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Images with Swayze, the Blended-Breed Senior Canine


True to her namesake (sure, she is a woman), Swayze is a bundle of candy, spunky power! All that character matches in a petite little package deal, and if it weren’t for the white fur on her face, you’d by no means guess that she’s a senior pup. Her mother, Nicky, requested me to {photograph} Swayze after having spent the final 12 months or so in & out of veterinarians’ places of work, battling varied medical points together with most cancers. So it was a bit bittersweet, however this session was additionally completely FUN due to Swayze’s unstoppable spirit!


Nicky and I am going approach again: she’s one of many wonderful individuals who run Shelter to Soldier, a beautiful nonprofit that rescues shelter canine and pairs them with prior-military personnel who want service canine. The trainers at Shelter to Solider should be agency with their canine in coaching, and their canine change into mannequin service canine, ridiculously good at their jobs. Since I’ve labored with StS for a number of initiatives, I wasn’t positive if I ought to count on the identical type of centered, intense power I’ve seen with most service canine in Swayze too – she’s not a service canine, however given who her mother is, I used to be curious what I’d discover.

Nicely…Swayze was centered (on enjoying) and was intense (in her angle). However that’s the place the similarities finish!


Not solely is Swayze fully totally different than a service canine (even her service canine siblings!), I couldn’t assist however chuckle at her playfulness and angle. She has clear opinions on when her toy needs to be thrown for her to fetch (NOW, and as usually as potential.) Nothing about her character displays the truth that she’s of superior age and has had far too many medical points. Swayze actually bounced as she ran alongside the seaside in her happiness, and all of us liked watching her play. What a enjoyable picture session! (Plus, it was a pleasant change of tempo to be working with Nicky whereas on the similar time photographing a non-service canine for as soon as!) The reality is, it doesn’t matter whether or not canine are extraordinarily well-behaved or independently-minded in a photograph session. The trick is to let canine simply be their joyful, fantastic selves, and the remainder is magic.


We have been in a position to go to the navy facet of Coronado Canine Seashore, which is extra personal and fewer crowded than the primary seaside. It was good for Swayze to only be… Swayze. 🙂

senior dog on beach
senior dog
silhouette dog on beach

Nicky, I’ll see you quickly – I can’t wait to share the remainder of our photos with you!

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