Holiday Family Photo Day 2013!

Holiday Family Photo Day 2013 is back! In addition to the Country location in Bothell, I have added a new Urban location at Magnuson Park in Sand Point! So, pick your day and pick your style!

Book ASAP as there are limited appointments available. Email me at brooke@brookemallory.com to book!

URBAN – Saturday, October 5th, 2013   -or-   COUNTRY – Sunday, October 6th, 2013

Package #1 – $75
– 20min session,
– professional editing / retouching,
– 1 digital photo, high-resolution,
… choose from top five photos,
– addl. photos available for purchase,
– great for printing and holiday gifts,
– use to create awesome holiday cards.

Package #2 – $99
– 20min session,
– professional editing / retouching,
– 5 digital photos, high-resolution,
– addl. photos available for purchase,
– great for printing and holiday gifts,
– use to create awesome holiday cards.

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HELP ME CHOOSE!

HELP ME CHOOSE!

I will be entering three images into the 2013 Arts of the Terrace juried art show. I picked out some of my favorite images from this year, but I need your help to narrow it down.

Please help me CHOOSE by commenting below (or on my Facebook page) with your top THREE FAVORITES.

Deadline is fast approaching. This is a show that I enter every year with my father, so it’s a fun one.

Thank you for you help Love you guys!

- Brooke

Find me on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BrookeMalloryPhotography

Love Your Leash: Top 10 Reasons

With the weather turning for the better, Ottis and I keep running into people who are walking their dogs off-leash. Whether you are walking your dog in your neighbor, at the park or on a hike in the woods, walking your dog off-leash is dangerous and irresponsible. It’s mind boggling why people who seem to love their dogs would be so careless with their lives.

Tonks.

In honor of the rescued Doberman Pinscher puppy, Tonks, and the many dogs and cats Motley Zoo Animal Rescue has rescued with injuries sustained from being hit by cars, we have compiled a list of reasons why the leash should be your best friend, second only to your dog.

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Love Your Leash: Top 10 Reasons

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1) It’s the law. Unless you are in a designated off-leash park, it’s the law to keep your pooch on a leash. If protecting your dog’s life isn’t reason enough to use a leash, maybe a hefty ticket will.

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2) Cars drive fast. Distracted, texting, zombie drivers love to speed through neighborhood streets. Just ask Tonks.

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3) No dog has a 100% full-proof recall. Nope, not even your dog. Even the most reliable dogs have moments when they don’t listen. You never know when a car might speed around the corner or when a neighborhood cat might run across the street, enticing your dog into a game a chase. And if cats aren’t your dog’s thing, it could be another dog, a child, something nice and smelly… anything! Your dog’s recall only works until the time it doesn’t.

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Ottis and Charlie
4) Dogs are no smarter than a toddler. You know your dog is BRILLIANT, but the reality is that even the best-trained dog has the intellect of a toddler. They act on impulse and instinct. Both dogs and toddlers are unpredictable, as are the dangers around you. Would you allow your toddler to walk a busy street without holding your hand? Would you allow your toddler free range to explore a park without your supervision? Nope. And the same should be true for your dog.

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5) Emergency vet care is expensive. Many dogs (and cats) are abandoned at vet offices because their leash-allergic owners cannot afford the $2K PLUS cost to amputate shattered legs and repair broken hips, resulting from being hit by a car. If you can’t bring yourself to use a leash, you better start saving now!

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6) YOUR dog might be friendly, but MINE ISN’T. Your dog might be the friendliest dog in the world, but that doesn’t mean every dog is friendly. When another dog is free roaming, dogs on leashes can feel threatened because they don’t have a way to flee. It’s similar to being backed into a corner. It’s asking for trouble. There are a lot of leash-reactive and dog-aggressive dogs in this world. If your dog chooses to greet the wrong dog, you’re going to have a dog fight on your hands. At best, you will find yourself with hefty vet bills. At worst, your mistaken can cost you your dog’s life. And since your dog was the off the leash, you may be held responsible for any injuries to the other dog.

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7) YOUR dog might be friendly, but I’M NOT. I know, I know. Your dog is the most amazing dog in the world and everyone should adore him. But here’s a hint: I don’t like unknown dogs and I especially don’t like an unknown dog when he is free roaming. And neither does anyone else. There are many people who are afraid of dogs. Because of their fear and lack of knowledge about dogs, they may misinterpret your dog’s playful approach as a threat. That person may choose to defend himself or herself by physically injuring your dog or spraying him with pepper spray. The person could run from your dog and fall, injuring himself or herself. This is especially a risk for elderly people who may not be able to withstand your dog jumping on them. You will be found liable for any injuries, a cost that could be avoided by the simple use of a leash. Tonks Sleeping

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8) Small dogs = Prey. Whether its other dogs, eagles, raccoons, or coyotes, small dogs are enticing prey. I know someone who was walking with her little dog off leash, when an eagle grabbed the dog and dropped it from a scary height further down the road. The dog later died. Had the dog been on a short leash, his life could have been saved. A few years ago, a woman was walking her small dog off-leash in the Magnolia area when her dog ran up to a coyote in the bushes. The coyote killed her dog right in front of her. Along the same lines, if you have a big dog, he can accidentally injury or kill a little dog if he gives chase or plays too rough.

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9) There are many natural dangers. Dogs that are off-leash have free access to get into trouble. They can quickly eat poisonous mushrooms, step in a beehive, fall into a hole or off a cliff, drink from polluted puddles, or eat dead animals. Recently, two little dogs died after eating a poisonous mushroom they found in a yard. By nature, accidents are accidents. And many accidents can be avoided by simple precautions, such as a leash.

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10) Because you love your dog. It’s your responsibility and your responsibility alone to keep your dog safe and keep others safe from your dog. Take that responsibility seriously. Your kids might want to eat chocolate all day long, but you know what is better for them. It’s the same with your dog. Your dog might prefer to be off-leash on his walks, but now you know better.

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Ottis, Sage and Harley

How To: Flirt Pole – Rollie and Ottis Style

Flirt Pole? Who doesn’t love a flirt!

I foster dogs for Motley Zoo Animal Rescue and since I live in an apartment without a yard, I was in need of a better way to burn the dogs’ excess energy, in addition to their walks. Enter: Flirt Pole.

I’ve heard great things about the Flirt Pole when it comes to dog training and exercise. Dog trainers claim it’s a great way to work on a dog’s basic manners and impulse control, while giving them a fun and intense workout in a matter of minutes. Essentially, it’s a big cat toy that you drag on the ground and let the dog chase and catch, but with rules. I’ve also heard that 10minutes with the flirt pole equals 1hour of walking!?!?

For the rules of the game and more information, check out this article:

http://notesfromadogwalker.com/2012/04/24/flirt-pole/

My current foster is a SMART and energetic herding mix named Rollie, so I rolled up my sleeves, made a DIY Flirt Pole and tested it out on the dogs. This video documents the game!!!

BONUS: At the end of the video, I show how YOU can make your own flirt pole for $10 in 10minutes!!

Woof,

Brooke, Ottis and Rollie

Pet Praising Photo Contest

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Have you seen the popular dog-shaming photos? We are starting our own trend: Pet Praising!

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As a THANK YOU to all their adopters, foster families, volunteers, supporters and fans, I have partnered with Motley Zoo Animal Rescue to bring you a pet-praising photo contest.

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Just snap a pic that shows the positive influence your pet has had in your life for your chance to win a professional pet photography session, as well as a Motley Zoo Animal Rescue sway bag! – Good luck and happy praising!

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Winner Will Receive: 
♦ 1-hour pet photography session with yours truly, plus a CD with 15 high-resolution photos – $250 value!
♦ Motley Zoo Animal Rescue swag bag, which includes a Motley Zoo tote bag, dog leash, sticker, shirt or sweatshirt of your choice and dog/cat treats! – $60 value!
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How to Enter: 
♦ Take a pet-praising photo of your pet, expressing how they have brightened your life. Email to brooke@brookemallory.com.
♦ See my attached photo of Motley Zoo’s Rock Star Edie for inspiration!

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Deadlines: 
♦ Nov. 12 – Nov. 25, 2012: Emailed entries must be received by midnight on Nov. 25, 2012.
♦ Nov. 26, 2012: Entries revealed at Brooke Mallory Photography in the album titled Pet Praising Contest.
♦ Nov. 26 – Dec. 9, 2012: Public voting runs through midnight on Dec 9, 2012.
♦ Dec. 10, 2012: WINNER will be announced on Facebook at Brooke Mallory Photography.

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How to Vote: 
♦ Voters must “Like” my Brooke Mallory Photography Facebook page for their votes to count.
♦ Each photo “Like” is counted as a vote.
♦ Voters may “Like” as many photos as they wish!
♦ Photo with the most “Likes” at the end of voting WINS!
For more information, please contact Brooke at brooke@brookemallory.com

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Fine Print…
♦ You do not have to be affiliated with Motley Zoo to enter.
♦ If there is a tie, additional voting will break the tie.
♦ Photo session must take place by April. 30, 2013.
♦ Photo session must take place within 45 miles of Bothell, or travel fees may apply.
♦ Motley Zoo swag bag will be gifted to the winner at the photo session.
♦ Additional photos may be available at an additional cost.

Yellow: Like the sun, and other things.

It was Friday. It was after work. And it was sunny, which in Seattle one must never waste. So, I bundled up the dogs and headed out lovely walk in the sun.

If only I had known…

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We meandered for a few miles, heading to a small, hidden public park near Lake Forest Park that has a dock on Lake Washington. It provided a nice bench for me to rest and some warm places for Sage and Ottis sunbathed while they watched the ducks. So far, so good.

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As the sun began to set, the pups and I yawned, stretched

and gathered ourselves for the long walk home.

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And that’s when things started to go… a bit downhill.

About a mile away from the car, Sage decided she wanted to be carried.

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So, in my shirt she went!

But with the pressure of Sage on my tummy, I quickly realized I had to pee.

Like, a lot.

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So, there I was, shuffling along with a 15lb dog in my shirt and a bursting bladder. I had at least half a mile still to go at this point. And I quickly realized… I wasn’t going to make it.

It was one of those moments in life when, in full desperation, you start to consider otherwise completely inconceivable solutions. Such as, dropping trou right on the Burke-Gilman Trail in broad daylight, amidst a stream of commuter bicyclists. I won’t lie. It crossed my mind.

I squeezed my thighs tight and picked up my pace.

Finally my car came into sight, but I knew there was no way I could make it all the way home. This dam was about to burst. So, I did what any self-respecting woman would do, if she had a brand new car and didn’t want to christen it with a puddle of urine. I shuffled the dogs into the car, ran to the passenger side, threw open both the doors, positioned myself between them, dropped my pants… and peed.

Right then. Right there. And a little bit on my foot too.

I’ve never felt better in my life.

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What will it take for you to look over here?

People often tell me how lucky I am to be a pet photographer. And it’s true. I love my job. But it’s not always a piece of cake. It takes a lot of patience, creativity, flexibility, improvisation, humor, more patience and a dose of luck. Here is a little behind-the-scenes peek at today’s photo session with Mari, my foster dog who is available for adoption through Motley Zoo Animal Rescue.

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It went sorta like this…

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Hey, Mari! Look! I have really yummy TREATS!

All you have to do is look over here…

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No, really! I promise… these treats are so YUMMY!

Don’t you want to SIT for one of these amazing, delicious treats?

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Ok, ok. Forget the treats. What if I make some strange noises?

Beep, beep, beep!!

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Seriously? Now you are just messing with me on purpose.

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Oh! There is a dog walking by? Perfect!

Ok, you hold still and watch the dog and I’ll just sneak in some photos. Cool?

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Hold it… Hold it… Got it!

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For more information about Mari and other adoptable companion animals, please visit Motley Zoo Animal Rescue!