Photographs with Swayze, the Combined-Breed Senior Canine


True to her namesake (sure, she is a lady), Swayze is a bundle of candy, spunky vitality! All that persona matches in a petite little bundle, 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 numerous medical points together with most cancers. So it was a bit bittersweet, however this session was additionally totally FUN due to Swayze’s unstoppable spirit!


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

Effectively…Swayze was targeted (on enjoying) and was intense (in her perspective). However that’s the place the similarities finish!


Not solely is Swayze utterly totally different than a service canine (even her service canine siblings!), I couldn’t assist however chuckle at her playfulness and perspective. She has clear opinions on when her toy needs to be thrown for her to fetch (NOW, and as typically as doable.) Nothing about her persona 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 photograph 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 canines are extraordinarily well-behaved or independently-minded in a photograph session. The trick is to let canines simply be their comfortable, great selves, and the remaining is magic.


We had been capable of go to the army facet of Coronado Canine Seashore, which is extra personal and fewer crowded than the principle seaside. It was excellent for Swayze to simply be… Swayze. 🙂

senior dog on beach
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Nicky, I’ll see you quickly – I can’t wait to share the remainder of our pictures with you!

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