Archive for the ‘AKC’ Category

Special in Flight Guests

Sunday, April 25th, 2010


Originally uploaded by Papa’s Pugs

We had some special guests on our flight back to the main land. There were 3 Boxers who joined us in the cabin. Normally dogs that don’t fit in carriers that go under the seats have to fly in the cargo area. These Boxers were certified Guide Dogs so they were allowed to ride in the leg room area with their handlers. This particular photos was while we were waiting at the gate (they didn’t get the ride in the seats). I’m giving the owners of these dogs kudos!

Grooming the Pug for Show

Thursday, February 4th, 2010


Originally uploaded by Papa’s Pugs

After the Greater Atlanta Pug Club, Barry Clothier presented “Grooming the Pug for Show.” Barry is a professional handler of some of the top winning pugs. The proceeds from this event will go to benefit Pug Dog Encephalitis (PDE) research. I got a couple of photos, but it was a little difficult to get a good shot. Everyone was eagerly crowded around the table to see Barry work his magic on pugs.

Here are some of the top tips that I took away (I don’t have a show pug, but I felt this information was pertinent to anyone with a pug.

The first thing that he said was FOOD! He feeds RAW. He said that what you feed your pug will contribute to their health and coat. Now he did say that he wasn’t there to tell someone what to feed, if what you are using now is working then that’s fine, but he does feed RAW 2 x day and adds green beans, salmon oil, and supplements.

He said never use a stripper on your pug’s coat (Furminator). I probably turned about 8 shades of guilty. He said that a stripper breaks the hairs and causes them to split. You’ll end up with a pug with a Terrier coat. He brushes his pugs 5 min a day. Brushing will remove the hairs that naturally want to come out where as stripping doesn’t actually remove the excess hairs. Brushing them also distributes the natural oils into their coats.

He actually spent almost 2 hrs on the grooming, most of which was very show related, but quiet interesting.

*Barry was assisted by Vallarie Cuttie with Peachtree Pugs.

Puppies Steal the Show

Thursday, February 4th, 2010


Originally uploaded by Papa’s Pugs

Today, the Greater Atlanta Pug Club had their 28th Specialty Show. The show got started with sweepstakes. The fun thing about sweeps is that it seems like the puppies always steal the show! There were some adorable up and coming pugs that I am sure we will see more of in the future. After sweeps were the regular classes which brought out some of the best pugs. No literally, I was star struck by the multiple Champion pugs represented at today’s event. Photography wise, this was my first big event of 2010 and I started off the year with a new tripod.

Pug Nationals..the first day

Monday, October 26th, 2009

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Originally uploaded by Papa’s Pugs

Oh My Pug, it was the first day of Pug Nationals and I was in pug heaven!!! There were so many great pugs there with so many great breeders and handlers. It was a miracle that I made it through the week without ripping a page out of Pug Talk and asking someone for their autograph and their pug’s pawtograph (I made that word up).

So what are Pug Nationals, because really I did not know all about it until I got there? It was a week to show all the things that pugs can do in agility, obedience, rally, and conformation. The first two days were hosted by the Central Carolina Pug Club, one day was dedicated to agility, and the last two days were hosted by the Pug Dog Club of America, Inc. So the next question is what was I doing there? I don’t have a pug that competes in any shape form or fashion. I would love to say that it was peer pressure, but honestly this was a wonderful time to see old friends and to make new friends all centered around the love of pugs.

Another driving reason for wanting to spend seven days in a hotel with hundreds of pugs was that this was an amazing photographic event. It really put what I’ve learned from classes, reading, and real world experience to the test. And if this was a test, I failed on Monday! Hopefully my cumulative score will be better by the end of the week! I really could not get into a rhythm taking pictures on the first day. Part of it was from being so tired (see below), part of it was from just pure sensory overload and not being able to focus, and part of it was that I was just plain too busy looking around to actually concentrate on getting good shots. This venue was completely different from any shows that I’ve attended in the past. The ring was large and rectangular verses the small square ones that I’m used to seeing. Also, there were so many people that by the time that I got up and got downstairs, I was sitting up against the back wall. I did manage to squeeze closer up front as people got up from their seats, but I did wasn’t able to get a primo spot like I have been able to do at other venues. Once again, the dreaded obstacle of lighting was a huge hindrance. There were overhead florescent lights and light coming in from the windows and light coming in from a back door, but it just all clashed and didn’t make things easier to photography, if anything it made it harder. This was why I was here though to learn and to practice, practice, practice. By the end of the day, I got just a handful of photos and was completely exhausted by the whole experience. I can’t believe that I am lucky enough to even attend this event!

Speaking of exhausted, let me tell you why I started the day out tired. First, on Sunday I left Chattanooga at a descent time and expected to be in North Carolina by about 6:00-6:00pm at the latest. Unfortunately, there was a road detour on a section of I-40 from Tennessee to Asheville, NC. There had been a rock slide onto the road so all traffic was detoured off I-40 onto back country roads. I have to say the drive was beautiful with the leaves changing colors, except for the fact that the roads were hair-pin and “S” curves coupled with bumper to bumper traffic. So I finally made back to the interstate where I was able to pick up Cindy and Prada and get to the hotel to get checked into our room. The room that I booked in February was on the second floor of a hotel with no elevators so it took about 20 trips going up and down the stairs to bring all of our stuff inside. Then Cindy is on West coast time so she was still up watching TV at 1:00am; while I go to bed at 11:00pm on the dot. Then at 4:00am the air conditioning starts making this horrible sound. Not the kind of sound where you can just roll over and sleep through it either. To top it all off, it still made the sound AFTER we turned it off too! So Cindy went downstairs and got us a key to another room and in our PJs we gather up Prada and a few things and go to another room to sleep. This room was much better so the next morning we re-pack all of our stuff to move down the hall into another room. Now you can see why I was so tired on the first day!

Atlanta Toy Specialty

Thursday, September 17th, 2009


Originally uploaded by Papa’s Pugs

This is was my first specialty event to attend. It was the Greater Atlanta Toy Dog Association Specialty. It was on a Thursday so I had to take a vacation day, but it was totally worth it. There were several other clubs, but it wasn’t like a regular show where all breed are at the venue. It had a different feel to the day, quieter, but significant. Whenever I get to an event, I get so excited to see the pugs that it is almost sensory overload for me. I got to see some of my favorite pugs and to meet some new pugs. The photo is Shane who is a very handsome black pug!

Bling Bling

Thursday, September 17th, 2009


Originally uploaded by Papa’s Pugs

So part of the fun about going to an AKC dog show is all the shopping. This was a pretty big weekend in Atlanta and there were some great vendors. The Hunting Horn specializes in dogs, bones, paws and all things sparkly! I have an affinity for pave’ so this piece immediately caught my eye. Their jewelry is handmade and each piece is exquisite.

Too yellow or just sunburst?

Sunday, September 13th, 2009


Originally uploaded by Papa’s Pugs

My photos from today turned out too yellow and I have tried to edit them with little luck. I think that at some point I have crossed the too much editing line and ended up where I started.

The most redeeming thing about being at the dog show today was seeing CH Sunburst’s Patent Pending ‘Edison’ when the Chow Chows showed. There is no picture that can do this stunning boy justice. I semi-refrained from drooling all over him ringside and I did refrain from loading him into my vehicle and driving off into the sunset. His owner/handler was gracious as I snapped photos left and right and told him how much I LOVED his Chow. I have always loved Chow Chows and one look at Edison and you just know that he’s got that something special. For more on Sunburst Kennels and Edison

Look at this face!

Saturday, September 12th, 2009


Originally uploaded by Papa’s Pugs

I am going to start out on a positive note: Look at this pug’s face! Is he not stunning? I’ll answer that, YES! This was one of the few good pictures that I got today, but when you look this good, it is easy.

Now back to reality. Today was the Chattanooga Kennel Club show at Camp Jordan Arena. I had no idea that fluorescent can lights could just about ruin my day. I got to the venue really early-partly because the pugs showed at 8:00am and partly because I was so excited. The pugs were in a tiny ring in the back corner of the facility. It was so dark that I could hardly get my camera to take pictures. I tried several different settings, which I am sure that someone with more experience would have known what to do, I was grasping at straws. In the end, I just shot on Action/Sport mode and had to do some color corrections. This was also my first day to shoot in RAW and it filled up my 8GB memory card so I had to delete a bunch of photos in between dogs showing and then I would get flustered and miss an entry. When I left the venue, I was kind of down on myself and was thinking that I have bought into a really expensive hobby to end up with a handful of good pictures. After thinking about it, I would be going to the shows anyway so if I get one good photo that is better than none. Today I feel like this photo of Mianda’s Fringe Benefits was the best shot of the day. It will just take time to master this box with a hole in it.

Cherokee Rose Cluster Conyers Kennel Club

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009


Originally uploaded by Papa’s Pugs

Day two of the Cherokee Rose Cluster sponsored by the Conyers Kennel Club. One would think that after taking 420 photos the day before that I’d have a better day today. No. Today the pugs showed in a different ring so I was having to adjust to a different spot around the ring and a different angle. Also, I got very overzealous about trying to get shots and some of the photos had more of the ring fence and the floor than they did pugs. There were also more pugs that showed today and more people there so I spent part of the time talking and not really concentrating on taking pictures. By the end of the day, I’d taken over 700 photos. Thank goodness for digital cameras and large memory cards! When I got home to look at the pictures, I got more quantity vs. quality. I had jumped all over the place and my photos were blurry. I might have to invest in a tripod. It would steady the camera and hold me to one spot. Needless to say, I was a little deflated by my novice camera skills. Once again, I did not upload all the photos, but just the ones that I feel like were the better of the images that had good lighting and minimal noise.

But…any day spent with pugs is a good day!

Cherokee Rose Cluster Lawrenceville Kennel Club

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009


Originally uploaded by Papa’s Pugs

Okay people, this was it, the day that I’d been waiting on for weeks!!! AKC Conformation Show day!!! This was why I bought a fancy camera, have been going to 8:00am camera classes for the past 6 Saturdays, and why I had been marking the days off on my calendar. My personal dream is to be a professional photographer for ring/action shots at AKC Dog Shows, specifically to photograph pugs. That day is still a ways away, but I really felt like today was the first day in a step in the right direction. Today’s event was the Cherokee Rose Cluster sponsored by the Lawrenceville Kennel Club. I arrived super early, partly because I did not want to chance traffic and partly because my nerves were raw from being so excited. I am sure that I looked like a jumping bean to other people. The pugs started going through the different classes of judging. I did not really feel that I had a great spot around the ring, but I am sure that is just something that I’ll have to overcome. I snapped over 400 pictures throughout the morning. I walked away feeling pretty good about my first conformation show with my new Canon. The reality of my skills came when I got home and pulled them up on the computer. It is a lot harder to get great shots that it looks!!! Part of it is lighting-or lack of lighting. Part of it was noise from the zoom lens-which equates to camera shake and a picture that does not have sharp edges. Part of it was knowing what shots to get-I am trying to learn as much as I can about the show side so that I can anticipate the shot. And finally, part of it will just be practice, practice, practice. I really debated whether or not to put up all of the photos or just the ones that were the better photographs. In the end, I decided that no one wants to go through all of the photos so I picked the pictures that had the best composition and lighting.

Beyond the camera, I just love pugs so much and it was such a joy to see the adorable pug faces!!! I never get tired of seeing beautiful (and handsome) pugs! Another great thing about going to the shows is meeting the people who are so dedicated to the betterment of the breed.