Shazier | Model Spotlight

Full Name/Nicknames: Shazier
Breed: Labrador Retriever/Australian Cattle Dog mix
Age: 9 weeks
Gender: Male
Favorite Activities: Peeing in the house, chewing on stuff, and playing tug

Shazier is the newest member of my extended family. Named after former Buckeye football player and current Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier, he was my sister’s Christmas present. After recently losing her senior heart-dog, her youngest daughter put out feelers for a new puppy and coincidentally found a litter of Lab mixes just down the street! Shazier joined the family shortly before the holiday and settled right on in! He’s a spunky solid little bundle of fuzz and he’s learning the ropes very quickly. Smart, active, and pretty responsive, he was a bit of a challenge in the studio!!

We kept the energy level low and calm and let him discover the space for himself. He’s very food motivated so we managed to get him on the backdrop for a few shots. Thankfully I have fast firing strobes so he didn’t have to sit still too long!!

About Me

I'm an internationally award-winning pet photographer, digital artist, and author. My chili has won a few trophies as well! I live in Grove City, Ohio with a multitude of pets and a very patient school teacher. I love meeting new people and am more than happy to chat about dogs and photography.

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The Lisping What?

The Lisping What?

If you're curious as to how this blog got its name, check out the Model Spotlight post about Finch. He's The Lisping Dog!

Finch, The Lisping Dog

Full Name/Nicknames: “RoundRiver’s A. Finch”, Mr. Finch, Finchie-poo, Baby Boy, Kiddo, Monster
Breed: English Setter
Age: 3
Gender: Male
Favorite Activities: Chasing tennis balls and laying on mom

Finch is a frequent working (paid in treats) model at Pouka seeing as he’s the photographer’s youngest dog. He loves the camera… well, OK, he really loves the treats. He’s the first one in front of the lights as soon as the camera comes out, enthusiastically following the treat or the tennis ball with his nose to show off his unique profile.

Finch has a few interesting characteristics. He was born deaf (read more about Deaf English Setters here) and visually impaired – neither of which slow him down at all. He has a severe under bite which gives him a very patrician “Roman nose” and a nerve impingement in his jaw (hypoglossal nerve disorder) which caused a partial paralysis of his tongue so that it hangs out of a gap in his teeth on the right side. None of this bothers him in the least but it does make for some very unique photographs!

Finch loves to run and jump and is obsessed with tennis balls. For his second birthday, I bought him 300 used tennis balls… (we’re still finding them everywhere)

Finch is “The Lisping Dog” because I imagine that if he could speak, he would sound a bit like Daffy Duck. “Thuffering thuccotash!”

About Me

I'm an internationally award-winning pet photographer, digital artist, and author. My chili has won a few trophies as well! I live in Grove City, Ohio with a multitude of pets and a very patient school teacher. I love meeting new people and am more than happy to chat about dogs and photography.

Contact Me

The Lisping What?

The Lisping What?

If you're curious as to how this blog got its name, check out the Model Spotlight post about Finch. He's The Lisping Dog!

Sky and Remy

A dear friend asked me to photograph her two English Setters. The fact that she lives in South Carolina didn’t faze her and when I enthusiastically agreed, she loaded the dogs up and drove nine hours to get to my little home studio!

We let the dogs stretch their legs at a local dog park and I took a few action shots. Then we headed back to the house for a studio session. Since she was staying awhile, we ended up shooting for almost three hours, giving the dogs multiple breaks so that they wouldn’t get too antsy or bored. Both of the dogs were deaf and I was pleased that the signs and body language that I use to work with my own dogs, also worked with them. But boy, I sure wish I could have used my squirrel call to get their attention!

In general, deaf dogs are very attuned to their owners so it helps to have an assistant to manage the dogs while the owner directs their attention and has their hands free to sign commands. It was just the two of us so we made do but there were quite a few amusing outtakes!

About Me

I'm an internationally award-winning pet photographer, digital artist, and author. My chili has won a few trophies as well! I live in Grove City, Ohio with a multitude of pets and a very patient school teacher. I love meeting new people and am more than happy to chat about dogs and photography.

Contact Me

The Lisping What?

The Lisping What?

If you're curious as to how this blog got its name, check out the Model Spotlight post about Finch. He's The Lisping Dog!