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I got an email recently from Emily of Sit’n’Stay on the Coast asking if I could take some photos of her foster dog, Humphrey, to help freshen up his Pet Rescue profile. He’s been in her care for five months and although he gets on well with her four dogs she’s really keen to find him a home of his own.

Read more about Humphrey on his Pet Rescue profile here. [If his old photos are still there it’s because I got my blog post up before anyone had a chance to update his PR profile.]

Just before Christmas I was contacted by Woollahra Municipal Council and asked to judge their Puppies in the Park photo competition. I was really flattered and of course I agreed to it. Ruthless Photos and Ruthless Leather are also donating prizes, so if you live in the area you should get your camera out and start snapping!

The Wentworth Courier are sponsoring the event, so they interviewed me last week. They asked for some photos to run with the article including a self-portrait of me with the dogs. I absolutely loathe being in front of the camera, so combine that with a really hot day and three dogs that don’t want to cooperate and you’ve got a recipe for disaster! Eventually I decided to make life easy for myself and just work with my #1 model, Chopper. As you can see, he wasn’t exactly over the moon about being the chosen one.

If you think there’s a glitch on my blog because the image is appearing twice, there’s not! I’ve just used this pic as my new header.

These are the other four pics I submitted.

Winners of the photo competition will be announced at the Puppies in the Park event on Sunday 27 February from 8am-11am in Christison Park, Vaucluse. [Facebook event invite is here.] We’ll be there with both our stands so come and say hi!

As I mentioned in my country holiday post, we stayed at the Towilla Amstaffs property near the Central Coast of NSW. As a thank you I offered to photograph their dogs while we were there. They’re all such great dogs, I couldn’t pick a favourite to smuggle home!

If you receive this blog post by email or RSS feed I suggest that you click on the heading to open it in a browser as the gallery looks much better online.

Ruthless Leather and Ruthless Photos have donated a huge prize to MDBA PACERS to be raffled off in order to raise funds to help pet owners in flood affected areas of Australia.

Happy Paws Training Treats have also come on board and very generously donated a second and third prize! Their treats are 100% natural and made in Australia. Our dogs go crazy for them… in a good way!

First prize:
– Any Ruthless Leather collar from our website, plus postage within Australia
– A standard photo session with Ruthless Photos
– A 16×24” canvas of a photo from the session
[Please see note below for more details.]

Second prize:
$200 worth of treats, plus postage within Australia

Third prize:
$100 worth of treats, plus postage within Australia

How much?
Tickets are $5 each or three for $10.

Tickets can be purchased by emailing the number of tickets you’d like to You will be assigned a reference number and given bank details of where to deposit your payment.

Tickets are on sale until 6pm on 25/01/2011 and the draw will be held on Sat 29/01/2011 at 10am [to allow time for all funds to clear]. The winner will be notified by email.

Please note – A standard photo session includes the following:
• Up to one hour travel each way from the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney
• On-location photo session for up to two subjects
• Shooting time lasting up to two hours
• 20-30 images selected, beautifully edited and uploaded to a private online gallery for 14 days

If the winner of the draw isn’t from Sydney they may exchange the photo session and the canvas for $200 worth of goods from the Ruthless Photos RedBubble store. Alternatively they may choose to donate that $200 back to MDBA PACERS.

The reason we want to do this is because we’re too far away to offer real, hands-on help. If you are nearby and can help by fostering animals in need, please register on this website:

Update – Sat 29 Jan 2011
The winners of the raffle have just been announced by MDBA PACERS on Dogzonline.

1st Prize: Liz Hamilton
2nd Prize: Kelly Anne Twist
3rd Prize: Rebecca Brindley

Congratulations ladies! Thanks to everyone that bought tickets, the total raised was a whopping $3220!!