Beach

Ambassadog Group Session: A Day at the Beach!

My Ambassadog trio and I went out to Conrad’s Beach (near Lawrencetown, in Eastern Passage) for a fun, summery beach session together!

Wick, Delta, and Willow were supermodels as always, and we had so much fun this evening. It was even little Wick’s first time EVER going to the beach! So exciting.

Delta is at a beach nearly every day, and somehow is still just as pumped to be there every time! That’s Labradors for you ;)

And Willow was very brave and ventured into the water with mum so that I could get some photos of her splashing around. I strategically framed the photos so that you don’t see mum, and it looks like Willow was just happily splashing around on her own.

I did a lot of leash removals during the editing process because this is an on-leash beach. Everyone brought the longest leash they had, so that the pups could have a bit of freedom and enjoy some beach zoomies. This meant they could play while staying under control and not venturing too far away or up into the grassy dunes to disturb any Piping Plovers.

Where is your favourite beach to explore with your pups?

See Ruby Run | Our Nova Scotia Vacation

Last week I finally got to take a little vacation with my fiancée, Wendy, and our dog, Ruby. Since getting Ruby 5 years ago, we hadn’t all gone away together yet. So we were well overdue for a little trip and some relaxation.

I used Airbnb for the first time and scoured the maritimes for options that were dog friendly, outside of a city, a single home/cottage unit, and ideally next to water. Ruby is dog reactive, so we did everything we could to ensure that this trip would be relaxing and fun for ALL of us by avoiding any potential dogs nearby.

And we succeeded!

We found an adorable cottage that met all of our criteria and we spent a few peaceful days together without the stress from our regular life stuff. It was just lovely.

We also had access to this private beach, and Ruby LOVES doing zoomies in the sand and splashing in the water. She was having an amazing time. I brought my camera with us to the beach several times and Ruby stayed on her 30-foot long line (from Get Dirty Collars and Leashes) for safety. She felt like she had plenty of freedom, and I didn’t have to run nearly as fast as she did in order for her to fully enjoy her beach time.

So I hope you love these photos of my sweet girl having a blast and being a fool on a beach near the Bay of Fundy! (I didn’t bother removing the leash for the final images; these photos reflect real life and our trip, and I’m happy with that)

I just remembered that Airbnb has a referral option! If you’ve been thinking about going away and trying Airbnb for the first time, you can use this link to save money on your booking. Where would you love to visit?

Ambassadogs: Rainbow Haven Beach

My amazing Ambassadogs enjoyed another adventure and photo shoot this month, and this time we went to Rainbow Haven!

All 5 of this year's Ambassadogs were there and they had so much fun together. When we first arrived we went to a more secluded section of the beach and let the pups get their sillies out. We encouraged them to play in the water, too, which was hilarious and adorable. Then we explored some of the grassier areas for a change of scenery and color! Just before 8pm (when the parking lot is gated!) we did some running photos on the boardwalk, and then drove down the road just a little so that we could enjoy the beautiful sunset and soak up those last golden rays of the day.

These pups are SO sweet and are quickly becoming best buds. Doing these Ambassadog sessions is a great way for me to explore new locations and practice some ideas I've been wanting to shoot, and it's just a wonderful time for us to spend a fun evening together!

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And the collars for this session were provided by Missy Leigh Canines! They all have a nautical theme - anchors, beach balls, and sea animals. So adorable!

So without further ado, and in order of appearance... here are Ember, Norbert, Gilbert, Dante, and Haven:

Get Dirty Dog Collars & Leashes | Product Photography

We use a 30-foot leash for Ruby when we go for adventures outside of our neighbourhood. Fields and beaches can be so much fun... but so dirty. And with a fabric leash that drags along the ground, we end up bringing lots of that water, dirt, and mud home. Not to mention the other things it accidentally drags through. Blech.

But I am thrilled to have a new option that avoids ALL of that! I did a product shoot for Get Dirty Collars & Leashes last weekend, and it was so much fun. Colleen runs this new local business and you can find her at trade shows and on Facebook. These leashes don't absorb any of the gunk you encounter on your adventures. They rinse off so easily! I now have a new 30-foot leash for Ruby, and a thin black leash to bring with me to sessions (it's easier to edit out).

I was so happy to throw out our old, stinky leash!!

Take a look at these hilarious cuties I hung out with on the weekend. They certainly got their collars and leashes dirty, but a quick jump in the water or a rinse in the hose or sink at home, and everything is as good as new.

Except the dogs themselves. They might need a bath!