Santa Paws is coming to town

Santa Paws

Santa Paws is making a special trip to Oregon in September

Now is your chance to book a photo with with Santa Paws for your pet. He’s making one more trip up north from the sunny Southwest. Let’s make it memorable for both Santa Paws and your pet.

Order your special holiday cards early. Miss the hustle and bustle of December. This is your last chance for a pet portrait with Santa Paws.

We have three dates in September set aside for Santa Paws.

  • Saturday, September 23 • 10 am to 2 pm—a beautiful farm setting in NE Salem. 50% of the proceeds go to Willamette Humane Society.
  • Saturday, September 30 • 10 am to 2 pm—we’re turning our red barn into Santa Paw’s workshop. Pick your favorite non-profit animal group for 50% of the proceeds. A check will be sent in your pet’s name.
  • Sunday, October 1 • noon to 4 pm—we’ll be at Nature’s Pet Market Salem. 50% of the proceeds go to Willamette Humane Society.

Call Holly at 503-999-1926 or email her at to book an appointment and get directions to the farm or red barn workshop.

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So many memories

Ozzie and Darby, one of their first visits with Santa Paws   

I have loved working with Santa Paws since the very first time he sat before my lens. He is the best of the best. When he said he would make one more trip to Oregon, I was beyond thrilled.

Every year we would have return visitors and Ozzie and Darby were two of them. Not sure that they really wanted to sit in Santa Paws lap, the gentle and jolly old elf knew just what to do.

Dressed for the season   

And when they sat on Santa Paws lap last year, they knew just what to ask for, a photo session of their very own.

Standing on the bridge over the Little Chicken River

They started in the chicken garden on the little rustic bridge that clearly needs a coat of paint or two. The chickens stared at them from the run. Ozzie and Darby had no idea what those noisy feathered creatures were.

Standing in the weed patch

We like to refer t them as wild flowers. The reality is, they posed right in the middle of a weed patch. Sometimes we just have to pick and choose our battles.

A park bench just their size

Sometimes, you just have to fit. I found this adorable little park bench somewhere on one of my treasure hunts. It’s been weathered and worn, but it was perfect for two little adorable dachshunds.

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I heard a rumor

Santa Paws will be in Oregon in September!   

As most of you already know, our beloved, best ever Santa Paws left Oregon last winter for the warm and sunny deserts of Arizona. It was a very sad day for me when he said he was blowing this rainy popsicle stand for some fun in the sun.

I have some great news however. Santa will be hauling his sleigh to the Pacific Northwest just one more time. And since it’s early in the season, many good things will come with it.

What about a session at the beach? A farm? Holiday cards? They’ll be back by the end of October. We’ll have locations, dates and times nailed by September 1. If you were looking for a portrait with Santa Paws, this will be your last chance.

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Feelin’ broody

Not paying the rent.  

This girl. She is without a doubt one of our prettiest hens. She’s the one that lays the beautiful, big, olive green eggs, often times they will have double yolks. Or, let me rephrase that, she was laying beautiful, big, olive green eggs.

This girl at the ripe old age of about 24 weeks has gone broody. Seriously Maude? She wants to raise little chickens and has once again become a freeloader. She sits in her nesting box, frequently sitting on the other eggs lovingly laid by the other chickens. The other day I went in to boot her fluffy butt out of the coop and into the run only to discover that she had tucked and egg way up under her wing.

I don’t think I can count the number of times I have hauled her fluffy butt out of that nesting box. She wanders around the yard with the other chickens. She pecks at the grass, enjoys the delicacy we provide her and the minute I open the coop hen door, she’s made a beeline for the door, up on the roost and into a nesting box.

We read about every possible chicken thing we could find when we decided to bring home chickens. Broody hens were one of the possibilities. But like so many things, we said that would never happen with our chickens. Ugh, they have proved us wrong.

OK girlfriend, desperate times call for desperate measures. We’ve been doing our homework and you are about to get a rude awakening. We won’t do anything to hurt you I promise, but you’re not going to be a mama. We don’t have any roosters, it’s physically impossible.

Get out of your nest and start paying the rent girlfriend. Your days of being a freeloader are over.


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15 day challenge, Day 15

What does the future hold?   

When I started this little challenge, I had no idea how much I would enjoy it. I am never in photos, I totally cling to the other side of the lens and taking selfies… let’s just say it was never my thing.

From the beginning to the end, I loved the creativity and coming up with something that would fit the theme. I wished I could have included one of our pets in every photo because they are so important to us. Maybe next time I will make that a criteria. There were a couple of times that I went back to the drawing board. Not so much the idea, but pulling the photo off.

I tried to limit myself to just one of post-processing and I came pretty close. I used what I had at home to assist me and the best part is, I never once had to leave my backyard. Many a day I would wander out with the theme and challenge in mind just looking for the right angle, the right location and the right lighting.

When I started the challenge, my only criteria was to use myself as a model. Sometimes I used the 10 second timer, most of the time I hauled Karen out to be my shutter buddy. Kudos to Karen, she was always Johnny on the spot for me.

Theme—Growth; Challenge—Use yourself.

15 day challenge, that’s a wrap.

And now back to our regularly scheduled programming.

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