Published in Dogs Today

Dogs Today is my favorite Dog Magazine. It is full of useful articles, breed information, health advise and interesteding Dog articles.

I am pleased to say that one of my images was published in the September 2017 issue. In the section for “The Best Dog Photos in the world”.

The image of three lovely Lagotto Romagnolo dogs that came for a session at my home studio a while ago. Photographing multiple dogs is always a challenge, depending on the level of obedience they have of course. These dogs were very good, although getting them to all look in the direction of the camera at the same time was a challenge!

The Lagotto is a small to medium sized dog distinguished by his curly and water resistant coat. The Romagnolo Lagotto is a Venetian/Romagnan dialect word meaning “duck dog”.

A lively Lagotto pup will usually grow up to be a sensible, happy, affectionate, agile little dog.  They are very trainable, they are known for truffleing, retrieving waterfowl and they also makes an excellent family companion pet and are good alert dog.

The Logotto is a working type of dog, and were often kept centuries ago by peasant marshmen to look after the house and warn off intruders. They are not a yappy dog but can be very vocal when strangers are around the home. (ref http://www.lagottoromagnoloclubofgb.co.uk)

Mum on the right featured in an earlier post of mine as did this photo as she did very well at Crufts 2016 and won the Veteran Bitch Class at 12 years of age!

The September issue has lots of interesting articles and you can get copies easily on line. https://dogstodaymagazine.co.uk/

My favorite reads were Send in the emergency dogs, Britains foodbanks now for pets, and The dog crush was about Whippets, one of my favoritebreeds.

Thank you for reading my post.

 

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Summer Fun with Devon Dogs

At the begining of August. Car full to bursting, my boys and I headed off to Westpoint Summer Camp, held by Devon dogs for a week of training and competition!

WestPoint Show ground near Exeter is a great venue and the Paignton Dog show is also held at the end of the week and over the weekend giving lots of variety for dog lovers.

I attended the camp for the first time last year and had such a good time I was definately going back this year. The camp is run every year by Devon Dogs.

Its a great venue, lots of space to wander with your dogs, use of  on site shower and toilet facilites. Plenty of walks in the surrounding area and plenty of pubs and shops near by.

The camp starts on the Monday and everyone arrives sets up and meets in the evening to get to know eachother and find out what thier agenda for the week is. There are plenty of different training subjects to choose from.  Foundation skills for puppies, Life skills, Motivation and play, Agility, scent work and much more!

Tuesday, to Thursday are training days and there are plenty of additional training sessionsthat can be booked during the evenings and on Monday and Friday.

If you love puppies then there are always loads to say hi to and cuddle.

 

Young dogs find the enviroment fun and relaxed.  There are plenty of course for those wanting to start doing agility with their young dogs or just learning great life skills with postive reward based training methods.

Even the young humans can have fun. Here is my youngest following in my footsteps and having a go at action shots for the first time.

The guest agility trainers this year were Selena Bray & Martin Tait. I was lucky enough to have workshops with both of them and they were brilliant. I love learning from different trainers and picking the best ways from each that suit both me and my dogs.

I predominanty go for the agility training, especially as I have two young dogs. Start line waits, grid work, turns, handling skills, contact work, its all available. Training with enthusiastic trainers and with like minded people, it is such a great way to learn.

All breeds are welcome so don’t be put off by the collies, even though some do show off!

In the evening you can join the evening seminar or just go and relax. There is a pub meal out one evening for all attendees, friends and family and a BBQ on the last evening.

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If after all the training you want to put your new found skills into practice then the Paington Agility Show runs for four days. Sat- Tuesday along side the Dog show. There are many trade and food stands to be visited and the courses are always challenging and fun.

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Schools Back

If your kids are not back at school already then as mine they will be soon. We have had a very full and busy summer and after a having a leaking water pipe at home soaking the floors and walls of our house, it is all now nearly completed and we are moving back in.

Just sat here tidying some stuff up and found an image of my Collie Maya in Feburary 2017, Dogs Today Magazine. I have been fortunate enough to have been selected for their section, “The Best Dog Photographs in the World” section numerous times.  Look out for the September issue!  Its a great magazine.

This image was taken up on the Ridgeway on a stormy day. I like the fact that you can just see the sheep behind her. Although she does Agility she was bred to work sheep but was not so keen on the idea!

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Associate Qualification

In what ever walk of life you follow, you can never stop learning and improving. I strive to continually improve my photography. I attend regular mentoring, workshops, seminars, online training and trade events.

As a Mum of a young family and three agility dogs, time is not always on my side and I have been meaning to submit a panel for my Associate Qualification for some time now.

Although I think the images I produce are more important to my clients than whether I have a qualification or not, it is alway nice to have formal recognition for the images I produce although nothing will beat watching my clients smile as they see their images for the first time and stuggle to choose which ones they want.

Associateship – what does it mean? (from SWPP website)

At this standard, we are viewing images that not only display a high degree of technical ability, but also portray imagination and creativity in execution and presentation. These are important factors that often go hand in hand with higher prices as this qualification is held by the top 10% of practitioners, who coincidentally are often impressive image makers and astute businessmen.

My passion is Canine Photography so this is what I based my panel on and tried to show a wide range of work. It is based on my studio work rather than location as this area is more challenging technically as a photographer and a mix of studio and location did not look right.

I am glad to say my submission was sucessful and I am now Mel Taylor ASWPP

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Ever need a Dog Walker or someone to feed the cat?

Well, it has been a busy few months for me and I have sadly neglected my blog again so I thought I would start out on some doggy related topics that may be of interest to you!

I am lucky enough to work from home, so my three dogs have my company most of the day! Having said that I do go away for workshops, and personal development and it is not always convenient for my husband to take time off work but we usually manage to work things around. There are lots of dog owners though that do not have this luxury and have to leave their beloved pooch at home while the are at work.

Some dogs are happy with this but others may get bored or anxious and so having someone come in and check them and take them for a walk is peace of mind for many dog owners.

I recently met up with Joanna Menzies, Director of Rambles Pet Care,  to take some PR photographs for her but often meet her out and about with various dogs when walking mine. The business was founded in September 2016. You may have seen her fliers around some of the local pet stores and vets.

Hiring a dog walker can seem daunting to some owners, the thought of leaving your beloved pets with a stranger can be nerve wracking. I would be happy to leave mine in the care of Joanna and her team.

When choosing a dog walker, make sure to go with a professional and highly recommended business. So I decided to find out more about Joanna and Rambles Pet Care for you!

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Joanna, 29,  grew up in Wantage, Oxfordshire, surrounded by pets of all shapes and sizes. After pursuing a successful career in Public Relations in London, she returned to her hometown of Wantage in 2016, to follow her dream of working with animals, and founded Rambles Pet Care LTD.

Joanna says that “Rambles combines my love of animals, the great outdoors and keeping fit, three of my biggest passions!”
Joanna is supported by two other team members, Claire and Chelsea. Joanna said that she wanted to be sure she employed others that loved animals as much as she does and were honest and caring people. She states that Claire and Chelsea tick all the boxes and feels so lucky to have them as part of the team.
What services does Rambles Pet Care Provide?
  • Dog Walking
    We provide regular daily walks, or just the occasional ones when clients are stuck behind at the office. We take the dog to the best countryside spot around and allow them to enhance their senses with lots of sniffing, exercise, play and fresh air.
    We like to keep our clients updated by sharing a photo of their dogs from our walks, as well as sending a short message to let them know their precious pup is safely home.

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  • Cat Visits and Feeds
    We offer a Visit and Feed service for Cats and other small animals,  to ensure our client’s pets are kept happy and well whilst they’re away.
    Whether it’s a comfort visit in the middle of the day to combat any loneliness, or breakfast and dinner feeds whilst owners are on holiday, we can help.

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  • Pet Sitting
    For a much friendlier and more comfortable alternative to Kennels and Catteries, we offer an overnight Pet Sitting service.
    Aimed to reduce any anxiety whilst our clients are away, by having their beloved animal taken care of within the comfort of their own home.
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Rambles Pet Care is based in Wantage but also covers up to a 10 mile radius, including Southmoor, Farringdon and Didcot.

I asked Jo, what a typical day would be for her…
One of the things I love about my job is that each day is different! But typically, my day will go something like this…
06:30am: Rise and Shine! I start my day by checking my emails with a large cup of tea to hand! I may have received some last minute requests or updates from our clients, so it’s important to check this and then update the days schedule accordingly.
07:30am: Morning Feeds! The first stop of the day tends to be feeding any chickens and cats we are looking after. It’s lovely to see their excitement on our arrival in the morning!
08:30am: Puppy time! We often provide puppy visits to clients that commute into London very early in the morning. This first visit involves letting them out to the loo, playing with lots of toys to burn off their energy, and of course loads of cuddles.
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09:30-14:00: Dog walks! This is our busiest time of the day for dog walking. There really is nothing better than being out in the fresh air, walking one of our Rambles doggy clients.
We don’t offer group/pack walks, so every dog walk is different from the last and will take place in the best countryside or nature trail spot nearby, for lots of sniffing, exercise and play-time!
After each walk, I like to send our clients a photo of their dog and short update, letting them know how they got on.
14:00: Refuel! Time to refuel with some lunch, respond to any emails and check-in with the rest of the team.
15:00: Round two! Puppy Visits and afternoon Dog Walking kicks off, followed by Cat evening feeds.
17:00: Social Media! Rambles has very active Social Media channels, including Facebook and Instagram. Our clients like to see photos of what we’ve been up to, so I set some time aside to update each day.
18:00: New customer visits! It’s important for me to meet new clients face to face, so both they (and their pet) can meet me before registering with Rambles. These visits usually take place in the evenings when clients are home from work. I really look forward to meeting new clients and their four legged family members.
20:00: Hens to bed then home for dinner!
For Facebook lovers check out the Rambles FB Page
Well I hope that has given you lots of information about the services that Rambles Pet Care provide and helps you on your way to contacting her should you require any of her services.
Thank you for reading my post!

Something old, something new!

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Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue… How many times have you heard this since you got engaged!

It’s a British tradition that you need to have all of the above included on your big day, usually given by close friends or members of your family.

Something old represents continuity; something new offers optimism for the future; something borrowed symbolizes borrowed happiness; something blue stands for purity, love, and fidelity; and a sixpence in your shoe is a wish for good fortune and prosperity.

It is a fun way of building some items into your wedding look. People are definitely going to ask you what items you’ve got on that are old, new, borrowed and blue, so you might as well have something to tell them!

The Socities of Photographers Convention 2017

Well yes, I agree the title does make it sound a little Geeky but it is one of the major photography events of the year. So what’s it all about?

It is Europe’s largest all welcome photographic convention and is held at the Hilton London Metropole Hotel near Paddington station.

The event is attended by photographers from around the world, amateur and professional alike. There is a huge choice of seminars, and workshops to attend.

The 20″x16″ Print competition is very popular and any merits in this competition are not to be sniffed at. The entries are high and the judging is very tough!

Aspiring photographers can also have a panel of images judged for either Licentiate, Associate or Fellowship Qualifications.

There is a tradeshow on Friday- Sunday where there are many exhibitors, from all aspects of photography. A great place to speak to suppliers, see what’s new on the market and get ideas.

On Saturday evening there is a Grand Awards dinner. This is attended by 500+ people and is a great social event.

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The Gold images from the year are displayed through dinner and the awards for both Trade and Photographer are presented.

Gold Image by Clive Hall. (Sadly the photograph of my Gold did not come out well)

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The individuals go up on stage to get their awards and have a photo taken after with trophies or certificates.

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My good friend Clive Hall having his photograph taken after receiving his Fellowship Certificate. Well done Clive.

A very enjoyable event. I am excitedly awaiting the arrival of my new backgrounds and have found some great new products for my customers. Looking forward to next years event already.