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A Day in the Life

A day in the Life of Declan!

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Declan is my current dog.  He is a lab-hound mix and a rescue.  He is my “Wild Child”.  He wakes up early- about 5:15 and loves to run around the yard either chasing squirrels or ‘defending’ the yard from the next door neighbors puppy by running up and down the fence line barking back and forth with her. He is scared of most animals, so the puppy has been a challenge for him, but also has been good for him as he does enjoy their little jaunts up and down the fence-line.  Cassie loves him as well, she found ways to sneak under the fence to play with him a couple of times before she got too big. Declan can run like the wind and can jump from the ground to deck as if he is flying.

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puppy and dog
puppy meets big dog













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Declan flying
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Declan at play



Declan loves the snow, and running in the snow.  He has the hound bark and is afraid of the water despite his Labrador genes.  He spent the first 6 months of life in my house not sleeping.  I suspect he spent a lot of time out in the woods/wild and as a result was afraid of any noise.  He would close his eyes at night, but would pop them open at the slightest sound.  Half the time he would jump up, ready to run.  He now can sleep very well at night, but still can be sensitive to noises that he hears during the night.  As a result I don’t have any images of Declan sleeping.  To this day, as soon as he hears me turn the camera on, or hears the sound of the autofocus, he is jumping up expectantly.  As the cover image shows, he is not crazy about the little autofocus motor sound on my camera.  I did manage to capture this image of Declan having a brief rest outside.

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Declan at rest

Project 52-Blog Circle

This post is part of Project 52 which challenges Professional Pet Photographers to focus on a particular topic/assignment each week. There are photographers from all over the world participating.  Follow the next link to view how the next amazing photographer tackles this weeks challenge.  Then follow each link at the end of each blog until you return to me.. Then you have successfully completed our blog circle. Enjoy!

+++++ NOW visit  Jessica Wasik with Bark & Gold Photography, celebrating the joy and love between Pittsburgh pets and their people.   See how she interpreted the subject this week+++++

Declan is a rescue.  Come and find your rescue!

Second Chance has a unique program where inmates train the rescued dogs and it gives both the dogs and the inmates a second chance in life.  Come visit Second Chance Canine Shelter.  We are open Saturdays and Sundays 10-2.

Friends of Second Chance Canine Adoption Shelter
6660 E. Seneca Turnpike
Jamesville, NY 13078
Website for Second Chance

Here are some  pictures of the dogs at Second Chance that are looking for Homes.



Nancy Kieffer is a photographer serving  the Central New York and Adirondack region and beyond.  Travel assignments welcomed.   If you would like to book a Day in the Life session for your pet, please email me at or call 315-469-8807.   Nancy also offers instruction in photography and Lightroom.