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Tag : Bernese Mountain Dog

11 Nov 2017

Pudge breaks in new holiday background

When my sister-in-law Penny opened The Hungry Hound in downtown Somerville 13 years ago, we decided to put in a dog portrait studio. I’ve photographed hundreds of dogs since then but her store grew and she needed the studio space for other things.

I recently launched LorenDogs.com for my dog photography business and I’ve set up a couple of studios in my office. Christmas cards are popular so one set has a festival holiday background featuring one of my office fireplaces. I got my seven-month-old puppy, Pudge, to try out the holiday set and she looks pretty good. If you want me to photograph your pup, check out LorenDogs.com

09 Jun 2010

What’s good: Remembering an old friend

A print of Boomer hangs in The Hungry Hound.

Down at The Hungry Hound, the pet boutique owned by Robin’s sister Penny in downtown Somerville, there is a very large photo of my old buddy Boomer. Boomer was a Bernese Mountain Dog who was a great friend, he always met me at the door, loved attention but wasn’t needy. He’d hang around me for a while then head off to another room to snooze by himself. I could take Boomer anywhere and not worry about him running off, he’d come when he was called and never wander very far. He had a great smile and would always make me laugh. Boomer got cancer when he was way too young and was gone within a month. He can still make me cry, but I still have his smile to keep me smiling.

21 May 2010

What’s good: Zian, the Bernese Mountain Dog

Zian, the Bernese Mountain Dog

We had a recent additional to the household – Zian, another Bernese Mountain Dog. Zian is about the same size as Sophie, our other Berner. That gives us about 170 pounds of dog in a house that should have about 50 pounds of dog. Zian and I were out in the yard this morning as the first light of the day came streaming across his head. It sure made him smile.

02 May 2010

What’s good: Trouble deciding what to send to NYT Lens blog

Sophie plays in the backyard of our Somerville, NJ home with her stuffed monkey.

The always-cool New York Times Lens blog thought it would be cool to have people around the world take a picture at the same time and send it in. The time they picked was at 11 a.m. EDT today. So I went out in the back yard with the dogs and made some shots. Sophie had her big, stuffed monkey and was bouncing around the yard with it. I made a bunch of pictures and being the old photo editor that I am, I couldn’t decide which photo to use. The choice came down to a rather traditional shot of Sophie and the toy with plenty of yard visible. For this documentary subject, I thought this might be the best shot to send.

My other choice was a very close shot of Sophie shot with a very wide angle lens. It is cooler visually, but doesn’t have any context.

Which one do you think I should have sent?

Sophie smiles for the camera.

23 Apr 2010

What’s good: Teaching dogs how to behave

Sophie relaxes after a hard session of obedience training.

We now have two Bernese Mountain Dogs, Sophie and new addition Zian. They are both about 85 pounds and our house only has room for 90 pounds of dog. It is tight in the house, everywhere I walk I run into dog. The biggest problem is training, Robin and I aren’t trained.

So we called in the expert. Kristian Hammermueller used to work for The Seeing Eye, that great place in Morristown that trains dogs for blind people. Kristian has been out on his own for several years and has a spa and grooming business in Lebanon, It’s A Miracle.

Our two dogs have recently decided to kinda attack each other every other day. It ain’t pleasant and that is the main reason we called in Kristian. Luckily while he was here for their first training today, they went at it and he had the pleasure of breaking it up. He made sure they weren’t going to do it again, today anyway. He gave us pointers on teaching them not to scrap. We’ll see how well we learned.