This past weekend I braved the crowds at the Golden Gate Kennel Club's Dog Show at the Cow Palace. Wow. I'm not sure what else I can say. Wow. It was a moving, breathing swarm of pure bred dogs, extinguished handlers, accomplished breeders, vendors, visitors, and tons of 'dog schwag'. I wandered the halls solo, meeting some great people, trying out a few new dog products, introducing myself to some wonderful dog rescue groups, and of course oogling all the Boston Terriers. Um, I did, however, forget my camera. Ooops.

But I ended running into a wonderful old client and her Therapy Dog-In Training, Freddie. Since I photographed them a while ago, their photographs didn't make it onto my new super awesome website. So, I thought I'd showcase them here:

Nicole and Freddie are an awesome pair, always smiling and working hard (Nicole is in school to be a nurse, and Freddie is in school to be a Therapy Dog. They're smart. Wicked smart). Since Nicole wanted to do an outdoor session, I suggested one of my favorite secluded dog spots: the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater in Maclaren Park. Though Maclaren Park has a slightly clouded reputation in San Francisco (horror stories of dead bodies on the jogging trails and pit bull fights in the woods), I think it is one of San Francisco's best kept secrets, especially for dog owners. I take my dog Pancake there at least once a month for a jog around the amazing trails, a romp in one of the many beautiful open fields, or on a hot day we'll enjoy a quiet picnic and a dip in the man-made Dog Pond. It's less crowded than many of the city's saturated dog parks, and the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater offers wonderful vegetation and perfect shady spots for a fun outdoor photography session.

It was great running into Freddie and Nicole at the GGKC Dog Show, and looking at these favorite images from our session makes me very impatient for spring!