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.”
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.
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:
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.
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.
Terry and Maverick happily obliged as models so I can have more guys with their dogs in my portfolio.
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 …
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.
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.
Adventure Day sessions are designed to celebrate those days you have with your best fur friend. Your session fee includes a gorgeous 20-page album full of images like Terry’s.
All you have to do is figure out which amazing location in Spokane and North Idaho we’re going to tackle.