Troy D Photography: Blog en-us (C) Troy D Photography (Troy D Photography) Fri, 04 Aug 2017 02:13:00 GMT Fri, 04 Aug 2017 02:13:00 GMT Troy D Photography: Blog 120 96 Thursday In The Village 08-03-2017 So what, we had a little rain...

Ok, so the weather wasn't very pretty to start with...  That didn't stop these beauties from stopping in and saying hello!  The crowds were a little smaller this week, but TroyDPhotography made a few new friends and even saw some old ones.  It's very encouraging when people walk up and say "Hey, I've heard of you..." or "You did photos for a friend of mine..."  So don't be shy!  Come on over and say hello, we're all animal lovers here!  

Free Mini Sessions!

We didn't get to give away any free mini sessions, sadly.  We tried!  I promise there's no catch to it, no strings attached!  We come and do a free mini session.  If you like what you see and want images, you purchase the ones you want.  If you don't really care for what we created together, you are not obligated to purchase a thing.  I thank you for your time and we move on...

How do I get a free mini session?

There are two ways you can get a free mini session.  We know ALL dogs are beautiful... However, if you have a particularly photogenic dog (we'll be the judge of that...) I may just hand you a 'Free Mini Session' card on the spot!  It happens!  (More times than my accountant likes..)  The second way is to become a new client of Furry Friends Holistic Pet Spa.  Set up an appointment for a grooming or come in on Thursday for a nail trim...  Both are good enough for me!  Make sure you stop by our table first!!


Thank you!

My wife and I have a great time and we love meeting and speaking with you all.  

Stop by and tell us your pets story, we could talk pets for hours!!  If you own a pet related business (or know someone who does) let us know!  We are always looking to connect and work with others.

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]]> (Troy D Photography) Fri, 04 Aug 2017 01:52:26 GMT
Thursday in the Village - Photos Thanks for your patience!  
We had some hardware issues with our main system.
 It put us behind about a week.  I'm happy to say that the issue has been fixed and we are up and running faster than ever.


Last weeks 'Thursday in the Village' photos are ready!  
Last week was our first week attending.  Hopefully this week will be even better!  I wish we could have had about a hundred more dogs to meet and play with, but the ones we saw last week were awesome!


Stop by this week and ask about a free mini session.  
We will be located right out in front of Furry Friends Holistic Pet Spa on West Main Street

Law enforcement and military (full)sessions are AWAYS free!               

]]> (Troy D Photography) Wed, 02 Aug 2017 00:01:22 GMT
My name is Apollo, this is my story. (Rescue 2017) This months story comes from


He had a bit of trouble with the keyboard, its tough to type with paws!  (Sorry for the delay)  
In any case, here is the story written by Apollo.  We enjoyed it, we hope you do too!

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Hello!! My name is Apollo, a rescue from Buffalo Pug and Small Breads. Mom told me I had to write the letter. You see she is very dyslexic and has a hard time writing. So here goes.

Well, my doggie mom came from a shelter, and her name was Hickory. She was a whole 2 years old. I guess the NY foster home did not know her 35 pound belly was full of 7 puppies. Well, foster mom and dad can tell you that my 5 other brothers and 1 sister gave my puppy momma a bunch of trouble. Yet, because of the care and donations to the shelter, mom made it after some vet help.

During the second week in August, I met my new (Human)momma. I was such a brat. She was sitting down and holding my older brother, and all I did was untie her shoes again, and again, and again. My new daddy just laughed and laughed at how patient forever momma was. Momma tells me, and all of her students that it has taken her 21 years and a lot of natural grey highlights to learn that trick of patience.

Oh, she is a mathematics professor. She seems to always be holding a pencil and talking to the papers she grades. Though, over the last two semesters and I am trying so hard to learn systems of linear equations by digestion, and failing miserably. Yet, momma never gives up on me, BUT momma laughs and says that she needs to tell the students I ate their homework.

Now, the sad part, which I didn’t know when momma brought me home.  Momma is sick. But, she asked me if I wanted to be her ‘go getter’. I thought, cool, I get to play fetch all day, and that is what I do. I help momma get her shoes, her blankets, and my toys. Oh, I love a good game of go get! Though, I do not like when momma gets really sick and I have to go get blankets and pillows to lay with her in the toilet room. But, then momma tells me I need to Beso Beso (kiss kiss) and wipe her tears away. And momma never denies me a Beso. Yet, at the same time, I have a cool badge and a vest, and two cargo bags. I wondered if mom signed me up for the Navy seals instead.

Oh, tangent (and not the calculus kind; math humor). My doggie momma, Hickory is also helping people out. She has a great new home, and is spoiled beyond belief. She gets tons of belly rubs from the police persons by her place. Boy, I can see her now plowing over all those policemen. She could probably be on the force and save the world. Heck she nearly knocked daddy down when we first met. So maybe I was destined to be a helper also. I would never want to let my doggie momma down.

So, back to the rescue I came from. Momma has started to donate lots of stuff to them, as she said I am a blessing and all the other puppies should be blessed. Buffalo Pugs was great to me, my foster mom and foster dad were so supportive of me and my unexpected brothers and sisters. Now my momma says it is time to give back. I write letters every month to my foster mom and dad (don’t let the other pups know, but in secret I was their favorite). Though, I was sad that my oldest brother got….umm…what was the word…oh yeah, returned…momma was great posted all over this stuff she calls FB until he was adopted. She was very sad for him, but helped to make sure he was taken care of.

I want everyone to know that rescues are not fails, but are bunches of kisses and hugs. We love you on your worst day, your best day, and a day where is just doesn’t work. Oh, and we love bare feet; they taste good and it is how we wake our moms and dads up. Please adopt all of us, we are so good and so great.

Amore y Besos,

Apolito (Apollo)

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Thanks for reading Apollos story.  Please support your local rescues.  There are so many dogs that are sitting in shelters and rescues just waiting to love you.  Thank you, Ms Bond and Buffalo Pug and Small Breed


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]]> (Troy D Photography) Tue, 06 Jun 2017 16:41:26 GMT
Spring Basset Blast (Rescue 2017) Spring Basset Blast

This months “Rescue 2017” is going to be a little different than the last few. There are no sad stories with happy rescue endings, but there are a LOT of photos and a LOT of lovable slobbering Basset Hounds!

Shelly Gordon, from ABC BASSET HOUND RESCUE, INC contacted me about attending and shooting their annual 'Spring Basset Blast'. Of course I was interested! Any chance I get to roll around with the dogs AND take photos is a Win/Win in my book. Plus, what a great way to help spread awareness of this amazing organization!

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Shelly and I met up to discuss the details and what was needed and if we were the 'right fit' to work with each other. I instantly liked speaking with Shelly, she is a very no non-sense type type of lady. After about 30 minutes, we agreed that I would shoot the event. Honestly, I would have snuck in an did it even had she said no.


Saturday April 29th, I loaded up the truck with all my gear. When I say 'all my gear', I mean ALL of it. With the exception of the four walls, my entire studio was in the truck. We had multiple lights, light stands, backdrops, some accessories, a bench and the list goes on. Yes, I meant everything! I barely left room for my assistant, Katie. She was a MUST HAVE and thank goodness I had her with me, I couldn't have done it without her!


We arrived at the event about an hour before the VIPS. The VIPS were able to enter the event at 11am and the general public at noon. Katie and I hurried to carry everything in and get setup. We had a spot under the stairs and right next to the DJ. Anyone who knows me, knows my first choice is ALWAYS by the music. Well, not so much when you are working with the dogs and trying to carry on conversations with people. There really wasn't much of a choice, I had asked to be near an outlet and it was one of the few spots that had any. I'm not complaining, we were grateful to be invited. Katie and I made it work.

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The table was setup, cards in place, my photo of Miss Daisy hung and camera was dialed in for proper exposure. Bring on the dogs! Did I forget to mention that MOST of the dogs were allowed and encouraged to run free? Yup! All entrances were well guarded with double gate security. No sneaky pups were getting out without their humans! I don't think they wanted to anyway! About 30 minutes later, this place was filled with drooling, running, slobbering, barking Bassets! It was a Basset lovers dream and a 'germiphobs' nightmare! My assistant, Katie, falls somewhere in the middle. A full-on, 100% dog lover, but not so fond of the oily, furry, drooling mess known as Basset Love.

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(Katie and her new friends - Please let us know if these are your pups!!)

Throughout the day we wandered around and took many candids. We took quite a few portraits at the booth too. The galleries are both available for viewing and ordering, if you like. There were many games and activities throughout the day. The crowning of the King and Queen, a costume contest, a memorial service, just to name a few. I truly wish I was a better journalist and could give you more details.  Sadly, I am not.  I may not be a wordsmith, but I do pretty ok with the photography. ;)

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(This is Linus, just look at those eyes!!  What a gorgeous boy!)


Thank you to EVERYONE that came out and supported ABC BASSET HOUND RESCUE. You are amazing people with huge hearts. Its because of people like you that these lovable, furry stinkers are finding good homes.
                TroyDPhotography is always looking for good rescue stories for the blog.
Mini sessions are free if we choose you for the Bark Blog.
Contact us, tell us your story!

Every dogs has a heart and needs your love and a warm bed at night. Support your local rescue or SPCA!


A very special thank you to Shelly Gordon and ABC BASSET HOUND RESCUE, INC.


PO BOX 272
Buffalo, NY 14225

(716)656-1760 (Phone Calls Only)
(716)316-6873 (Text Messages Only)



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Woof woof!


]]> (Troy D Photography) Sun, 07 May 2017 00:03:51 GMT
Is Photography a Good Investment?  

Is Photography a Good Investment?

I first read this blog post about five years ago.  I come back to it quite frequently.  The post speaks for itself.
I didn't write it, so I'll link to the original page.

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"Snoop" and Adria

Is Photography A Good Investment?


Choosing The Right Investment

A lot of times, you hear the word investment used very loosely. You have time investments, emotional investments, and of course – financial investments. Now everyone agrees that stocks and bonds are an investment, but is photography really an investment? I might be slightly biased, but I think it is a wonderful investment.

Let’s say you had an extra $1000 sitting around the house and couldn’t decide how to spend it… I know, a good problem to have! Obviously, there are tons of options for you to choose from, but I’d like to just narrow it down to three.

Fun With $1000

The first option would be something Dad would love – a 50” plasma TV for the den. Weekend football just got a whole lot better! Depending on how much television you watch, you could get a lot of enjoyment out of this over the next several years.

Another option would be something Mom might vote for – a new sofa for the den. You could pick out something very traditional or maybe a really cool, trendy piece that will change to look of your den.

The third option would be a portrait of your kids. Let’s say they are 12 and 14, like my kids. You decide on a nice gallery-wrapped canvas portrait to hang over the fireplace – something that goes beyond what they look like and shows their personalities.

Looking Ahead

Ok- you’ve made your choice and all three are working out splendidly. Every day you walk through the den and admire your darling children on the wall. In the evening, you relax on your new, comfy sofa and watch some television on the big screen. Life is good!


Fast forward 15 years – a reasonable time for any investment. The sofa isn’t doing too well. It is showing the signs of age with a few stains and small tears. You will likely drag it out to the next garage sale and pray someone gives you $25 for it. By the end of the day, you’ll be hoping someone just takes it for free – just to get it out of the garage.

Unfortunately, the TV isn’t faring much better.  In fact, it is highly unlikely you still have it.  You have probably already replaced the television you bought to replace the original 50” unit. If you DO still have it, you would be hard pressed to get $25 for it at the garage sale.


The portrait, however, is a whole different story. Your kids are 25 and 27 – they have moved away and started their own families. Instead of seeing them every night at the dinner table, you now see them every day hanging above the fireplace. If someone showed up at your home and offered you $25 for that portrait, you would laugh. Heck, someone could offer you that original $1000 back for the portrait and you would never take it. Why? Because you can always buy new sofas and televisions. Once your kids are grown up, however, you can’t buy portraits of their childhood.


There just aren’t too many things you can buy today that will be guaranteed to be worth more to you in 15 years than they are today.  A beautiful portrait of your family will never go out of style.  In my mind, that makes it a wonderful investment.

]]> (Troy D Photography) Mon, 10 Apr 2017 01:40:13 GMT
Cartagena Paws to the Rescue! (Rescue 2017) "Thank the Lord Cartagena Paws found her!!
She sure is a special dog and I couldn't be happier to have her in my life!"


(This story is a bit graphic in the details, reader beware...)

Written by:  Shawna-Lee White

Looking at this pretty little dog named Dolly you would never know the abuse and neglect she endured for the first year of her life, living on the streets in Cartagena, Colombia. 

Dolly's luck changed when Maureen Catieu and Shawna-Lee White of Cartagena Paws came across her laying on the side of the road, in a dangerous neighborhood. Dolly was starving and dehydrated. She was skin and bones, unable to walk or stand, she had big cuts on the top of her head which caused her to shake constantly and fall over.

After investigating the situation Shawna-Lee and Maureen soon found out that Dolly had walked up to a man who was eating at a food stand and stood beside him in the hopes that he would share his food with her. Instead the man was so angry that Dolly was standing by him that he took a metal rod and starting beating her in the head with it. Dolly was able to scurry away but the blows to her head caused her to collapse and she was unable to move. Dolly stayed in that same spot for days without food or water. She was suffering the whole time.

Maureen and Shawna-Lee petted and spoke softly to Dolly to reassure her that she was safe with them and no one would ever hurt her again. Maureen scooped her up and place her in the car. The women took Dolly to a foundation called FRAD where vet Dr.Ingrid Hernandez Soto gave her medical care and welcomed her to live at the foundation with open arms, even though Dr.Ingrid had over 400 animals at the foundation.

As the months went by Dolly completely healed both physically and emotionally. She learned to trust people and she realized that there are kind people in the world.

Dolly was finally ready to be adopted. After posting pictures of Dolly on the Cartagena Paws facebook page a kind woman named Maggie Szymanski from Buffalo, NY saw Dolly and fell in love with her right away!. Now Dolly is enjoying a life of full love with Maggie in Buffalo. 

If you are interested in adopting a dog or cat from Cartagena Paws,
please contact us at or we have over 400 animals looking for a forever home!

]]> (Troy D Photography) Tue, 04 Apr 2017 02:25:16 GMT
The Search Is Over! The search for the Great Pyrenees is over!  

I've always loved taking photos of the animals, even prior to becoming a 'Pet Photographer'.  Capturing a nice photo is great, but sometimes the story behind it is even better.  To me, that is definitely the case here!!  Lets go back to where it all started...

Roughly two years ago, Ann and I were down in South Buffalo.  It was sometime in March.  I could probably narrow down the day, but it's not really that important.  I believe we were there for the Shamrock Run, an 8k marathon some of my family members run in.  I'm not a runner, but I do love to people watch.  There's nothing more entertaining for a guy with a camera than to people watch in large, alcohol-filled crowds.  Trust me!  There were many photos taken that day.  99% of them were not worth mentioning, but it gave me something to do while the runners were running the course.

In comes The Dude.  

Yes, I said it, "The Dude".  The runners were entertaining to watch.  Some come to have fun in costume, some are all-pro, and some in almost nothing.  (Keep in mind, its the beginning of March, in BUFFALO!  This year it was only 17 degrees!)  Anyway, back to The Dude...  As I watched all the runners going by, I grew bored.  My attention shifted to the people in the crowd.  Yes, the A.D.D. is strong!  (Ooh look, pretty colors! I'm gone...)  There, walking down the street, was this gorgeous, white, furry beast!  That's my cue, time to go to work!  I hurried down the crowded street.  I made my way past the panting runners that had just finished their 5 miles.  Some near the edge of passing out.  Finally, I'm within 15-20 feet of my fantastic furry subject.  I never approach a strange dog without their humans permission. It's simply not a good idea.  You never know what will trigger a dog and I certainly didn't want to trigger this one.  My best guess is, at the time, he was easily 125 lbs and clearly stood as tall as I do.  (Yes, for those that know me, insert short jokes here.)  I need both my arms, today was not the day I was going to lose one.  As I'm assessing my safety, this hairy mammoth stood up.  He placed his paws on either side of this guys shoulders. {SNAP!} There is was, the photo!  I knew instantly this was going to be one that I wouldn't soon forget.  As quickly as he jumped up, he jumped down and walked off with his owner in to the crowd.   I was happy with the shot and knew I wouldn't top it.  I turned and headed back to my car. 

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Later that day, the run was ending and people were packing up.  I see the guy from earlier!  Only this time he didn't have the dog with him.  Ok, here's my chance to approach him and ask some questions.  Maybe even talk to him about doing some real photos!   "Hey, I'm Troy!  I'm a local photographer."  Feeling all proud of my earlier accomplishments...  "Where's your pup?  I took an amazing photo of you two earlier today."  His response floored me, "What dog?"   ????  As it turns out, it wasn't his pup at all!  He stopped to talk with someone else and the dog just jumped up to say hi!  We chuckled for a minute and went on our way.  I posted the photo on a few Buffalo and Shamrock Run related sites.  I shared it many times on Facebook.  I was hoping to find the real human that belonged to this mystical monster of a dog.  Nothing, no luck at all.

Fast forward two years...

Again, we attended the Shamrock Run.  There were lots of the usually suspects.  Half-naked runners, people that clearly shouldn't be in spandex, an unpredictable crowd at best!  Afterwards, we made our way to the near by watering hole to put a few pints away.  We certainly put a few pints away.  This is no easy task at this bar on this day.  300 people in a space designed for 100.  Once we had our fill, my wife made her way to the bar to pay our tab. I made my way to the exit.  I was on my way to warm up the car, it was still freezing out!  As I looked out the front window... there... could it be?  Was my hunt for the furry beast over?  There he was, in all his fluffy glory!  I hurried out the door and quickly introduced myself to the human on the other end of the leash.  I gave him a card and insisted that he contact me as soon as possible.  A crowd was quickly gathering around and I knew I wouldn't have time to question the guy about where he was two years ago.  I heard him mention that his boy, "The Dude", was roughly 2.5 years old.  That was all I needed to know.

Today, the mystery was solved.  I spoke with Randy.  He told me all about "The Dude" and we confirmed that it was truly THE dog in my photo.  We are currently making arrangements to work together.  The Dude is now 175 lbs of pure furry beauty and I couldn't be more excited to work with him and Randy.

They say a photo is worth a thousand words.  This is why I take photos, this is a story that I won't soon forget and it is most certainly worth more than a thousand words to me!

Woof woof,


]]> (Troy D Photography) Wed, 08 Mar 2017 03:08:47 GMT
The Journey of Ms Pebbles (Rescue 2017) Ms. Pebbles

Pebbles's rescue journey began in North Carolina back in early 2012 when she was a young dog. Her rescue journey was long and varied, and took her through a few different states and into seven placements within a short ten month time frame. After that, she spent another two years in foster, before finally landing in her forever home in Buffalo, NY.

Her journey shows how a group of dedicated volunteers worked (and continue to work) diligently and together across state lines to save dogs, especially misunderstood Pit Bulls, for the common goal of placing them into loving and forever homes.

As a young pup/dog, living in South Carolina, Pebbles's journey began when her original family's neighbor threatened to kill her for no other reason except that she was a pit bull. She was a pup, and did nothing wrong to warrant this death threat. Her family had other dogs too, but the neighbor insisted that he would target Pebbles if he saw her, and wanted her gone from the area or she would soon be dead. 

Wanting her to be safe, and knowing that pit bulls are routinely euthanized at their local shelters, the family did the right thing and reached out to their local animal control officer who happened to also be their friend. The ACO knew and fell in love with Pebbles and promised to help re-home her. She took Pebbles and placed her into a shelter while reaching out to her local rescue people to see if they could set up a safe place for Pebbles to go.

From that southern shelter, Pebbles then went to live locally and temporarily, with an amazing rescue volunteer for more than a month, until she could be transported to a Buffalo, NY Pit Bull rescue (which is no longer in existence) that promised to continue the search for the perfect home for her. 

She was transported to and fostered in a Buffalo kennel (Amherst Boarding Kennel) setting for two months or so, where she continued to flourish, and where she received training and love.

From there, Pebbles went to a foster in the state of Massachusetts, to be with a volunteer who had planned to adopt her if all went well with her dog and cats. Sadly, even though the foster human loved her, it was not to be, because it was discovered that now, at 15-ish months of age, Pebbles's prey drive was surfacing. The foster human lived with her mom who had cats, and therefore couldn't keep her. It now appeared that Pebbles had developed the level of prey drive that with training, could be managed, but not erased or 'trained' out of her.

Luckily, at that same time, Pebbles received an adoption application. Yay we thought! 
 She was adopted out to a young couple who already had a young male pit. Things went very well for two months. Pebbles was happy, adapting well, and the two dogs got along beautifully and appropriately. However, and unfortunately, and due to the young couple's inexperience in handling two strong adult dogs, one being new to the house, the two dogs got into a horrific fight over a bone when the male tried to take it away from Pebbles. Luckily, both dogs survived, but the adopters decided that they didn't want to work through any issues with a trainer. And sadly, and through no fault of her own, Pebbles came back into rescue.

Pebs was then housed on a farm near Batavia, NY to keep her safe and sound until a foster home opened up for her. She was surrounded by lots of farm animals, many cats and dogs while there, but with all of the bouncing around, lack of stability in her life, and a very unfortunate dog fight that was a result of human error, Pebbles was now becoming a highly stressed and anxious dog. Although her love of people continued to be stellar, it was now becoming unclear if Pebbles could live with another dog or animal in a home.

Six months later, a suitable foster home opened up where Pebbles could live with just one other female dog. Training for her was sought out immediately. Pebs's new foster mom addressed Pebs's anxiety by placing her in a balanced training program with a world renowned training facility (K9 Connection) that specializes in helping out dogs with varying issues. 

Surprisingly, the new animal rescue that took her on, did not agree with this balanced approach to training, even though Pebbles was flourishing with it. Their ignorance of this method of training once again put Pebbles's future at risk. A new rescue was sought out by her foster mom, and this new rescue said: heck yea we can help her! She was quickly transferred over to Buffalo C.A.R.E.S animal rescue who also believed that Pebbles was an awesome girl. 

With much love, patience and structure in her life, and with a balanced training approach, Pebbles became a happy and stable dog again: less stressed and less anxious. She continued to flourish over a two year time frame and finally knew a stable home life and environment. She continued to flourish with the training that helped so much to keep her happy and balanced. 

At her two year foster anniversary date in her new foster home, Pebbles was actually (finally) adopted by her foster mom and canine sister. She is now a highly trained, happy and calmer dog, who also adores her canine pit-mix sister. They play very appropriately together, take many long pack walks with all kinds of other dogs, and is currently having a blast in rally obedience classes. 

Seven placements and three years later, Pebbles is living in a loving and balanced home. She has come a long way from where she started. Pebbles is one lucky dog. She is so very lucky to have had so many volunteers who kept her happy and safe throughout her journey to find the perfect forever home for her. 

We, the animal rescue community, hope that her story will encourage others to get involved in saving shelter animals' lives. There are so many dogs and cats who sadly are euthanized needlessly, and through no fault of their own. And for those people who are seeking out adding a new canine OR feline member to their families, please adopt from your local shelters, or from animal rescues. These animals who have been abandoned, left without homes, are so so deserving of living in a warm and loving home, too. Pebbles would like to thank you for reading through her story and would send you slobbery kisses if she could.

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]]> (Troy D Photography) Fri, 03 Mar 2017 17:13:29 GMT
Ellie & Gypsy This story and photo were submitted by "Gypsy"
Ms Ellie and Gypsy

My dad and I offered to dog sit these peoples 9 month old puppy on Facebook. We didn't know the people personally, but we did come to find out they the dad trained Pits Bulls to fight.   My Ellie wouldn't fight, so they beat her.  She was always terrified of males even to this day, 6 years later.  She had a litter of 11 last September.  We were homeless at the time, for almost a year.  When she got pregnant I bribed my mom to let me and Ellie stay there so she could have the puppies.  I now have a home and Ellie has her forever home.  Ellie loves to "kill" stuffed animals and big sticks, she enjoys squirrel watching and playing with her almost 6 month old puppies.  



]]> (Troy D Photography) Tue, 07 Feb 2017 02:06:12 GMT
Kiko (Rescue 2017) On Jan 1, 2015 our beloved golden retriever Simon died unexpectedly at home, he was just days away of his 10th birthday.  We were so devastated.   

Maddie and AJ were struggling with the loss.  The next day we took a trip to the SPCA, thinking in some way it would ease the pain.  We had no intention of bringing home another dog, we were still freshly grieving over our Simon.  We walked in to the dog kennels and the first kennel we looked into there was Kiko.  Kiko was surrendered to the SPCA just two hours before we got there. Kiko was barking and looked so sad.  We read his file.  Kiko was 18 months old and had lived in two different homes.  His first owner kept him for less than a year.  Then he give Kiko to another family because he did not have time for him. The new owner was a family with kids, similar ages to my children, Maddie and AJ. They took Kiko in but unfortunately by this point Kiko had developed such anxiety that he was destructive when left alone. The The new family kept him for about six months, most of that time he was kept outside because he was a "chewer".  

Kiko's story was heartbreaking.  We spoke with a behaviorist at the SPCA, she convinced us that we could teach him and modify his behavior.  We adopted him and renamed him Kiko!!! 

We bought a crate and had high hopes, we were going to train him and that the "chewing" was just poor dog parenting.  Kiko felt very differently about that!!!  He broke out of the crate over and over.  When he did not break out of the crate he would manage to destroy things around it.  He would end up moving the crate no matter where we put it. From inside the crate he ate a recliner, a hole in the kitchen linoleum, as well as destroying the living room carpet. So after several weeks, several calls and visits to the vet, Kiko was placed on some prescription meds for his anxiety. It was our last option, we were at the point where we were afraid we could not keep him but we loved him and knew he would not have many options.  Not many people would be able to handle him with his anxiety issues.  We made a commitment to Kiko when we adopted him.  We were willing to do what we needed to for Kiko.

Kiko has been with us for over two year nows.  While he is not a perfect dog, he is the perfect dog for us.  We continue to work with him daily.  I'm so glad we took the road trip to the SPCA that day.  Who knows where Kiko may have ended up had we not.  He has helped to fill the whole in our hearts left by Simon.  I highly recommend rescuing a dog.   It gives a joy in your heart that you can't get anywhere else.  

-Kelly Hammer

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How to Train Loose Leash Walking WHY IS MY DOG PULLING ON THE LEASH?

There are several reasons why your dog could be pulling on the leash, but here are a few common reasons:

  1. Dogs oppose restraint. When the collar tightens as your dog pulls, your dog naturally pulls harder. The opposition restraint reflex was a great way to survive in the wild, but unfortunately it doesn’t carry over to life with humans.
  2. It’s unnatural. Humans walk, while dogs prefer to trot. Humans want to get from Point A to Point B, while dogs want to chase and sniff.
  3. Random variable reinforcement. By allowing your dog to randomly pull on the leash to sniff or chase, the behavior is randomly being reinforced.

When training loose leash walking, it’s imperative that you consider every leashed event a training opportunity. There are many effective methods to train loose leash walking, but this particular method is my favorite.

  1. With your dog leashed, head out on a walk. As soon as your dog pulls, stop walking.
  2. Wait for your dog to return to a loose leash position and treat. If necessary, use a treat to lure your pup to the loose leash position. Note: Loose leash walking is different than heeling. Heeling should not be done for long periods of time.
  3. Once your dog is in a loose-leash position, begin walking again.
  4. Repeat steps 1 and 2 each time your dog pulls.

Your dog should very quickly pick up on the fact that pulling disrupts the enjoyable walk, but don’t assume that one training walk will do the trick. Loose leash walking requires a high level of skill and restraint from your dog.

Remember, practice makes perfect!


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]]> (Troy D Photography) Sun, 08 Jan 2017 13:08:16 GMT
Ms Dolly (Rescue 2017) Thank you for being part of my first 'Bark Blog' post.  This is actually the second post, but the beginning of project "Rescue 2017".

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Our first entry begins with a pup called Dolly.  Dolly is a beautiful black and white Pitbull mix.  We don't know much, anything really, about Dolly's first year or so of life.  They estimate she is a little over a years.  Dolly was a stray, she was found wondering the streets of Buffalo.  After being picked up, poor Dolly spent the next 3-4 months living in the cold, concrete walls of the shelter.  Day after day, people passed by, night after night Dolly stayed.  As the days passed, her spirit was broke.  She became aggressive towards other dogs.  One of the shelter volunteers said at one point they saw poor Dolly crying actual tears.  I can only imagine poor Dolly was losing hope, she showed less and less interest in people.  Little did Dolly know, there was a young lady hard at work on her behalf.

Sadly, Dolly's time at the shelter was running out.  Dolly was to be euthanized within a couple days.  Dolly's picture was shared on Twitter by one of the shelter volunteers.  It was seen by a young lady with a big heart, Maddie.  Maddie, contacted the person who tweeted Dolly's info.  Once they found out where Dolly was, Kelly and Danny, the parents, and Maddie were on their way to find Dolly.  

Danny and Kelly agreed to foster Dolly.  Buffalo C.A.R.E.S. Animal Rescue was there to facilitate in this process.  When the handler brought Dolly out, dirty and a little underweight, this "un-adoptable monster" ran to Danny, then jumped into Maddie's lap.  Once at the foster home, Dolly was the most loving dog you'd ever want.  She played with Kiko and Rudy, the dogs at the foster home, with no aggression issues at all.

Being a dog lover and a pet photographer, I couldn't miss when Maddie shared some photos of Dolly.  I contacted Maddie and had her bring Dolly over for an official TroyDPhotography photo session.  Within a minute or two Dolly had warmed up to me.  I asked them not to let my wife see Dolly, I knew she would have taken her in a heartbeat!  That's not a bad thing, but I already have two dogs and the town says no more.  Dolly was bit tough to work with as far as sitting still for photos.  I didn't realize at the time, that she had only been with the foster family less than 24 hours.  She had had a lot of excitement in the last couple of days.  Everything was new and flashes of lights probably didn't help, but she sat just long enough to get some beautiful images.

In the days that have passed, paperwork has been completed.  The foster parents, Danny and Kelly, have decided to adopt Dolly themselves.  

Dolly is one of the fortunate ones, not all dogs in shelters find their forever homes.  
Please support your local shelter, volunteer, donate and adopt.  It means everything to the dogs.

Keep your ears pointed in this direction for the next rescue story.

Woof woof,


]]> (Troy D Photography) Sun, 01 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT
Why won't my dog come when I call him? “My dog won’t come when called!”

It’s something we hear all the time. Dogs, like kids, seem to have selective hearing at the most important times.

According to the pros, the problem is that we are usually looking at the problem from the wrong angle. Whether you have an old dog or you are training a new puppy, we can fix that!  Read on and we'll have your dog running toward you like Lassie toward Timmy.

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Why Your Dog Won’t Come When Called

It’s really pretty simple. There are two parts to the problem. The first part is that your dog may have never been trained to come in the first place.

Sure, we all get our dogs to respond to their names eventually, but did you actually train them to come? A lot of times it just gets overlooked.

You want your dog to come running when you call. To do that, you just need to spend a little time training your dog to come. It’s easy and we’ll show you how to do it here in this article.


The second part has to do with when you call your dog. Think about the times when you call your dog.  If you’re like most people, you call your dog the most when he’s doing something he shouldn’t be doing. Or maybe you call when you want to put a leash on him and take him somewhere.

Whatever the scenario, chances are pretty good that your dog associates you calling him with something bad or unpleasant happening to him.

Would you want to coming running in every time if that’s how you saw it? Probably not!

You should never punish your dog after he comes when called. In fact, you want your dog to be rewarded for coming to you.

Also, don’t call your dog just to yell at him. You are doing the exact opposite of what you are trying to accomplish.

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How To Train Your Dog to Come

What do we want?  We want our dogs to come running to us as fast as they can when we call their names.

How do we do that?  We pick what we want to say when we call our dog to come, like “Here Rover!” or “Rover Come!” or something even more exciting.

Once we pick our command, we need to make it the best command in the world for your dog. We want your dog to associate that command with the best rewards and results in their doggy world!

When they here you call, their ears should perk up and they should have only one thing on their minds!

Here are 3 easy steps to follow when training your dog to come:

  1. CALL your dog using the command you chose;
  2. REWARD your dog when he or she comes to you within 2 seconds; and then
  3. RELEASE your dog immediately.

It’s important that you focus on the reward. Remember to do it quickly because dogs need that instant reinforcement.

We also want your dog to really relish the reward when they come when called. Small treats always work for training, but don’t underestimate the power of praise and affection.

When you do use treats, use small nutritious treats.  It also helps to get a pouch to keep them in so you don’t have to carry them around in your pockets.

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Dogs Are Social Animals

Dogs are social animals that really want our praise and attention. Most people don’t realize that this is very powerful tool in training your dog. It can be even more powerful if you are selective in giving it out to your dog.

Sound a little weird? Don’t worry, it’s not. You don’t have to be aloof and distant. Just start easy. Start by ignoring your dog when it is doing something wrong. If you are consistent, you will soon realize how powerful this is.

Save really big shows of affection and praise for rewards. This might sound unnatural at first, but you will find that it works. Once your dog is more responsive, you will soon find that you have a much better relationship with your dog.


Keep your ears pointed this way for more tips!!

Woof woof,




]]> (Troy D Photography) Fri, 30 Dec 2016 02:47:03 GMT
Rescue 2017 'Rescue 2017'
is about to begin...

What is it?  I'm glad you asked, I'm dying to tell you!  'Rescue 2017' is a year long project that begins January 2017.  I will working with local rescues and their dogs.  The plan is to take photos for the rescues to use and help find forever homes for the dogs.  I will be including their stories from the sad beginnings to the happy, forever-home endings.  I'm sure their will be some tear-jerkers along the way, and I'm quite sure there will be some happily ever after stores too!  


I'll be on the lookout for new rescues to work with.  If you have a pup that you've recently given a forever home to, please share your story with us!  Maybe you will be featured next...


 This is going to be a fun and exciting year!  Please join me and help spread the word.  
The more awareness we can create for the beautiful dogs the better.


Keep your ears pointed this way for our first rescue of the year.

January:  "Ms Dolly"
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Woof Woof,

Troy D



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