Archive for January 2013

Bear is doing great

He’s doing really well today. He’s back to his food begging, yard exploring, happy-go-lucky, I don’t want to be held, self 🙂 The site looks good, much less raw looking and much less swelling than yesterday. He has no restrictions, we just have to be sure he’s not rubbing it. At this point, it’s still tender enough that he doesn’t want to do that. But I suspect he’ll need the cone for a few days when it gets less painful but isn’t quite yet healed enough to withstand rubbing. The stitches are the disolving kind, so he doesn’t need to go back to have those out.

We’re back to normal activities around here with an extra eye on him to make sure he’s not rubbing it. But unless someone goes to the kitchen, he’s mostly sleeping/napping. Which is good. I’m sure the pain meds are helping with that.

I’m still adjusting to his new look. It’s not bad, just different. Because he was already blind in that eye, he hasn’t seemed to have any problem adjusting to it at all. But is more careful when walking past something like a table leg or one of the other dogs so he doesn’t bump that side of his face. Other than that, I don’t notice any change in his behavior today compared to pre-surgery. So overall I’m very happy it’s done and we don’t have to worry about it any more.


Posted January 30, 2013 by dazzlesmom in Uncategorized

Bear’s surgery this morning

Yesterday morning I called the vet as soon as they opened at 9am. By 10:20 we were in the office for Bear’s pre-op exam and bloodwork. And this morning, his right eye was removed.

We spent the afternoon relaxing on the couch and he is currently resting and seems to be doing just fine. Thank you everyone for the well wishes, prayers and positive energy sent his way. Thank-you to Dr Gaston and staff. And a special thank-you again to my friends and family who helped me both emotionally and financially. You are all angels!

Bear’s last “two eyed” photo, taken yesterday. I wanted to get a better portrait, but it was pouring rain outside.
1/12c  His last 2 eyed photo

Posted January 29, 2013 by dazzlesmom in Uncategorized

Bear update

Bear woke up this morning looking like he was winking. The inner eye lid is swollen and the eye is clearly bothering him now. And the tumor seems to have grown significantly overnight but I think more likely is that more pushed through to the visible side.

So I guess the surgery will be sooner rather than later. The opthamologist did say this would happen. That he would be just fine and then all of a sudden it would bother him. I was just hoping for selfish reasons that it wouldn’t be this soon. So I’ll call the vet in the morning to get it scheduled and see if they have any numbing eye drops till he can get in for surgery.

Posted January 27, 2013 by dazzlesmom in Uncategorized

I moved my non-dog photos

Hi all,

I have decided to keep all my non-dog photos separate from the photos of Dazzle, Bear and the rest of the gang. I know I’ll be taking a lot of non-dog photos this year and they seemed to be taking over Dazzle’s blog. So I started a new blog that can showcase those photos. This will allow Dazzle’s followers to keep up with his activities and if you are also interested in my non-dog photos, check out my new blog: Photog without a dog:

I also added the link on the left side.

Posted January 26, 2013 by dazzlesmom in Uncategorized

I’m not the only one hibernating

Took these last night. The dogs are hibernating as well 🙂 Except Dazzle, who really wants to go outside to play. But he settled for some play in the basement. Dog on the left is Lilly, who is visiting till Sunday or Monday.



Posted January 25, 2013 by dazzlesmom in Uncategorized

1st Qtr Challenge photos

I took advantage of the freakishly warm January weather to create my answers to the 1st quarter Technical Challenge. The theme is the song “Anything you can do I can do better” and the idea is to find a photo from another member of the group and, with their permission, try to duplicate it as closely as possible.

Dazzle’s is based on a photo by LunaG. Titled “What would you do when you saw an animal, twice as large as you? Run away or greet it?”

This is her photo:
10/12 What would you do when you saw an animal, twice as large as you? Running away or greeting it?

Here is my answer to the challenge:
1/12 First qtr TECH challenge- with Dazzle

This was definitely a challenge! But I knew I had to give it a try yesterday thanks to the unseasonably warm weather (60’s) and sun. Not sure when we’ll see that combo again before spring!

So we headed out to the park where I knew there was a background as similar to the original as possible (given the time of year differences). And thankfully the sun cooperated by being in the correct location!

I had to hope that no one was watching after I set up my camera on a tri-pod, set the timer and ran out to pose for the two positions. I would compare the shot on the screen to a print out of the photo and then try again. It took multiple tries and even Dazzle was looking at me like I was a bit nuts by the time I got the ones I felt would work 🙂

Then I moved the camera in closer, dropped the tripod down as low as it would go (lower would have been better) and got Dazzle into position. I took a test shot to check positioning and make some minor adjustments. Then, thanks to the awesome pro Dazzle is (and LOTS of luck!) I got his shot on the very first attempt!! I had set the timer and was standing in front of him, holding his ball down low (to get the focus of his head) and then asked for him to “gimmie 5” just before the shutter snapped. I used a flash on his shot so his face wouldn’t be completely lost in the shadow.

I figured getting his paw in the desired position would take multiple tries, but when I saw the first shot on screen, I knew it was the one! And I LOVE IT when that happens! He got several throws of the ball and was VERY muddy by the end. But I didn’t care! I couldn’t wait to get home and do the editing. I was just hoping what I got would turn out as I hoped it would. And it has!

I layered the three photos, made the top ones translucent so I could position them and erased the backgrounds. I had to do some cloning to get the “over sized” pieces of grass off his foot, added the shadows and did a few other minor edits.

I think it’s more impressive that the original was formed from 37 different photos! Thank-you LunaG. This was a fun project!

For Bear’s project, I didn’t do nearly as well. The original was taken by Pawsome33 and is titled “Buster (Dr Martins)”. I have to say I like her version better. 🙂

12/12/B/Buster (Dr. Martens)

This is my answer to the challenge:
1/12 1st qtr TECH challenge with Bear

This was a much harder challenge than I anticipated! So let the whining and excuses commence! …LOL I don’t have a studio or lights, so I had to try to do this outside. I was hoping for very bright sunlight filtered nicely through the clouds, but what I got was flat, overcast light. It also took awhile for Bear to get comfortable enough in the boots to not have his tail tucked. Several treats helped with that.

Then we had “stay” issues because he just wanted the treats. 🙂 Then trying to get his head turned the correct way, get his ears up and NOT have him close his mouth was also quite a challenge! Every time he thought he was going to get a treat, his serious face came out, but without treat anticipation, ears went back and his eyes got squinty. This is the result after MANY more shots than I thought this would take! And I finally stopped because the storm was rolling in and it was only getting darker.

I did use white fleece as the back drop, but the lighting of the sun through the variable cloud thickness resulted in many different shades of grey rather than white. So I ended up having to paint in the background anyway during editing. If I tried to brighten the background to white, it washed out Bear.

I know the weather won’t be warm enough to attempt this outside again for likely two months or more. I was actually outside in a T-shirt today! In January, in Indiana! But tomorrow, winter returns and by the end of the week high temps will be back in the 30’s. Thanks for the tease Mother Nature! It was great while it lasted.

My hats off to Trish, I have an even greater respect for her excellent photo of Buster! Thanks for letting me try to imitate it.

Side note on the weather… I just brushed half a dog off of Dazzle with very little effort. I think the weather has his body fooled that it is Spring! All the dogs are shedding like crazy! But I give it another few days and that should stop 🙂

Posted January 12, 2013 by dazzlesmom in Uncategorized

I’m doing better

I have gotten a lot of support from family and friends and I just want to assure everyone that I’m ok with having to remove Bear’s eye. It was just a shock to hear that was the only treatment option. Especially when I went in thinking it wasn’t really going to be a big issue and was more expecting a “wait and see” response. Not a “we have to remove his eye” response 🙂

The vet said he is already blind in that eye (no response to the light shined in his eye, etc.) and he’s doing just fine with that. Still able to catch a tossed treat, no issue with stairs, etc. I know that removing his useless eyeball won’t bother him a bit and I’ll still love him no matter HOW he looks, though I do suspect he will be cuter with the “wink” (once the stitches are out). 🙂

Thank-you everyone for the support! Now, if you could just send some positive energy for a decent sized winning lottery ticket our way, we’ll be all set! LOL

Posted January 10, 2013 by dazzlesmom in Uncategorized