Pictures with Swayze, the Blended-Breed Senior Canine



True to her namesake (sure, she is a woman), Swayze is a bundle of candy, spunky power! All that persona suits in a petite little package deal, and if it weren’t for the white fur on her face, you’d by no means guess that she’s a senior pup. Her mother, Nicky, requested me to {photograph} Swayze after having spent the final 12 months or so in & out of veterinarians’ workplaces, battling numerous medical points together with most cancers. So it was a bit bittersweet, however this session was additionally completely FUN due to Swayze’s unstoppable spirit!


Nicky and I am going method again: she’s one of many wonderful individuals who run Shelter to Soldier, a beautiful nonprofit that rescues shelter canine and pairs them with prior-military personnel who want service canine. The trainers at Shelter to Solider have to be agency with their canine in coaching, and their canine turn into mannequin service canine, ridiculously good at their jobs. Since I’ve labored with StS for a number of initiatives, I wasn’t certain if I ought to anticipate the identical type of targeted, intense power I’ve seen with most service canine in Swayze too – she’s not a service canine, however given who her mother is, I used to be curious what I’d discover.

Effectively…Swayze was targeted (on enjoying) and was intense (in her perspective). However that’s the place the similarities finish!


Not solely is Swayze utterly totally different than a service canine (even her service canine siblings!), I couldn’t assist however snigger at her playfulness and perspective. She has clear opinions on when her toy ought to be thrown for her to fetch (NOW, and as usually as potential.) Nothing about her persona displays the truth that she’s of superior age and has had far too many medical points. Swayze actually bounced as she ran alongside the seashore in her happiness, and all of us cherished watching her play. What a enjoyable photograph session! (Plus, it was a pleasant change of tempo to be working with Nicky whereas on the similar time photographing a non-service canine for as soon as!) The reality is, it doesn’t matter whether or not canine are extraordinarily well-behaved or independently-minded in a photograph session. The trick is to let canine simply be their joyful, great selves, and the remaining is magic.


We have been capable of go to the navy aspect of Coronado Canine Seashore, which is extra personal and fewer crowded than the primary seashore. It was excellent for Swayze to only be… Swayze. 🙂

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Nicky, I’ll see you quickly – I can’t wait to share the remainder of our pictures with you!

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