The last few months have been a bit stressful. My dog, Fidget, suffers from epilepsy. He has been taking epiphen to control it for the last three years. Unfortunately, these drugs have now started to impact his liver function. So we need to slowly move him off the epiphen and onto something else.
Changing the tablets
We started to reduce the dosage, but apparently went a bit too far. Fidget then had 28 seizures over three days. Which considering he hadn’t had a seizure for two months was concerning. We upped the dosage slightly and fortunately the seizures stopped.
But after a few days he started shaking and tremouring, and generally became lethargic and very wobbly on his back legs.
Time to reduce the dosage again!
Now we are getting the balance right, and he is seeming much better. Next dose reduction is next week, so we are hoping we don’t kick off any more seizures.
It’s October, so it’s time to launch our Christmas card mini-sessions, which will be available throughout October and November.
What’s a Christmas Card Mini-Session?
Good question! It’s a half an hour photo shoot resulting in some special Christmas cards with your pet as the star. £35 will get you your mini-session and ten Christmas cards, if you want more you can order as many extra cards as you like at just £3.00 a card. You can even choose more than one of your images to make up your order, so that your friends don’t all get the same card.
Do I need to bring any props?
You certainly can if you want to. We can provide a small selection of Santa hats and reindeer antlers, but if there is something special you want then it would be best if you bring it along to the shoot.
What About Christmas Magic?
We can add a bit of sparkle, snow or whatever you have in mind during post processing of the images. Discuss it with us at the shoot to get your perfect Christmas card.
There may be an extra charge for this depending on how much magic you want to add!
Can i bring my twenty dogs?
With the limited time for the photo shoot, and to ensure that we spend enough time with each pet, these mini sessions are limited to just one pet at a time. If you have multiple pets that you would like in the same card then please ask when booking, but to ensure that we have enough time to get the best photographs you will need to book a multiple session.
I love the image, can i buy it as wall arT?
Of course you can. If there is an image from your session that you decide you would like up on the wall then you can order wall art in exactly the same way we do for our normal sessions.
What if you have already shot my pet?
Don’t worry you are not left out. Just get in touch in the normal way and we will do our Christmas magic on one (or more) of your existing photos. The cards will cost £3.00 each.
How do I book my Christmas Card Mini-Session?
Contact us in the normal way, we’ll call you at a convenient time to arrange a suitable date and time. We’ll take care of everything from there.
Just mention Christmas Card Mini-Session in the enquiry section.
September is nearly over, and has seen the arrival of our sample photo books and a well earned early autumn short camping trip.
Sample Photo Books
With a change to a new supplier, it was exciting to receive our sample fine art photo book this month. They come in a presentation box, and have a wonderful linen finish cover to them.
We can add any text you would like, so if you wanted to tell your pet’s life story then this is the perfect product for you.
They also make the perfect solution when you can’t quite make up your mind what photograph to select from your photo shoot.
Gift Voucher Re-launch
We have also re-launched our gift vouchers over the last month or so. More information can be found here.
The perfect gift for the pet lover in your life, and can be customised to your exact requirements.
SEptember Camping Trip
As usual at this time of year, me and Fidget escaped the town centre life and headed to the country with our trusty tent for a few days. The weather was perfect and the campsite was a dream. Just what we needed to unwind and relax for a few days.
Little Fidget had a wonderful time, and never ceases to adapt to life under canvas. Long walks in and around Dartmoor ensured he always slept well.
He was also (as ever) always up for a game of ball when the opportunity arose.
But now we are back, and getting ready for the next three months in the lead up to Christmas. October will see the relaxing of the dog bans on the local beaches, so we are hoping that we get a few location shoots booked in for some beach action.
On my next blog I hope to be able to tell you a little bit more about this little character.
A rather late blog post, it’s June already what has happened to April and May? Well they seem to have sped past very quickly. So many apologies for not getting around to posting anything here for a long time.
May Camping Trip
May saw Fidget and me off on one of our camping trips. This time to the wilds of the Brecon Beacons. We managed to get in some nice walks, and we even managed to time it right for some sunny weather.
It wasn’t one of our favourite camp sites, but the location was absolutely stunning, and the facilities and the site staff were brilliant. It was just a bit too busy with the “wrong” type of campers, and there was a rather busy road just by the campsite. But we still had a lovely break, and we are already planning our September trip.
In other news
Much work has been happening on the website. A few tweaks here and there in the background to try and optimise the site, and some changes to layout and content.
Meanwhile Fidget has been out playing with his friends and generally just being Fidget.
12th Birthday Special Offer
As our 12th business birthday is soon upon us, we have a fabulous special offer for anyone booking a studio photo shoot before the end of July.
And, we are getting close to completing our rebranding from Tom Horsley Photography to Shooting The Dog. Our new shop sign has now been ordered and hopefully will be with us before the end of the month.
The curse of the ides of March seem to have bit me this week.
Things have been a bit manic, as my computer started doing weird things. Have had to spend most of the week trying to get them sorted out. Which meant the jobs I should have been doing have been delayed. That in turn means I’ve not been a happy boy!
After a wait for Microsoft to call me back – that never happened; I had a lovely online chat with someone who seemed to know less about what the problem was than I did. However, we agreed that something had done something and that it wasn’t working. Anyway, to cut a very long story short , I restored Windows back to a point some time in the middle of last month and by some miracle everything was working properly again. Then I just had to get all the things I had moved out the way, when trying to solve the problem, back to where they should be – I am still doing this bit.
Barney The Border Terrier
Barney came in for a portrait session at the end of last month, and was full of terrier mischief. His owners sort of knew what they wanted, but Barney wasn’t quite so sure that he wanted the same thing. A lot of fun and we got some lovely photos; so I hope his owners are happy with the results.
We still have some gaps in March and April if you would like to book your pet in for a photo shoot. Just drop us a message here and we’ll get back to you pretty sharpish!
Remember that dogs will be banned from many of the better beaches from the start of May, so if you would like a beach shoot then April is a good time to get it done.
Well things are beginning to slow down now as we get to the last few days before the big event.
The final few framing jobs just need to be finished off (and collected by the customers!), and then we can relax … and go for a pre-Christmas beer.
2018 has been a busy year, with things changing slightly as we try to stay ahead of an ever changing market place. What with people worried about their finances and how the “BREXIT” effect will impact them, trying to tempt them to spend money on a luxury item is never going to be easy. Add to that a few problems with a naughty intervertebral disc and … let’s just say it has been difficult at times.
That said, we have had some wonderful customers through our doors this year, and we are already looking forward to shooting a lot more pets in 2019. The calendar is already open, so don’t be shy about making a booking!
This year we have been looking at ways to make the mundane, paperworky (that’s my new word of the month) things easier. We have have started using FramR software for pricing the framing work, and Studio Ninja software to streamline the photography side of things. We have some minor things to iron out in both of these to fit the way we work, but we are getting there.
And so to next year ..
As with this year, the business will be moving more away from the original “Tom Horsley Photography” ideas, and much more down the “Shooting The Dog” road.
We pride ourselves on our pet portraits, we love doing them, and want to produce the best results we can for our customers.
So, next year should see some more changes to the shop; with less random “stuff” on the shelves, and more things related to the pet photography service on display. Print sales from the shop have pretty much dried up, so we’ll be moving all the landscape print sales to the web site only, and free up some more space in the shop.
Other than that, unless I come up with a cunning plan or win the lottery, we’ll continue to provide, what we hope is, quality service with everything we do, at a reasonable price (while still be able to eat occasionally!).
Thank you to everyone who has supported us this year, and we look forward to seeing you all again in the New Year.
Oh, and for those of you who have had you pet photographed with us before there might well be a very special offer for a follow-up shoot next year. I’m sure some details will be being published soon.