Pet Photography in Melbourne

Pet’s are part of the family too. These days that is more true than it ever has been, anything you can get for yourself you can be sure you can get for your pet too. From plush hotel accommodation to the latest pet fashions.

In the world of photography there is now a greater number of studios offering pet photography outright or as part of a family shoot with humans. This is a great thing, because it means there is more choice and you can find the type of photographer to suit your style and taste.

In Melbourne there are plenty of great pet photographers to choose from. Most offer location photography and some offer studio as well, it all comes down to what you like and what will suit your home or office.

Whenever looking for a good pet photographer there are a couple of things to keep in mind:

  • Is this their passion, do they do it full time or most of the time.
  • Are they qualified photographers and/or members of a photographic association.
  • Do they have plenty of images to show of different animals (so not the same dog in every image).
  • What do others say about them, do they seem to have a good reputation. Have a look at their Facebook page to see what people have said or check for testimonials.
  • What are they charging. In this respect I don’t mean overcharging, I mean undercharging which is a common problem in photography – like all things you get what you paid for and when you go for the lowest you are likely to find that they are images your cousin Bob could have taken with his camera.
  • Will the session be fun for you and your pet.

Think about why you want to have your pet professionally photographed, is it to have stunning images adorning your walls or is it to have a CD of images you put on your desk and forget about. For me photography has always been about the beautiful print that you can look at every day.

 

Pet Gates Should Restrict Pets Not People

Pet gates are used to confine our pet to certain areas of the home, or to keep them from restricted areas where they might be in danger or where mommy just doesn’t want them to go, such as bathrooms and the kitchen. Pet gates can be a better alternative to simply closing a door to restrict or confine your Pet.

Pet gates that open are an ideal way to keep your pet out of restricted areas, while still making it easy for you to go from room to room. Many pet gates are also portable, allowing you to easily move the gate to fit your needs, such as gating the dog in a room with you while you watch a movie.

Select a gate, keep in mind your specific needs as well as the size of your dog. The width of the gates are adjustable while the height is usually not. Select a gate tall enough that your dog cannot bunny hop over it. Pet gates are designed especially for wide doorways or hallways, they feature side extensions that you can adjust to fit your needs. The latched door lets you go in or out easily…so you don’t have to take the extended pet gate down or perform acrobatics to get over it!
Most pet gates are extremely easy to install. Some gates feature pressure mounts, which require you only to fit the gate tightly inside a doorframe or room entrance. Some feature wall mounts, which require you to screw hardware to a wall or doorframe.

And finally, when choosing a gate, be sure to select one that withstands your dog’s size and behavior. Make sure that the gate cannot be tipped over/opened when your dog leans on and does not have widely spaced slats in which your dog could get his head stuck.

 

Learn How Your Dog Reads You And Your Habits

Any individual that lives with a dog will have experienced his great capability to pre-empt what is coming by the tiniest clue.

From the instant I am getting up in the morning our dogs expect their morning walk. They do not however start to ask to go out before my own morning routine is complete. The dogs after toileting in the garden return to the house and return to sleep. Breakfast is eaten, the table cleared then they start to show interest. Ears prick up only as the door opens into the porch where walking shoes are kept. Coats are put on and the dogs know that it is time for their walk. On a weekend the dogs know that the day does not begin so quickly. Often none dog walking shoes are worn. No excitement is shown. They know the shoes.

As a dog owner you will definitely have experienced similar behaviour from your canine mate. It could be that they lead directly to their bowl at meal times or when you mention the word dinner. The routine of retiring to bed is had a meeting with madness because they are expecting their biscuit. The word right or the closing of a laptop PC may be a preface to their walk. Just as positive dog training relies on reward and reinforcement so is your dog’s everyday learning.

The linking of human behaviours is a skill that most dogs do easily. You pick up a bowl and they know they will be fed. You put on a specific coat and they know its walk time. You pack a bag they know you are leaving for some time. Office attire provoke no excitement because your dog knows you aren’t taking him.

As a dog owner it is entertaining to watch how far back your dog’s chain of recognition goes. Witnessing the interest they show in anything you do will probably surprise you. A dog in the home potentially knows your habits far better than you can imagine. He’s going to show increased interest when he believes that a behaviour you are carrying out could benefit him in some way.

 

Just What Is Eating Your Puppy?

We cherish our pets. In return they accept and love us for who we are, even if we have had a very bad day at the office, not put on the right makeup, are frequently late to feed them or are distracted with other thoughts when they want a little of our time in return.

People are exceptionally good at taking care of their pets when there’s a problem with them. Or at a minimum we believe we are. The difficulty is that, even with the animals best interests at heart, owners of pets too often rush to the vet for minor illnesses and the ensuing treatment might turn out to be be the proverbial sledgehammer cracking a nut. In most cases a preventative treatment would cut down on a number of pointless health worries every year.

The very first thing you need to do is take a good look the food you are giving your pet, because many pet foods producers use inedible ingredients as filler. Most household cats and dogs are fed on only dried pellets but when did you last see cats or dogs in their natural habitats scavenging for dried biscuits?

Worms in animals

All animals have internal and external parasites. Internal parasites live in the gut, blood, joints, muscle tissue and the brain. External parasites like fleas, ticks, mites and lice live on or merely beneath the skin. Internal parasites include intestinal worms as well as protozoa such as giardia, frequently ingested from contaminated water sources. All parasites can bring about great discomfort, sickness and even death.

The occurrence of parasites in animals is high although this depends on the animal itself. Domestic pets that search for mice, birds and other such wildlife will eat worms that infested their prey. The danger is that these parasites can be passed on to their owners in a great variety of ways. How many kids play in sandpits where dogs or cats have left their calling card? Or how many people are regularly licked on the face by a friendly pet? How many people don’t clean under their fingernails before meals?

How can a parasite possibly live inside your body? The answer is simple. The aim of a parasite is to keep itself hidden from detection. Parasites are good at evading a response from the immune system. They live without detection because once they are exposed, something will be done to get rid of them. Parasites have a built in capacity to survive and reproduce. This is the intention of any organism on this planet. Though this may sound simplistic it can make life for human beings extremely complicated.

If you understand how to recognise and interpret the symptoms, the presence of a worm or worms can be determined easily. In humans this can manifest as low energy levels, medical problems, skin rashes, pains, frequent colds, influenza and loose or blocked bowel conditions. The list goes on and on. The key is to question these symptoms rather than accept that such conditions are standard.

In his book, “Animals Parasitic in Man.” author Geoffrey Lapage, states: “There is no part of the body, nor indeed, any part of the bodies of the hosts of parasitic animals in general, which is not visited by some kind of parasitic animal at one point or another, during their life histories.” In short parasites can migrate to any part of your body. No organ is immune from their infestation.

Parasites that continually affect animals include microscopic protozoans, a large number of migratory worms and arthropod parasites like mites, ticks, lice, fleas and even some spiders.

Hookworm infection happens when larvae in the soil penetrate the pet’s skin, move into the bloodstream, and eventually travel to the abdomen. Adult worms mature in the wall of the bowels and draw nutrients from blood in the gut lining, sometimes causing debilitating anemia.

Roundworm infections of cats and dogs happens when microscopic worm eggs present in the soil are eaten. The eggs develop through larval stages in the stomach; some larvae penetrate the gut wall, migrate to the lungs and are coughed up then re-swallowed, after which they re-enter the small intestines where they mature into adult worms. Roundworms battle with your pet for food, and always win causing malnutrition.

Roundworm enter their host by ingestion; hookworm by active penetration of the skin; the heartworm enters its canine or feline host with the aid of a mosquito carrier. Microscopic larvae enter the bloodstreamtogether with mosquito spit when an infected mosquito bites a pet. The larvae use the blood stream to carry it directly into the heart where it matures, infesting the heart’s chambers and lodging in the veins that enter the heart.

From a family of Clydeside Scots, Graeme was born and brought up in Hong Kong. He lived for 35 years there, as well as in Borneo and Indonesia. Intrigued by the way in which the different Asian cultures approach their health and well-being, he studied sides of Traditional Chinese Medicine and became familiar with many other ancient healing methods, from the traditional Jamu herbal medicine healers of Java to the body balancing mechanisms of Jin Shin Jyutsu, from Japan. Along with his wife Phylipa, Graeme runs Resources For Life, a natural health business in Chichester, West Sussex. Much of what is available on their web site has origins steeped in traditional wisdom.

 

Getting good images of my pet

When I am out and about, there are a number of tings I hear continuously – one is ‘my dog will never sit still’, which I wrote about a couple of weeks ago – and another is how do you get good images of pets with a dark coat and dark eyes. The problem most people face is that when they take a photo of their pet the eyes can get lost because they are similar in colour to the pets coat. This can happen with pets that have brown coast and brown eyes, or black coats with dark brown eyes and often the images may have been taken inside or in deep shade where there is not much light. t can also sometimes happen when the eyes are set back or their is a bit of hair over the eyes that may put them in some shade.

The easiest way to find your pets eyes is to get a ‘catch-light’ in their eyes, this just means a bit of light reflection that gives their eyes a bit of sparkle and makes them stand out. You can do this indoors with a flash, but the problem is that sometimes you cannot control your flash and you end up with ‘demon’ eyes, where they look like a lion being photographed at night with eyes peering out from the grass lands. The image to the right is taken in the studio with flash heads that are adjustable and set up with light boxes. An on camera flash will not allow the same type of adjustment.

The best way is to take your pet outside or close to a window that has plenty of light, have them facing the light and look at their eyes, and see if they have a bit of light there? If you do this outside, try to do it on a overcast day, as this will allow you to get a more even shot without harsh shadows. If it is a sunny day, try to find some nice light shade.

Many cameras have an automatic setting and this is great for everyday general photographing, however if you are trying to photograph things that are at the extreme end of colour such as something very light or something very dark, it may find it hard to give you a good image, the camera is not as good as your eyes as picking up little details. You can try using your cameras manual setting such as full manual, where you can adjust the shutter speed and aperture or use either aperture or shutter speed priority settings. These setting will allow you to dictate how light or dark you want your image, and the great thing about digital is that you can take a couple of shots to see if it is right and than make adjustments if it isn’t. Most cameras should also let you adjust your ISO, this is a term from film days that related to the speed of your film. A higher ISO, like 800, will give you more light in darker conditions and a smaller ISO of 100, less light. You need to remember that the higher your ISO the more ‘noise’ you will get in your images. Noise is like grain in film, and will be most noticeable if you plan to make enlargements of your images.

I have gotten a bit technical here and given a quick course on your digital camera. If you really want great images, it does pay to get to know your camera and how to make adjustments – in the end you will find you can get some beautiful shots of your dark fur-friend.

 

Featured Pet

December Featured Pet – Abbey

When I put the word out for our December Featured Pet, I asked people to send a Christmas themed image. I thought there would only be dogs in cute little outfits, but Abbey came along wrapped up in tinsel.

Abbey is a 4-year-old cream and white Birman, who is sweet as pie. Abbey is gentle, calm and very affectionate and loves nothing more than curling up on the end of her Mum’s bed or rolling around in the sun.

Her other favourite past time is to hang out with her sister Roxie and to just be with whichever human is the closest.

As Mum Gerogia puts it “My family couldn’t ask for a better cat. I am so lucky to Abbey as a pet”.

I’m sure Abbey feels the same way about her humans.

November Featured Pet – Ruby

Ruby has many superpowers, like giving the best cuddles in the world, sitting on the back of the couch like a cat and the ability to run up a slide and then sliding back down. Being a superdog means that she is determined too and loves to do as she pleases.

Mum Natalie first met Ruby when she was only two weeks old at the Breeders. Natalie knew that she wanted a female Curly Coat Retriever and Ruby snuggled into her chest and made loads of cute noises. Ruby sealed the deal by peeing on Natalie – a sign is a sign and you can’t ignore that.

Ruby’s favourite thing to do is run, it could be running to explore something, running at the beach or at the off lead park or just running around the house with an empty bottle or her fav toy Duckie. The only one area that superdog Ruby has yet to perfect is getting the cats to love her, no doubt this will come with time.

Her best superpower is the love she gives Mum: “I can get lost for ages just being with her and forget about all the craziness in this world”

September Featured Pet – Maggie & Chloe

Maggie and Chloe have a wonderful life. They have a human Mum and Dad that adore them and a human sister to spoil and care for them.

Maggie chose her family by bounding up to Dad with a huge smile on her face that he could not resist, she has since grown to be a loving member of the family and self-described protector, ensuring everyone is safe, even from the dog groomer. As a Border Collie she loves to play and run with a ball (even though she is 12 and now has a arthritis) and of course herding is a big part of a Border Collie’s life, so there were many days of herding the family cat Snowball around the backyard. At night Maggie settles down beside Angela’s bed, to again play the protector.

Chloe on the other hand was the last puppy left in her litter and so Angela and her dad could not possibly leave without her, even though Mum had said ‘Don’t bring home any more animals’. Luckily when hey walked through the front door Chloe used all her charm and Mum fell in love straight away.  Chloe is a little more timid than her fur-sibling; she’s scared of umbrellas, brushes and anything that makes a noise. She also seems to have an issue with the bees and even though she has been stung a couple of times, she just can’t resist sticking her nose in again and again. While Maggie settles down to protect the family, Chloe, the princess, will go into her Mum and Dad’s room, where she has her own basket of toys to play with and must have the TV tuned to one of her two fav shows – Will & Grace or Escape to the Country.

The one thing Maggie and Chloe both share is a love of family. About Maggie, Angela says “I love the fact of how strong Maggie is, she is a fighter. She will always be my best friend.” And of Chloe “I am so glad to have her in my life, she always cheers my up when I am down and always makes me laugh with her princess ways.”

 

Consider Your Dog Is A Dropped Cause? Test These Tips To Get A Well-Mannered Pet!

Ensuring that your dog is properly educated is probably the finest investments you can create. It will pay off in time to come, as is available a dog that knows his or her put in place your family along with adores it. The German Shepherd Training Tips in the following paragraphs delivers comprehension of the significance of developing a well-trained dog.

If you pour too much info along with education into your dog, it’ll be disadvantageous. Young dogs have got brief interest ranges and so they can’t focus too much, and so do shorter periods and attempt to stay positive in the course of them each time. If you press too much, a puppy will keep in mind becoming an adverse expertise, and the next moment you choose to work to practice your ex, it will be a lot more hard.

Education can help ease the particular aches and pains regarding separation anxiety. Signs consist of continuous woofing and even dangerous behavior. Using training, you can promote your dog toward performing much more good, wholesome pursuits when he’s alone. Be sure to put your canine’s anxiety confident by exhibiting great quantities of concern and really like.

Opt for a certain order key phrase to your dog in the course of house training. Whenever you adopt him outside, tell him “go potty,” (use whatever expression you’ve chosen) as well as help him learn to target don’t forget precisely what she has eliminated outdoors to complete.

The dog clicker is a superb approach to bolster behaviours. The goal is to create a positive link between the sound of your dog clicker training as well as a optimistic final result or perhaps reward. Try and click on and also deal with quickly and try this more than once during their visit. Soon, your canine can relate the press noises with a deal with, which can help to bolster appealing behaviours.

Learn about additional types of optimistic strengthening, rather than just providing doggie snacks. Goodies are certainly one the top solutions to educate a puppy and so they are very effective. Nevertheless, it is likely you do not have snacks wherever you go whenever you are certainly not “officially” dog training. To solve this issue, integrate focus as patting or perhaps cuddling to your education routine. This may replace snacks in some instances.

Make use of the puppie’s identify as much as possible to make sure that its smart interest. At the outset of your canine possession, you should utilize your dog’s name more than once a day, consequently they starts to recognize that you desire his / her consideration. The best dog titles are ones that are short and therefore are not the same as various other commands.

As previously mentioned, teaching your dog will probably pay fiscal rewards. A good inexperienced, acting up puppy could gnaw your current furniture, frighten the particular others who live nearby as well as strain your loved ones. Make use of the info below. Choose to teach your puppy and your dog will be a enjoyment for all.

 

Begin Using These Tips To Help Your Puppy

When folks first bring residence their new puppy, they generally do not realize the value of crate training. Should you fully grasp the best way to kennel train your puppy, you will certainly be be capable of avert problem actions in the future. This article consists of numerous useful tips on kennel coaching your puppy that will keep both you and your family pet pleased for many years into the future.

Only focus on a single order at any given time. Focusing on one particular control will allow your puppy to truly hone that skill and have it appropriate. By trying to learn too much at the same time, you threat perplexing your pet dog, plus they could have more problems recalling which habits goes with which control.

If you’re tired with your pet yanking about the leash whilst jogging with you, here’s a simple training strategy. Acquire your leashed puppy to a outdoors location that may be familiarized to the both of you – like the backyard – then start to walk. When your pet continues to be beside you, right on your thigh, reward it using a treat. When the pet rushes ahead, end walking. If it wanders off for reasons unknown, say “let’s go” in a upbeat way and change and stroll one other way.

In the event it grabs-with you, provide a reward, and if it doesn’t catch-up, move delicately in the leash right up until it will get the stage. In this way, you reward very good habits and don’t have to be unduly harsh for bad behavior.

As was stated initially of the write-up, most people do not realize it is essential to kennel teach your puppy. If you know the best way to kennel coach your pup, then it can certainly make it less difficult for your personal new canine to comprehend the guidelines of the house. Apply the recommendation from this write-up and you’ll be on the right path to getting a properly educated dog

 

Bluebirds And Starlings Don’t Mix


Eastern Bluebird


Range of Eastern Bluebird


European Starling


Range of Eurpean Starling in North America

You return from vacation to find a stranger living in your home, a stranger who refuses to leave.

You go to a neighbor’s house for help, and strangers are living there, too.

Sound like a scene from the Twilight Zone?

Well, it’s what happens sometimes to native animals when new species arrive from elsewhere. Consider the trials faced by the Eastern Bluebird.

A Starling Invasion
Back in 1890 a few well-intentioned bird-lovers decided to release a hundred European Starlings in New York’s Central Park. The birds adapted easily to their surroundings and soon spread to cities across the Northeast. As a consequence, though, many native Eastern Bluebirds lost their homes.

Why Starlings Threaten Bluebirds
Both species nest in holes—tree cavities and the like—but only bluebirds migrate for the winter. So while the bluebirds were sunning themselves down south, the recently arrived starlings moved into the vacated homes.

And since bluebirds are gentle and nonconfrontational by nature, they had no choice when they returned north but to look for new holes in which to build their nests. But even when they did find suitable replacements, chances were good that the thuggish starlings would soon evict them from these, too.

Over time bluebird numbers dropped to the point where conservationists feared the birds would disappear completely. Realizing this, the same creatures responsible for the mess—humans, that is—decided to find a solution. It’s simple but effective: nest boxes with holes perfect for bluebirds but too small for starlings. And with tens of thousands of these boxes now gracing backyards in America and Canada, the Eastern Bluebird appears to be on the rebound.

We love our Bluebirds and are expecting them to arrive here very shortly.  Are you seeing any yet?

 

A Little Water Can Make Your Yard Irresistible To Birds

Because many birds do not eat seeds, suet or sugar water, there is another way to draw them in from the natural cover for close-up viewing.

Water.

In various forms, water will attract the insect- and worm-eating birds that would not otherwise be drawn to your yard.

You Can Keep It Simple…
The simplest and least expensive way to provide water for birds is in a ceramic or metal birdbath mounted on a pedestal.

As long as the water is clean, and changed frequently, birds will respond. The presence of water, the third essential to bird life in a backyard habit, will attract birds that would not otherwise be seen. In spring and summer, when the neotropical species are in the North, birds such as flycatchers, wrens, robins, vireos, thrushes and even owls will readily come to water, but not to feeders.

Or Get A Little Fancy…
A better solution may be to set up a birdbath with moving water that is pumped from one level to another. The sound and motion of water is a great attractant for birds and will draw them in from some distance to drink and bathe.

The ideal water area for birds is a recirculating, multi-tiered pool in which an electric pump moves the water to the uppermost level, which allows it to flow back to the lowest level, and then back again to the top. As long as there are many shallow areas, no more than a couple of inches deep, the birds will use all the levels of water as it flows from one to another. There have been times when as many as 13 American robins or 10 cedar waxwings have used such a bird bath at one time.

Water is not only essential to the survival of birds, but its presence in a backyard habitat will guarantee the attractions of a whole different spectrum of bird species.

Have you had success attracting birds with a bird bath or other water feature in your yard?  We always enjoy hearing your stories.

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