Talking Tails - 9/27/16
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 11:21PM
By Reflections by Rhiannon
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Welcome back to Talking Tails!

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:

  • Canned dog food (a treat to dogs who have been eating off the street)
  • Dog toys (great for all, but especially for rescued puppies)
  • Paper towels (oops…we all have accidents)
  • 6-foot dog leashes (who doesn’t like going for a walk)
  • Gift cards (Walmart, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Costco, Staples, Office Max)

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.

Talk to you soon!

Buster and Joey

 
Baby Talk - 9/22/16
Thursday, September 22, 2016 10:24PM
By Reflections by Rhiannon
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My sweet little friend Anderson came in for his 8 month portrait session last week. I can't get enough of his smile!

 
Talking Tails - 9/13/16
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 8:38PM
By Reflections by Rhiannon
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Welcome back to Talking Tails!

We would like you to meet our buddies, Dwayne the Rock Johnson and Gidget. They were recently in the studio for photo shoots. They rocked it!

We were surprised to learn that they are both deaf. That intrigued us since we have never met a do who could not hear. Our minds went into overdrive…Why were they deaf? How do they communicate with other dogs and their humans? Do they bark?

Our research revealed that some dogs inherit a genetic defect and are born deaf, while others may have experienced an untreated ear infection or injury, and some simply experience deafness as part of the aging process. Interestingly, some dog breeds are more prone to being born deaf, including Australian Shepherds, Dalmatians, Great Danes, and Welsh Corgis.

Deaf dogs are trainable and learn through hand commands, rather than verbal commands. Handlers often get their attention by turning the lights on and off (visual stimulation), taking a few heavy steps (vibration stimulus), or very gently touching the dog in the same spot every time (tactile stimulation). Most importantly, they love to be rewarded for good behavior with treats, just like dogs who can hear!

And they do bark! This is an instinctive behavior and not learned, so no hearing required!

We tip our hats to all our furry friends and, especially, to our deaf buddies during National Deaf Dog Awareness Week – September 18-24. All dogs, including those who cannot hear, make wonderful family members and loving companions.

Talk to you soon!

Buster and Joey

 
Baby Talk - 9/8/16
Thursday, September 08, 2016 9:22PM
By Reflections by Rhiannon
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I had the pleasure of sharing Jack’s first birthday! We had an amazing photo shoot!

I am always surprised at how much babies grow in their first year. Wrangling toddlers, as cute as they are, can put you at risk for lower back pain. Here are a few tips to save your back from undue pain.

When lifting your child off the floor or out of the crib, don’t bend over! Bend your knees, squat down, and straighten your legs as you lift. For those short, like me, a little stool may be helpful when lifting your child out of the crib. Removing the tray before putting your child into a high chair will reduce the pressure on your lower back. Buckling your child into a car seat is easiest on your back if you sit next to the car seat, rotate your body toward the car seat, and then put your child into the seat. Holding your child and reaching in from the street puts undo pressure on your lower back. Stand tall when pushing a stroller, no slouching! And don’t lean over when putting your child in or taking out of the stroller. Always bend your knees!

What other back-saving tips do you have? Please, share!

 
Talking Tails - 8/30/16
Tuesday, August 30, 2016 10:36PM
By Reflections by Rhiannon
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Welcome back to Talking Tails!

Last week our Mom and Dad sponsored a vendor booth at Charlotte Pride. A few blocks of South Tryon were blocked off and it was party time! There was food, vendors, music, and, best of all, a parade!!

We did not actually attend Pride because it was two very long and hot days. We preferred to stay home napping in the air conditioning! Our Mom and Dad brought home some Pride attire for us. Check us out showing our support!

Talk to you soon!

Buster and Joey