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DOG-FRIENDLY DATE IDEAS: LAST MINUTE PLANS FOR VALENTINE’S DAY

dog-friendly-engagement-photosAlright all you lovebirds — Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope you have lovely plans for this evening and weekend! But in case you’re scrambling for a last minute, romantic idea to surprise your sweetie with, here are a few tried-and-true dog-friendly date ideas that will keep you out of the dog house this evening!

Dog-Friendly Date Ideas
An intimate movie night laden with sparkle and comfort
A cosy, casual evening for the snugglers!
Three easy gourmet dinner recipes that the dog can eat too!

These date ideas can easily translate to a fun friend event too for all of you lovely singletons out there. Just pack up the furkids and head to your bestie’s abode for an evening of laughter and memories!

Have a lovely weekend everyone! Celebrate the love in your life, no matter what it’s form may be! Love of an kind is worth noting! xo

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DIY DOG TOY: HOW TO MAKE A CRINKLE CUSHION

DIY-Dog-Toy-Pawsh-1If your house looks anything like mine at the moment, there is still evidence of Christmas everywhere. With chilly temperatures sweeping through the city this week and a pup who is slightly grumpy that she hasn’t been out running as much as usual, it is time to get inventive with holiday clean up and canine entertainment.

So today we have a fun and easy DIY dog toy that is sure to delight furballs of all ages.

WHAT YOU NEED

  • two pieces of 6in x 6in fabric (I suggest cutting up an old shirt or skirt)
  • black cotton thread
  • a couple of handfuls of tissue paper
  • a pup who likes to play!

DIY-dog-toy-Pawsh-2a HOW TO MAKE IT
1.  Place pieces of fabric face-to-face with the pattern facing inwards.
2. Using black thread, sew three out of four sides together.
3. Turn fabric envelope inside out to hide unsightly seams.
4. Gently ‘stuff’ fabric envelope with fluffed up tissue paper. Place tissue paper in as though you were stuffing a gift bag.
5. Sew up the opening. Examine the toy to make sure it is securely sewed. Squeeze to make it crinkle and give to pup to play with!

TIP: I would recommend double sewing each seam for extra durability. DIY-dog-toy-Pawsh-3 DIY-Dog-Toy-Pawsh-4Dogs will love the crinkly sound the cushion makes as they nose it around and you get to make use of that excess holiday tissue paper that is just a little too torn up to reuse next year. In a way this is an eco-friendly dog toy too!

NOTE: This DIY Dog Toy Crinkle Cushion is NOT recommended for tough chewers and should not be given to a dog to play with without supervision.

Rory enjoys her Crinkle Cushion so much that she totes it around all over the place — even carrying it into the laundry basket! Her idea of ‘helping’ with the housework.

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TORONTO DOG PHOTOGRAPHER: A SWEET SHELTIE

Toronto-Pet-Photographer-Pawsh-Studio-Sheltie-1 Toronto-Pet-Photographer-Pawsh-Studio-sheltie-2Toronto-Pet-Photographer-Pawsh-Studio-6Toronto-Pet-Photographer-Pawsh-Studio-Sheltie-3 Toronto-pet-photographer-Pawsh-Studio-Sheltie-5 Styling and creating photoshoots for clients that capture their beloved pet in a unique manner is my favourite thing to do. It is a process that goes above and beyond simply taking their photograph and instead curates a mood and a memory that showcases their furry personality in an editorialized, yet genuine manner.

I recently had the enormous pleasure of working with this sweet little Sheltie called Beth. She was delicate and delightful; a real little princess bursting with sweetness. Her owner wanted to capture Beth’s dainty mannerisms in a classic and elegant way, so I brought out some pearls and set up a mini tea party on two volumes of Jane Austen novels.

The results you can see above — a series of images that depict little Beth and her many moods and mannerisms. Can you spot the crossed paws? How darling!

WHAT BETH’S OWNER HAS TO SAY
“I was absolutely astounded by the photographs Laura managed to create of my dog, Beth. I was expecting a few pretty pictures, but what I received were mini works of art that look as though they belong in a magazine. I’ve never had photos like this before. I ended up hanging them as a series of 8×12 prints in my home and every time I walk by them, they make me smile. Thank you, thank you for the incredible work!” ~ Carol Taylor

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TORONTO DOG PHOTOGRAPHER: CATTLE DOG IN THE FIELD

Pawsh-Studio-Toronto-pet-photographer-3Today I would like to share with you a fantastic fall pet photo session featuring the sweetest little cattle dog you’ve ever seen! Now that Pawsh Studio is up and running, I hope to share more of my pet photo sessions with you on a regular basis, because who doesn’t enjoy seeing a few furry faces from time to time?

So today, without further adieu, I would like to present Miss Triggs! As much as I love working in the studio, it was very refreshing to be out in the great outdoors watching Triggs tear around and watch cows. Just look at this face!
Pawsh-Studio-Toronto-pet-photographer-4 Pawsh-Studio-Toronto-pet-photographer-5 Pawsh-Studio-Toronto-pet-photographer-6She was inquisitive about everything and had no problem jumping up on rocks and even tree trunks when her human asked. You can absolutely see the love and respect this dog has for people in her beautiful honey brown eyes.
Pawsh-Studio-Toronto-pet-photographer-7 Pawsh-Studio-Toronto-Pet-Photographer-8 Pawsh-studio-Toronto-pet-photographer-9 Jumping was also a favourite trick of Miss Trigg’s and she delighted in bounding around whenever she could. What else can I say? This was an ultra joyful session!
Pawsh-Studio-Toronto-pet-photographer-10 Pawsh-Studio-Toronto-Pet-photographer-11 Pawsh-Studio-Toronto-Pet-Photographer-12 Pawsh-Studio-Toronto-Pet-Photographer-13 Pawsh-Studio-Toronto-pet-photographer-14No matter where I am working with dogs — be it in the studio or in a vast fall field like this session — I like to always make sure that the dogs have an opportunity to be themselves and express their true dog personalities. Don’t worry if your dog won’t sit nicely for the camera — that’s not their job. Their job is to be themselves… it’s MY job to run around with the camera and capture moments that are genuine and raw in a pretty fashion.
Pawsh-Studio-Toronto-Pet-Photographer-15 Pawsh-Studio-Toronto-Pet-Photographer-16 Pawsh-Studio-Toronto-Pet-Photographer-17In 2014 I would love to try and come out to different towns and cities — YOUR town or city —  for a day or two at a time and devote that visit to doing nothing by pet photo sessions! What do you think? Good idea? Terrible idea?
Pawsh-Studio-Toronto-pet-photographer-Trigger-1 Pawsh-Studio-Toronto-pet-photographer-Trigger-2Nothing can compare to having photographs of your beloved furball. Is it an investment? Yes, absolutely — I’ll be completely honest. But is it a worthwhile investment? As a crazy-dog person, I definitely think so. Pet photographs are something you can treasure for years and years to come.

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DOG PHOTOGRAPHY: A BOY AND HIS DOG PHOTO PROJECT

tibetan-mastiff-and-boy-3tibetan-mastiff-and-boy-1 tibetan-mastiff-and-boy-4 It’s getting chillier outside but these at-home portraits of a little boy and his dogs are sure to warm your heart. Taken by Seattle based blogger and photographer, Stasha Becker, this adorable series showcases her four-year-old son, Little J, and his giant furry friends, Max and Bruce the Newfoundlands.

The simplicity of these portraits is what makes them so incredibly special. I will definitely be bookmarking this for ‘one day maybe.’ Be sure to follow Stasha on Instagram for even more cute photographs.

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