This little nugget wandered in and out of my life a number of times before all of a sudden, out of nowhere, there she was (more like I finally came up for air).  I even photographer her whole litter almost three weeks before actually brining her home.  I was working on a composite from the puppy litter session when my husband walked by and said, "that little brindle one is cute, what are they?" I told him that that they were Pug, Boston Terrier, Chihuahua mix puppies (being fostered by a friend).  I never thought anything of it.  Then one day a friend who has her brother asked me if I was 100% positive it was a no for one of these pups...I replied "No, I am not 100% positive." Never in a million years would I have ever thought a small dog would be a big part of our household.   We were BIG dog people!  LOL!  I laugh, because we were, Dobermans, Rottweilers, Boxers...BIG, powerful, dark and even a little scary (although they were all absolute love bugs).  She came home with me for one trial night (as I had to leave the next day to celebrate my Grandma's 100th birthday). As I was laying in bed with this little tiny 5 pound puppy cuddled up right next to me as if that was where she was suppose to be - I started crying - not just teary eyed crying, sobbing - couldn't catch my breath...I felt so guilty and I missed Gromit so much I couldn't breathe.  As quickly as that came on, an overwhelming scent of buttered popcorn filled my room.  No one was home, no one was making popcorn...GROMIT...  Gromit was the only dog I had ever known whose paws smelled of buttered popcorn.  It may seem strange to some, but I believe he was letting me know that Dot was meant to be with us and that it was OK. So, poof, there she was, bigger than life itself. She moved in and took over!  Don't let my husband fool you either, he spoils her absolutely rotten!


On non-shoot days she is with me at the studio and has challenged me to come up with different ways of photographing small dogs with their people.  That in itself can be a bit of a challenge.  She has a closet that most girls would die for and all of the latest trends in outerwear and neckwear. Posing like an absolute DIVA at 4 months, she was meant to be in front of the camera.


Meet Dot!  You will be seeing a lot more of her as she grows up.