Monthly Archives: August 2011

Another Foster Home

August 28, 2011

I’ve been requested to foster another dog until he finds his ideal placement. Unfortunately, this time around, my schedule wasn’t conducive for me to take in another dog, but I had someone in mind who would…  my father.  He has been thinking long and hard about getting another dog.  It’s been about two years now since my father’s last dog, Molly, past away.  I figured he could try fostering to see if his lifestyle is accomodating and accepting for having another dog in his life.  Not only is my father questioning whether or not he is ready to have a dog, but I think his heart will keep him from letting go of this unique foster dog, Andre.

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It’s been a week now and my father and Andre are settling in:

1. Andre likes to investigate and mouth-handle objects to see how many micro pieces he can turn it into before my father catches him.
2. My father has learned to picked up his personal items around the house to avoid CSI work.














Andre is a Great Dane/Mix.  He is about six months old, well behaved, has beautiful markings, easily trained, doesn’t shed much, and is fun to watch run around with his big paws.

Before WOOFFUN rescued Andre, someone had cut off one of Andre’s ears.  Why do people have to be so cruel?
WOOFFUN decided to have elective surgery done to even up Andre’s ears in order to make the cruelity less noticable.

NH Bike Race 2011

August 22, 2011

The NH Bike Race took place on Sunday, August 21st. I had a blast taking pictures of the riders! This isn’t my first year volunteering for the event, but my first attendance with the camera. With my Nikon pressed to my faced as the riders approached me, I received many different responses.

The energy was already high from the adrenaline given off from each rider to complete their 63 mile course.  You throw in a camera and everything changes – the moods and energy jump up a notch.  Each rider had just a few seconds in front of the camera to show their humor and personality.  Most of the riders would perform for the camera by doing wheelies, giving peace signs, thumbs up, hand waves, big smiles, and even a display of food with their mouth wide open as they go by at their race pace. Funny and fun all morning long.

I’m showing you several of my favorite photos I took that day.  No food, no hand gestures, just an overall sense of what the NH Bike Race entailed.  Enjoy!

League of N.H. Craftsmen

August 17, 2011

I attended the League of N.H. Craftsmen 78th Annual Craftsmen Fair at Mount Sunapee Resort in Newbury, NH. There were over 200 vendors who had good weather and a constant crowd of people browsing and buying artisan fine craft work. Workshops, demonstrations, and exhibitions were scheduled throughout the day. I spent a day observing an array of unique creations from non-metal jewerly to outdoor sculptures.  The following photos are of just a few of the many artists I have met and admired at the Craftsmen Fair.

The first two pictures below are of Nancy Tobey demonstrating the process of making glass beads.

The following photo is of one of the many outdoor sculptures displayed on the grounds of Mount Sunapee.  Isis, is a mixed media sculpture, created by Debora Homer O’Leary.
















Jim Lambert from Hillsborough, N.H. creates his work using a variety of materials: antiques, recycled materials, newspaper, old electrical wires, then turns his idea into a finished art by painting a face, adding colors, and a message. I really enjoyed talking with him about his creative process.

Maine Moments

August 13, 2011

Beautiful day in Ogunquit, Maine…   A day being a positive impact on strangers through conversation, a smile, or with a compliment.  Throw in good food, a few drinks with a friend created a wonderful day filled with great moments.

A day with my friend and our cameras in hand made the day even more memorable.  We both scouted the town for the perfect photo opportunity.  With no timelines and no pressure to “click and move on”, we were able to enjoy the day at our own pace.  We walked Marginal Way with our cameras ready in hand.  We stopped and snapped many photos whenever something intrigued us.  In between moments of shooting, we would share the angle of capture, thought process, and even new ideas for recapturing the subject.  It’s hard to find someone who grants you the time to be creative.  There are just a few people I can do this with.  I’m so lucky to have those that inspire, motivate, and share with me the same passion.

Ok, I need to explain the photo below… In one of the hotel’s gardens (off of Marginal Way), a dragonfly is found holding on for dear life as the winds try to pull it off. Look at how strong the wind is by how the dragonfly’s wings are angled. This dragonfly stayed on through many wind storms. After taking many photos and the wind finally settled, the dragonfly flew off.

My First Foster

August 6, 2011

Lenny was mistreated in a number of ways during his early years and he has the scars to prove it. With all the cruelty Lenny was victim to, he still wags his tale and is eager to please. His story is much bigger than we will ever know. Lenny was rescued by WOOFFUN,  a volunteer animal rescue organization.

My dogs and I welcomed Lenny into our home while the proper placement was made for Lenny to spend the rest of his life.  He was my first foster dog and the experience was very rewarding.  Lenny spent his time being a dog: running free, playing ball, socializing with me, guests, and my dogs, while having all his needs met.

The day came for Lenny to meet his potential new owner (adopter/s).  For me to know Lenny may have a final destination called “home,” packing up the truck with Lenny and all of his things made our final ride together exciting.  The final process for placing a dog with a potential new owner is call the “Meet and Greet”.   Lenny’s “Meet and Greet” was a total success!  ”It was a match made in Heaven!”

Lenny, welcome to your HOME!  Your life is now full of devotion, happiness, and stability.

I’m already missing his happy face and his desire to enjoy life like nothing else matter’s, other than today.