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A Tribute to My Pet Loving Father

Lesley O'Donnell - Wednesday, October 21, 2015

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In his later years my Dad, Barrie O'Donnell, had a particularly soft spot for cats and small dogs. They seemed to know it and would gravitate towards his lap and curl up with him on his recliner chair for a snooze in the afternoon sun.

These appreciative creatures didn't even have to be his own.

He didn't exactly attract strays but he did welcome neighbourhood cats into his home where they would secretly exchange mutual affection.

He liked to sneak them tit bits in the same way a loving grandfather would spoil his grandchildren with an ice-cream while on an outing. 

Mini, the love child of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel mother and her Jack Russell beau, was perhaps, his favourite little dog over the past few years. She lived with my brother's family but was always excited when Dad went to stay. She liked to sit up on the back of the couch with her head resting on his shoulder or the top of his head. There, he was often observed feeding her little treats of cheese. They adored each other.

Mini died a couple of years ago and even though my brother's family have other dogs, none of them filled the gap left by the departure of Dad's favourite.

This year, at the end of June, my father passed away so sadly no more cats and dogs will get to enjoy the delights of his tender exchanges. Thankfully I have this image to remind me of the special bond he shared with this dear little dog.

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Three Pets Make Good Company

Lesley O'Donnell - Monday, February 23, 2015

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Those of you with several pets will be nodding your heads when I say that the more animals together in a photo the greater the challenge in taking it. Especially if one of them is a young and playful puppy who thinks all other household pets are there for her entertainment. 

India, the beautiful Burmese cat in this family, is still coming to terms with being looked upon as a playmate to the baby in the house. She was not amused by having to be so near to Matilda and tried her best to wriggle free and retreat to a quieter, secluded part of the house. 

On the other hand Pip, the older of the two King Charles Cavalier Spaniels, was very chilled and once on Sue-Virginia’s lap was so relaxed in her position of comfort that at times she dropped off to sleep.

Sue-Virginia’s hands were fully occupied with puss and puppy wrestling but she still managed to maintain a happy smile as she cuddled up with her three companions. 

Who wouldn’t be thrilled to receive from a dear friend, such a thoughtful, personal birthday present? A pet portrait is a gift that keeps on giving forever.


We would love you to leave a comment below or you can book your own pet photography session or arrange a gift for your friend here.

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Cavalier Cuties

Lesley O'Donnell - Saturday, January 03, 2015

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Photographing in a public park can be a challenging assignment, especially when there are many other dogs being walked at the same time. The constant passersby provided plenty of interest and distraction for these canine subjects. The curious pooches who roamed the park off lead liked to bound over to check out my models, often just as I was about to take their “perfect” portrait. 

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Despite such diversions Kita and Niko were delightful little dogs to photograph. They are great friends and often sneak little kisses with each other.

With pizzaz and a confident personality, Kita is the larger of Helen’s two dogs. Her muddy paws are a tell tale sign of how she enjoyed exploring the freshly watered undergrowth in the park.

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More timid and shy, Niko is a Blenheim (chestnut and white) Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. He is an affectionate, cuddly little boy who also delights in chasing birds. Much to our amusement he demonstrated his love of this sport several times while being photographed.

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I admire how perfectly Helen nailed her outfit for her photography session with her two little darlings. Her floral patterned dress coordinates beautifully with the colours in the dog’s coats and as a result these images are going to look wonderful decorating the walls in her home.


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Pet Photography Melbourne - Family Affair

Lesley O'Donnell - Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Rod and Janine relaxing in the garden with Junior, Timmy, Harley and Willow

Junior, a friendly and handsome Spoodle, and Timmy, a cuddly King Charles Caviler Shih Tzu cross, are experienced photographic models. 

I first photographed these best of buddies back in 2010 when they featured in the first edition of Connected Tales, an exclusive coffee table book about people and their pets.

Surprisingly Junior is actually the older of the two and way more active and adventurous than his younger sibling. Timmy follows Junior’s lead in everything and loves to snuggle up beside, behind or even on top of Junior. If Junior is not available as his pillow he sleeps with the comfort of a cushion under his head.

Referred to affectionately as “the boys” by Rod and Janine, they have again put themselves forward as fundraisers for the next edition of the book, the proceeds of which will be donated to Animal Aid.

This time they had two new kitty cats to be photographed with and did a stirling job of showing the two younger family members just how to pose.

Harley and Willow are two striking cats who rarely venture outside without their harnesses on so were rather excited at the prospect of being unrestrained in the garden. Living on a bush block that is full of birds and other native wildlife I was impressed at how responsible Janine and Rod are as cat owners. Harley and Willow have a palatial outdoor cat run but being so close to the birds chattering in the trees was super exciting for them.

As well as taking individual portraits I was thrilled to capture the whole family together.


If you would like to feature in our next book and join this family in raising funds for animals in need please register here.



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Pet Shots Photography Wins Competition

Lesley O'Donnell - Wednesday, May 04, 2011


 

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I am so excited today as this photo just won the People’s Choice prize in an American professional photography competition. Yee haah!

The competition will ultimately be judged by a panel of professional photographers but while it is running the public can vote each week for their favourite photo.

There are four more weeks to go so if you would like to support me you can vote for my new photo here. Votes need to be in by Monday.

The subject of this winning photo is Mini, the love child of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel mother and her Jack Russell beau. She is a sweet little dog who loves to sit on your lap or shoulders when you are relaxing on the sofa. She has a protective nature and loves to be included in everything that is going on.

Now 11 years old she lives in New Zealand with my brothers family. Although the smallest dog in the busy household she is definitely the boss over all visiting dogs and the two cats she shares her own home with.

Mini is also working hard to help other animals less fortunate than herself - click here to see how.

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Anne commented on 10-May-2011 12:43 PM
Yes she is all that you say and sometimes much more too. She also isn't past hopping into your bed with you given half a chance but always very loving and protective of the family. Yes she even bosses Granddad and goes to sleep on his shoulders while sitting
on the couch, both having a little "Zizz"!

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