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TORONTO DOG PHOTOGRAPHER: 6 SWEET HOLIDAY TRADITIONS TO START WITH YOUR DOG

toronto dog blogThe holiday season is upon us and your furry friend will be looking to you to lead the way on the festive fun. Here are six sweet holiday traditions that you can start with your dog to celebrate Christmas in a dog-friendly style.

1. GIFT YOUR DOG A STOCKING
This might seem silly to some, but putting together a wee stocking to hang by the chimney with care that is specifically for your dog bestie is a lot of fun! Not only will you have a blast shopping for some cute themed items, but your pupster will have a great time nosing through their goodies from Santa Paws on Christmas morning.

2. PLAN A SNOW DAY
When those gorgeous white flakes begin to fall, put on your parka and snow pants (yes, snow pants, we don’t care how silly you think you look) and take your dog out into the winter wonderland for some fun! Play chase, make snow angels, dig in the snow and run around until you are both tired. Trust us, nothing puts a twinkle in your dog’s eye like some quality time in the great outdoors with their favourite human.

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3. MAKE DOG TREATS WHEN HOLIDAY BAKING
When you’re busy whipping up gingerbreads, shortbreads and figgy pudding (any Brits out there?) add a few scrumptious dog-friendly recipes to your list too. Your dog will love being treated while the rest of the family enjoys their goodies too. Try these Apple Oatmeal Dog Treats or these easy Sweet Potato Nothing Dog Treats.

4. DONATE DOG ITEMS TO YOUR LOCAL SHELTER
Giving back is important all year round, but especially at Christmas. Sniff out some of Fido’s gently used items, such as blankets, toys, collars, or leashes, and take them down to your local animal shelter to help animals who don’t have a happy home for the holidays. Or better yet, go shopping with your dog specifically for dog items to give away. Every pup deserves a toy at Christmas. A few of our favourite local rescues are Sit With Me Rescue, TEAM Dog Rescue, and Save Our Scruff Rescue.

5. CUDDLE UP FOR A DOG-FRIENDLY MOVIE NIGHT
In our home, the holiday season wouldn’t be complete without watching our favourite Christmas movies. So get organized and stock up on a little junk food, a snugly blanket, fuzzy socks and your best canine friend. Hunker down on the couch and let the good times roll! Here are a few extra dog-friendly movie night tips if you’re interested.

6. SLOW DOWN TO RECONNECT WITH YOUR DOG
It’s easy to get swept away by the holiday hustle and bustle. After all, there is a lot of planning and organizing to get through. But by doing so it is also easy to overlook your dog, so take some time to slow down, relish the moment and make an effort to reconnect with your dog with these tips.

{Photography by LLB Creative}

TORONTO PET HOLIDAY MINI SESSIONS: 2016 PAWSH HOLIDAY PORTRAITS

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TORONTO DOG PHOTOGRAPHER: PROFESSIONAL HEADSHOTS FOR 2016

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No matter your industry, a professional headshot is your first impression to potential clients and customers, so make it an impeccable impression with fresh, updated headshots that reflect your style and love of animals – and save $100 too for a limited time only!

Include your beloved pet in the shot to make your professional headshot stand out even more! Whether you’re a dog groomer, trainer, dog-walker, veterinarian,

INCLUDES
– a pre-shoot consultation
– wardrobe and styling advice
– 1 hour of shoot time
– multiple ‘looks’ so you can plan ahead for the whole year
– suitable for 1 person per session*
– pets are most definitely welcome!
– a selection of 12 photo proofs | your choice of 5 final hi-res photos
– photo retouching and editing
– full commercial license
(*team and charity group discounts are available, just ask!)

COST
$225 + HST
(regularly $325!)

OPTIONAL ADD-ON
– business card design – $175 (two rounds of edits: +$40 per extra edit round)

WHEN & WHERE
Saturday, January 16th, 2016 | 11am – 4pm | LLB Creative Studio, Toronto
Saturday, January 23rd, 2016 | 11am – 4pm | LLB Creative Studio, Toronto

ALTERNATIVE BOOKING OPTION
You can also purchase your discounted headshot session now and save it for later in the year when we can get outside for a gorgeous lifestyle headshot shoot. But you have to buy now! Headshot sessions will not be discounted again until next year!

HOW TO BOOK
Purchase your headshot session by emailing me at info@pawsh-magazine.com or via our studio contact form with your name, profession and preferred photo date. Space is limited as this is a discounted event.

TESTIMONIALS
“My favourite part of my experience was how comfortable Laura made me feel. She took lots of shots from different angles and positions she made the experience very relaxing enabling me to feel comfortable in front of her camera. She captured me very well and gave me a variety of photos to use for different occasions. My main objective for this head shot session was to connect all my business media with the same look by giving a few options and positions I am able to achieve my goal.” ~Lori Schuett, Innovative Interiors ~

TORONTO PET PHOTOGRAPHER: HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS

toronto dog photographerThis darling little nugget (a returning client) visited Pawsh Studio for a truly sweet Christmas photo session a few weekends ago. The concept we cooked up was ‘waiting for Santa’ complete with milk and… somehow the cookies disappeared! Here are a few of the results from this sweet photo session if you’re interested.
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BOOK YOUR PET PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION TODAY!
(they make great Christmas presents and yes gift cards are available!)

DOG TREAT RECIPE: OH-SO SWEET SQUASH SOUP GOOP | HUMAN FOOD FOR DOGS

Easy dog treat recipeSoup may not sound like something that you would treat your dog with — after all you can’t exactly slosh soup around in your pocket. But, believe it or not, soup is a fantastic way to spoil your furry minion at home, especially if you make it a little goopy!

This dog-friendly Sweet Squash Soup Goop recipe is a wonderful way to cozy up your pup’s kibble at dinner time! It takes no time at all to make, adds interest to your dog’s meal and gives them a healthy boost of much needed vitamins and dietary fibre! Oh, and did we mention that this easy dog treat recipe has only THREE ingredients? And go!

INGREDIENTS
– 2 cups of no sodium vegetable or chicken broth
– 1 or 2 organic sweet potatoes
– 1 butternut squash

DIRECTIONS
1) Slice and dice the sweet potatoes and squash into bite sized pieces.
2) Place in large pot and cover with broth.
3) Bring to a gentle simmer for 30-40 minutes or until potato chunks are soft.
4) Allow to cool and blend using an electric hand mixer or blender (who knew!)
5) Store in glass jars or plastic containers once cooled.

When dinner time comes around, simply ladle over your dog’s kibble and watch the drool flow! this is especially ideal for older dogs who may have sensitive teeth and need their kibble softened with a bit of water before chowing down. A simple way to dress up suppertime and your dog will adore you for it!

PAWSH PERK: Another three-ingredient dog treat recipe.

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