Why Adopt a Pet?

Written by A. Pratt

A cat was run over on my busy street this weekend. It wasn’t my pet but it hurt just as much as if it was. This animal came into our lives when we returned from walking inrepparttar park with our 3 yr. old son. A lady who lives acrossrepparttar 136523 street was trying to keep it from running out intorepparttar 136524 road so I took it upon myself to carry it back to our garage where we gave it food, water and friendship for a few days. This cat was female and looked to be only 6 months old; it was also very skinny and hungry. I believe it once had a home because it was not awkward and shy like a feral cat. It also liked to be petted and played with by my son inrepparttar 136525 backyard (they were best buddies for a short time). At night I would putrepparttar 136526 cat in my garage with food and water because we live on a main road which turns into a race track whenrepparttar 136527 sun goes down.

Anyhow, I was out in front of my house seeding my lawn a few hours after lettingrepparttar 136528 cat out forrepparttar 136529 day one morning when I glanced acrossrepparttar 136530 road. She lay on her side with blood streaming out of her mouth. She had never seen what hit her

How To Get Your Pet To Strike The Pose: Tips For Photographing Your Pet

Written by Ian White

If you have ever tried to take a picture of your dog, you will realize how hard it is to capturerepparttar pups full personality and beauty in a photograph. Dogs aren’t human, and they don’t understand what we are doing when we try to take their photo. They may think thatrepparttar 136400 camera is a toy and charge at you, instead of striking a pose. If you follow these tips, and take your cues from your pet, you can be assured of great photos of your pet.

Pets come in all colors. If your dog is dark, you will need to make sure that he doesn’t get lost in your photo due to a dark background. Dark animals photograph best with light colored or neutral back grounds. You can use white, grey, or creamy beige backdrops. You should never take a photo of a Black Lab, or a German Shepard, against a dark background. It concealsrepparttar 136401 true color of your dog, andrepparttar 136402 dark background can also concealrepparttar 136403 true size, shape and proportions of your pet.

The same rules apply with pets that have light coats. If you have an apricot or white puppy, you would not place her in front of a white wall for a picture. Photographs of animals need to capturerepparttar 136404 color and texture of their coats. If you have a white toy poodle, you would want to place her on, or in front of, a black, blue or brown backdrop. This will assure thatrepparttar 136405 poodle’s springy white curls arerepparttar 136406 focus ofrepparttar 136407 picture. It is important that you choose a background that compliments your dog, and doesn’t hide its beauty.

The hardest thing to do is to get your pet to sit still for a photo. The best time to arrange a photo session with your pet is when they are tired, or sleepy. One trick is to layrepparttar 136408 correct color of sheet or blanket over your couch or chair. Allow your pet to lie there after he has had a good half hour of vigorous play. Once your dog appears to start dozing off, get its attention by a low whistle, a squeak from a squeaky toy, orrepparttar 136409 sight of a treat. The animal will perk up immediately and appear to be wide awake. It is important that you are ready to snaprepparttar 136410 shots immediately. For a larger dog you can drape its bed withrepparttar 136411 correct color of sheet or blanket. It is also best to take your pet’s picture when they are well fed. That way they are not distracted by wanting food while they are modeling for you. The treats you hold up will be more a curiosity item to them, instead of a hopeful dinner.

In professional animal pictures, usuallyrepparttar 136412 full body ofrepparttar 136413 animal is shown. This allowsrepparttar 136414 viewer to get a general idea ofrepparttar 136415 size and proportions ofrepparttar 136416 animal. It also will allowrepparttar 136417 viewer to get an idea ofrepparttar 136418 animal’s general health and appearance. You wouldn’t want to have just a head shot of your pet if it had unique colorings that made it cute. Some animals appear to be wearing little white socks on their paws, orrepparttar 136419 ends of their tails may appear to have been dipped in a paint bucket. Be sure that your picture captures all ofrepparttar 136420 unique things about your entire dog. However, if your dog just has an irresistible face, you can take head shots. Some pets will appear to smile when they are very happy. Nothing says “love me” like an innocent puppy face. You need to be conscious ofrepparttar 136421 background. Even ifrepparttar 136422 color is right, if it’s cluttered it will be distracting and take away fromrepparttar 136423 pet. It is also important to make sure that your pet is inrepparttar 136424 center ofrepparttar 136425 shot, and that it is not cropped off just beforerepparttar 136426 tip ofrepparttar 136427 ears, or tail.

When you are taking photos of your pets, it is important that you are at least atrepparttar 136428 animals eye level, or below. This givesrepparttar 136429 picturerepparttar 136430 sense of being fromrepparttar 136431 dog’s viewpoint. You can accomplish this by elevating your dog to a higher position, likerepparttar 136432 stair case, or furniture. Or, you can lay on your stomach to achieverepparttar 136433 same results. You need to zoom in as close as possible, while still capturingrepparttar 136434 entire body of your dog. You can edit out any red eye, later.

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