Happy Earth Day!

Sorry for the long break! The human had a baby, and we were quite surprised how different a human baby is from a guinea pup. They are far less mobile and quite demanding of the human’s time. But, all in all, the human seems to be getting back into the swing of things. So look forward to more new posts and hopefully a return to social media.

Happy Earth Day!

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Celebrate today by being earth conscious, enjoying the beauty of nature, or just doing what is right for your family and pets!

– Tauntaun

101 Dalmatians Themed Engagement Photos

Are you a big Disney fan? Love 101 Dalmatians? Corinne Jones and her fiance Tony Collier love both and wanted to recreate the scene from the animated movie in which Pongo takes the initiative to unite Roger and Anita in the park.

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Here is the animation of the entire scene:

The couple dressed in period fashion and used their own dogs Izzy, a mastiff mix, and Mookie, a black lab mix. While not dalmatians the two dogs are such a part of their owner’s lives that they deserved a part in the photos and memories for the couple. The dogs were incredibly well behaved and helped the shoot become what it needed to be. The hardest part was making sure that the couple’s facial expressions matched those from the animation scenes. The photographer is the couple’s cousin Melissa Biggerstaff.

Not yet together:
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(Rusty Lion – Melissa Biggerstaff)

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(Rusty Lion – Melissa Biggerstaff)

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(Rusty Lion – Melissa Biggerstaff)

The reason the couple likes the love story in the movie so much Corinne explains:

“I’ve always loved that Roger and Anita were not the typical fairy tale — they were believable characters who didn’t just come together merely by wishing on a star and casting a magic spell, Pongo had to take the first step.”

Taking the initiative:
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(Rusty Lion – Melissa Biggerstaff)

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(Rusty Lion – Melissa Biggerstaff)

The couple started their relationship at a marching band formal in 2009. Disney has been a part of their relationship ever since. Their first vacation together was to Disney World and both worked at the Magic Kingdom after graduation. When Tony proposed he set up a scavenger hunt that ended with a picture of Corinne as Cruella da Vil, her favorite villain, and he used the lines of the villain’s henchman Horace who stated that he didn’t want a princess but a villain. So it was only natural to incorporate 101 Dalmatians into their engagement photos.

They even took photos of the pond scene:
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(Rusty Lion – Melissa Biggerstaff)

In which they got wet but did not actually take a dip in the pond.

And Roger offering his sodden handkerchief:
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(Rusty Lion – Melissa Biggerstaff)

Very cute and a unique idea! Did you incorporate your pets into special photo sessions like your engagement or wedding?

 

You can see more of the photos from the shoot here, and read more about the couple here.

Last Living 9/11 Search Dog Honored

The last known surviving search and rescue dog that responded to the 9/11 tragedy is 16 years old, and celebrated a very special dog birthday!

Bretagne, a golden retriever, is a part of Texas Task Force 1 – a FEMA urban search and rescue group. Her first assignment was to help at Ground Zero when she was only two years old.

Here she is at Ground Zero:
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(Denise Corliss)

And here she is now:
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Barkbox honored the dog and her handler Denise Corliss for their service through a program the company offers to treat worthy dogs to a special day. People can nominate dogs online, and once chosen the dog spends a day tailored to their personal preferences. You can learn more about this program here. For this special dog, the company brought Denise and Bretagne back to New York for a weekend of pampering, treats, and playing in the dog park.

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This video of the celebration is heartwarming and highlights the important role of search and rescue dogs:

Thank you for your service Bretagne!

Max

If you like dog movies, go see the movie Max!
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Max is not your average little kid dog movie, lots of action and suspense. The plot focuses on a military dog named Max who’s handler is killed in the line of duty and what becomes of him and his family. It is a fictional story, but it makes you think about and appreciate the dogs and their handlers serving in war. It is a story of sadness, family growth, and triumph.

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Here is the preview:

Being that it is a movie for families with older kids there are a couple moments that did not seem very realistic, but overall the movie is great! The movie may be too dramatic for younger children. This is well worth seeing!

More about the dogs that played Max in the movie:
Five different Belgian Malinois played the star dog Max. The main dog who acts in most of the movie is named Carlos, who stood out from other Malinois because he has light markings around his eyes which makes it easier for the camera to pick up the dog’s expression. The four other dogs are: Jagger, who was the main understudy, Dude, who was used for jumping scenes, Pilot, who was trained to knock people down and play fight, and Pax, who was good at running and bearing his teeth. All of these dogs had their faces dyed to resemble Carlos.

To read more about the dogs and their training see USA Today.

Here is Jagger on the red carpet:
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Max is in theaters now!

Will There be a Triple Crown Winner This Year?

Go American Pharoah!
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(Adam Coglianese)

Can American Pharoah actually make it this year? 37 years have passed since the last Triple Crown winner, and many are giving up hope that it can be done in this day and age. Last year saw the same situation with California Chrome. He won the first two races, with high hope for the Crown, but unfortunately another horse stepped on him and he could not make the distance.

The Belmont Stakes is this Saturday, on NBC with coverage starting early but post time is approximately 6:50 ET. This is the longest race of the three, a mile and half, competing against 7 others many familiar from the past two races and most fresh from only racing one of them.

American Pharoah is clearly the favorite with so much riding on a win. Only 11 other horses have ever done it. 22 others have done exactly what he has so far and lost. Our hopes are with you Pharoah!

Amercan Pharoah at Belmont with pony friend Smokey:
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(Susie Raisher)