Archive for July, 2009


Friday, July 31st, 2009


Originally uploaded by Papa’s Pugs

As seen at the Ridgveview Baptist Church at the intersection of Moore Rd and Brainerd Rd.

Pro Photographer?

Monday, July 27th, 2009


Originally uploaded by janahallpapa

Background: I have several point & shoot cameras to include Olympus & Fuji. In 2008, I got a Canon Powershot SX5 IS bridge camera (I also have the Canon Speedlite 430). Working with the Powershot has really given me the confidence to take the SLR plunge!

Events: I have been going to AKC confirmation shows for about 2 yrs now. I started out taking a couple of pictures of my friend’s pugs. But since I got the bridge camera, I take about 100-150 photos per event. I go to the Rose City Classic in Portland, OR and to several shows in ATL throughout the year. All of the photos that I take are just candid shots of pugs in and out of the ring.

Recently: I have been in contact with some of the show pug owners and have emailed them photos of their pugs in the ring. One of the people offered to pay me for the photos!!! Of course I declined, but I made me feel great. Well, not just great but more like on Cloud 9 from joy that I could provide a picture of their dog at an event. Plus I had no idea how to tell someone to pay me for a photo that I’d emailed to them. I love pugs, taking pictures of pugs is a hobby, but if I could squeeze out some money for it, that would be great. Realistically, I don’t know what type of market there is for these type of photos, but we’ll see.

Thoughts: I have been thinking of upgrading to a DSLR camera. Why, because I get so obsessed with some of these pugs and I want to get better shots!!!! I have been going to the free Wolf camera classes. The instructor is very good and very knowledgeable. The classes are about a 1.5hrs each Saturday, but I feel like I need some additional detailed information. I stopped today and got Digital Photography for Dummies. Ironically, if follows the same format of the Wolf classes. It is broken out into sections like ‘what camera is right for you?’, ‘intro to digital photography’, ‘advanced digital photography’, ‘edit your photos’, etc. I just felt like I needed a reference book handy for some of the terminology. I have not completely committed to a camera, but I am leaning towards the Canon 50D. Also, I believe that I need the 300-500mm lens.

In the meantime: I had a graphic artist design a logo for my Papa’s Pugs website. She is currently working on some additional images for me. Right now my site is “okay” but by no mean professional. Once I get all my graphics done, I am looking to have the whole site re-done with the new logo and colors. And possibly a way to buy photos through the site.

Future: I don’t know of any professional photographers at the AKC dog shows that do informal ring shots. Most of the photographers are doing the winner portraits. I want to concentrate on the action shots in and outside of the ring. If I get really good, I might be able to work with some of the existing agility photographers as back up person or something-still thinking on this one.

Options: AKC confirmation, AKC agility, Play Dog Excellent (agility training center), charity dog events, rescue events.

The pug in the photo is a very handsome boy, Sailor, that I photographed last year at the Georgia Classic Dog Show.

Papa’s Pick-Crust Pizza

Saturday, July 11th, 2009

Crust Pizza

Originally uploaded by janahallpapa

Here is Papa’s Pick-Crust Pizza! The pizza is made on a super thin, cracker like crust. It provides the perfect platform for a delicious sauce and scrumptious toppings. For starters, we got the sALADMANDER salad. This was an ample side salad with a good mix of fresh lettuces and veggies; they also make their own salad dressings. We ordered our own pizza with Crust Red sauce-it is a spicy Roma tomato sauce- fresh spinach, artichoke hearts, and mushrooms. The thin crust really lets the ingredients and toppings speak for themselves. They also have a selection of signature pizzas to pick from too. The sauce was great if you like a little kick and you could tell the other ingredients were fresh too. They even grow their own herbs in front of the store. They have a great selection of beers. And to end the meal, they have chocolate cup cakes with butter cream frosting. The food is more than worth going back for and especially to try some of the other sauces.

But the ‘write home to mom’ story about this place is the EXCELLECT service and CLEANLINESS of the restaurant. The entire staff was A+ for knowledge of the menu, attentiveness, and friendliness!!! My biggest pet peeve about eating out is rude and lazy employees. The people act like they are genuinely glad to be there and to help you. Our waiter “Spock” was outstanding along with everyone else that we encountered.

So in conclusion, if you want great pizza and great service, go to Crust Pizza located at 100 Signal Mountain Rd, Chattanooga, TN 37405 (423) 877-6469.

Merry Christmas in July

Saturday, July 11th, 2009


Originally uploaded by janahallpapa

The Chattanooga Pug group had a Surfin’ Santa pug party this weekend. Big thanks to Kate & Scott who organized this event complete with tropical decorations and of course, Santa!! Photos were taken and printed on site for a $5 donation to Music City Pug Rescue in Nashville, TN. We raised $75.00 to help the needy pugs in rescue.

Pictured is Lola with Santa in her customer made harness by Harness Heaven.

Chattanooga Pug Club Hosts Surfin’ Santa Photos Saturday, July 11

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Chattanooga Pugs

Originally uploaded by janahallpapa

Chattanooga, TN – The Chattanooga Pug Club is pleased to invite all dogs to Photos with Surfin’ Santa this Saturday, July 11 at Aunt Sue’s K9 Bakery at 10:00 am. A $5 donation per printed photo is requested. Photos will be taken from 10:00 am until there are no more dogs left to photograph! Donations benefit Music City Pug Rescue. Aunt Sue’s is located at 1420 McCallie Avenue. Media is welcome to attend.

Music City Pug Rescue is a 501(c)(3) holistic pug dog rescue whose mission is to support the needy pugs of Middle Tennessee, help the community better understand the breed, and promote the benefits of holistic animal care and training. Read more about them at

The Chattanooga Pug Club is a group of pug owners who meet monthly for pug socialization and fun. Monthly meet times are posted at

For more information, please contact Jana Papa at or Ashley Evans at