My affection for Weimaraners goes WAY, way back……specifically to junior high school and a favorite teacher.  Mr. Jackson was both an entertaining and engaging speaker and our class sponsor, so he is a key figure in my school experience.  He was also the owner of a magnificent Weimaraner named Shadow, and during one memorable Chapel service utilized Shadow to illustrate the point he was making in his talk.  I’ll never forget hearing Mr. Jackson’s voice ringing through the auditorium giving a command, and seeing a streak of grey charge down the aisle and leap up onto the platform.  It was my first introduction to the athletic and dignified German breed, and it made quite an impression.
So when I got a call to do a session for two Weimaraners I was thrilled.  Bella and Zoe and their humans share a lovely home in Buckhead, and I think the girls know how lucky they are to have been rescued by their owners.  Bella is older and clearly the alpha, but she and Zoe get along and clearly have a bond.   They have a particular interest in chipmunks, and with a lush and wooded lot surrounding the back yard, no shortage of potential prey.  Even in repose, though, these dogs have so much life and personality in their eyes….they were a joy to photograph.

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Meet some of the newest arrivals rescued by Homeless Pets Foundation. These dogs have been abandoned, given up by owners no longer willing to care for them, or rescued from other shelters overwhelmed with dogs. All desperately need good homes, as more and more dogs come in every day. (The day I shot these photos 19 dogs were brought in) There are SO MANY ways you can help: stop by to walk a dog, help out at an adoption event, attend a fundraiser, donate, transport, or foster a dog. For more information on dogs and opportunities to help please go to http://www.homelesspets.com/

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>After more than our fair show of rainy days, Atlanta finally emerged this week soggy and in need of some sunshine.  A warm and bright day at Piedmont Park with some new friends was exactly the right option.  Aside from the rain and gloom, I’ve been up to my eyeballs with work prepping for The Bridal Extravaganza this weekend.  So I figured a break from all things bridal would do me good and help me return to the task with renewed energy!

I met up with Hawk and his human Jeff at Piedmont Park for a mini lifestyle session.  Our first stop was the dock.  As soon as we got close I asked if Hawk liked ducks, and Jeff said he wasn’t sure since he’d probably never seen one before.  It seems that Hawk isn’t much for aquatic activities, not being a fan of water.  So, nothing to worry about.

Here are Hawk’s very intense observation skills being demonstrated.  The ducks seemed unperturbed.
What a happy boy!  He was THRILLED to be outside in the sun.
So much to see and sniff…..so little time.

If you suspect that you know what happens next…….you’re probably right.   One minute Hawk seemed happy stretching his legs, running down the dock between Jeff and I, and the next moment he simply crouched and dove into the water.  It was one of those moments where you see what’s happening in slow motion and are unable to move fast enough.  We were SO surprised that I think we both froze for a moment.  Jeff dropped his cell phone and I nearly dropped the camera as scrambled to pull a frantically dog-paddling Hawk up out of the water.  Let’s just say the couple on the bench nearby got a quite a show and seemed to thoroughly enjoy watching the whole thing.  Maybe Hawk surprised himself, too.  NOT a water dog, huh?

So, an air-dry session disguised as a walk was definitely in order.  We cruised around Piedmont for a bit before finding some stairs and a view of the Midtown skyline.

Always on the lookout for the S-Q-U-I-R-R-E-L-S.  Because, ya know, a dog can never be too watchfu.

These guys definitely have a very strong bond.  Hawk was a rescue and it always seems to me that these dogs know that and have a little extra bit of love and appreciation to show their humans.

Thanks Hawk and Jeff for a fun session.  I hope you enjoy your images!
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