Remember our gorgeous summer sunflower maternity session? Well, baby Emma has finally arrived!
Welcome back to Talking Tails!
Mom photographed a furry friend in the studio who is in training to be a service dog. We were intrigued by the service dogs and wondered why they are service dogs and we are not. Upon further discussion with their handlers we learned that they go through special training to assist an individual with a disability, including physical, mental, and developmental. These dogs are not couch potatoes! Embarrassingly, we have to admit that we do enjoy lounging on the couch…sometimes all day!
The things these dogs can be trained to do is quite interesting. They can be guide dogs, serving as eyes for their handlers. They lead their handler in walking and protect them from obstacles in the way. They can even find items dropped by their handlers. Others are hearing dogs and alert their deaf handlers to important sounds, from door bells, alarm clocks, microwaves, smoke alarms, to sirens. They are trained to touch their handler with a paw or nose and take them to the source of the sound. Some dogs are trained to perform daily tasks, such as opening cabinets or reaching for the phone, and are categorized as mobility service dogs. Chemical changes in the body that indicate an upcoming seizure or diabetic sugar spike can be detected by alert and response dogs. This early alert allows their handler to take medicine or get to a safe place. If a seizure occurs, the dog will respond by laying on their handler to minimize movement and possible injury. Psychiatric service dogs help handlers who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and a variety of anxiety and panic disorders. They are trained to calm fears and provide a “here and now” for handlers who suffer from traumatic memories.
Wow, we are so impressed and proud of our service dog brothers and sisters. We salute you and your giving hearts – living your lives to let your handlers live as normal a life as possible.
Talk to you soon!
Buster and Joey
Babies and toddlers are just so adorable, but imagine them in Halloween costumes! The cuteness is magnified!!
It’s time to start thinking about a Halloween costume for your little one. You have a variety of options, including buying a costume at a retail or consignment store, designing a costume yourself, or being super cute with a mommy and me costume. Let the creative juices flow!
If you are thinking of creating your own costume, you can get some great ideas at the following websites.
How cute would it be to include you and baby, and even dad, in a Halloween costume theme? Check out the following websites for some creative ideas.
Consignment shops are another alternative for a Halloween costume for baby. Kid to Kid consignment is located right in Charlotte.
Whichever route you take for Halloween costumes, I am sure your baby will be adorable!
What other tips do you have for Halloween costumes for baby? Please, share!
We know it is hard to believe, but Christmas is right around the corner! Our Mom is super busy getting all the Christmas sets ready for the holiday shooting season. We are being a great help to her, as always!! We especially excel as models in Mom’s images of the completed sets.
Canine Christmas, our first holiday event, is coming up on Saturday, October 15. All of our buddies are invited to the studio for a super 15-minute Christmas photo session. In addition to getting great images, which can be used for Christmas cards and gifts, you can support the Humane Society of Charlotte. Your sitting fee of $25 or an item from their wish list is donated to the Humane Society. You can get great pictures of yourself and help a dog less fortunate than you…now that is what Christmas is all about.
The Humane Society’s wish list changes from week to week, but as of this date, items include:
You can check out the wish list at http://humanesocietyofcharlotte.org/donate-now/wish- list/.
So, take that dreaded bath (we hate them too), brush out the fur (watch out for mats and snarls), and come join us for Canine Christmas! Your human can reserve your session on our website.
My sweet little friend Anderson came in for his 8 month portrait session last week. I can't get enough of his smile!