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A session with puppies

Stephanie Graf-Vocat

Photographing puppies is not an easy task! They budge in every direction, want to discover their surroundings, want to get a closer look of that weird thing clicking in front of their noses, want to give you kisses... You have to find tricks and be quick to get decent pictures! But it sure is a lot of fun!

Don't buy a puppy on a sudden impulse, be responsible, you are committing yourself for several years! He/she will need care, education and love. It's a big adventure, full of responsibilities, but most of all full of joy and complicity!

But above all, understand that when you buy from a pet store or on the web, you contribute to animal traffic. Do some research, go see the puppy on site, ask to see the parents. The puppy must be current on his/her vaccines, be microchipped and have a valid health certificate. If anything seems dubious, that means there is traffic under there and that the parents are used as puppy machines in nasty conditions.

Prefer adoption, there are plenty of puppies and certainly older dogs, but with plenty of love to give.

Little puppy will grow old

Stephanie Graf-Vocat

As a campaigner for the animal cause, SGV Photography adheres to the slogan "don't shop, adopt!". But still, many people prefer to buy a pet. If this is your case, at least be responsible. Please, do not buy over the internet. Look at registered breeders, discuss with them, go see the puppies on site as well as the parents of the puppies. Any good breeder will let you enter without any problem, will advise you, will have had the puppies vaccinated and microchipped before they sell them and stay available even after the sale.

And most of all, think about the responsibility of owning a puppy. You will have to train him/her, care for him/her, feed him/her. He/she will not stay tiny, he/she will grow, a lot for bigger breeds, he/she will need to exercise, etc. In order to become a happy and well-balanced dog, he/she counts on you. And for the whole duration of his/her life, which can go up to 15-20 years for smaller breeds! Too many dogs bear the brunt of irresponsible and/or ignorant people, finding temselves abandoned once grown up, or when they're declared too old, becoming much too cumbersome...

If you get a dog, it's for life, this is not some goods that you can give back once it's been used!

Thanks to the breeders of des plaines de Bierville for their trust and for letting me use the pictures of their dogs I had the pleasure to take.

Animal Expo 2010 ~ Paris, France

Stephanie Graf-Vocat

The so-called "biggest salon of pets" was held at the floral park of Paris on October 16 and 17, so I had to check it out. On the premises, much more people than pets unfortunately, an organization truly not well organized, the most common dog breeds (no Chinese Crested or Afghan Hound for instance, not even a more common Basset Hound, Great Dane or Pekingese), displayed in cages, booths not too welcoming, in short, a big disappointment. On the other hand, a great variety of cats, which made up for the rest.

Not easy to take pictures of these little beings between the bars of crates or the plastic of the cats' beds. I was happy when able to catch a few that were taken out for a walk or that were waiting for their turn in their owner's arms to see the judges of breeds.

Despite of it all, here are a few pictures of dogs and cats present at this exposition, whether be puppies or kitties waiting for new owners, dogs waiting to be taken for a walk or cats waiting to go home (although they were by far the most comfortable in their cozy beds). So a lot of wait, even for the bipeds waiting more or less patiently in front of booths that others agree to move in order to also be able to get a glimpse...