Posts Tagged ‘four-legged friends’

Summers’ Winter. | Holiday Mini Session | Tallahassee, FL

November 23rd, 2013

Welcome back our faithful followers! It has been such a long time since we last typed away on our blog. We have determined to make 2014 the year for us to reconnect with you via this medium. Unfortunately, we do have A LOT of story telling to do, so in no particular order (unless you […]

 

Welcome back our faithful followers! It has been such a long time since we last typed away on our blog. We have determined to make 2014 the year for us to reconnect with you via this medium. Unfortunately, we do have A LOT of story telling to do, so in no particular order (unless you ask for your story to be told next) we will try to catch up on a year’s worth of writing. Now for Summers’ Winter…

Northern Florida has long been considered part of it’s neighboring states, due to the different change in climate from its Southern brethren and that most folks around here have more of an accent. The oak laiden roadways and the visual change of seasons, is one of the countless reasons I love this area. Jackson and Nikki have a charming, newly bought house, which they have quickly turned into their loving home. Its nestled on a quiet street and surrounded by a shady grove of trees. It is to no wonder why they chose to have their Christmas photos taken in this charming place.

Christmas is Jackson’s favorite holiday. FAVORITE. Their home was transformed into a spectacle of colored lights, wreaths, and garland. Stockings were hung, poinsettias were placed, and the tree stood bold and proud. As an added touch, these two lovebirds drank hot cocoa in their mason jar glasses topped with a heavy dose of whipped cream. They playful enjoyed their beverages, hardly noticing we were in the room at all.

Nikki and Jackson radiate light. Their home is filled with laughter and love. The genuine gestures and beautiful embraces wrap around you as you watch them. It makes you smile and yearn for more.

This home would not be complete without a four-legged companion–or three! A family of 5 includes the adorable, Maggie, Duke, and Bully. Bully is quite the charmer, with his facial antics and cuddling capabilities. He took complete advantage of the empty chair and curled up next to the fireplace.

L to R: Bully, Maggie & Duke

Meet me under the mistletoe,
Midnight Christmas Eve
Your sweet kiss is the first gift
I’d like to receive.

Snuggles under the blanket, to keep us warm outside. This unpredictable weather may even bring a surprise! Look up! Look up! And there, right there; snowflakes travel down to grace the excited flesh of those all around.

Inside we went to get out of the cold. Pajamas and a movie in bed never sounded so fun. And it wasn’t just the two-legged beings, but the entire family up on the bed to enjoy this remarkable Saturday.

Thank you Nikki and Jackson for opening up your home to us and so graciously allowing us to capture your family during one of the best holidays of the year. We had so much fun entertaining the pups and playing in the “snow!” Looking through the images you would never know that it was actually 80+ degrees outside. 😀 Enjoy these memories.

Love, Ashley & Jacqueline

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can i get a WOOF WOOF.

October 22nd, 2012

I know, I know… we have been terrible trying to keep up with this blog. There are a few faces and some beautiful stories missing from these pages and I promise that we are making an effort to get them up here, but for now, I give you a few personal photographs featuring my favorite […]

 

I know, I know… we have been terrible trying to keep up with this blog. There are a few faces and some beautiful stories missing from these pages and I promise that we are making an effort to get them up here, but for now, I give you a few personal photographs featuring my favorite paw-baby(s).

Everyone meet Shyla [black lab] and Gator [the one in the Gator jersey]. These two have many things in common:

1. They both love to snuggle up beside you on the couch
2. They both have an obsession with toys, and they don’t like to share
3. They both have birthdays in October

This last fact is something I just discovered a week ago. I have ALWAYS wanted to throw a doggy-birthday party for my Shyla ever since we adopted her…that was 5 years ago. So this year, after finding out that there was another fur buddy with the same month of birth, I decided I was going to do it. My sister, who is the Mommy of Gator, was 100% supportive of this idea. And their fathers? Well they go along with anything we ladies suggest.

Now, I don’t know about you all’s pets, but mine does not allow me to dress her up for very long. She will go along with it til she gets her treats and then it is a game of how quickly can she get the clothing off. But Gator, he is all about this jeresey. He wore those blue and orange colors with pride! My sister pinned a cute note about the importance of her baby to the back of his shirt for the occassion.

Here is Shyla. She is so beautiful and yet every time I take her picture she gives me a sad “Eeyore” face. This is actually one of her better portraits. There are her proud parents to the right, so sad to see another year has passed and so thankful that we have this pup in our lives.

Now let the party commence! It was nothing too exciting for us humans, but all the dogs knew that tonight was going to be full of treats. I found a peanut butter and carrot cake recipe and made favors filled with Scooby-Snacks. Of course there was singing and candles and birthday hats for all. It was definitely a fun evening and very simple to do. I would recommend this for everyone who loves their pups to try one year…if not every! [And one last note…case in point on the “Eeyore face” with Shyla and her birthday candle.] Hope you all enjoy and Happy Fall!

-Ashley

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Koko Loco.

January 21st, 2012

Dad’s Birthday: From the Journal of Ashley When I was 15, I desperately wanted a small dog that could easily travel with me and be my little buddy through highschool. I wanted to be able to play with the pup and I didn’t care for anything too frilly. The options in the toy class was […]

 

Dad’s Birthday: From the Journal of Ashley
When I was 15, I desperately wanted a small dog that could easily travel with me and be my little buddy through highschool. I wanted to be able to play with the pup and I didn’t care for anything too frilly. The options in the toy class was therefore limited to one…The Pug. I fell in love with their ugly, bug-eyed faces and curious personlities immediately. I worked all summer, saving for my first pug.

Fast-forward three years and you have me leaving for college. I couldn’t have any pets in my apartment and I didn’t want to tear my pup away from the only place she had ever called home. Sadly, I left her in the capable hands of my parents and decided to visit as often as I could. Over the next several years, my best friend replaced me with my father. They were about the same age (using her dog years of course) and seemed to agree upon the days’ routines. Everywhere my dad went, so did the pug.

Time is many things; mainly it is constant. It keeps moving even if we wish it to stop. A few more years have now passed, and the beloved pug is now almost 10. She is in excellent health and is just as cute as ever…with a few more gray hairs. The bond is so great between my father and his dog that my sister and I had grown worried that when the time did come for her to go to Doggy Heaven, it would tear my dad’s heart apart. So we did the only thing that seemed rational. We decided to share his heart with another pug.

For many months my sister was on the lookout for puppy pugs. Finally, shortly before Thanksgiving, a big batch of pups were born. They wouldn’t be old enough to leave their mother in time for Christmas, so we decided my father’s January birthday would be the next best thing.

Of course, it would have to be a surprise. If we even suggested to my dad to take a puppy by his own free will, there would be moaning and groaning and “no time” for that. Sometimes, children know best for their parents. On the morning of my dad’s birthday party, my sister and I went to the local supermarket to get all the pet supplies you might need for rearing a four-legged babe. Chew toys, puppy chow, a small kennel, a new food bowl, a sparkly collar, and a snuggly blanket to keep warm.

As soon as we heard my dad’s truck in the driveway, we put the pink bow on the baby pug and put her inside a cardboard box. We didn’t want to cover it so we decided to just give dad the gift immediately. As we walked toward him with our gitty little smiles he looks at both of us and says, “That better not be a puppy.”

As dad peered inside the box and saw this tiny ball of cream colored fur dominated by a huge pink bow, a smile slowly spread across his face and he couldn’t help but reach in to take the babe out of the box. Bonding time had now commenced. The puppy fell immediately in love with my dad, licking and kissing his face, and you could see my dad’s happiness slowly emerge.

We needed a name for this little one, and seeing how this was my dad’s dog, we thought it best if he decided her name. He hadn’t named a pet in over 25 years. So after much pondering he thought of the perfect name…Koko with a K.

The next day we went to see how both my dad and Koko had survived the night. There were a few “accidents” involved and a little bit of crying, solved by my dad snuggling with the little one in bed, but other than that the night went swimmingly. I was anxious to snap a few pictures of the pug playing outside so we grabbed the family and headed out back. Babies and puppies tend to attract all eyes to them. We were no different and simply sat back and watched Koko explore her new environment. She had much gusto and was running everywhere! She was so fast it was actually hard to take a picture of her.

My dad simply couldn’t help himself and wanted to play with his new puppy. He knelt down on the ground and watched as Koko would grab a leaf and run. It seems like this might be the start of something extraordinary. Happy Birthday Dad! We love you.

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Caption Me Monday.

April 4th, 2011

The Rules. 1. Submit a comment that would “caption” the picture, i.e. A title, or “quote.” Be creative! 2. Anyone may comment, and may submit multiple comments to the picture. 3. If a comment is inappropriate or offensive it will be deleted by SolisLux. 4. The competition only applies to the Caption Me Monday posts. […]

 

The Rules.
1. Submit a comment that would “caption” the picture, i.e. A title, or “quote.” Be creative!
2. Anyone may comment, and may submit multiple comments to the picture.
3. If a comment is inappropriate or offensive it will be deleted by SolisLux.
4. The competition only applies to the Caption Me Monday posts.
5. Have FUN!

Sometimes the “other children” want to be the star of the show. Jealousy makes us do some funny things.

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Caption Me Monday.

March 7th, 2011

The Rules. 1. Submit a comment that would “caption” the picture, i.e. A title, or “quote.” Be creative! 2. Anyone may comment, and may submit multiple comments to the picture. 3. If a comment is inappropriate or offensive it will be deleted by SolisLux. 4. The competition only applies to the Caption Me Monday posts. […]

 

The Rules.
1. Submit a comment that would “caption” the picture, i.e. A title, or “quote.” Be creative!
2. Anyone may comment, and may submit multiple comments to the picture.
3. If a comment is inappropriate or offensive it will be deleted by SolisLux.
4. The competition only applies to the Caption Me Monday posts.
5. Have FUN!

Jacqueline’s girls share an afternoon chat.

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Caption Me Monday.

February 14th, 2011

The Rules. 1. Submit a comment that would “caption” the picture, i.e. A title, or “quote.” Be creative! 2. Anyone may comment, and may submit multiple comments to the picture. 3. If a comment is inappropriate or offensive it will be deleted by SolisLux. 4. The competition only applies to the Caption Me Monday posts. […]

 

The Rules.
1. Submit a comment that would “caption” the picture, i.e. A title, or “quote.” Be creative!
2. Anyone may comment, and may submit multiple comments to the picture.
3. If a comment is inappropriate or offensive it will be deleted by SolisLux.
4. The competition only applies to the Caption Me Monday posts.
5. Have FUN!

My sister’s Great Dane, Ellie. Always the inquisitive look.

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Caption Me Monday.

January 17th, 2011

The Rules. 1. Submit a comment that would “caption” the picture, i.e. A title, or “quote.” Be creative! 2. Anyone may comment, and may submit multiple comments to the picture. 3. If a comment is inappropriate or offensive it will be deleted by SolisLux. 4. The competition only applies to the Caption Me Monday posts. […]

 

The Rules.
1. Submit a comment that would “caption” the picture, i.e. A title, or “quote.” Be creative!
2. Anyone may comment, and may submit multiple comments to the picture.
3. If a comment is inappropriate or offensive it will be deleted by SolisLux.
4. The competition only applies to the Caption Me Monday posts.
5. Have FUN!

Faith, Ashley’s cat, absolutely adores laundry!

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meet decoy.

April 14th, 2010

Ahh puppies….puppy breath, puppy teeth, puppy fluff, puppy spirit…they are just so cute and scrumptious! Decoy is no different. At 10 weeks, he is learning what the world is like through that adorable puppy curiosity and with a little help from his “big brother” Riley. We took Decoy and his brother down to the lake […]

 

Ahh puppies….puppy breath, puppy teeth, puppy fluff, puppy spirit…they are just so cute and scrumptious! Decoy is no different. At 10 weeks, he is learning what the world is like through that adorable puppy curiosity and with a little help from his “big brother” Riley. We took Decoy and his brother down to the lake on a perfectly cloudy afternoon, and while the dogs swam…or tried to swim…I captured the light.

I have always been a lover of the Labrador Retriever. Growing up, I had a yellow gal named Lady (from Lady and the Tramp), and she was the most loyal, well trained, and well loved dog. She ate chocolate a few times and never got sick, would look after my sister and I when we went off to play, and always sat on our front porch guarding the entrance to our home.

 Decoy has a sweet little Lab face, three little freckles on each side of his nose, deep brown eyes, and enormous paws. His personality is pretty laid back for his breed, he sits and observes the action going on around him…with those big paws sticking out from underneath him…before he charges into the situation. He takes lots of pointers from Riley, and although he was a very successful swimmer, the water was a bit too chilly for him and he sat out watching the others play. Once we got home, a nice warm towel was wrapped around his shivering body, as he sat in a swing and was rocked to sleep.

So precious.