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You might remember I posted this photo back in March. It’s called Sourpuss and Smileyface and it’s made it into the top 100 in the Smile Photography Competition. The competition is now open for voting and I’d really love your support.

Of course I’d love to win the prize money, but I’d also love to see bull breeds getting some positive press for a change! To vote for my photo just click on the link below and then click on “vote now” on the right hand side.

If you know other dog lovers please share the link with them also. Thank you, thank you, thank you πŸ™‚ [I try not to use smileys in my blog posts, but it seemed fitting to use one here!]

Oh, and while I’m on the subject of thank yous… THANKS HEAPS to for writing a feature on Ruthless Leather today!

UPDATE 19 Oct 2010: I just got a call to say I came third in the competition! Thanks to everyone that took the time to vote for me πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

I rented a Canon 50mm f1.2L for the weekend as my 50mm f1.4 was being serviced. I was really hoping I wouldn’t fall in love with it as it comes with a pretty hefty price tag. To give it a proper test drive I asked my friend Monika if I could photograph one of her Dobermanns, Furia. Why Monika? Because she lives quite nearby and she’s ALWAYS promoting Ruthless Leather and Ruthless Photos to anyone who’ll listen! Why Furia? Well, within the first few minutes I was asking myself the same thing… but then I produced a Cuz toy and she quickly forgot about all the other people and dogs and horses that dared to be in her vicinity!

Lot’s of running and jumping around did funny things to her ears and her tongue!

Someone kindly left a pile of mulch in the park for me to use as a background texture.

On the way back to the car I spotted this patch of green so we stopped for some more pics and I proceeded to fall completely and utterly in love with the lens. Damn. I wonder if Santa Claus will bring me one?

No, Chopper’s not neglected or dejected, he’s just refusing to look at the camera because he knew there was no food or toy in it for him. He’s quite the diva sometimes!

What I was actually referring to was my blog. I haven’t posted for ages. For those that don’t know, Ruthless Things isn’t just Ruthless Photos and Ruthless Leather. There’s also Ruthless Design. I’m a freelance typesetter and creative artworker and this is my really busy time of year. The majority of my work is typesetting long documents such as annual reports and prospectuses, so for several weeks I’ve been up to my eyeballs with big mounds of paper and financial tables. Regular blogging will resume shortly, I promise!

Here are some things I quickly wanted to share:

– Congratulations to Mark Lindsay and his dog Charlie for winning a custom-made Ruthless Leather collar at the Pet Fair in Sydney University. One wide Nightowl in brown, brass and amber coming right up!

– The raffle to help pay for Sam‘s medical bills raised over $970. Thank you so much to everyone that bought a ticket and congratulations to the winners whose names have been posted here. Sam has since been adopted and he’s settling into his new home really well.

– Ruthless Photos and Ruthless Leather have both been nominated for MDBA Dog Owners Choice Awards. Go us! Nominations are open until the end of the year, so if you want to you can still nominate us here.

– Ruthless Photos and Ruthless Leather are going to be at Mosman Pet’s Day Out on Sunday 24 October. It will be Ruthless Photos first event so if you’re in the area make sure you come by and say hello. There’s bound to be a giveaway of some sort! If you’re on Facebook you can RSVP to the event here and/or here! We’ll also be at the Dogs NSW Spring Fair in Erskine Park on Saturday 20 November. You can RSVP to that here and here!

– Speaking of Facebook. I’ve added an events tab to both pages, so you can keep an eye on it to find out if we have any upcoming events. I’ve also added a reviews tab to the leather page. There have been some really nice comments left if you want to read them, it’s here. [I may add one to the photos page eventually, but currently most of my clients aren’t on FB so it seemed a little pointless.]

– I’m very excited to have secured three more places to display my photography. I’ll wait until the work has been hung to reveal the locations though.

– I now have samples of all the products that Ruthless Photos offers. I hope to photograph them over the coming weeks and share them here. They’re a bit special.

– I know it’s a bit early to be talking about Christmas, but so it doesn’t come as a shock to anyone, please note that the cut-off point for Ruthless Leather Christmas present orders will be Friday 12 November. Bookings with Ruthless Photos will need to be made and shot before the end of October. We’ll continue taking bookings and orders after those dates, but Christmas delivery won’t be guaranteed. Remember that we also sell gift vouchers. They’re delivered by email, so they can be purchased at any time.

– I still have a Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM ultra wide angle lens with a lens hood which I’m selling for $750 +p&p [or free pickup from Eastern Suburbs of Sydney]. It’s as new and comes with box, manual, etc. Email if you’re interested.

Remember Sam the homeless white Staffy? When SBTCV Rescue saw he was in need of a home they offered to take him on if his owners could fly him to Melbourne. He arrived last Saturday with an open wound on his leg. His rescuer took him to the vet where he had to undergo some costly surgical procedures and have x-rays taken. He’s on the mend now and will soon have a clean bill of health. However, SBTCV Rescue rely entirely on donations from the public, so this unexpected expense has hit them hard.

In a small attempt to help I suggested a raffle. Two other Staffy loving businesses got on board to help also, so the prizes are as follows:

Ist prize: A Ruthless Leather collar to the value of AU$150*
2nd prize: A AU$50 voucher for the My Staffy online store
3rd prize: A Wolf’s Den custom-made polar fleece dog coat*

* These prizes include delivery within Australia. Overseas winners can choose to pay extra for international delivery.

Tickets are $5 each or three for $10 and can be purchased via the SBTCV Rescue website. The draw will be held on Sunday 19th September and the winner will be notified by email.

Speaking of other white bull breeds in need… Bully went for his cancer surgery about eight weeks ago and he’s now 100% better. His owner also managed to find dog friendly accommodation, so they’re living together again. Gotta love a happy ending!

Please tell all your dog loving/dog owning friends and don’t forget to click the “like” button below to share this link in your Facebook news feed.

UPDATE: Due to overwhelming support SBTCV Rescue have already reached their target of $800. They can no longer accept PayPal payments due to their restrictions on selling raffle tickets. If anyone still wants tickets you can send a cheque to SBTCV Rescue, P.O. Box 73, Kyneton, VIC 3444. It must be received by last mail on 17th September. To ensure your numbers are allocated send an email to and she’ll email your ticket numbers to you.

Thank you all so much for your support. Sam went to his new forever home today. I had a lovely long chat with his new owner who has promised to send me some photos in a few weeks when Sam has settled in to his new home with his new sister. Another happy ending, yay!!!