Showing posts with label Poodle. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Poodle. Show all posts

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Toronto Animal Services South dog photos June 12

Willy - Poodle

unnamed Schnauzer

Lucy - Jack Russell Terrier Chihuahua cross

Daisy - Border Collie

Brett - Cocker Spaniel

For adoption information on these and other dogs (and cats and other animals), please visit Toronto Animal Services.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Update on Hook

From the owner of Hook (now Chérie):

Here is a few pictures of my darling, beloved Chérie! She is wonderful, I am the happiest to have given her a good life.

Have a great day,..see you soon

Update on Austin

From Austin's new owners:

On Austin's behalf we'd like to thank Toronto Animal Services and Happy Tails Rescue for taking care of and rescuing him. He is really a very sweet dog.

Austin is still as playful as ever. He loves playing with balls and is good with fetch. We sometimes put a ball in a sock which he then likes to take one end of and swing around in circles. It is very funny to watch.

Austin is such a sweet and gentle soul that one our neighbours' children like to "borrow" him to take care of occasionally. He loves to cuddle and show his belly for belly rubs. Even being calm and laid back he does like his walks also. For a small dog he can keep up a good pace for hour-long walks. He gives us the opportunity to do our exercise too. We also like to bring him for other outings as well since he is an excellent car passenger.

The skin under his eyes looks good. It has gone completely back to it's natural colour after recovery from the skin infections. He fur is growing nicely to the extent that it is almost time for a haircut. He is looking very handsome.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Friday review, Feb. 12

Spartacus is such an excellent Rottweiler and he's already in an excellent home.


This skinny Poodle came in with some awful growths on his hips. They've been removed and the stitches are healing up nicely. Now he just needs to put on some winter fat to help keep him warm.

Unnamed Poodle

Not sure what breed this guy is. His beautiful colouring is like that of a Weimaraner and that's all I know.

Unnamed Weimaraner(?) pup

Dotty used to look like this. I think I prefer the pre-haircut version but I can understand why her locks, which were mostly dirty mattes, had to be trimmed off. They'll always grow back.


For adoption information on these and other dogs (and cats and other animals), please visit Toronto Animal Services.

Update: Dotty's already been adopted and you can see pics of her with her new housemate here.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Friday review, Jan. 15

Most of these dogs are recent arrivals and aren't in adoption yet but when they do make their debut, some of them are going to be snatched up quick.

I know this little Schnauzer, Dotty, is a bit of a ragamuffin and needs a good wash and clipping but I love the texture of its coat. Once it's through the rinse and brush cycle, it'll probably be all poofy - and much more comfortable, I'm sure - but there will always be this photo to remind it of it's rebel years.

When Austin first came in, he was so hairy and matted that he was pretty well blind because of the clumps in front of his eyes. Once shaved, he was discovered that he had some really bad infections around the skin around the eyes but luckily no damage to the eyes themselves. Now this little playful poodle is recovering splendidly with the help of lots of toys which he loves to have around.

This Jack Russell is a self confident little squirt who isn't afraid to take on the big dogs so we have to be careful not to let him get too close to them. He seems fine with some of the smaller ones his own size and even seemed to like the Schnauzer when I took them both out together.

Skye, an Airedale, is a really gentle dog with people who looks like he's got an old soul or maybe he just didn't get a good night's sleep the night before. He'll be out in out of TAS in no time.

High energy Lab cross. He's sitting here but you can see he's leaning into the wind and all ready to run at the hint of the next scent.

Update on Austin here.

For adoption information on these and other dogs (and cats and other animals), please visit Toronto Animal Services.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Successful weekend at Petsmart Adopt-a-thon

I only helped out on Saturday but judging from the few dogs remaining on the Toronto Animal Services adoption page, the Petsmart Adopt-a-thon this past weekend was a great success with most of the dogs brought up to the store getting adopted.

Here are some of them.

This Black Lab was spoken for before I even arrived at Petsmart on Saturday morning. I wanted to take a decent photo of him outside before he was brought to his new home but didn't get a chance so here's his prison photo:

I believe this Scottish Terrier was one of the next to get snatched up, this time by one of the store staff. I have to say, the staff were incredibly good with all the dogs, constantly coming around to hang out with them. The customers who came by to look at the dogs were also very good around them. And most of those interested in adoption seemed like they would provide excellent homes. Only a couple of impulse adopters showed up and they were politely discouraged.

Princess, a Chug (Chihuahua and Pug), still remains and that's surprising because most of the small, cute dogs get snatched up pretty quickly. Princess is a bit exuberant but even the toddler who came in and took an instant liking to her had no problems with her on a leash. Unfortunately, his older tweenage sister put up a fuss against dogs in general and the mother decided against the adoption. That's okay. Princess can do without the drama and someone else will come along soon enough.

I thought Bella, a Toodle (Poodle/Terrier?), would be the first dog to go and she had several people interested in her but her adoption didn't finalize until Sunday. Bella's got a demure manner about her that makes her quite adorable. Maybe her personality was drowned out in the noise and excitement at the store but some lucky person managed to get past the din and Bella should now be comfortable in her new bed.

A woman walked into the adoption area with her husband and was immediately attracted to the two Shih Tzus. She asked a bunch of questions about them and after about twenty minutes couldn't figure out which one she liked more so she decided to take one out for a walk. She picked it up out of its cage and brought it up to her face and kissed it. Then she squeezed it and kissed it again.

She was out with the dog for about thirty minutes and was really pleased with their walk and I figured that would be the one she was going to take but she still wanted to spend some time with the other Shih Tzu. Thirty minutes later she came back with the second Shih Tzu and had made up her mind to take them both.

On a side note, for those who expressed some concern about him, I heard that Rufus finally got adopted by a couple in Buffalo. They had seen his profile on Petfinder and had driven up all the way to Toronto to visit him. I'm very happy for him especially since it was getting to point where there was talk of sending him back to Montreal to see if he would do better there.

And speaking of giants, Tyra was at the Adopt-a-thon with her new owners who happened to be taking her the dog classes offered at the store. She's doing great and the owners, who were originally thinking about adopting a Lab when the went into TAS a couple of weeks ago, are overjoyed with her.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Update on Rusty

Remember this guy here. The poodle. You hardly tell it's the same dog looking at his new photos.

From his new owners:

Just wanted to drop you a note to let you know how Rusty is getting on in his new home. Things are going really well and there have been no major problems. We go for 2 walks a day (Rusty and Nancy) - he is terrific on the lead and everyone we meet just thinks he is adorable - as do I. He is taking a little less food at meal times (but plenty of rollover) so today we decided to go to 2 meals/day and see how it goes. He doesn't gobble his food anymore and actually had to be told to finish up a few times - seems there is too much going on to just ignore for a minute and eat a whole meal.

He is getting the hang of bathroom outside but we've had a few accidents. I think he knows but we are not quick enough to figure out his cues. Sometimes I think he is much smarter than we are. Henry plays ball with him in the back yard and he brings it right back every time for about 10 times. Then he won't go get it. Then Henry gets it and throws again so he gets it and brings it back - and puts it under a chair. The Henry tries one more time and Rusty gets it and hides it in a bush thinking the whole time "why doesn't he stop - I'm tired".

Talking about Henry he did relent and Rusty sleeps in our bedroom. He is good as gold up there - settles right in and no sound until I get up about 7:30. Last night Henry went to work at 5:00 until this morning at 7:00. There was a little pining at the door - laying there staring at it for 2 hours actually while I was finishing up work. Then I took him for a walk and Henry was out of his mind for the rest of the evening but there was great delight when he came home at 7:00 am.

This little dog has so much joy and happiness in him we can't help but love him. He really does want to make us happy. We have heard the growls and even had the baby cat do what I feared most. The first meal I gave Rusty, Cleo suddenly walked right over to the bowl. Rusty started the growl - the cat backed up - end of problem. Since then however, as the cat approaches the bowl Rusty is the one to move and the cat actually sits there and has a bite of food before I can get in to remove him! Can't believe it - cat (little one to boot) is ruling the dog. That cat is just itching to be friends with Rusty - she jumps over him - runs around him trying to get him to play. When he finally does start to run Cleo stops and raises a paw (no claws) and the game ends with a clunk. Oh well - one day they will figure it out. KC on the other hand has accepted Rusty without issue. In the typical cat way however, he does just stalk past him sometimes stopping for the briefest nose to nose but all the while you can read what's going through his mind, "Cats rule, dogs drool". I guess he is a one-dog cat and in his mind nobody can replace his dear friend Digger - but you never know...

I took him to my parents yesterday - what a good car passenger he is - laid on the back seat floor - not a peep - all the way out to Aldershot! My parents have a nice little dog named Tasha who is usually quite shy. They met each other and Rusty sat down beside me and did not move while the other dog turned herself inside out to have him come and play. He walked with me around their yard and was afraid to walk over the diving board and Tasha jumped back and forth saying "its easy - do it like this - come on, you can do it". Finally he carefully walked over the bright white surface and was very excited with his accomplishment. I am looking forward to the day when Rusty is secure enough to run and play with Tasha because that will be a sign that he has finally come to realize that nobody is going to hurt him and he can be the dog he was meant to be.

I have to thank you both very much for everything you did with Rusty over the last 6 weeks. I know we would not have this wonderful dog if it weren't for many, many hours of hard work and dedication that you both put into training and socializing him. You did a really wonderful job and he really shows what can be accomplished with both the hard work and affection you gave. Your very special people and I hope the PSB Rescue knows how very lucky they are to have you in their corner.

We'll keep in touch and let you know how things go in Rusty's life - I am sure there will be lots of happy tails to tell!

Best for now,
PS Hope you like the attached pictures - we have 90 or so, should you ever want more :)

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Talk to strangers

Well there was a big plan to post all their pictures along with their write-ups here and on Petfinder and maybe with another rescue group but it seems all three of these pipsqueaks are already pretty well spoken for. Of course, nothing's for sure until they're safe in their own beds but it's looking pretty good.

Dr. Ruth Weintrop, a vet at Leaside Animal Clinic, had decided to open up her practice to help out with some rescue dogs and these guys were her first batch of homeseekers. They came in kind of rough from pounds in Quebec but Ruth has fixed them up all nice and tidy. They were just about to make their online debut but after a chance encounter in a drug store where a conversation with a friendly stranger about dogs and adopting dogs lead to their photos being circulated around a major law firm in the city, it seems they may already have some owners ready to take them home.

Let's hope that's the case because that would be sweet. These three have been on a long hard journey and it would be great to see them finally safe and settled.

Anyway, here's their pics and if they're still available in a week, I'll let you know.



Update on Bonsai here.
Update on T'Loup here.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Pet Expo - part 2

Some more pictures from last weekend's All About Pets show in Toronto.

There was also a flyball competition at the show with some super high energy dogs. It was lots of fun to watch but rather loud. If you want to get a sense of it, put a big pot over your head and get a dozen or so people to bang on it with wooden spoons.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

3 artists from Ohio

The Dancer

The Tenor

The Thespian

Available for in-home performances soon.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Secrets of Photoshop

People often come up to me and ask what's the most important thing when taking pictures like if it's my camera equipment or if it's the lighting or if I dope up the dogs to get them to sit still and though it's a little of all three, I have to say that it's mostly Photoshop.

Photoshop is about the most amazing photography tool to come along since eyeballs. Unfortunately, using Photoshop correctly doesn't come as naturally as using your eyeballs so I thought today I'd pass along some tips I've come up with over the years and what better way to do that than with a few examples.

In the first example, there's an unseemly cigarette butt in the bottom left corner which I want to remove from this photo of Rocco.

Removing extraneous objects is one of the most often done feats with Photoshop and while it may look easy it's actually something that takes years to perfect.

You can see in the revised version of the photo, below, how I've managed to conceal the butt by carefully painting it over with a colour that so closely matches the background, you can barely tell I've manipulated the photo at all. It may look easy but in real time, that took me a good three hours to do.

The next example involves hair. In the Photoshop Super Master Users community, we have endless Twitter conferences over how to handle hair because without a doubt, hair is one of the hardest things to revise. It's just so finicky, all those little strands, and dogs, of course, have got a lot of hair.

Luckily, I happen to be somewhat of an expert on hair, so I thought it might be beneficial to show an example of how I handle this most difficult of techniques.

In the next example, we see Molly who is cute as a button. Unfortunately, the photo is absolutely ruined by the loose strand of hair just above her right eye (I've got an arrow pointing to it in the picture).

I know what you're thinking. Impossible. This photo cannot be salvaged ... and yet. And yet ...

With the right combination of brushes and filters and hands as steady as any world class brain surgeon, I've managed to not only remove that devastating curlicue, I've actually restyled it so that what was once absolutely appalling is now transformed into a unique and eye catching accent on Molly's brow. This image took me nearly two days to complete but I feel the effort has been worth it.

For Dino's photo shoot, unbeknown to me, my memory card was full so I didn't actually end up with any shots of Dino - but no worries. With a little Photoshop magic and an original picture of a stuffed toy, I was able to reproduce Dino based solely on my memory of that photo session.

This transformation took me almost a full two months to complete and I almost died but I just kept telling myself that it's for the dogs, it's all for the dogs, and knowing that, I was able to persevere.

Before Photoshop:

After Photoshop:

Now the trick to accomplishing the previous transformational task is to start with something that looks like the final desired image. The stuffed toy I used was unfortunately the closest thing my assistant could find which reminded us of Dino, hence the long time to complete the final image, but in the next example, because what I started out with was so similar to the desired result, the work was a lot easier. This Photoshop transformation only took me a couple of minutes.


And even then, if my assistant had actually been listening to me more carefully, instead of finding me a picture of a brick, she would've found me what I really asked for and the photo would have been pretty well self made.

Okay, everyone, hope this was useful for you all and happy Photoshopping!