October Curious Pets of the Month: Maggie, Daisy, Butter and Jojo

October 12, 2014 | Curious Pet of the Month

Oct 2014 Pets of the Month Meet Maggie (right), Daisy (top left), Butter (middle left) and Jojo (bottom left)!  These ladies and gents are sweet as pie and are always a joy to visit.  Maggie may be one of Curious Paws’ biggest clients, but she’s as mellow and loving as can be.  this smart girl will do about anything for a treat and will love you forever if you spend time giving her some quality petting.  Daisy always makes sure you spend time with her, too – otherwise be prepared for a head butt! She is a kitty who needs her lovin!  Butter is a fan of warm, sunny afternoons and long naps.  He’s always ready for some head scratches, too.  Jojo is the most elusive of the bunch.  She’s quite shy, but keeps Daisy good company.  This bunch loves to take it easy and will never protest against a day full of relaxation and love!

How To Take Amazing Pictures of Your Dog

October 8, 2014 | Cutest Pets, Helpful Tips

BetterPhotos_hdI’m obsessed with taking pictures of my (adorable) dog.  Sadly, I’m not the best photographer.  If you can relate, I’ve dug up a great list of tips on how to take way better photos of your pup.  Here are the top tips, but read the full article here to get all of the great bits of advice.

  1. Follow the light.  Usually this means your dog should be facing a window.
  2. Models like to eat. Especially when your model is a dog! Use high reward treats and reward positive behavior like sitting still.
  3. Make some noise. Don’t you love that little head tilt? Make a funny sound to try and get your pup’s attention, but use this trick sparingly or it will get old.
  4. Shoot fast and furious. The beauty of digital – take a million pictures and you are bound to get one that’s in focus. Make sure to use a real camera so you can shoot quickly.
  5. Change your view. Lay on the ground and look up at your dog, or switch up the perspective to get a more creative shot.
  6. Use props.  If you are looking for an extra cute photo, use some big sunglasses, or tie a balloon to your dog’s collar.
  7. Pick a meaningful spot. Capture a moment in your dog’s favorite chair, or at her favorite park. This will help your dog be relaxed and you’ll have a great memory of that special spot!
  8. Get up close and personal. Don’t forget to do the detail shots! Shoot up close photos of your pup’s nose or paw – all of the little details that make up your best buddy.
  9. Stage your shot.  De-clutter the background and straighten things up.  You can even bring in props like colorful pillows, a sheepskin rug or fresh flowers to create a stylish and finished looking shot.
  10. It’s peanut butter time! If all else fails, peanut butter always results in some funny pictures. Just make sure to ration the amount so your pup doesn’t end up with a belly ache!

Hopefully this tips will do the trick and you’ll have tons of new photos to hang on your walls!

Dog-Friendly October Events

October 3, 2014 | Dog-Friendly Charleston, Events, SC, Things To Do

This October Charleston has a bunch of fun activities that fido can tag along to – so get out there and enjoy this lovely fall weather!

  • October 15, 22, and 29 – Awendaw Green Barn Jams – This outdoor, year-round weekly event showcases original music. You can grab some food and bring your own beverages. They ask for a $5 donation at the door and welcome the whole family, including your leashed dogs!
  • October 16 – Yappy Hour – This is the last Yappy Hour for the year, so bring your dog to the James Island County Park from 4pm until sunset to listen to Whiskey Diablo while sipping some cool refreshments with human and furry friends!
  • October 18 – Dogtoberfest – Come out to Kiawah’s Freshfields Village from 1-5pm and support Pet Helpers while enjoying wine tasting, craft beer, food and pet costume contest! Get more details here.
  • October 19 – Barktoberfest – Bring out the whole family to the Wannamaker Park in North Charleston from 11am – 4pm for a dog parade, tasty German food and beer, pet exhibits and live music.
  • October 23 – Pups, Yups and Food Trucks This will also be the final Pups, Yups and Food Trucks gathering of 2014. Come out to Palmetto Islands County Park from 5pm until sunset for live music by Dallas Baker & His Bluegrass Friends, cold beverages, and food truck fare.
  • October 25 – Mutt Strut – Magnolia Plantation will be hosting a doggie-owner costume contest and four-hour Mutt Strut from 10am – 2pm. Join the fun and check out lots of pet vendors around the grounds.
  • October 26 – Running with the Hounds – Middleton Place opens it’s historic grounds for a canicross, trail run and walking event from 2 – 6:30pm.  You and your dog should register today for this great event!
  • October 27 – Hairy Winston Pet Costume Contest –  Dress your pet up and head over to the Mt. Pleasant Towne Center, outside Palmetto Grande Cinema at 12pm. Be sure to check out the 5 costume categories because there are lots of prizes!
  • October 28 – Doolittle’s Howl-O-Ween – If you need another pet costume contest to rock, head over to any of Doolittle’s three locations from 10am – 4pm for costume contests, a photographer taking pet photos, games, prizes and discounts!
  • Ongoing Events: Meetup Groups – Check out Meetup to find people around Charleston gathering with their pups.  Here are some current groups and you can always start your own!

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