly | The Stock Project

Cute Labradoodle for The Stock ProjectMolly is a 2 year old miniature labradoodle. She was born in Spangle, Washington. Molly’s mom always wanted a dog, but working far from her home (Vashon to Renton), kept her from being the dog owner she knew she wanted to be. But, when she retired, her staff gave her a “puppy fund”.

Molly’s mom had this to say about her and sweet Molly. “Molly is the result of their love and generosity. Vashon is the perfect place for Molly. She loves to play ball, retrieve sticks, and go for walks. Running very fast and jumping are her forte. I think we need to look into agility classes! We have lots of room for her to run and play. Her buddies in the pasture are 3 alpacas. Molly and Tom (one of our alpacas) often share nose kisses. Molly is in training to be a therapy dog. She loves to meet all of the other dogs who come to class. We hope to be a part of an elementary school reading program.

Molly is affectionate and often snuggles next to me if I’m reading the paper or watching TV. If she wants attention, she has no problem standing on top of the newspaper so I can’t read!! I am biased, but I think she is pretty smart. When she wants to go outside, she rings the bells that are hanging from our kitchen door.”

Two year old Labradoodle who was part of The Stock ProjectI think Molly and her mama are a perfect pair! We had a great time at The Stock Project and I couldn’t be more happy to have met them both!

If you, or anyone you know is interested in The Stock Project, please email me at for more information! Soon, we are going to be traveling a bit locally and giving some of the session fee proceeds to various charities. Stay tuned, there is a lot in store for The Stock Project!

Beers & Dogs | Friday Night Dog Love | Bailey & Banjo | Week 13

Where did the time go!? I was trying to keep up with Friday Night Dog Love, but schedules got busy, projects were started and finished and several weeks have gone by even though I kept meaning to post. Well, this week we have a great one. I was out at MudBay in West Seattle on an editorial shoot for CityDog Magazine when I came across these cool looking collars and this funky leash attachment called the Pup Top.
Open a beer, walk your dogLooking closer I realized how cool this Pup Top was, it’s a bottle opener! So your dogs has their collar on, you grab a cold beer and since he’s your best buddy you know he’s always by your side. Just call him over and he’ll happily help you pop your top! Ingenious!

Looking more into Cycle Dog, a local company (their gear is all hand made in Portland, OR), they are conscious about the environment too! All of their leashes and collars are made from recycled inner tubes, which dry quick, are soft and cushy for your dog, don’t fray, and they don’t go into the landfill! I love it!

Also, totally worth mentioning, she has two yellow labs as well! Regan Ray and Hanna May! I know two OTHER yellow labs that might have a LOT of fun over at their place.:)Go check them out and pick yourself up a leash and a collar with a Pup Top. It will give you just one more reason to take your dog for a walk!

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