Photo ops with Cady

Cady and I went on our daily hike the other day and then I took photos for Valentines Day. I purchase holiday-themed inexpensive plastic necklaces to put around her neck for these kinds of photos. I have found that she is a really good model for me if I get her exercised first, then asked her to sit still for me wearing the props. A girl needs to have her fun first, before work!

I adopted Cady 18 months ago (at age 6) and she has really blossomed and gotten used to how I am hands on with her. I like to make sure that my dogs are used to lots of touches, petting, handling of paws, lifting of gums, checks of her teeth and of course kisses on her head and nose. I find that this makes for a great dog and veterinary visits are very easy.

She has also become quite the love bug and I attribute that to the hands-on attention she gets from me along with verbal praise.

That was a long story to get to this photo I took after we finished with her photos. I didn’t get to see what her eyes were doing until I got home and loaded them onto the computer. She is quite the sweetheart and often likes to press her muzzle against my face.

By the way, you can purchase the hat and other great dog-related gear (styled for women and men) at We Rate Dogs . They also have two great Twitters you should check out @dog_rates and @dog_feelings. I am not affiliated with them other than by being a customer and follower.

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Holiday green screen fun with Cady​

I decided to try something new this year with my holiday photos of Cady. I photographed her against a green screen then used Photoshop to remove the green background and save her as a png file with a transparent background. For my final images, I used Adobe Illustrator to place her in stock holiday images.

It was fun working on this project and she was great posing for me. I love how she will sit so pretty for me and I think she has the best expressions. She never minds wearing beads or decorations around her neck. As a side note, I adopted Cady (age 6) in May 2016 from the Humane Society of Missouri.

Treats were used as rewards, incentives, and modeling fee for Cady. I need to work on my photoshop skills some more, but for self-taught I think I’m doing pretty well.

Everyone have a great holiday season!

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Cady photo dump

We’ve been really busy and my human hasn’t had time to get to this blog and post my new photographs. I finally nudged him enough that he got it done tonight. I hope you like seeing what I’ve been up to this summer and at the start of fall. BTW, he got a tattoo of me on his arm. Right above the dog paws and names of his Labrador Retrievers that have traveled to the rainbow bridge. I think I look pretty sharp in ink – Cady

Cady’s Goofy Photographs

Of all the photos, I have saved of my dogs; I think I cherish the goofy ones the best. The ones where they are just acting like dogs and most people don’t get to see.

Behind Cady is a Poke Weed plant. Yes, there is a song (Poke Salad Annie) about it written and performed by Tony Joe White in 1969 and then sung Elvis Presley in 1970.

It’s poisonous. The toxins in Pokeweed, depending on what source you’re working from, range from deadly to mild.

With caution, young leaves and stems in the spring, before any red has crept into them, are harvested by legions of foragers and boiled in at least two changes of water, discarding the water afterward.

Read all about Poke Weed here at Nadia’s Yard.

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