This week, the Posh Pets Project 52 theme was “breaking the rules”. In other words, something out of the ordinary. Well, there is probably nothing quite as bold as taking images from a moving car, in a rain storm with an iPhone. In traditional photographic terms, this IS something you would not do. But I really liked the mood that the movement and dark skies created. Enjoy!
Now, please check out the talented Dana Cubbage of Dana Cubbage Photography to see how she “broke the rules” this week! We’ll see you next week!
In our house, the cats drink Perrier.
Water. Fresh. Cold. Chilled in the fridge. On demand…
Let me tell you about our history with water. We’ve been through a number of different water bowl scenarios. Like most cats, at one time, Ripley had a water bowl. Simple and clean. But, we discovered (or Ripley trained us) that he likes his water fresh and cold. Soon after, he had a fountain that constantly circulated his water and made lovely babbling noises that made me want to go to the washroom. That was good for a couple of years. But then it seemed that the fountain didn’t keep his water cold enough and he would meow at the fridge for new, colder water. Ripley has always been so cute that we gave in and started giving him water when he asked (even if his bowl was filled to the brim with room-temperature water).
At this point, Ripley currently has two water bowls strategically placed in the house. And we have our ritual. He will ask for water at the one, have a drink, and then promptly ask for the second water bowl to be filled. Of course, he has to SEE you fill his water bowl. No cheating and using time efficiently, by simply filling both bowls at the same time. That doesn’t cut it in our house.
The water is “special” as well – which is the only reason why my husband and I have allowed ourselves to be trained in such a fashion. Ripley has bad teeth. Like some people who dutifully go to the dentist every three months and still have a tartar build-up and gingivitis, our orange kitty is just one of those felines. Dental cleanings at the local vet are very expensive, as we found out within a year of Ripley coming into our home. He had two cleanings that year, within 9 months of each other. His teeth had deteriorated so badly and so quickly, that there was concern that he had something seriously wrong. It turned out that he just has bad teeth. Regular cleanings are not an option because of the expense and the need to put him under anaesthetic every time it was performed. So, our vet recommended that we add something to his water – a liquid enzyme that keeps their teeth and breath fresh and beautiful. The $20 bottle lasts us about 6 months and since using it over 10 years ago, Ripley has not had another dental cleaning.
But, that began our lifelong process of “making” kitty water. It has to be kept in glass bottles or the enzyme seems to do weird things to plastic bottles. Thus, the Perrier bottle. We make sure it is marked in the fridge – not that it would kill you if you drank it. In fact, you would have clean teeth! However, it does mean one thing:
In our house, the cats drink Perrier. Or, so they think.
Now, let’s see what all the other creative and talented members of the Project 52 blog circle have come up with. We’ll start with fellow Ontar-ian, Ann Kearns Photography. And remember to make your way around the whole circle until you wind up back here.
The Project 52 gang is used to photographing their usual suspects – lovely, furry dogs and cats. So this week, we broke out of our usual modus operandi and went for something a little “wild”. As in, we were to photograph animals that you don’t find curled up on your bed or lying on your couch, but rather those that make their home in the great outdoors.
It was a great idea until the weather decided to play havoc with my plans. Unfortunately, the last few days in Toronto have been wet, wet, wet! My hope is that all the little creatures have found themselves a nice, warm, dry spot to curl up in rather than scurrying around as subjects for my camera. (Incidentally, the electronics of my camera doesn’t like this kind of wet either.) So, Posh Pets had to go back in the archives to last fall when we had spectacular colours and I photographed this lovely duck. Look at him, enjoying the day, with his little chest puffed out!
Next up in the blog circle is Scott Robinson of Aussie Dog Photography. (It is no doubt much drier in Texas!). Please check out his work and then make your way all around the circle to you come back to Posh Pets. See you next week!
This week’s theme was to convey the thought of motion through photography. This week Posh Pets did something a little different to showcase that we do not just photograph dogs and cats.
Fortunately for me, this week I met Peck. During his “portrait session” Peck definitely spent some time checking me (and his own reflection!) out in his aquarium. I love how this photo turned out! The colours are fantastic – his orange body fairly jumps out against the blue of the water. You can also see the motion of his delicate fins as they moved in the water – soft and billowy. These subtle movements were further amplified in his reflection. To tell you the truth, I think he liked being the centre of attention!
So, now please click through to Steph Skardal and see her take on motion. You can go all the way around the blog until you end up here with Posh Pets and Peck.
When we received our theme for this week, I immediately thought hockey. Living in Canada during the last days of the Stanley Cup finals will do that to a person. However, when I suggested to our two cats that we dress them up in hockey jerseys for this week’s image, it was met with such a look of disgust, I immediately thought better of it. Their idea of “sport” is “endurance napping” or “finding just the right ray of sunshine to bask in” or “convince the humans that 5 a.m. is an excellent time to put down some food”. Not exactly Olympic events, although I have my suspicions that they would think that a failure on the Olympic Committe’s part.
As a result, I was thrilled to meet Caleb, a beautiful Rotti mix who loves swimming. Now, that is a sport! So, we arrived early at the park to photograph her and her wonderful family. After some beautiful images on dry land, Caleb was very excited to show off her skills in the water. Here is an image from that session. Please enjoy!
Next up is Natalia and Bill from Photo Lab. We cannot wait to see what great animal sport they captured! As always, please follow the blog circle around, until you end up back here. Caleb will still be enjoying the water!