A Very Special Photo Session- Bobby Jo

We had a very special photo session this last week! We were lucky enough to photograph a little dog from down south (way down south!) that had a special surgery at a local veterinary practice.

What surgery?

Little Bobby Jo had heartworms surgically removed from her heart! That’s right! A veterinarian went into little Bobby Jo’s heart and removed a big pile of worms! To find out more about how that works check out Parkside Animal Health Center’s post about heartworm removal surgery.

But back to the real star!

Check out this little ham!

Bobby Jo celebrating a successful surgery!

Bobby Jo had her surgery almost 8 months ago now and still had to undergo several treatments with a drug called immiticide to kill the remaining heartworms. Whoa! That’s a tough break! But you’d never know it just by looking at Bobby Joe! In fact, we had no idea she ever had anything wrong with her until her owners and Ricardin patrons mentioned her history. That’s when we started asking questions. This little dog actually had worms so bad that she had a heart murmur. That means her heart was so messed up it was making funny noises!

How did the shoot go? Well, this little dog is one of the most photogenic stars we have ever met! She has been on exercise restriction the last 6 months as a result of her heartworms but has recently received the all clear from her veterinarian to live it up. Doctor’s orders!

As you can see from the image up top, this little dog loves sticks. She loves grass, chasing bugs and swimming. In fact, this dog just loves life! She was a real joy to photograph but she didn’t make it easy since she spent most of her time jumping around and trying to get our attention. You’re doing it wrong Bobby Jo! We are supposed to get your attention!

Want to get the rest of the photos? Sorry! Those are only for people who join our mailing list (which you can do by entering your information on the sidebar to the right). When you join our mailing list you will get access to A TON of great photos that are almost guaranteed to put a smile on your face. You will also get to learn more about the photo shoot with this little pup and find out what tips, tricks and treats we used to get her to sit still!

One other note! We think this is a good time to make sure everyone is aware that heartworm is in Colorado! While most dogs that are positive (like Bobby Jo) come from the southern US, there are still a handful of cases in Colorado and Midwest. Check out this heat map from the American Heartworm Association. 

While we don’t a lot of “heat” in our great state, the burner is still on. Better to be prepared than caught with a heart full of worms!


5 Things You Need to Do to Prepare Your Furbaby for a Pet Photo Shoot

Want to know how to make your pet look like a natural charmer on camera? Then get him ready for your Ricardin Animal Photos experience. Here are the things you need to do before your photo session:

1. Bring your pet’s favorite toy to the shoot.

Is there a toy that your cat or dog loves to play with? Make your beloved pet more comfortable posing in front of the camera by bringing along his favorite toy to the photo session. If he doesn’t like toys, make sure to bring something that will help keep him calm and comfy, like a blanket, pillow, etc.

2. Add some props and outfits.

What makes your pet unique? Think about that when you choose the props and outfits to bring for the photo session. You can bring a basket, a handbag (if kitty loves sleeping in there), or anything that reflects your furbaby’s colorful personality so that it will also show in the photos.

3. Have a leash ready.

Of course, you won’t need to use a leash for home photo sessions. But when the location of the photo shoot is in a dog or cat show, make sure to bring a leash even if you think you have the most behaved pet ever. Dog and cat shows are an entirely different environment for your pet, and seeing other animals might cause him to panic or worse, run away to find a non-threatening hiding spot.

4. Have your baby groomed.

So that your pet will look his best on photos, make sure that he gets a good grooming 2 to 5 days before the shoot. He needs to be washed, brushed, clipped and trimmed.

5. Bring some treats!

Dogs and cats respond better to treats than simply calling their name to get their attention while the shoot is going on. Don’t forget to use special treats for the photo session not just to make your pet look at the camera’s direction but also to reward him for being cooperative.

Once you have everything prepared for your pet’s photo session, you can be sure that your little one will behave, won’t get stressed, and will look great on pictures.