Wendy | Tails of Halifax | Wet Nose Images

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Wendy.  Unknown Mix.  12 years old.

Photographed in Shubie Park.

Wendy and her sister, Sooki (see previous post) were so calm and happy to make new friends in the park. They sat patiently while my group of photography students practiced taking their portraits. Such good pups!

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Sooki | Tails of Halifax | Wet Nose Images

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Sooki.  Pittie.  7.5 years old.

Photographed in Shubie Park.

Sooki is named perfectly. She is a total sweetie, so calm, but eager for love and snuggles. She was there with her mum and her doggie sister, Wendy, who is a few years older (you'll see her in the next post!). Sooki is a little protective of Wendy now that Wendy is getting older, so whenever another dog comes to say hi, Sooki makes sure to tell them that Wendy is with her, and they better not mess with her. And then she leaves them alone to continue their greeting. haha

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Zeus | Tails of Halifax | Wet Nose Images

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Zeus.  Husky/Malamute mix.  3.5 months old.

Photographed in Shubie Park, Dartmouth.

Zeus was having a blast at the off leash beach, making friends, practicing his barks, splashing through the shallow water. It was a great day to be a puppy! His mum let me borrow one of his favourite treats, and he was happy to practice his sits and his waits in exchange for a piece. He was such a sweetheart. Here he is with some of his new friends, so you can see his size.

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Molly | Tails of Halifax | Wet Nose Images

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Molly.  Husky/Malamute/Shepherd Mix.  10 months old.

Photographed in Shubie Park, Dartmouth.

I was waiting at the entrance to Shubie Park with a friend who works at Planet Paws, when Molly here came running up to see her favourite Planet Paws friend! She was so sweet and fluffy, I just had to ask for a photo. Her mum wasn't sure if she'd cooperate for it, but I had just learned that Molly loves sticks and I used that to my advantage. I asked her to sit, held the stick over my head... and she was a natural model. Just look at that floof!

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Therapy Dogs | Tails of Halifax | Wet Nose Images

On Saturday I joined in a group meetup for the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dogs and their handlers. I was so excited to meet them all! They had their meeting at Playful Paws in Burnside and we had the place to ourselves. It was wonderful! Sweet pups everywhere :)

Thanks so much for allowing me to join you and meet all these amazing dogs. You're all doing wonderful things for our community.

Norbert and Gilbert - two of my new Ambassadogs!

Norbert and Gilbert - two of my new Ambassadogs!

Brutus

Brutus

Penny (Brutus' sister)

Penny (Brutus' sister)

Bhreagh

Bhreagh

Thomas

Thomas

Charlie

Charlie

Appa

Appa

Charlie

Charlie

Brady

Brady

Zena

Zena

Penny and Norbert

Penny and Norbert

Appa

Appa

Penny

Penny

Zena

Zena

Henry | Tails of Halifax | Wet Nose Images

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Golden Retriever.  10 years old.

Photographed in Shubie Park, Dartmouth.

I was sitting on a bench when this guy sauntered by with a huge stick in his mouth. I heard his mum holler, "Henry, wait up!" He paused to wait for his family, grinning at me from behind the stick. When his mum caught up I had to ask if I could take his portrait. We played tug with the stick for a few moments and then he let me take it from him, so I used it as his modelling reward! The first picture is the look he made when I held the stick over my head for the photo. He wasn't sure what the game was, but he was happy to play along after he figured it out!

Elvis | Tails of Halifax | Wet Nose Images

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Great Dane.   6 months old.

Photographed on the Halifax Waterfront.

I was sitting inside Tim Horton's on the waterfront and spotted this gorgeous boy outside with his owner. I grabbed my camera and went out to say hello. It turned out that was Elvis's first big adventure to the waterfront! Lots of new sights and smells to take in, so it's no wonder his attention was all over the place. But I didn't mind. I got a few kisses from this sweet boy and he was so gentle when taking treats with his biiiig mouth!

You can follow Elvis on his Instagram account: @blue.suede.paws

Blitz | Tails of Halifax | Wet Nose Images

Amstaff/Pitbull mix.   1-1/2 years old.

Photographed at the Emera Oval.

{How did you two find each other?}

The first time I met Blitz he was brought into the pound as a “bite case” and there was a warning sticker on his kennel: Do not enter. Dangerous dog. So we were not to touch him because we didn’t know what he was like. Then one day he accidentally got out of his kennel and I realized that his energy was not aggressive. There was some fear with high drive/high energy from being stuck in a kennel, with a lack of knowledge of what to do with himself. So I started working with him, taking him for walks, training him. And I realized that he was a smart dog with a lot of potential that just needed the right guidance. That’s sort of how we found each other. The pound trainer came in and didn’t think that he would make it to the adoption floor, so I asked the owner if I could take him home. She said yes. And then, unfortunately, an incident occurred. Nobody was hurt, but he showed some aggression. I believe the aggression was taken out of context. He did have cat aggression at the time, and it was at the vet’s that the aggression showed. And there are lots of cats there. He used to be extremely cat aggressive, but we’ve worked on that and he’s not to that extreme anymore. But it was very extreme, so I do believe that his aggression was read incorrectly. However, I was not there. But he was due to be euthanized and I couldn’t allow that to happen because I saw the potential that was in him and I knew what I was capable of. And so I fought for him. I fought very hard for him. And ultimately, despite everything else I was able to get him here with me. 

 

{What has he taught you?}

Well, this little dog has taught me a lot. In my business, for one, he’s my dog that I use for everything - he’s my demo dog, he comes to all my consultations, he helps take lessons with me. He’s taught me to read dog language better because he reads it very well. And everything that I’ve learned, he’s been right there for it, so I have to imagine that he’s teaching me, too. He teaches me stuff every day; he amazes me every day.