I know that you’ve all seen my dogs a thousand times but here are a few more. Of course I love to photograph my dogs, but I also love to practice. A LOT! Since my kids have four legs this is what you get… dog photos. Sorry.
So, since you have to see my dogs I’ll tell you a little story about each one. Maybe you’ve heard it before, maybe you haven’t. You can follow their antics on Instagram @CrazyClarkDogs.
This is Blu. Blu is a miniature Australian Shepherd. This is my husband’s dog but guess who takes care of him? Right, me!
I call Blu a mountain goat because he can jump up on most anything, including the kitchen counter. He’s only done it once and I’m hoping that is an ability he will forget he has. He jumps over the baby gates I have up to keep them out of rooms I don’t want them in. He just turned a year old in April and he is still very much a fun and active puppy. Blu was our #5 puppy and his brother Bentley was #6. My husband and I both acknowledge that it was a mistake to get two more dogs when we already had 4 but we love them and will do the best we can.
This is Gretchen, she is a maltipoo and is 5 years old. Gretchen is the reason I have Lucy. Some friends got Gretchen when she was six weeks old and smaller than a beer bottle. I just had a fit over her and decided I wanted a maltipoo too! A few months after we got Lucy, Gretchen’s owners decided that it just wasn’t working out and asked if we wanted her. She then became our #4 dog. Gretchen is only 9 pounds but she thinks she is the pack leader and has NO FEAR of Bear, our 90 pound dog. They get into rumbles all the time. She is also my traveling buddy. Pretty much goes everywhere with me and goes crazy when I ask her if she has her shoes on. That is her cue that we are going in the car. I love her fun and playful spirit.
Next is Bear. Bear was just supposed to stay with us for a few weeks until he was old enough to go to the shelter where I’ve volunteered in the past. We had just lost my dog Colby to cancer and the shelter needed a foster family for Bear because he was just too little to be in the shelter. My husband fell for him immediately. I kept telling him that we were NOT keeping Bear that he would be too big. He was only about 6 or 7 weeks when we took him in and I was so impressed with how smart he was and that he was potty trained without any effort on my part within a couple of weeks. When the call came to bring him back to the shelter I just couldn’t do it. I had purposely kept Bear at a distance trying not to get too attached to him but I failed. He stayed with us and he was more than a handful when he was a puppy. Now he is almost 3 and he is the sweetest most lovable dog. He truly is a gentle giant. Bear gets to go to doggie daycare once per week to burn off some energy and socialize with other dogs. He LOVES it! It makes me happy to be able to provide this for him because it clearly makes HIM so happy. Funny thing is, he knows when it is Wednesday and makes sure that I don’t forget. Most days when I leave for work he is curled up in the corner and hardly gives me a goodbye glance. On Wednesdays however, as soon as I’m dressed and ready to go he leaps up and races to the door and has his nose stuck firmly in the door making sure he gets through first. No way you are leaving me behind, mom!
Penny Clark is a Certified Professional Photographer who specializes in high school senior, family and boudoir photography in Plano, Dallas, Frisco, McKinney, Allen, Prosper and Celina area.