Scruff monsters

My scruff monsters Ollie and Mia are heading to the groomer tomorrow so here are some ‘before’ shots.

Pre Grooming 012They haven’t been groomed since last November so their hair has gotten really long. Of course this is better for the winter, it keeps them nice and warm but their hair matts very easily so it’s a constant battle to get rid of matts as they appear.

Pre Grooming 011So tomorrow they are getting their hair cut very short. They are usually quite cold for a few days after being groomed but I have a few doggie jumpers I can pop on them. So bye bye scruff buckets, I can’t wait to see them with their new haircuts tomorrow.


Colour Affection 004So here they are post groom. Totally different dogs but I’m sure much more comfortable.


Dog days in Dún Laoghaire

Dun Laoghaire pierWith the help of Julie, Siobhan and Twitter I bought a new lens for my camera over the weekend. It’s a 50mm f/1.8D AF lens and I loves it. So we headed out to Dun Laoghaire with the dogs and the lens (attached to my camera) today and I had some fun.

Ollie having fun in Dun Laoghaire pierI still don’t really know what I’m doing technically and I definitely overdid the blurry background a bit on some shots, but I got some that I’m really pleased with. Ollie loves them 🙂

I’m not sure if this is the east or the west pier, it’s the one on the left as you face the sea and it’s a lot quieter than the other pier. It’s a really lovely walk for the humans and full of lots of different smells for the dogs. Mia was a little too interested in what was over the edge for our liking though.









Oh look at the blurry, I love the blurry. Although I really need to learn when enough is enough. And I love rust. Isn’t the colour amazing against the green.

All this walking and sniffing is thirsty work. This is also one of the few photos where the dogs were still enough for me to actually take a photo. But they enjoyed themselves and that’s the main thing.

Doggy Day Out

Anyone who knows me knows I am passionate about animals and animal welfare. I started volunteering at the Dublin SPCA about a year and a half ago and it has enriched my life in so many ways (more on that in a later post). So this seems a fitting topic for my inaugural post.

The DSPCA are hosting their annual Doggy Day Out at Marlay Park next Saturday, September 17th from 12 – 4pm. It’s always a great day out for the pooches, with discounted Microchipping, training sessions, face painting and games, photo sessions with Michelle Griffin of Square Portraits. Michelle has taken photos of my dogs (Ollie and Mia, I’m sure you’ll get to know them soon) and is an amazing photographer.

The pièce de résistance, for me anyway, will be Scrufts, the all-inclusive dog competition. I’ll be entering Ollie and Mia, who we adopted through Dogs in Distress. I think it’s important for people to realise that rescue dogs come in all shapes and sizes and not all are mongrels either.

The whole event is designed to raise awareness as well as to raise much needed funds. I volunteer at reception once a week and it is truly heartbreaking the number of animals that come through the door. (Having said that these are the lucky ones and the DSPCA is generally a happy place. All the staff and volunteers have only one thing in mind: helping animals.)

So come along on Saturday and bring the family (canine and human). It should be great fun. Weather permitting of course.

(All images used with kind permission of the Dublin SPCA.)