My mum went to Editville

and all she brought me back was this lousy walk on our own property.


It’s true. I neglected my dogs for days, trying to fool them with short games of frisbee on the lawn in between long stretches of editing.  When I finally stumbled out of my Photoshop stupor this morning, we discovered summer had gone AWOL, and I was too tired to drive anywhere for interesting adventures.

But dogs are resourceful.  They know how take advantage of even lame circumstances, like boring surroundings and crummy weather.

Yay!  Let’s have fun anyway!

I can’t believe we are finally going for a walk!

The WooTWoo morphed into a Single Hunting Missile and we didn’t see it/them again for like, an hour.

But Maggie was alert and scouting for them.

Actually, Maggie was alerting us all to the presence of A Stranger!  Walking their dog!  Within visual range!  Maggins believes in letting everyone know that sees them, and believes they are up to no damn good too.  She gets the other dogs all riled up that way.  I should probably put a stop to it, but she stands like a monkey when she does it, and it amuses me.

Can you believe nobody has applied for Miss Waggin’ Maggins?  I can’t believe it, she is so pretty and sweet and fun.

I’m in your Outlook, deleting all your inquiries.  Hai.

I probably made her profile requirements too rigorous.  It’s a fine line between telling too much, and not telling enough.  If you don’t stress the important things, you get a slew of applicants that are completely inappropriate for the dog’s needs – like with Sprite.  Her profile mentioned casually that our preference was for a performance home, with no small children.  I got 35 applications from families who wanted a pretty girl doggie pet.  So in Maggie’s profile I was pretty heavy handed explaining what homes would be rejected outright, and the result is that nobody wants her.  You can’t win for losing sometimes.

(Sometimes I craft imaginary profiles for TWooie, just for fun:

Tube shaped mystery mix who grunts and snores like an entire hogfarm.  Full of contempt for other dogs, obedience commands and personal boundaries.  Can dismantle garden shed in under 2 days while searching for rats and comes with own collection of burrs. Self-feeding in areas densely populated by well-fed coyotes, but sometimes vomits up coyote shit, usually on a rug.  On the plus side, likes to stick his head in your armpit and make weird groaning sounds – a big hit at parties!  Must also adopt his brother Wootie, or else he is unable to transmorph into super-being with ridiculously flamboyant tail.)

I am the TWoo.  Everything she said is true.

Or it could just be that I haven’t posted pretty enough photos of Maggie.  She really is a precious looking little thing, but it’s hard to capture because she is dark-faced, and dark-eyed.  All in all, she is so easy to have around it’s like not having another dog at all, unless there are high value items like bones laying around.  Maggie gets really evil with the other dogs over a bone, and the other dogs are all totally confused by this, since bones to them are only high value when they are fresh out of the package.  The stale old ones she keeps digging out of the toy basket and then parading around with are completely uninteresting to them, and they don’t understand her snarly face and general bad manners.

She had a big scrap with TWooie just 10 minutes ago.  He was asleep under my feet and she wandered over with an old bone, decided he was looking at it and started growling at him.  He growled back because he was confused, seeing as how he’d just been asleep and took her sudden rudeness rather personally –  and she launched herself at him.  It was hard for me to get them apart because they were under my feet and on my computer chair legs all at the same time, so Piper did it for me.  Piper says There Is No Fighting Allowed, so she drove her snappers like a wedge between them and backed Maggie off for me.  I *heart* my alpha bitch!

Dexter: Meh, she’s so full of herself.

Piper: Are you dissin’ me son???

Poor TWooie grunted an entire operetta under my armpit after that, he was so stressed out.  I *did* remind him that he made Maggie’s life a living hell for like 5 days when she first arrived, but I don’t think he heard me, as his ears were tucked under my sweatshirt.  I admit, I find it very charming that his go-to response to Scary Things is to shove his head in my thin layer of Lady Speedstick and tell me how upset he is.

But that’s about the worst side of Maggie anyone’ll ever see.  She shares everything else – yesterday I caught her and Dexter both chewing on opposite ends of a thin twig.  It was so Lady and the Tramp.  Tell your friends about Miss Maggins – she would make a super agility dog for someone who doesn’t have kids, and who knows how to keep bones segregated in a multi-dog household.  Meanwhile I will work on getting better photos of her.  I should have popped her in under the studio lights while we were there, but I totally forgot.  Poor Maggie.

Here are a few client shots from the weekend though.  Sorry about the watermark, but the clients have not yet purchased their photos.  We got oh so many lovely shots, it was hard to pick a few favourites to show you – so I opened the folder and pointed randomly at the screen with my eyes closed, and these are the ones that I selected.

This is Miss Ruby, a street dog from Mexico.  She looks like an itty bitty teeny weeny miniature Saluki dog.  Ruby was among the more challenging subjects, as she did not like to look at the camera, did not like to sit, stand, lie down or stay and preferred to be sitting on or near my lap.  And since I didn’t think anyone wanted photos of my knees in the shots, Jen and I had our work cut out for us with Ruby!  But the results were so charming.

Here are Barra and Sheena being extremely dignified.  I of course love Barra because she is a border collie, and it’s hard not to like a pretty little sheltie who shares my name.  They were both very good about posing wherever we put them.  It’s almost like they grew up with me!

This is Kiwi and her brother the Jack Russell whose name now escapes me because I’m brain dead from days of editing.  They are such a nice contrast of dogs, big little, dark light … there’s another photo in the batch of the Jack sitting on a tall stool and Kiwi looking up at him from the floor, but my finger didn’t choose that one when I was pointing with my eyes closed.

This is Silky, who earns her name by having the softest coast IN THE WORLD.  I wanted to have a nap on her, she was so soft.  I liked Silky especially because even though she shed a whole bunch, her hair was dark and didn’t show up on the background.  Less editing for me.  Yay Silky!

Here’s another of Ruby.  It’s so much nicer without the big ugly watermark.  It’s one of my favourite photos, actually.

And last but not least, if you receive or read the Canadian Kennel Club’s Dogs in Canada magazine, this month you’ll see this “Bragvert” for our friend Abies, who is the #1 Agility Poodle in the country.  Photo courtesy of ME! ;-)

Happy Thursday ya’ll.  I’m going to take a nap before agility class and try not to dream about dog hair and cookie crumbs.


  1. Alas, we are too far to come for studio shots! Pics were great!
    Try not to ignore the message from doG, that Maggie belongs with you…ie no applications. Messages from doG tend to get more forceful if ignored!

  2. Please come to Texas to take pictures of my dogs. These are wonderful shots!!

  3. OMG, this post was so funny! Monky Maggie, the TWoo profile, TWoo hiding his head (sounds so familiar btw) and the Lady Speedstick.
    And that watermark, LOL!

  4. If you come to Texas to take pictures of Lauren’s dog, bring Maggie; I’ll take her! LOL

    I think Miss Ruby looks like Falkor the luckdragon from “The Neverending Story”. Anyone else agree? :)

    As always, I can never get enough of the WooTwo, whether together or separately!

  5. You blog because we love it! And a day without 3WAAW is like a day without good coffee, liveable but that’s about it.

    Lovr the Piper dog!

  6. Laura L. says:

    I went to the TDBCR website to read about Maggie. It doesn’t sound too picky to me. I understand why you say no kids (under 15) and no female dogs. She sounds like a lot of fun from your website. Post some more pictures of her & keep talking her up. The right home will come along.

    Beautiful pictures from your shoot by the way.

  7. I think Maggie found her home and has no intention of leaving. : )

  8. Nobody wants Waggy Maggie? Inconceivable! Surely some more flattering shots of her will up the “want” factor.

    Great job on the photo shoot. You have great talent and a way with dogs!

  9. FL: I WANT MAGGIE WAGGIE!!! But alas, I already have a female, and therefore according to her specs, I cannot has her. :( This makes me very sad, because Half Pint FINALLY played at the park with another dog, and it was…..the border collie pup down the street! And, Maggie is so incredibly beautiful and lovely (at least in photo form, and according to your hoard and self, in person too). We all hope she finds the bestest home out there! (especially if it’s yours!!!! HAHAHAHAHA)

  10. suzanne says:

    Maggie is ALREADY home… you even said she is so EASY that she isn’t even like having another dog at all.
    She needs to stay with YOU and her buddies… she will be your next agility champ when Piper ages out.

  11. The Food Lady says:

    ha ha ha. You’re all very funny, but I am not keeping Miss Maggins. As sweet and nice as she is, I have my hands full already. And I already HAVE a super agility prospect on the up-n-risin’ – his name is Dexter Morgan, and he’s second to none. He is going to be stellar. The Sadist says he’s “World Team Caliber” (I say “too bad he got stuck with me as a handler” but there you go).

    Someone will love Waggie Maggie to death, she’s a real nice dog. But she’s not my dog, so someone needs to adopt her!

  12. Don’t be daft. Maggie is easily the prettiest dog in your photos. I wanted her the minute I saw her but you just scared the shit out of us is all.

  13. Maggie is that perfect dog, beautiful, and smart. If we didn’t have princess Zoey she would be right here with us. Someone is going to be blessed when they adopt her. Thank you Sheena for everything that you are doing she is looking absolutely gorgeous. By the way, I think the Twoo is very handsome.

  14. I’m with Andrea. Doesn’t sound like anyone would be good enough for Maggie. ;) Except maybe FL?

  15. nickelsmum says:

    So would a mature 12 year old girl and 1 or 2 Cotons de Tulear rule a home out for Maggins?

  16. I love miss maggie, and i’d take her in a heartbeat if i wasn’t in NJ… performance home, other dogs and cats but no kids here! and i think she’s STUNNING!

  17. Is it just me, or does Ruby look like Dobby the house-elf? I mean, a hairy version.

  18. But — but — if there are no applicants for Maggie, what will become of her? Will she have to STAY WITH YOU?!

  19. Hey, my ‘insert gales of evil laughter from this owner of six dogs’ didn’t make it into my comment!

  20. The Food Lady says:

    “Is it just me, or does Ruby look like Dobby the house-elf? I mean, a hairy version.”

    I don’t know who that is, but it has been suggested that Ruby looks like Falcor from the Neverending Story, and I think that’s bang on!!

    “Hey, my ‘insert gales of evil laughter from this owner of six dogs’ didn’t make it into my comment!”

    *shakes fist at Connie* You shuddap, missy!!

  21. Maybe the great adult performance home for Mags isn’t quite ready to adopt yet, so hasn’t applied. In the mean time, you aren’t having to sort through applications. It’s a matter of time, but WIN is in the wings.

    Ruby=Falcor, I agree! Great photos! Although I’m a fan of your action shots :)

  22. I’d adopt Maggie in a heartbeat ’cause she reminds me of the dog I lost last year about this time – my female border, Casey. Tres bossy, woo-wooer, hose maniac. Sadly, my remaining border, Skye, is a boy with some fear aggression issues. altho never with Casey. I did talk to Christine at Companion Animal Solutions and she filled me in on living in a House Divided…

  23. i LOVE ruby zomg!!!!

  24. anonymous says:

    Wootie looks supremely disdainful in that first picture. It cracks me up!

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