Category Archives: Dog

Excited!

Ready to eat

05.16.2017

I took this photo a while ago but lately I’ve been going through some of my memory cards and cleaning things up a bit. I found this gem, added my new logo (do you like it?), cropped the edges, and there we have it! I’m usually not good with a fast shutter. I try hard with wildlife but most of the time I end up missing the shot or it’s blurry or whatever. This one worked! Of course I had a good model.

I love how excited he is to eat his treat. He always plays with his food and makes it seem as though it’s the first time he’s tried it. He’s also always excited to see me – when I get home from work, when I pick him up from a weekend away, when I get back from a run (he’s too old to run with me anymore). That’s how we should greet all loved ones – be excited to se them.

Thanks for your input on the blue herons – yep, there are 5. That was fun and I enjoyed that photo shoot. I have another shoot this weekend of a waterfall I’ve never photographed before so stay tuned!

~ melissa michelle

The nose knows

The nose knows

01.04.2017

Every day when I get home from work, my dog sniffs my clothes. It’s almost like he needs to know where I’ve been and how my day went. He sniffs all over while I attached his collar and leash for his walk. Then he looks up like he understands that I was at work and came back home to him. His nose knows!

When your loved ones come home from being away for a few minutes or hours, go to them and ask how was their day. A hug is always good too. Just saying.

~ melissa michelle

Stop barking

12.13.2016

After a long day at work, I find myself sitting here in the quiet. The only noise is the furnace running as the temperature drops outside. Without going into detail, let’s just say it was a difficult day at work. People were “barking” given a current situation. By the end, my stomach hurt from the stress and a headache ensued. Getting back to my quiet home helped to calm my restless spirit. When this happens life feels fractured as people are barking at you.

So this photo of my dog’s mouth wide open and adding the fractured frame effect depicts my day. But I must say, I feel better having photography and editing as my therapy! Everyone needs an outlet, a positive way to express what’s going on in your life. This is mine. What’s yours?

~ melissa michelle

Being lazy

Let sleeping dogs lie

12.11.2016

Sometimes you just need a day to be lazy. It’s okay. Don’t beat yourself up. Just enjoy and do what you want to. That’s what my dog does. He plays when he wants to. Sleeps when he wants to. And, eats when he wants to. I want to be more like my dog.

I spent a rare weekend at home – I mean seriously, my truck has not moved since dinner with my Mom Friday night! Originally there were two events on my schedule, but alas, the weather had other plans for me. So I cleaned up the drive and walkway more times than I can count, read a book, and took a couple naps. It was a delightful weekend! However, I would be remiss if I didn’t say that I missed getting out of Erie to my boyfriend’s farm, my retreat.

I promised myself that tomorrow I’ll be back in the groove – work, studying, photography essays (more on that later!), and hopefully getting into the Christmas spirit. The weather has me very depressed – I need to see sun, not snow, every day.

Have a good week folks!

~ melissa michelle

Enjoying the little things

Chase keeping lookout

Chase keeping lookout

04.28.2016

Last week one of my very good friends suffered a loss and my heart ached for her. I knew what she was going through because I had suffered a similar loss a few years ago. This brought back some memories and thoughts of my loss. But along with that, the knowledge that life goes on, that I survived, and I have learned life can be good again.

When I look back on memories, it makes me appreciate the little things: Face time with someone you love, a text message that makes me laugh, pizza with friends, or sitting outside with my dog. Simple yet special.

Yesterday I feared I was losing my dog but thankfully it was something that can be fixed and he is comfortable again. As I was driving us home from the vet my thoughts were on us spending more time outside where he truly loves to be and going for more walks once he feels better. See, little things. They don’t cost money. It’s just a decision to spend time.

So think about not spending money but time. Enjoy the simple things. And, do like my dog, just enjoy the moment and look around.

~ melissa michelle

Pheasant Hunting with the dogs

Bringing the pheasant back

Bringing the pheasant back

Barney flushing out the pheasant

Barney flushing out the pheasant

Great dogs

Great dogs

11.30.2015

Wow, it’s the end of November already?! This year has gone by so fast. But it’s been a great, fun year for me.

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. We spent time before and after Thanksgiving lunch to hunt pheasants. It was so much fun! I really enjoy watching the dogs work to flush out the pheasants, and then bring them back. The men had their shot guns and I shot with my camera. So exciting! My goal for the day was to capture a photo of a dog with a pheasant in the same photo. I did it!! Earlier in the day I got the one with Barney bringing back the rooster. I was content with that one but still hoped for the big one. And I got it.

How many times have you made a goal but others said it would be pretty difficult and not to count on getting it? I didn’t care, I just wanted to try. I was happy to be outside on a beautiful day with good company. I think sometimes people are always looking for that capture / goal / finish line. They forget to enjoy the journey. I was having a blast enjoying myself. I still had fun even though I didn’t get the photo I wanted the first time we went out – I had no idea we would go out again. But we did and that’s when I got the prize photo!

I guess what I’m saying is this: Enjoy the journey even if you don’t get what you want but keep trying because you might end up with it!

~ melissa michelle

 

Selfie with a friend

Me and my dog

Me and my dog

07.16.2015

This was taken with my cell phone. My dog was sitting on the back of the couch using my shoulder to hold himself there. His head was on the window sill. I grabbed my phone and called his name. He turned immediately and I snapped this shot!

He’s about 11-1/2 years old. Some days he really shows his age, like the past few months he didn’t feel that great. I had him to the vet a few times but they said it was just age. About a week ago he was back to himself, playing and barking and running around. It makes my heart happy that’s he’s feeling better.

If you have a pet you know how bad you feel when they aren’t feeling well. They can’t tell you what’s wrong, and I think that’s the hardest part. But at least he’s back to himself.

Give your dog a rub behind the ears!

~ melissa michelle

Being coy

Chase being coy

Chase being coy

04.23.2015

Featuring my dog again today. We were laying on the floor after he had gathered his partially eaten treats. I positioned the camera even with the floor and got this photo. The sideways glance was to tell me that I better not take his treats!

It’s been an extremely stressful week given that I’m suffering from insomnia again and an inspector from a state agency will be at my place of work to make sure we are totally in compliance and review my paperwork for the past three years. I hope I completed it all correctly.

After the morning of torture and grueling questions I’m treating myself to lunch and will then look forward to starting my weekend!

~ melissa michelle

High Five (or paw)

Chase giving me a high five paw

Chase giving me a high five paw

Another high paw

Another high paw

04.16.2015

I got a high “paw” from Chase this afternoon. I guess the second time he was getting tired of the camera flash and stuck his tongue out at me! He certainly has his own personality and shows it off. Dogs are great companions and I’m very thankful for mine.

Dogs and children are a lot alike, I think. They have no concept of time and they live in the moment. I want to be more like my dog, especially living in the moment and enjoying the journey.

~ melissa michelle

 

 

Take time to smell the flowers

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04.13.2015

We had a beautiful day with a high temperature of 80 degrees. I very much enjoyed photographing these daffodils and look forward to all the buds opening to reveal their brilliant yellow color.

My intention was to only capture the flowers; however, my dog had another idea and I thought it was perfect! He reminded me that I need to take time to smell the flowers rather than lining up the perfect shot, the perfect life, the perfect journey. In fact, I’m always remembering to enjoy the journey.

I have been sick with the flu. Today is the first day I actually feel human after being sick for 5 days. Health really is the first wealth. Remember that!

~ melissa michelle