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It’s just over a month since I launched Harbour City Hounds. Here’s a round up of all the photos I’ve captured so far. To read the quotes that go along with these images you’ll need to go to the blog site (you can subscribe by email while you’re there) or Facebook or Instagram.

When I started this project I had a self-imposed “no requests” rule, but they’re my rules and I can change them if I want to! If you live in Sydney and would like to take part in this project you can apply here. I’ll choose dogs based entirely on the quote you supply, so make it a good one!

It’s time for this month’s round up of adoptables. The little white fluffy and three of the black and white puppies are already adopted. Please share it around for all the other munchkins though. They’d give you kisses for helping them find a home if they could.

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All the dogs are with Fetching Dogs, apart from Ski, who’s with Arctic Breed Rescue – I don’t need to tell you which one she is!

When my friend opened up his home to a foster goat I made it very clear that I was available to do his adoption photos. Cause really, how often do you get to photograph an indoor goat that wears nappies and a different outfit every day?!

I was greeted at the door by this cheeky little face.

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Then he showed me all the things he likes to chew on around the house, starting with his absolute favourite, the glass coffee table.

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He’s just discovered how to get up on the couch and likes to head butt and nibble on the cushions. He has a particular penchant for the most expensive one.

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Sushi isn’t used to sharing the limelight. She liked to check in (often) to see if it was her turn to work the camera yet.

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“There’s a Pug behind me, isn’t there?”

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“There’s a goat behind me isn’t there?”

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Bebop is only three weeks old so he’s still being bottle fed.

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How do you make a baby goat instantly cuter? Add a milk beard.

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“Did someone say cute?”

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Afterwards he went right back to showing me his chew toys.

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There may have been a goat shower of sorts when Bebop arrived. This balloon left over from the festivities has lasted well, despite his best efforts to burst it.

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Learning to goat.

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“Is it my turn yet?”

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After an outfit change we bundled into the car and went on-location where Bebop unleashed his inner naughty kid.

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Giving him more things to chew made him happy.

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And running. Running made him really happy.

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What? It’s just a baby goat running across a bridge in a nappy and an Hawaiian shirt. No big deal.

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“Can we run some more Daddy?”

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I don’t care what you say, I’m calling it, THAT’S A HEAD TILT!!

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And with that, little Cowboy Bebop lay down on his goaty laurels and decided we were done with photos.

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“What about now?”

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If you want to follow Bebop’s adventures you can do so on Instagram and Facebook. He’ll be looking for a home soon too, so if you’re a crazy goat person keep an eye out for his Pet Rescue profile.

Last week I had the very fun job of taking photos for The Dog Coach’s new website (it’s still under construction, but you can bookmark it for later and in the meantime check out their Facebook page here).

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You might recognise these two lovely ladies – Aggy was AJ’s Dog Training (only the best puppy school in the whole of Sydney) and Amy used to own Happy Paws Fitness. They’ve joined forces and, together with their equally lovely team, they do puppy schools, dog walking, dog training and in-home consultations.

They had no trouble finding super cute models for the shoot. Here they are joined by Peaches and Alaska.

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They weren’t just pretty faces though, all the dogs knew sit and stay which made my job so much easier.

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Little Tucker will make anything into a toy. Despite my big bag of things that squeak he was more interested in this pine cone that he’d found.

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Peaches was happy with a stick, or a toy, she wasn’t fussed so long as she’d stolen it from someone else.

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Crowd favourite Harry the Staffy is one of The Dog Coach’s clients too. He goes on daily walks to keep him out of trouble while his owner is at work.

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These two play so well together. I was amazed to see Peaches out-run Harry. She’s quite the little pocket rocket.

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This is my future life right here – a Staffy and a Frenchie. One day.

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As the sun was setting and the girls were trying to round up their charges to bring them home, little madam here was still hooning around like a lunatic! That was when I should have pocketed her. Damn my slow reflexes!

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If you live in Bellevue Hill, Rose Bay, Point Piper, Dover Heights, Vaucluse, Bondi, Bondi Junction, Bronte, Queens Park, Centennial Park or Paddington and you’re looking for a dog walker send an email to info@thedogcoach.com.au.

This is Izabela. She’s 13.5 years old, almost deaf, eyesight not the best and has severe hip dysplasia. She belongs to the director of Arctic Breed Rescue and her shoot was a birthday present from some ABR volunteers. Don’t you just want to cuddle that big fluffy bear?

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Before each session I send out a questionnaire so the owner can tell me a bit about their pet. It helps me to prepare for the shoot and make sure I have the right kinds of treats and toys. In her one, Iza was described as the Director of Backchatter. When I arrived at the meeting point I was greeted with barking and Anna told me it’s a good sign, it means she’s relaxed and asked me to shoot moments like this because it’s a big part of her personality. Well luckily for me Iza gave me plenty of opportunities to capture her signing the song of her people!

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The challenge actually lay in capturing photos of her without her mouth wide open. But every barking dog needs to stop for a breath occasionally, so those were the moments I seized.

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When your studio is a public park on a Sunday afternoon you have to overcome rather a lot of hurdles. Generally people aren’t too interested in what I’m doing and when they see the camera they stay out of my way. This was my first Samoyed client though and boy did she draw a crowd of fascinated young folk … which were way more interesting than anything I had to offer (that she couldn’t hear or smell). Iza’s entourage were kind enough to politely ask them to move along so she could get back to working the camera.

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“Oh look, there’s water, I like water. The dirtier the better.”

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“Oh look, a dog!”

We actually asked the owner to walk her dog up behind me for this shot. Desperate times call for desperate measures!

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At this stage in the shoot I’d become a dab hand at catching her between barks. I had so much practice at it I might have to mention it as a special skill on my resumé.

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On the way back to the car we swung by the Japanese gardens. It was here that I finally discovered the trick to achieving quiet was to make Anna go out of sight. I wish I’d known that a lot earlier in the shoot. My joy was short-lived though as Iza drew another large crowd of tourists!

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It was almost dark so we decided to call it a day and Iza trotted back to the car IN TOTAL SILENCE. I could count on one hand the amount of easy dogs Anna’s given me to photograph (and still have fingers left over), I think she was secretly getting me ready for this shoot.

Do you have a dog that you think I couldn’t possibly get any nice photos of? Allow me to prove you wrong. Email now to book your session.