Welcome to my pet photography blog - featuring the most adorable cats and dogs in Denver!
Once again, I photographed the fundraising event of my favorite dog rescue - Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies (GRRR). Why is it my favorite? Oh, maybe because it's where I got my dog, Murphy. Plus, they know how to throw an incredible party! This year's theme was "Jackpot... GRRR turns 21!" Recently, GRRR has been rescuing golden retrievers from Turkey - one of whom is named Jackpot.
Yasemin Baban came all the way from Istanbul to speak at the gala. Yasemin has saved the lives of nearly 1,000 golden retrievers from the forest, streets and shelters of Istanbul, Turkey. Yasemin and her volunteers work with Turkish shelters to rescue golden retrievers and get them ready for plane rides to their destinations. It was heartwarming to see Yasemin meet the people who had sponsored and adopted dogs that she had sent to Denver. It was a once in a lifetime chance for the dogs' new families to meet Yasemin and let her know how much they LOVE their new dogs!
Another highlight was meeting Dash, a GRRR dog who is part of the Auraria Campus Police Department. Dash and his handler, Officer Corey Averill, are the K9 Unit for the campus, focusing on explosives detection. I wish I had more time to take photos of Dash. I'll have to see if I can get myself invited back to photograph him working. It's somewhat fascinating to me that a dog from the same rescue as my nutty dog is a productive, working dog. Not that I don't love my Murphy but he's better at squirrel patrol than bomb sniffing. (Read more about Dash in this fun article from CU Denver.)
The silent and live auctions are always a big part of the fun at the gala.
To see all the photos from the gala, click here.
If you thinking about adding a Golden Retriever to your family, do yourself a favor and check out Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies!
Why did I take Jasmine’s photo in the bathroom? Because that’s where she was hanging out. The best place to photograph a cat is where they want to be.
Cat Photography Rule #1 - Let cats do their own thing. They will look much more natural that way.
Jasmine wasn't in the mood for visitors when I arrived because the house had been staged for real estate showings and her familiar furniture had been moved around. She was hiding in the bathroom so I suggested that we see what she was up to in there. It turns out it was an especially lovely bathroom, complete with fresh orchids. She was happily sitting on the sink so that's where I photographed her. In the end, we lured Jasmine downstairs with a special kitty snack and I took more photos of her and her "sister," Chloe.
Chloe and Jasmine aren't related but they are almost identical gray cats. Their family adopted from Dumb Friends League on the same day. The family has two boys and each brother has his own gray cat. How fair is that? One sweet gray kitty per boy.
Dog Photography Rule #1 - Let dogs do their own thing. They will look much more natural that way.
Are you surprised that my photography rule is the same for cats and dogs? It's true that you can bribe dogs more easily but the family's golden retriever, Hannah, looked the happiest when she was in her favorite spot on the porch. Hannah was adopted from Golden Retriever Freedom Rescue and she's one of the sweetest goldens I've ever met. She is such a docile and calm dog. I could rub her belly all day!
“It always gives me a shiver when I see a cat seeing what I can't see.” – Eleanor Farjeon
Rio and Copa were adopted within a few weeks of each other and the rescue warned they might not get along. They adapted to each other uncommonly well and now they are best buddies. They are both so playful! During their photo shoot, they were very curious about my camera equipment - batting at their reflection in the lens and playing hide and seek with the reflector. They would be very entertaining to have as pets!
Fun Fact: This photo shoot was in Chicago! I often get referrals but usually not across state lines. I photographed Rio & Copa's cat "cousins" last fall and that's how their people heard about me.
It takes a really good reason to get me up early on a Saturday. Furry Scurry, Dumb Friends League's annual fundraising walk, was definitely worth popping out of bed for because I adopted my first dog from Dumb Friends. Plus, I always enjoy hanging out with the folks from Paw School. Their agility demos are always a blast to photograph! I saw some of my favorite old dogs and met some new friends. What a perfect way to spend Saturday morning!
See more photos of the agility demo at karenhoglundphotography.com/furryscurry2017
Gizmo and Spot Spot are Superpigs. They aren't called that because they have superpowers or even because they are super cute. In Peru, guinea pigs are a staple food and scientists in Lima have bred guinea pigs to be super-sized (cover your pet's ears) for eating. Don't worry: Gizmo and Spot Spot are safe from this fate. They are beloved members of a pet-loving family and even had their own photo shoot. Their cousins in Peru are probably super jealous!
Gizmo and Spot Spot went outside for a bit during their photo shoot because I knew they'd look adorable among the spring blooms. The daisy-like flower is Grecian windflower (Anemone blanda) and it's one of my favorite spring bulbs. The green ground cover is Bigroot Geranium (Geranium macrorrhizum). Later in the summer, it will get taller and have pink flowers. Right now it's the perfect height for guinea pigs.