pittsburgh pet photography

Mia & Marley

It was an absolutely gorgeousevening in downtown Pittsburgh with the sun setting over the river at the Point when I met Julie and her adorable Cock-a-poo Shih Tzus Mia and Marley. Here are a few favorites from their session.

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Derby, Julep, Larry & Spike

Today I'd like to share this session with Courtney, Garrett and their four dogs Derby, Julep, Larry and Spike. Courtney contacted me shortly after Derby had been diagnosed with a tumor, and they didn't know how long he had left. Their pups were so sweet, and it was really special to capture this family being together at Hartwood Acres Mansion. Derby crossed the rainbow bridge earlier this year and he is deeply missed. This is their story.

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Tell me how you got your name...

Derby: my parents are from Kentucky, so they wanted me to have a Kentucky-themed name.

Julep: see above. Also, they really like bourbon.

Larry: I am a crotchety old man. The name fits.

Spike: I was a tiny baby, and they tried out about 50 different names. Spike just stuck.

How old are you?

Larry: I was born before humans began measuring time

How did you come into your parents lives?

Derby: They found me in a shelter in Lexington, KY when I was 8 weeks old. I was the only puppy left who wasn't eating poop. Also, I ripped Dad's pants and he didn't get mad. It was destiny.

Julep: I was in a shelter in Ann Arbor, MI. Mom came to the shelter like once a week for a month and fell in love with me. I mean, who wouldn't? So she convinced Dad that Derby needed a sister.

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Larry: Animal control picked me up and took me to the Animal Rescue League. Where'd I come from? I wasn't even neutered yet! They named me Tyrion at the shelter and posted me to Facebook. Mom came in and just took me!

Spike: Someone bought me in Ohio when I was 6 weeks old. They brought me back to Pittsburgh and dumped me at the shelter when their landlord said they couldn't have dogs in their apartment. One of Mommy's friends from the shelter posted me on Facebook, and Mom arranged to pick me up the next day! I was a little baby and so cute!

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What is your most defining characteristic?

Derby: My incredibly neurotic personality.

Julep: My stumpy tail and super-sweet demeanor.

Larry: My epilepsy, arthritis, and my exciting stories of war and bar fights.

Spike: My spot. Also, I'm a puppy! I'm a puppy! I'm a puppy!

Do you know any tricks?

Spike: I've completed three masters degrees in philosophy, electrical engineering, and social work. I also have a PH.D. in Australian Studies. I can sit and stay.

        

Poppy

Hi, my name is Poppy! Here are a few favorite photos from my pet portrait session at Phipps Conservatory before I became a big sister. I had was such a fun evening and hope that they’ll leave a smile on your face.

When my parents found me they named me Poppy. It seemed fitting because I'm pretty, spontaneous and energetic. Plus, it reminded my parents of their honeymoon when they saw a bunch of Poppy flowers. :)

I’m a 2years old A Blue Border Collie. Some say I don't have "correct" markings to take part as a show dog, but that's one of the reasons my parents chose me. They loved my off-centered white and fluffy tail. I have big bright eyes and pearly white teeth! If you ask me what my most defining characteristic is, I’d have to go with my fluffy tail.

I like to learn tricks, go to the dog park, take walks, play in side and give high fives, but my favorite thing to do is FRISBEE, FRISBEE AND MORE FRISBEE!

 

Personality Prints: The Good Dog Club

Today's Personality Prints interviewee is Lisa Johnson, owner of The Good Dog Club in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Whenever we go out of town our dog Alice stays at her home. I couldn't ask for a better dog walker as she treats Alice as one of her own. We met for a portrait session at Frick Park right around Halloween last year with her son Davion, who had dressed up as a Ninja for the occasion, and their pups Buddy, Jake and Mister. 

Tell me a little bit about your business.

The Good Dog Club, where any pet can be a good dog is a latchkey companion animal caregiving business. We provide services ranging from daily walks, group romps, and socialization work for dogs, to dispensing medication and providing for basic needs of any pet. We board dogs, do overnight visits, and anything in between, always seeking to adapt to the needs of the family and their pal(s).

Tell me about your pets. How did they come into your life?

My Buddy, who passed last year, came into my life the same year I adopted my son after that sweet face won my heart at the Animal Rescue League. Buddy was my gentle alpha who didn't tolerate nonsense and had an amazingly gentle way of straightening bad dogs out. Our chocolate lab, Jake, is my son's dog. He was an unclaimed stray found at about 3 years old, unneutered full of himself when we took him in. It took a full 6 months to convince him that every single ball encountered didn't belong to him, regardless of who was playing with it! Mister is our yorkie poo, a teenie tough guy/lover who was purchased from a family found on the internet. He was the tiniest puppy I'd ever seen, arriving with motorcycle grease from his previous home in his hairdoo!

Do you and your dogs (pets) share personality traits that has helped you in life/business? 

Buddy was the most amazing dog to work with as he never met a dog he didn't like. He had a clear sense of right and wrong and, within those parameters, everyone was a friend to him. He always had a really calming and direct way with other dogs which set the tone for many group romps over the years.

How does your pets support you and or inspire you and your business?

The name, the Good Dog Club, comes from time spent with my beloved Ruby, mainly in Minneapolis. In our large circle of friends, I would put the call out for a meeting of the Good Dog Club and it was on! We'd head to a local park or lake and let the dogs run free! Seemed the perfect image for a business that seeks to promote joy and well being in the lives of our companions.

Do you have a favorite quote that you live by?

Excuses disempower self, action is cure. I lifted that from the bathroom wall at Film in the Cities in St. Paul, Minnesota 30 years ago!

In Loving Memory: Buddy

Lisa is our dog walker and Alice's most favorite human (after me ;) I hope). Last summer we had scheduled a portrait session for her whole pack in October but it was uncertain if Buddy, who had a massive tumor, would make the seven weeks until I returned from Sweden. On the day before my departure we met at Frick Park, which was Buddy's favorite place in Pittsburgh. Thankfully Buddy was still here when we got together for part two, but I am really happy that we had this session and that the whole focus this morning was on their relationship. Even though it's been a year since I took these images, they still make my heart roar with emotion.