Book review: How Stella Learned to Talk

Earlier this month the always fascinating podcast Ologies hosted Christina Hunger, a speech pathologist from California, and what she had to say about dog communication was inspiring! She had observed parallels between her young speech pathology patients and Stella the puppy’s communication to the point where she decided to begin her own communication experiments with … Read more

Winter Wonders

Generally this time of year in Melbourne is associated with: Ugg boots Fireplaces Hearty meals Complaining about the cold Netflix, lots and lots of Netflix But! It’s also an amazing time of year for pet photography. The light is gorgeous, the grass is green and mist is pretty. Many dogs also find cooler temperatures more … Read more

Two Dog Tango

I’ve always been a one dog kinda gal. Me and my doggy, exploring the world together and then with my partner and step kids when they came along. I’d thought about a doggy pal for my old boy Caesar and even fostered dogs for rescues twice, but neither would have been suitable long term friends … Read more

Hanging with doggy supermodels

With the exception of an Afghan Hound, I’m not sure that the dog world contains a more beautiful breed than the Rough Collie. I just want to brush them and pat them and bury my face in their fur! These 2 handsome gentlemen are Newton (tan and white) and Galileo (tri-colour). We spent some time … Read more

Warm weather romping

When the weather warms up we modify dog walks to take into account snake activity, but also because Delilah is not a fan of the heat and likes to cool off in as much water as possible! We have a lake very close by which is perfect for this, but sometimes I like to jump … Read more

“My dog will NEVER sit still…”

Everyone says or thinks this at some point in their dog’s life (or all the way through it) and sometimes this is enough for them to give up on ever having a great or even acceptable photo taken. My own dog is a bag of nuttiness a large amount of the time; we had to … Read more

Photoshop before and after

While getting everything right in camera is definitely the way to go, sometimes a little more work is necessary. In many cases processing a RAW image in Lightroom is enough, but these are examples where a little more work was required after that to remove distracting elements. I also gave them a little more attention … Read more

The beauty of old lenses

My great uncle was an enthusiastic photographer, so when he passed away he left behind a lot of equipment and a huge amount of Kodak slide film which expired in the 1970’s. My first film camera came from this collection – an Olympus OM-1 – and a few of us worked our way through the … Read more


On the 31st July 2017 we said goodbye to my beautiful old dog Caesar. He was so healthy for most of his 12 years, but his kidneys were just too tired to keep going. At first I thought we’d have a dogless period and enjoy some freedom before making a  commitment to another dog, but … Read more