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March 1, 2010

Photoshoot: Supermutt

Trixie Dog and I shot this weekend, though not in the normal sense where we were both in front of the camera.  In fact, this time, she was modeling solo and I was behind the lens!  We were at Husband’s shop, the 3 of us, and he’d set up his “photo studio” to take some product shots.  I had him leave it up and borrowed the camera for a bit, bribed Dog with treats, and snapped like a maniac until I was too cold to shoot more.  It was fun!

Now, I can’t tell you any camera settings on any of these shots, haha, largely because I kept changing them while tooling around and because I wasn’t paying attention.  I can tell you, however, that the “photo studio” consists of 2 thin pieces of white formica-like material–one on the floor, one leaning against the wall–and 2 “softboxes”, created by mounting thin white fabric on large wooden frames (approximately 36″ square, give or take), with one shoplight behind each one.  It’s ghetto, but it works for what Husband needs, and is easy to move out of the way when not in use (and the shoplights double as, well, shoplights).

So, here are some of my favorite shots from the quick shoot (all in all, it was prob about 15 minutes of shooting, 10 minutes of bribing, and 25 minutes of laughing and having a good time) 🙂  Worth noting, for the sake of Dog’s vanity, that she’s in major need of visiting the groomer for a haircut, LOL!

So those are the best ones, I think… but of course, I’ve got a couple outtakes 😉  I’ll segway into them with what’s a cute shot, but funny because of the little sneery expression she’s got on her face.   RAWR!

Somehow, I managed to get 4 shots of her with her tongue sticking out, and one of her licking her face (remember… there was significant “don’t go sniff over there stay here” bribery going on).

And then there’s the “ok fine, I won’t sniff over there, I’ll sniff inyourface!” shot… or, if you prefer, the “check out my crazy toefur” shot 😉

And the escape (which also kinda shows a tiny bit of the setup)!

Hope you enjoyed… Trixie’s full of character, and is an absolutely delightful dog! We love her to pieces 🙂 In case you’re wondering, she’s a shelter mutt, and will be 5 in December.  We adopted her in July 2006, and I’d found her on 🙂

December 18, 2009

Get The Look: Playtime

Look 8: Playtime
Busting out a really old shot that’s still one of my favorites.  It always makes me smile!  I call this shot “Keepaway!”, and it was originally shot to submit to a calendar that was supposed to benefit an animal shelter in Georgia.  The project fell through, unfortunately, but we still got some way cute stuff out of it all 🙂  The dog in the shot is my beautiful supermutt, Trixie, who I’ve blogged about before.

Shoot Results:

The Look:

Get It:

Photo Credit: Carlos Alvarez

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Look 5: Bright Tights
This look is a lot of fun 🙂 The shoot, which the photographer has called “Industrial Living Room” was taken at his workplace, and was just full of good times!  Krystyn, the MUA, rocked it.  I will only be noting what I’m wearing, and not picking up any of the other clothing items featured in the shoot.  For this shoot, we wanted bright but simple, and fashionable.

Shoot Results:

The Look:

Get It:

Photo Credit: Aldo Risolvo Photography, Krystyn J MUA

February 10, 2009

The Mutt: Results

We got our DNA test results back. Before I get to the results, let me explain the levels of matching.  There’s 5 levels.  A level 1 means there’s over 75% of the specific breed’s DNA in the dog.  Level 2 means there’s between 34 and 74% of the DNA in the dog.  Level 3, 20 to 36%.  Level 4, 10 to 19%.  And level 5, less than 10% of the dog’s DNA.  They can’t give you any more info other than that, and list breeds in alphabetical order.

Now, a little info about the little one. Aside from the picture (below), she’s about 30lbs and built pretty solidly. She certainly doesn’t look 30lbs.  She has a mohawk, and crazy toe fur.  She’s about 16″ high at the shoulder, and she’s just a darn pretty little thing:


Anyway, she’s got 3 Level 3 matches, and 2 Level 4’s.  No Level 1’s or Level 2’s.  She’s definitely not an American Eskimo-Shiba Inu mix, like I’d thought.  Shockingly.

Her Level 3 matches:

Airedale Terrier

Chow Chow


Wait wait.  Don’t laugh yet!

Her Level 4 matches:

Border Collie

Italian Greyhound

Ok, now you can laugh!

So that’s what our little petri-dish mutt is. According to DNA at least.  She definitely has some of the traits of those breeds.  I definitely see terrier (the Airdale, I guess) in some of her mannerisms, and she’s got the Border Collie smarts.  She’s independent, but eager to please, and friendly, but we think she’d be protective if need be.  So I think, somehow, it’s a correct assessment.  There might be something else in her, that the test wasn’t able to pick up on (a breed they don’t have ID’d yet), but that’s what we’ve got.  And we love her to bits no matter what she is!

I’m working on coming up with a clever-sounding, stupidly ridiculous name of some sort.  Like “Goldendoodle” or “Yorkiepoo” or one of those retarded-sounding “designer dog” names. Airechowaraner Borderhound, perhaps?

(Newsflash for those who don’t know… those silly sounding “breeds” that pet stores advertise as the latest and greatest?  They’re not breeds, there’s no breeding standards for those dogs, no guarentees as to what you’ll get, and they’re just as mutty as my little dog.  Certainly not worth the $2,000+ some pet stores charge, when you can go to your local shelter and pick one up for a fraction of the price.)

It’ll certainly be interesting when I bring her certificate into the vet with her annual checkup this summer 🙂

Breed photos above courtesy of

January 4, 2009

What is that puppy in the window?

So we did it.  We bought a dog DNA test kit.

For those who don’t know, my fiance and I adopted a mutt back in July 2005.  She’s around 4 years old now, is the cutest, sweetest, most well-behaved dog, and we have no idea what in the world she is.  And as much fun as playing “what’s Trixie” is, we’ve decided it would be nice to know for sure.

So, after a bit of research and searching online, I found one on Amazon, which was awesome because I had a $25 giftcard to Amazon 🙂  So we got it!

We bought, after checking the manufacturer’s website to make sure our suspected breeds were all on the list, the BioPet DNA Breed Test Kit.  And with my giftcard and free shipping, it was just over $27.  Not too bad.  It should ship January 8th, which is this upcoming Thursday.  So we will hopefully know what our little pooch is by February… which will be great because hopefully that will answer some questions I’ve got about her health (present issues and future ones alike), and her personality.

Here’s her picture:

What a face, huh? 🙂  You can’t really see her body or anything there, but she’s got normal dog legs (not short ones like a Corgi, which is what a lot of people guess she is) and is built very solidly.  She’s only about 20″ or so at the shoulder, but weighs about 30lbs, despite looking like she’d be a lot lighter.

My guess is that she’s American Eskimo and Shiba Inu.  Here are pics of the two breeds:


From my research, the American Eskimo does come in a bone color, which is a creamy color, and the Shiba Inu has a variety of colors, a couple of which are similar to the colors and markings Trixie has (no mohawk though LOL).  And as you can see, the face of the Eskie and Trixie’s face are nearly identical.  Both dogs are similar in size to her, and Shibas yodel, which Trixie does as well.  The other suspect breeds are the Pomeranian and the Papillon, but they are both small dogs, and the Pap’s markings and colors aren’t anything like those Trixie has.

Anyway, it’ll be interesting to see what results, if any we get once it’s all said and done.  I’ll update 🙂

The above photos of the American Eskimo and Shiba Inu courtesy of

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