Photos of 3 awesome Spokane dogs that aren’t Bella

little white dog in tall grass at liberty lake

I’ve missed you, Spokane dogs. You too over there in North Idaho. I see you.

It’s been a long few months since I’ve been allowed to get out and take pictures of dogs that aren’t Bella.

Now don’t get me wrong. I love her. Oh, you know I do.

And she’s easy on the eyes. It isn’t just me, right? She is gorgeous, isn’t she?

Up until a week or so ago, she was the only dog to fix herself in front of my lens since Gov. Jay Inslee issued his stay-home order related to the coronavirus pandemic.

It is not always by her choice, of course. Some days, I’m sure she’d rather hide under my desk than sit through another session of “OK … wait … stay … staaaaaaaay … no no, stay … staaaaaaay.”

One of the cutest little Spokane dogs

Bella and I were out for a walk at Mirabeau Park and I spied a couple on a knoll, complete with picnic backet. They were playing with a puppy and my brain immediately turned to mush.

I wanted a few more images of Bella so we walked around the path to get back to the car. I put her in Eddie the Edge’s back seat and thought, “Screw it. I’m just gonna.”

It was time to go meet some new Spokane dogs.

I walked back over to the couple and said, “Hey, look, your dog is absolutely adorable and I haven’t taken photos of a dog other than my own in two months.”

The guy laughed and said, “Of course.”

australian shepherd-heeler puppy at mirabeau park

Good sit

Kilo is a merle Australian shepherd-heeler cross. Born on February 16, he is fully blind in one eye and his human is pretty sure he’s deaf. (I think Bella is deaf a lot of the time, too, but she always hears me thinking about cutting open an avocado. She loves the healthy fats.)

The wee little pup was going to be put down for his health issues until this kind human stepped in and took him home.

I snapped away. Kilo attracted a group of young men who oohed and aahed over the little guy.

I got kisses. I sucked in the magic of puppy breath as much as I could.

The gal stayed on the picnic blanket, watching and smiling, as Kilo bounced around and his human tried to contain him.

man coaxes his dog back toward him

Can’t hear you


man his rescue dog at mirabeau park

I got you.


puppy and man share kisses in spokane valley

We got each other

I turned to her with a grin and said, “I hope he’s easier to control than the puppy.

She replied: “I’m not sure. This is our first date.”

Ah, shit. I apologized profusely for interrupting and despite her assurances it was OK, I got the hell out of there and left them to their date.

A stalker on a walk

And then there’s this little guy, a curious, obstinate one of the many Spokane dogs I’ve met.

Bella and I went for a walk along the river at Stateline last weekend. I knew there were a couple of spots I wanted to try (even though there shall be no images of Bella this week).

Right from the get-go, I had a feeling we were being followed.

I turned and there was this little guy:

little white dog runs on dirt trail where spokane dogs run

I’m coming!

That’s Turbo up at the top of the blog, too.

He had broken away from his pack. His humans were calling out “Turbo … Turbo …” but Turbo, it seemed, was more preoccupied with meeting the big white dog at my side.

I finally shooed Turbo back to his humans and we went on our way.

An adventure to the Palouse

The Palouse is a favorite spot among photographers. I make a point to do a day trip around the gorgeous rolling hills at least once a year.

After our recent hike at Kamiak Butte and this week’s drive with our friends Terry and Maverick, I’m already up to twice with plans to go again quickly.

I knew it’s time for the lupins to be in bloom and I wanted to think through recreating this sunset landscape I shot a few years ago but this time with a dog in it.

sunset at steptoe butte washington

Sunset on the Palouse

We drove to the top of Steptoe Butte, an incredible spot from where the eye can see for miles and miles. We played around for a bit — Terry is a photographer and adventurer, too — and then we found some awesome rocks on the side of the hill.

corgi on a rock at steptoe butte


Terry and Maverick happily obliged as models so I can have more guys with their dogs in my portfolio.

man with dog at steptoe butte

Hey there


man and corgi at palouse washington

Rock with a view


man and north idaho dog at palouse washington

Terry and Maverick the corgi

Just one?

In truth, Maverick isn’t one of the many Spokane dogs I get to hang out with and snuggle. He’s a North Idaho dog but he still counts for this blog post as a dog that isn’t Bella.

He’s a pretty famous dog in the Coeur d’Alene area. Folks follow Maverick’s adventures on the North Idaho Life Facebook group where Terry often posts their excursions.

It helps that he’s a cute little fluffy butt and just a tad on the gregarious side.

Buuuuuuuuuut … he’s no match in my heart for my favoritest of all the North Idaho and Spokane dogs that sit good for me.

You know what’s coming …

maremma sheepdog looks out over the palouse in washington state

My girl

All around the circle

You know I couldn’t get through a blog post without one image of her.

There … I feel better now. And I know you do, too.

And here’s one more glimpse at the Palouse: one of the more well-known lone trees silhouetted by the evening sun.

Tree at sunset on the Palouse region of Washington State

Our topic for this week’s blog circle was photographer’s choice, so I could write about any little thing my heart desires. I hope that as we move forward into the reopening of our beautiful state I can get more Spokane dogs in front of my lens and then tell their stories.

In the meantime, let’s see what other pet photographers chose as their topic for this week. Start with Pet Love Photography, photographing pets around Greater Cincinnati for Tails of Cincinnati, a charity book project.

Clink the link at the bottom of her post and travel around the world until you end up back here.

Right where you belong.

Plot your own adventure

That image of Terry and Maverick looking out over a setting Palouse sun? Those are the kinds of images I want to create for you on our Adventure Sessions.

Hiking, exploring and adventuring are better with a dog by our side. Let’s find your favorite spot to hang out with your dog and immortalize your journey together.

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17 thoughts on “Photos of 3 awesome Spokane dogs that aren’t Bella”

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  2. Aww. Dogs are awesome. I used to enjoy photographing all sorts of things but it’s been a long time since I took photos of something other than my dog 🙂

  3. Oh wow – some adorable shots. Turbo racing down after you is adorable! And the guy with his pup, super cute pics. I think his girl will always remember their first date 😆

  4. I love seeing photos of a pet in motion. Nothing captures the ‘for real’ element like one of those. Some of my cats are best photographed on the move and they can look amazing.

    I love the picture of the guy and his pup too. That has love and affection written all over it! The perfect pet love portrait.

  5. Your photos are absolutely gorgeous! It is awesome that those people were all so nice about you taking photos of their dogs. I would be nervous to ask. All of those dogs are beautiful – including yours.

  6. The pictures of Palouse are breathtaking. It is such a beautiful place. You seem to capture its’ sole. Makes me want to go hiking right now.

    Love all the dogs too.

    Thanks for sharing

  7. These are amazing photos. Do people ask if you can send the images to them? You’ve made me want to head to the dog park – even though ours is not nearly this picturesque. Our nearby small river will have to do.

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  9. They were adorable and am happy you did post one of Bella also. I wish I was able to get to different places to take photos as I think it would be magical for Layla also

  10. You are so brave. I am always too embarrassed to ask people if I can photograph their dogs. I love those images of Terry an maverick

  11. I can so relate to your need to photograph other dogs! You found some cuties! I am so happy the couple you met rescued the aussie!

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