>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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>Another wonderful year at Bark Station has gone by, and we celebrated with the annual Portrait Event Fundraiser.   This year Mostly Mutts Animal Rescue was the recipient of the money raise, and Santa Steve was on hand to create some holiday memories.

Lorre Lamarca of Bark Station

Diesel give Santa some doggie kisses

Not all of our visitors were furry and four-legged:  several families had their children along.  This poor little guy was scared of our sweet Saint Nick–despite many attempts and a very patient and experienced Santa, the photo on Santa’s lap just wan’t going to happen.

Once Mom and Dad and the faithful Labradoodle got involved all was well!

This sweet beagle tolerated the outfit her owner selected with admirable cooperation.  But once the photographer lady pulled out a lat with elf ears to complete the ensemble, she rebelled and quickly got it off.  Smart and quick dogs, those beagles!

Another subject that took some coaxing…..this sweet little guy wasn’t all that expressive for his portrait.  But he adores Bark Station mascot Darla, so once Darla was called over and jumped in with Santa we got a sweet expression from him.  Thanks for the assist, Darla!

An example of a young man VERY excited to see Santa…..right here.  There were so many good shots of he and Santa having a great time it was hard to narrow them down.

This awesome family recently rescued these dogs and gave them a loving home.  It will be their first Christmas together, and judging by the adorable matching green sweaters and the adoration of these boys, I think the dogs have it made!

And here’s sweet Arthur, who attended last year and has SUCH a good time he had to come back.  I’m pretty sure Arthur is on Santa’s NICE list and will have something very special waiting under the tree.

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>Although this is not the Vin Diesel character, this dog seems to share some of the same characteristics: tough on the outside, soft on the inside. When I met this sweet guy he was very willing to pose for his portrait, although far more interested in being petted and enjoying some rare personal attention.  Riddick is a Staffordshire Bull Terrier and came to Homeless Pets Foundation due to his owner falling on hard times.  Unfortunately, when the owner lost his home he also lost the ability to care for his pet. Being a large, strong dog and somewhat an ‘alpha’ personality, Riddick needs a new owner with some previous dog-ownership experience, and definitely needs to be the only pet in the home.  But he definitely adores people and has a lot of love to give.

To find out more about Riddick or other available dogs please you can reach Homeless Pets Foundation at 770-971-0100.

 

 

Homeless Pets Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 1998 by Dr. Michael Good, an Atlanta veterinarian who saw a need to create an organization that could assist animal shelters and pet owners in need. In the Atlanta area alone, there are more than 100,000 animals destroyed each year for lack of a home. The Foundation provides critical medical care, food, foster care and comfort to these homeless animals.

Since late in 2002 they have placed nearly 10,000 animals in loving homes. The Homeless Pets Foundation is currently split into three different entities – The Homeless Pets Foundation, Homeless Pet Clubs, and Homeless Pets Transport.

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