Dog Friendly Utah Road Trip

Dog-Friendly Utah Road Trip: Part 1 - Intro, Zion + Wire Pass

We are getting close to warmer weather, and you know what that means… road-trips! If you’re anything like us, you love taking your pooches along for the ride.  Last September, we had one of the most amazing road-trips to incredible Utah with our two pups, Newton + Maya. I thought I’d do a little blog series (this is Part I of II) on our adventure and hopefully give you some helpful tips if you’re traveling there with your dogs, too.

When To Go?

Well, there are 2 main factors to consider with Utah: (1) weather + (2) crowds.  As a major tourist destination, it gets busy in the warm months, so take that into consideration.  Also, Utah gets HAWT in the summer.  For you and your pups, that might not be ideal.  We chose to go in mid-September, and it worked out for us.  The crowds were still somewhat there, but not as bad as say in June, July or August.  While it was still warm and did get hot at times, it wasn’t the dead heat of summer.  Could we have done October?  Probably.  But we also didn’t want it to be too cold, so maybe doing this trip at the end of September, early October is a nice compromise.

Preparing for Your Road-Trip

So you’re ready to do a road-trip with your dog?! Maybe you’ve done this before (KUDOS to YOU!) But maybe, this is your first, longer-drive, road-trip and you’re a little anxious. Here’s a little info that will hopefully help you prepare. First things first, make a list of things that your doggie(s) need on a daily basis….

And anything else they might use on a daily basis OR that will help make them more comfortable away from home.

Next, apportion the food and treats your pup gets every day, multiply by the number of days you’re away and put all of that in containers or plastic baggies to help make the transport easy. Count the number of pills / supplements you need for each day and multiply by the number of days and put them in baggies / containers for easy transport. Then, simply pack up the water bowl, toys, dog bed or blankies and whatever else your poochie might need and pack up the car!

Seeing Utah

Now, let’s get into the good stuff… where should you go in Utah?  Well, for us, it was really hard to just pick one area.  If you’ve ever researched Utah, you know that it has amazing parks and destinations all over the state.  You want to see Arches and Canyonlands in Moab in the east, but you also want to do Zion National Park and check out all the incredible slot canyons in the Utah Desert in the southwest/south central area.  Utah has so much to offer, and if you are traveling from either side of the country, you’re already traveling a long way, so you might as well honker down and take it all in at once!  [PS: We didn’t even get to fit in epic Monument Valley in Arizona, which is not far at all and would have been an easy add with one or two additional days, but alas… next time!]

We decided on a week-long trip (5 nights and 6 days to be exact) to see as much as possible.  It can be quite overwhelming to plan such an expansive trip, but with a little (actually, a lot of) research, planning, excitement and motivation you can do it!  And I hope this blog helps you with your planning.  So here is how we broke it down.

Since it’s home, Denver, CO was our starting point.  We decided we wanted to include Moab and Zion for our trip, even though they are 4+ hours apart and on the opposite ends of the state.  Doing Zion first made sense, because it’s the furthest (9.5+ hours from DEN) and on the way from Zion back to Moab are some of the incredible slot canyons, which we also wanted to see, so, that was the plan.  We started our week-long trip in Hurricane, UT, just 35 minutes from Zion.  We then spent 2 nights there and then started driving toward Moab.  On the way to Moab, we stopped in Kanab, the Utah Desert where you can find some incredible, dog-friendly, slot canyons.  The drive also took us through parts of Arizona including Lake Powell (which looks amazing and is DEFINITELY on our list for the next adventure).  Finally, we ended up in Moab where we stayed for the remainder of the trip and a total of 3 nights.  The drive home at the end of the vacation was an easy + beautiful 5-hour drive.  All in all, I really think the way we planned it out made the most sense for what we were doing.  You may want to adjust, add, delete and plan based on where you are coming from, how much time you have, and what you are most interested in seeing.  (If you are short on time, I highly recommend doing Moab for your entire stay).  Here’s a little bit about the first 2 legs of our trip: Zion and the slot canyons in the Utah Desert.  [We’ll be doing a separate blog on Moab, coming soon!]

Days 1 & 2: Hurricane / Zion National Park

After our grueling 9.5 hour drive from Denver to Hurricane (with plenty of snack and potty-breaks), we arrived at the most unique A-frame cabin in Hurricane, UT, just about an hour from Zion National Park.  Just look at the views from this place!  Day 1 was a wash, because we were tired and just wanted to chill and soak up the incredible views right from our Airbnb.  Hurricane is a tiny little town, but for some great grub, check out Main Street Café.

Hurricane is also just 50 minutes from a totally unexpected and (for us) unplanned natural wonder… Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park!  We didn’t even know about this park until we were in Hurricane, and since it was so close, we ended up taking the drive there.  Boy oh boy was it worth it… I have never seen pink sand, and this place was just incredible!  Also, as a state park, it’s dog friendly, which to us obviously was the best part!  Plus, because it’s not really that famous, you won’t have to fight all the crowds.  Coral Pink Sand Dunes is located between Mount Carmel Junction and Kanab, south and west of U.S. Highway 89 in Kane County.

For Day 2, we drove about 35 minutes and headed up to Zion National Park.  Zion, like all national parks, restricts dogs in the park.  But, unlike many other national parks, it does have 1 dog-friendly hike in the park, the Pa’rus Trail. The Pa’rus is an almost completely flat, 3.4 mile (in and out) paved trail with gorgeous scenery all around it and leashed dogs are allowed. It’s the only pet friendly trail in the whole park.  In addition to the Pa-rus Trail, you can also enjoy the park by driving along Route 9 (the Zion-Mt. Carmel Hwy) with your pups in the car and stop at various pull-off points that have incredible views. Unfortunately, during tourist season, private cars are not allowed on the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, which is reserved for shuttles only.  You could also potentially do Bryce Canyon the same day, it’s just another hour from Zion.  For lunch, we stopped in the cute little town of Springdale right outside of Zion, where apparently a lot of travelers stay when they visit Zion and then take a shuttle into the park. We ate at Cafe Soleil, which has dog-friendly outdoor seating and delicious sandwiches.  In retrospect, Springdale would probably have been a great option for us to stay in since we were traveling with a dog, because you can leave your pup in your hotel/airbnb on days you want to do the non-dog-friendly hikes at Zion, like the famous Angel’s Landing!  Springdale is just minutes outside the park with lots of fabulous restaurants. 

Day 3: The Slot Canyons in Kanab, UT (The Utah Desert) On The Way To Moab

On Day 3, we said goodbye to Hurricane and headed for the slot canyons in Kanab, UT and ultimately for Moab.  The particular slot canyon hike we chose (after doing lots of research) was Wire Pass Trail in Buckskin Gulch. This hike was perfect for us, because (1) it was dog-friendly and (2) way less crowded than the other more known slot canyons, like the famous Wave in Arizona (which requires you to enter a lottery to even have a chance at hiking). Fair warning, the drive to the trailhead for Wire Pass is not easy.  It is out in the middle of nowhere, with tons of rough terrain and requires 4-wheel drive.  You also have to make sure there is no rain in the forecast.  This is no joke – the area is prone to dangerous flash flooding and you do NOT want to get stuck in that area when it floods.  So, definitely make sure you plan for a dry day.   But, the payoff is so worth it!  The trail to the beginning of the slot canyons is not difficult or too long.  But it is quite open and exposed to the elements, so if it’s sunny, you will feel it and so will your pup.  Make sure you bring tons of water for them and yourselves.  Wire Pass is extremely scenic if you want to experience the narrow canyons of Buckskin Gulch, but not take a more difficult hike by way of the Buckskin Gulch Trailhead. The Wire Pass Trailhead is 8.3 miles south of Highway 89 on House Rock Valley Road – a rough and tumble dirt road. Plenty of parking is available near the trailhead.

For more info on the Wire Pass Trail and surrounding area check here:
https://www.visitutah.com/places-to-go/parks-outdoors/grand-staircase-escalante/grand-staircase-section/family/wire-pass-buckskin-gulch

The main trail is a 3.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail that is rated “moderate”, but really isn’t that bad.  Once you get to the slot canyons, you can easily start walking through them, explore for a while and then head back to the parking area.  If you and your pup are more adventurous and up for the challenge, you can continue the hike further.  With our two 12 year old pups and needing to get back on the road, we just turned around after exploring the initial canyons for a bit and taking lots of photos.  You may have to wait a few minutes for a professional photo shoot to pass by (like we did), but everyone was super nice and understood that they couldn’t “hog” the area for too long.

After returning to our car from our Wire Pass hike, we headed back on the road and toward Moab.  The drive is STUNNING.  You truly feel like you are in a John Wayne Western film.  Insider tip + something we didn’t realize, on your drive from one side of Utah to the other, you tend to dip down into Arizona a few times.  We drove right by Lake Powell in Page, Arizona, which looked truly amazing and we’ll definitely be doing a separate trip there!

After a 4-hour drive, we finally arrived in Moab.  For all our adventures on days 4, 5 and 6 in Moab, you’ll have to wait for Part II of this blog, coming soon + complete with all the details on our epic dog-friendly stay in incredible Moab.  Until then!

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Charlie, Butters and Token at South Valley Park

Charlie, Butters and Token at gorgeous South Valley Park

Hello friends!  We are so happy you stopped by, because I want to share this amazing session we had with Charlie, Butters and Token at gorgeous South Valley Park!  🐶🐾  This adorable trio’s mom and dad reached out to schedule a shoot while all 5 of them where back in Denver for a visit.  While they moved away a couple of years ago, Colorado still holds a special place in their hearts and their family is still here.  So, we scheduled a session at South Valley Park in Littleton, which was near where they were staying.  South Valley Park has a little bit of everything… stunning red rock formations, beautiful open trails, distant mountain views and a pretty reservoir to boot!   Now for the fun part, here’s a little bit about each pup.

Charlie is the uber handsome Chihuahua mix (possibly part Miniature Pinscher) who his pawrents adopted 7 yo from MaxFund Animal Wellness Center. Charlie has 2 equally adorable furbros who you’ll meet next! As his momma told us before our beautiful session last week, the first thing anyone notices about Charlie is the long, thick, scar he has on his back. 😓 It’s heartbreaking to look at, thinking of what he must have gone through before he came into their lives, but I have no doubt Charlie knows just how loved and cherished he is now with his amazing family. 🙏🏻 And this is what we love so much about rescue!! 💖👏🏻  Charlie is the ultimate lap dog that’s always looking to his pawrents for cuddles. 😃

Butters, is the CUTEST Shiba Inu/American Eskimo mix! 👋🏻🐶🐾 Butters is Charlie’s older bro + the oldest of the pack. Butters’ momma told us that he has a very special place in her heart, because she truly learned the meaning of unconditional love when he came into her life. 😍She also told us before the shoot that he is the most photogenic dog + gets so much attention anywhere they go. And as you can see, she wasn’t kidding! He’s just as handsome in person! Like most Shibas, Butters is very cat-like and independent. But when Butters’ mom is having a rough day, he always lets her smother him with all the hugs and kisses for as long as she needs without running away.

Token is Charlie + Butters’ ADORBS brother. 🐶 As his fam told us, Token is some kind of mixed breed (maybe some kind of terrier?) that they adopted from the Dumb Friends League.. His momma describes Token as by far the sweetest and goofiest of the 3 fur-siblings. 😁 From afar, he looks like he has the demeanor of Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh, but the simple sound of his name charges him with so much energy + excitement. Token now lives with his grandpawrents here in Denver so he can protect them and keep them company. He is one of the most popular members of the very big extended family, and we can totally see why!  Token was super excited to see his brothers again and their reunion made  for such a fun shoot!

I hope you enjoyed reading about this amazing session + if you are interested in booking your own shoot at South Valley Park – just give a holler! 

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Bubbles featured by Pretty Fluffy

Denver Pet Photography Bubbles Pretty Fluffy

Bubbles & Her Dad's Amazing Session Featured in Pretty Fluffy!

Bubbles & Her Dad's Amazing Session Featured by Pretty Fluffy!

Hi Friends!  

I am so excited to share that our beautiful session with Bubbles and her dad has been featured by Pretty Fluffy, the premier online lifestyle destination for dog lovers!  If you are a furkid parent, or even just a furkid lover, you MUST explore their online magazine (after you read Bubbles’ featured blog, of course!)   This is such a timely feature, too.   Sadly, just a few weeks ago, Bubbles’ dad reached out to let us know that Bubbles crossed the Rainbow Bridge.  The news broke our heart.  But, Bubbles fought as hard as she could for as long as she could, and in the end, she is finally at peace and wagging her tail in doggie heaven.  ❤️🌈

We hope you enjoy reading about sweet Bubbles’ session + this amazing dog-dad story.  Here’s to all the pawsome dog dads out there! 🤩

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Here’s a little bit about Pretty Fluffy: “Pretty Fluffy is the leading online lifestyle destination for dog lovers.  We work with only with the best brands, pet photographers and dog experts in the industry, providing daily inspiration and handy tips for dog lovers and owners around the globe.”

Please check them out; they’re a wonderful pet lover’s resource!

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Rosie Part 1 | Cozy at Home

Rosie Part 1 | Cozy at Home

Hello friends, and happy March!  It’s crazy to think that 2021 is already this far into it, but I love that we are getting closer to warmer days and Spring!  Today, I want to tell you all about our amazing session with Rosie the adorable Basset mix.  Rosie’s momma reached out with a special request to have Rosie’s session be a 2-parter, the first half being captured in their cozy home relaxing and showcasing their daily life, and the second part at Rosie’s favorite local park.  We booked the entire afternoon with Miss Rosie, and to no one’s surprise, we fell head over heels in love with this cutie.  For this blog, I wanted to share part 1 of Rosie’s session with us, which I’m fondly calling “Rosie Cozy at Home”.  I hope you enjoy it! 

Full name: Rosario Roast Beef Rosencrantz; Age: ~ 10; adoption anniversary 11/12/12; breed: Basset Hound Bulldog mix. Rosie was being fostered when her momma rescued her through a basset hound rescue.  She was found on a highway in NM + had recently delivered a litter. Rosie had heartworm, hip dysplasia, was missing several teeth + had a bullet lodged in her hip. 😔 But, after a week-long trial period, she knew they were right for each other + so started the story of the most beautiful bond. 🧡 Rosie is an old soul. Her favorite treats are broccoli, banana, blueberries, PB, rawhides + all the cookies from the dog bakery. She will magically jump off the couch from a deep slumber when she hears the words “breakfast” and “dinner”. 😂🥪 Rosie is so much more than a pet. She’s a true companion.

As her mom so beautifully told us: “She’s the softest, snuggliest, and most compassionate creature I have ever known, and nearly everyone who meets her simply adores her… Rosie has always been there for me. She’s my child, my sister, my confidant. We understand each other, truly. She looks deep into my eyes in a way most people are incapable of. She’s my world, my absolute everything. She’s my heart.” 🥰 I can tell you from experience, Rosie does look into your eyes, and her heart speaks to you without her saying a peep. This sweet girly stole our hearts. While Rosie had recently been diagnosed with cancer and was undergoing chemo when we met her, it’s abundantly clear that there is nothing, not even a health set-back, that will keep her from giving all of her heart and love to her mom, everyday. She is her heart dog. 💜🐶❤️  We’re keeping our fingers and paws crossed for this sweet girl!

To book a shoot with us, whether in your home or outdoors somewhere, just give me a shout out!  I’d love to meet your furbaby(s)!

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Puppy Dash Winter Session at Loveland Pass

Puppy Dash Winter Session at Loveland Pass

World, please meet cutie-patootie Dash! 💞🐶🐾 We got to meet this GORG little girl this January for an insanely beautiful + windy Rocky Mountains session at Loveland Pass.

Dash + her dad were here for a few days for a visit and dad wanted to schedule a session to capture this Louisiana pup getting her first taste of snow and the mountains. Of course, I squealed with excitement when he reached out! 🤩👏🏻 While Dash hails from New Orleans, she is a Bernerdoodle, and snow, Berners + Colorado just mesh so well. 🤗 Dash is only about 5 months old and joined her new dad the morning of Hurricane Zeta’s landfall in New Orleans. As we quickly learned, Dash is a real smarty and already graduated from adult level 1 training last week! 🥳 Her dad describes her as generally calm, yet very friendly to other dogs + hoomans. And boy is he right! Dash was such a sweet love-bug during our session and came over to give me lots of kisses all morning long! 🥰 She got to romp in the snow, pose in front of the Rockies and have some super fun QT with her dad. While it was 100% one of the c🥶ldest + windiest shoots we’ve had to date, you gotta make the best of it – especially when your window of opportunity is so short like for Dash + and her pops who were only here for 3 days. They were both super-troopers🥇, and we got some beauuuutiful photos to perfectly capture their visit to ColoRADo. 😃

This adventure session took place at Loveland Pass, which is a gorgeous and rugged location, not for the faint of heart!  While there’s not much walking or hiking involved, you’re up at 12,000 feet and the elevation and weather can get to you.  But, without a doubt, if you and your furkid can handle it, it sure makes for the most perfect mountain + snow setting you could ever imagine.  Poor Colorado!

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Dillon the Mini Goldendoodle at Lake Dillon

Dillon the Mini Goldendoodle at Lake Dillon

Hello and welcome to another WYTP blog!  I know I always say this, but this session was absolutely one of the most special sessions ever!  World, please meet TOTES ADORBS Dillon!! 🥰🐾 You can follow this cutie at @dapperdillondoodle on Instagram 😬 We got to meet Dillon this winter when his momma reached out to set up a session.  You see, Dillon has been diagnosed with lymphoma, and she was hoping to capture some beautiful images of her baby to celebrate him and his incredible spirit!  And because Lake Dillon is such a beautiful location here in Colorado, and obviously because it bears his name, we chose it as our backdrop for this epic adventure session.  The day was absolutely perfect.  We went on a Monday to avoid the traffic and crowds, and the weather thankfully cooperated!  It wasn’t too cold, but the pretty snow on the ground made for a stunning winter wonderland.  There were lots of sweet cuddles, adorable mom + furkid matching sweaters and all the puppy adorableness you can handle!  Here’s a little bit about this cutie-patootie.

Dillon is a 3 yo mini Goldendoodle with a heart of pure gold. 💛 His favorite activities include hiking, eating food (he perks up when you say the word!), snuggling, and spending time following his mom and dad around the house. Dillon is the most resilient dood ever and is fighting lymphoma with incredible strength! 💪🏻 Despite having to undergo harsh chemo treatments (which has caused Dillon to lose some of his fur), this sweet little guy still has a smile on his face every day. 😃 In addition to his cutie-patootie stud-muffin status 😍, Dillon is determined, loving, and the #1 bestest boy! 🥇 He’s loved immensely by everyone who knows him, especially his pawrents. ❤️ They truly don’t know what they would do without him + his unconditional love. He is the best thing to ever happen to them!

Meeting Dillon and getting to photograph this sweet little nugget at gorgeous Lake Dillon (obvi in honor of his name), was truly one of the most special days for us. 🤩 As you can imagine, we fell head over heels in love with this little charmer. At one point during the session, Dillon walked over to me and sat right next to me. My heart skipped a beat and then just melted. Please cross all of your fingers + paws for Dillon and send all the healing vibes and prayers to this sweet boy! 🙏🏻 I know he’s going to kick cancer’s butt!!! 🏋🏼‍♂️

If you love this session as much as I do, and you’d like to capture your baby in an epic Colorado spot like Lake Dillon, reach out and let’s chat! 

Here are some of my favorite shots from this beautiful day!

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Engagement Session with Koa and Ellie in Boulder, CO

Engagement Session with Koa and Ellie in Boulder

Hello, and thank you for stopping by our blog! On this edition of our WYTP pet photography adventures, we want to share our absolutely gorgeous and memorable engagement session with Koa, Ellie and their pawrents at South Mesa Trail in Boulder, CO. This amazing session was a pure celebration of love and rescue! You see, Koa and Ellie’s mom initially reached out to schedule a regular two-pet package but then dad was planning to propose the morning of our session, so he reached out to us separately to clue us in on the surprise! I was so excited for this shoot, I can’t even tell you! We picked South Mesa trail, because mom and dad met in Boulder while attending The University of Colorado at Boulder. This spot has beautiful views of the oh-so-iconic flatirons that Boulder is known for.

Here’s a little background story about the adorable rescue pair that complete this family!

First up, beautiful Koa! 🐾🤩 This gorgeous girly is an almost 3 yo black lab who is full of cuddles and a princess attitude. 👸🏻 If the tiara fits, right??! Koa is one half of the adorable duo @2rescuepuppies on Instagram with Ellie, her sis, being the other half.  Both Koa + Ellie are huge BUFFS fans (obvi, as their pawrents are both alum). In addition to getting lots of love + attention from her momma and dad, Koa enjoys laying on anything soft, going on long adventures and chasing bugs and bunnies. 🐰 While Koa has been living in Arizona for the past few years, she, Ellie and their dad just recently moved back to her home-state Colorado. And mom is not far behind, just having to finish up grad school in AZ. Since the whole fam was going to be back in CO over Thanksgiving break 🦃, they wanted to celebrate with a sesh with us, and we’re sooo glad they did! ❤️ We had a blast getting to meet Koa and her fam this past Sunday. Koa gave lots of adorable puppy dog eyes and even came over to me a bunch throughout the session to say hello and get pets. 🥰 Now that’s my FAVORITE kind of fur-client!

Next is Ellie, AKA “Ellie Bellie” 🐶🐾😍 Ellie is Koa’s beautiful sis and is also an almost 3-yo rescue pup. She was adopted when her pretty momma + dad moved to Arizona. Ellie’s breed is a bit of a mystery, but their best guess is probably a Chesapeake Bay Retriever / Pit Bull mix. Ellie has the most energy ever and you can always find her giving a smile. 😃 She enjoys hanging out with her sister Koa no matter what she is doing, chewing on balls or bones and getting to play tug-a-war or hide and seek with dad. 👀🤩 Ellie and her sis Koa are just some of the lucky pups who fall on hard times but through the wonderful world of rescue find a second chance at happiness. 🤗 Rescue is so near and dear to our own hearts (our Maya is a rescue too), and so many of the furkids we get to photograph are rescues, which makes us so so happy.

I can’t tell you how much we loved getting to capture this family and helping celebrate this special time in their lives.  Engagement sessions always include candid and/or posed (however you prefer) love-filled photos of you as the couple and the ring, and of course, as always, lots of pics of the pup(s) and the whole family together.  

Here are some of our favorite images from this session. We hope you enjoy them!  And if you just got engaged and are looking to include your pups or kitties in a super unique and special engagement celebration photo shoot, reach out and let’s chat!

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Porter’s Pawtastic 13th Birthday Celebration Shoot

Porter's Pawtastic 13th Birthday Celebration Shoot

Hey there all you fine pawty-people! It’s with the greatest pleasure that I get to write this blog for you today. You see, one of our favorite things in the world is helping pups and kitties celebrate birthdays! Whether it’s in your home, at a dog park, dog-friendly brewery or in our studio, a birthday celebration pawty is the BEST! We go all out from the decorations, to the party accessories and of course the cake and treats! There is also nothing more fun than planning themed parties, so if a client has a special idea they come to us with, we’re all in! Not too long ago, we had one of the amazing birthday celebration shoots at our studio with handsome senior pup, Porter! You see, when you hit another milestone birthday, you PAWTY like it’s 1999 + you eat lotsa cake + Starbucks croissants (your fave)!!! 🥳🎉🎂🎈 Porter, the adorable Boxer-Pittie mix, turned 13 years old (doesn’t he look amazing?!?) + obvi, that calls for celebration! We LOVED getting to spoil this sweet boy and return fur-client at our studio with a super fun birthday pawty. It was so much fun for us hoomans, I can’t even imagine how excited Porter was. 😃

If you agree that this is such a fun idea and want to spoil your furbaby with a birthday session, reach out and give me all the deets! I would LOVE to get you some beautiful and fun photos to memorialize this special day in their life!

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Guanella Pass with Blue

Guanella Pass with Blue

Welcome to another furkid blog + thank you so much for stopping by! Today I wanted to share our absolutely gorgeous fall session with cutie-patootie Blue and her awesome parents! There is nothing quite like fall in Colorado, when the Aspens turn that glorious golden color and nature puts on the most beautiful show. No wonder fall is hands-down our busiest season of the year. So, naturally, when we were planning our session for October, we had to pick a location that puts all of that fall gorgeous-ness on max display. After coming up with some options, they decided on beautiful Guanella Pass near Georgetown, CO. This location is a bit of a further drive, but it is absolutely worth it! The fall foliage is incredible! Here’s a little backstory for Blue:

This gorgeous 4 yo girlie + her furever family met in April 2016 when, on a whim, her soon-to-be momma attended a puppy adoption event for the Colorado Puppy Rescue. When they put Blue (then Velma) in front of her, Blue immediately curled up in her lap + fell asleep. 🥰 She knew right away that this match was meant to be. Raising baby Blue was no easy task, and it took a village. The entire family helped + has grown to love and care for Blue as their own. ❤️ Blue loves her momma to pieces, but her dad is definitely her favorite wrestling buddy. Blue’s true loves are her hoomans, snow, sprinklers, treats, walks + beds. She looks forward to her evening walks when she can chase squirrels and roll in the sprinklers. 🐿💦 In April 2020, sweet Blue was diagnosed with lymphoma and was given a prognosis of about 1 year. She has bravely undergone 19 weeks of chemotherapy + is currently in remission. 🙏🏻 The hope is that she will stay in remission for as long as possible. Blue’s pawrents have loved every moment they’ve had with her + plan to cherish all the moments they have left. Blue has not let the cancer or chemotherapy slow her down and continues to live life to the fullest. We feel so very lucky that we were able to meet sweet Blue and capture her with her fave humans in the gorgeous autumn backdrop. 🍂 It was the perfect afternoon + will 100% go down as one of our most memorable sessions ever. 😍 Blue is so very loved, and it’s so easy to see why. She is the sweetest soul, and we sure fell deeply in love with her. ❤️

If you are looking to do an epic Colorado fall shoot with your dog and with us someday, I do recommend reaching out early, i.e. mid-to-late summer, to secure your spot. Because weekends in the fall at all the fall foliage hot-spots get super crowded with “leaf-peepers”, I also recommend trying to schedule a weekday with us. We can shoot later in the afternoon, but doing it on a weekday will be so much easier and hassle-free. Also, Guanella Pass is just one of our go-to fall foliage locations, so you have other options. If you’re interested in learning more or booking with us, reach out here and let’s get you some gorgeous pics of your furbaby(s)!

Here are some of our favorite images from Blue’s session, hope you enjoy!

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3 Boxers Golden Gate Canyon

3 Boxers Golden Gate Canyon

Hi friends! Thank you so much for stopping by! Today I wanted to share our absolutely adorable fall session with the trio of boxer-mix rescues, Marty, Reecie + Beau! There is nothing quite like fall in Colorado, when the Aspens turn that glorious golden color and nature puts on the most beautiful show. No wonder fall is hands-down our busiest season of the year. So, naturally, when we were planning our session for October, we had to pick a location that puts all of that fall gorgeous-ness on max display. After coming up with some options, they decided on beautiful Golden Gate Canyon state park near Golden, CO. This location is a bit of a further drive and requires a permit, but it is absolutely worth it! The fall foliage is incredible. So here’s a little backstory for these 3 cutie-patooties!

Marty AKA Marty Joe is about 3 years old and was rescued when he was just 1.5. He’s an OH-SO-ADORBS Boxer/Staffordshire Terrier mix. Marty was at a kill shelter in New Mexico but, thankfully, his momma rescued him through New Hope Animal Rescue based out of Colorado Springs. She was just browsing through dogs online when she came across his profile. Upon seeing his handsome mug, she reached out and was told that Marty was 3 weeks away from getting put down…. so naturally she asked how soon she could get him, and they said they could drive him up in one week. 🙏🏻 So, long story short, she jumped on it and got him right away! 🥰 He has warmed up and become so comfortable in his new home. Marty is her snuggly boy and goes on lots of adventures with his new fam here in Colorado. 🏔🍂

Reecie is Marty’s lil’ sis! 😍🐾 She was also rescued about 2 months ago from Ho-Bo Care Boxer Rescue in Denver. When she got Reecie, they said that she is a Boxer/Black Mouth Cur mix + about 2 years old … but when they visited the vet, it turned out she’s probably just about 1 year old. In addition to being a gorgeous sweetie-pie, Reecie also super playful now that she’s coming out of her shell. As is quite normal for rescues, she was very skittish at first (and still can be), but she warms up much faster than her big bro Marty. ❤️ When Marty and Reecie met, they clicked instantly. Must be the boxer thing, they stick together!! Reecie also loves adventuring to the mountains with recently went on her very first hike!! 🏔🥾She’s never been so happy. 😃

Last, but certainly not least, is the newest addition to the fam – handsome and sweet Beau! Beau was transferred from a shelter in Arkansas to Hobo Care in Denver, where he was adopted just 3 weeks before our shoot. He’s only about 1 year old and believed to be a hound mix. He has scarred ears, and the shelter believes this was from someone severing his ears or using him as dog bait. 😔 Thank goodness for rescue!! While he is still working on his confidence with others, his humans know it’s a slow but steady process and are super patient with him. 🙏🏻 It was instant love when he met Marty & Reecie. ❤️ Beau is a super playful, loving, energetic lil’ guy who loves to play with his siblings.

If you are looking to do an epic Colorado fall shoot with us someday, I do recommend reaching out early, i.e. mid-to-late summer, to secure your spot. Because weekends in the fall at all the fall foliage hot-spots get super crowded with “leaf-peepers”, I also recommend trying to schedule a weekday with us. We can shoot later in the afternoon, but doing it on a weekday will be so much easier and hassle-free. Also, Golden Gate is just one of our go-to fall foliage locations, so you have more options! If you’re interested in learning more or booking with us, reach out here and let’s get you some gorgeous pics of your furbaby(s)!

Here are some of our favorite images from Marty, Reecie + Beau’s session, hope you enjoy!

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