Posts Tagged ‘Boulder’

Humane Society’s Great Catsby event was a record-breaking cat’s meow

dana rogers photography

The 1920’s themed Puttin’ On the Leash was a roaring success for the Humane Society of Boulder Valley.  The event, entitled The Great Catsby this year, had over 1,000 attendees – decked out in flapper dresses, feather boas and zoot suits – and raised over $300,000!  That’s an incredible accomplishment at any time but especially in the current economy.

“We are so inspired by the generosity and commitment of our community to our organization,” said Lisa Pedersen, CEO of Humane Society of Boulder Valley. “Puttin’ On The Leash is truly a celebration of the amazing relationships we share with our pets and the enrichment they bring to our lives.”

Catsby and Daisy, two shelter cats, welcomed attendees at the door then sent them off to snap up nearly 600 silent auction bid items.  While perusing the silent auction, guests were treated to vintage dances performed by “Watch Your Step!”  and sampled delicious goodies from over 20 Boulder-area caterers and restaurants.  Then it was on to the live auction, emceed by Channel 7 News’ chief meteorologist, Mike Nelson, along with his special guest Dr. Lee Woods of Broadway Animal Hospital.

The 26 live auction items included European vacations (the good kind, not the Chevy Chase kind), an Ultimate Training Experience with Lindsay Wood and the amazing Natural Habitat Polar Bears Tour package.

Event co-chairs, the ever-vivacious and charming Renee Shires (my friend and neighbor!) and Patty Young plus Silent Auction co-chairs Amanda Ford and Linda Oliver were on hand to oversee this 18th annual gala which is one of the largest charity events in Boulder and the Humane Society’s biggest fundraiser of the year.

Helping to make it all possible were a staff of 200 volunteers and the evening’s event title sponsors: Colorado Capital Bank, Moet and Chandon Champagne, Nuf Said Advertising, Superior Liquor and UBS, with auction sponsors HW Home.

Proceeds from the event will provide life-saving services, behavioral training, rehabilitation services and various assistance programs offered by the Humane Society.

Pooch helps pop the question

“I’d like to arrange a photo shoot as a gift for my girlfriend.  And could you do one extra little thing? …”    So began one of the most distinctive shoots I’ve had so far.   Anthony went on to explain that he wanted photos of his girlfriend, Natalie with her dog, Abigail, and himself.  And at the end of the  session he wanted me to photograph him getting down on one knee and proposing!  To Natalie, not Abigail — just to be clear.  I think Abigail approved when her lady said, “YES!”

Balls, Balloons and Big Sad Eyes

More recent photos from Doghouse Studios shoots.  See lots of adorable dogs and cats at our online gallery

Cockers, Calicos and more …

Slideshow of recent Doghouse Studios shoots.  You can see more charming canines (and cats) at the Doghouse Studios online gallery!


The 10th Annual Canine Classic: live music, beer, food and lots of tail sniffing

Ahhh, springtime in Boulder.  What better way to celebrate the season than to spend a Saturday morning at the Res, kicking back

The Canine Classic promises to be a blast for the furry and their friends

with a beer, listening to live music and watching a couple thousand dogs sniff each others’ butts?

If that’s the sort of thing you’re into, then the Canine Classic 5k Run/Walk is the place you want to be. Especially if you’re a dog.  Or if you love a dog or you’ve ever met a dog or you just want to hang out with dogs while you enjoy live music and a beer.  Did I mention there will be beer?  And dogs?

The Canine Classic is a dog-friendly walk/run that benefits MESA (Moving to End Sexual Assault) which is a non-profit organization that serves Boulder and Broomfield counties.

In addition to the aforementioned live music and beer and dogs, you’ll also find a local vendor expo and “incredible displays of canine talent,” according to Jessica Shannon of MESA.  Can’t wait to find out what that means…

  • What: 10th Annual Canine Classic 5k Run/Walk
  • When: April 18, 2010
  • Where: Boulder Reservoir 5565 51st St., Boulder, CO
  • What to bring: your dog, your running/walking shoes, your open and generous wallet
  • Registration is at 7:30 am or you can register online here
  • Race/walk begins at 9:00 am.
  • Canine Carnival and Events are from 8:00 am to 1:30 pm


Get more info on MESA

Register online for Canine Classic

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Boulder Daschund featured in USA Today’s “Working Like a Dog”

One of our very own local canines has recently become a national celeb featured in USA Today — and taking a look at Fritz I think you can see why. Fritz is a working dog, putting in hours of overtime as the personal assistant to Carol Brock, editor of Boulder County Home & Garden Magazine.

Fritz the Gardener - photo by Peggy Doyle

When Brock adopted Fritz from the Humane Society of Boulder Valley about a year ago, he was in sad shape. Now he is regularly featured in the magazine and has become quite the socialite. “Everybody knows him. It’s ‘Hi, Fritz’ wherever we go,” she says.

He earns his kibble by performing by performing tricks for his office peeps and adoring fans. “He learns things in a second,” Brock says. “I thought I’d teach him some tricks and he’s so smart — he learns after just one or two times — I ran out of ideas for tricks.” She went to the bookstore last week for help: a book of 101 dog tricks. She figures it’ll be a few weeks before he masters them all.

That’s what she gets for adopting a smart dog. Stick with Great Danes and you’ll work on the same six commands for the rest of their lives. Heaven help me, I do love ’em big and dumb.

Doghouse Studios wins national photo contest! See the winning photo

Just found out I won the “Faces and Places of the World” photo contest in the professional category of Animals/Pets. Yea Me! Here’s the winning photo below, called Tango de Los Perros. Check out the article and slide show of all the winning photos here: Photo contest winners slide show

Dancing Dogs

Tango de los Perros

A mature Aspen photographs like a pup

This is Aspen. She is 14 years old but you’d never know it from looking at her! Gorgeous isn’t she? Thanks for dropping by the studio for a portrait session, Aspen!


Humane Society US announces photo contest winners



Winning photo by Lanmana of Idaho

Winning photo by Lanmana of Idaho

Oh!  You have GOT to look at these photos from the Humane Society of the US’s Spay Day pet photo contest! As a professional (and might I add, award-winning) pet photographer, I was blown away. These photos are just amazing. Check out the Top 11 winners here. More than 45,000 pet photos were submitted and judged by a panel of celebrity hot shots.


The judges — Matt Grant (TV’s “The Bachelor”), Tamar Geller (author and dog trainer), Patrick McDonnell (“MUTTS” cartoonist), and Christopher Ameruoso (professional photographer) — were looking for entrants with a winning combination of an eye-catching photo and a creative written response that gave insight into their pet’s personality.

I try to accomplish the exact same thing through my photography and I have to say, these folks hit it right on the cold, wet nose! I’d love for you to see my photos too — just click to visit the Doghouse Studios Gallery.

The Top 11 finalists all received prizes, including a shopping spree to Humane Domain, the online store featuring products and gifts for pet lovers. Check out their collection of spay and neuter t-shirts — they’re an easy way to promote the fight to end pet homelessness, and you’ll look great doing it!

Pottery Caffe For Sale

Just found out that Pottery Caffe, Boulder’s lovely little paint-your-own-pottery and espresso bar, is for sale. I’ve always liked going there because they’re very accommodating to dogs of all sizes. My Great Dane is as welcome there as my Chihuahua. I would never actually bring the Great Dane in of course, because he is named after Ferdinand the Bull for some pretty obvious reasons and it’s generally considered unwise to bring a bull into a china (pottery) shop. Anyhoo, if anyone reading this has interest in owning-your-own paint-your-own, get in touch with me. It’s been well-established for 9 years and has a superb location tucked on the north side of Boulders venerable McGuckin’s hardware store and right in between Salon Salon and JJ Wells so it gets great foot traffic. Here’s the website:

Ferdinand the Bull-puppy: howling
Ferdinand the Bull-puppy: Howling

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