I grew up not far from Cincinnati, watching Nick Clooney first host the afternoon movie, then the local news. Although I didn’t know the family growing up (they are from Northern Kentucky, as I recall), I have always felt an affinity for George because (well, okay, because he’s gorgeous!) but also because he and I […]
Inspired by her late grandparents’ love of animals, one teenager in Illinois is finding innovative ways to help her local cat rescue.
Sabrina Hoagland’s grandparents, Diann and Butch Hoagland, were passionate about giving back to the community and, like Sabrina, loved animals.
Although Diann passed away in 2010 and Butch in 2014, they made a lasting impression on their granddaughter.
The 17-year-old began volunteering for The Forever Home Feline Ranch (FHFR) in Springfield, IL because she was interested in helping to make the world safe and more humane for all living creatures.
As Sabrina became more involved in volunteering, she quickly realized the amount of work the organization puts in to helping the animals in their care and she wanted to do more.
WCAX.COM Local Vermont News, Weather and Sports- WCAX in Burlington, VT is reporting that Murphy, the Golden Retriever who ran away after a car accident 18 months ago, is finally home with his family. When Ed Hamel’s granddaughter was in a car accident in 2014, Murphy escaped and ran away. His brain immediately shifted to […]
The Ohio legislature is now considering a bill that would make it illegal to leave a dog tethered outside in extreme temperatures. The Capital Area Humane Society says it received 30 – 40 calls every day about animals left outside when it’s too cold for most of us to even take the garbage out. See […]
Apparently I am incapable of blogging more than once a month. No matter how good my intentions are.
We got Summit’s eyes fixed about 3 weeks ago. Everything went smoothly although they aren’t looking normal yet. We have reached the stitches-are-dissolving-and-his-eyes-are-goopy-and-disgusting stage. :)
He is very much an “out of sight, out of mind” kind of dog. For example, we went snowshoeing the other day, and Marlin went into the outhouse for about 60 seconds. When he stepped out, Summit was shocked to see him and didn’t know who he was. LOL.
The nice thing about that aspect of his personality is that he’s really easy to distract if he is doing something naughty like harassing the cats. I lazy throw of a toy is enough to draw him away.
Coulee has been playing with him like crazy. It’s super nice to see. She doesn’t bully him nearly as much as she does Lacey and they can actually sustain play for 15-30 minutes at a time. (Usually when Coulee plays with Lacey it deteriorates after a few minutes and we have to put a stop to it). Lacey has been like Jeckyl and Hyde with Summit. She can go from wrestling with him to snarling fiercely in the blink of an eye. She’s usually more inclined to play with him outside in the backyard or when we are out on a walk but not always. For a while I was thinking she wasn’t feeling very good but she isn’t showing any other signs so I think it’s just her being crabby.
Lacey’s fur has grown back and you can’t even tell she had surgery on her back not that long ago. That’s pretty much it in “dog news”.
So I’ve tried a few 52 week projects. I’ve even tried a 365. And I’ve failed to complete them all. But what I have enjoyed is the photos I get out of them when I put the effort into it. So I’m going to be doing an unofficial 52 week project this year. I’ll be roughly using prompts from the “Creative 52″ book by Lindsay Adler as well as some “shot ideas” from Charlotte Reeves’ book “Dog Shots”. I hope to essentially plan a shot then go out and do it. I find if I don’t, I just do the same old, same old. Over and over and over and frankly it gets dull. It was OK when Summit was growing so quickly as I was basically just documenting the changes. But now that his growth has slowed down to a dull roar, I want to start capturing something a little different.
My last attempt at a 52 week project was two years ago. The prompt was Colour and I loved the shot of Coulee that I got and I wanted to try and get the same photo of Summit. It worked out perfectly.
Then seeing as we were out and about, we took some other colourful photos as well.
I’ve got a few more I still need to edit too. I’m already glad I’ve made the effort for the project. It’s nice to do something different every now and then.