diesel and jake

meet diesel and jake …

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… reddog sidekicks of trainer Diane Holmes of  Holmes on Hounds.   That’s Diesel girl on the left whispering sweet nothings into younger brother Jake’s ear.

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Diesel.

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Jake.

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the thing about Diesel and Jake is that they know how to have fun … especially with Jake as the instigator …

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Diane is a Certified Educator Trainer, taking her classes to the streets of Toronto and teaching people how to manage their dogs in the real world — Street Safety Training — something i’ve always been a huge advocate of, seven years ago starting up my own training-in-the-park group that met weekly to expose our dogs to various challenges and obstacles outside of a controlled (and often boring for the dog) training facility.  anyone with a challenging dog or seeking an avenue to deepen their bond with their dog should definitely try out this kind of group class.

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so, inkeeping with Diane’s approach we thoroughly enjoyed the park on one of the last warm days of November.

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if Diesel is the sweetheart …

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… Jake is the goofball of the family …

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and a consummate athlete.

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although Diesel-girl had a few moves of her own …

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fortunately these guys also knew how to chill out.

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and check out Jake’s form … he actually lies like this.  part cat, perhaps?  🙂

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then back home for a few indoor shots … don’t take Jake’s expression as any kind of statement on his part.  he enjoyed the attention.

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and Diesel was simply gorgeous no matter what the light …

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i loved Jake’s twisty feet …

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… and Diesel’s eyes …

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thanks, Diesel and Jake, and thanks, Diane, for a wonderful afternoon.  see you soon at your add-on shoot!

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diane - Illona is right – the second set of shots are spectacular. It truly is a testament to the quality of Illona’s work. I was thrilled with the first set, the second set are STUNNING – now I have to CHOOSE!! Thanks for making it a difficult task! 🙂

Liz - and by post these on FB, I meant a link to your blog 🙂

Liz - I saw Diane post these on Facebook after the shoot and she was so thrilled!

illona - thanks again, everyone, for your visits and comments. i’ll admit that i honestly wasn’t pleased with this shoot … the light was harsh, the park was crowded … nowhere near the kinds of shots i’d hoped for.

mind you, after doing lots of processing, i think it turned out better than i’d originally thought, but still, i’m all about “getting the best”, not just “good enough” … i live by high standards. SO, in spite of Diane’s excitement over these images, i had her come out to scruffy dog territory a week later for a make-up shoot … and THOSE images rock. i’ll post them very soon.

of course, this leaves Diane with an incredibly difficult task of choosing from TWO full galleries of images. 🙂

diane - marci – they’re both rescues (unrelated to each other) and we were told they were each some kind of hound mix. But I see RR in them as well! Well, mostly just around the head – they have long bodies and short legs! They have so much fun together – we couldn’t have found 2 dogs who are better matched.

Marci - Loved this! Are they RR mixes? Looks like they have a wonderful life together. Gorgeous photos.

Jean - Absolutely spectacular session of these two who are so full of character.

Hey I’m glad to see I’m not the only one who wears a leash instead of holding on with hands. The freedom to have two free hands is amazing and so is the control. When I see people who can barely hang on to their lunging, snarling dogs it freaks me out.

Lesley Sullivan - Super cool pics! I wish you were closer to my neck of the woods. Dogs are not easy o photograph coz they move so quick. Keep the great work up! 🙂

illona - thanks, guys. glad you like ’em, diane. see you tomorrow!

nick, ALL my sessions are long. i’ve yet to have a single session under three hours. well, one not-so-cooperative cat had me leaving after two hours … but dogs, no way.

nick - Whoa looks like it was a long session 😀 Awesome job with those two indeed/

diane - I’m so thrilled with Illona’s work, and these shots are beautiful! I can’t wait to see them up on my walls! Illona – I loved your passion, your commitment to quality and attention to detail. Thank you so much!

Margaret - Gorgeous red dogs!!! and lovely, lovely pictures of them, Illona!!!

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