Now I'm convinced summer's on its way - you couldn't ask for a prettier late spring day than this one. And it was my good luck to be out in the sun, photographing pooches at the SPCA. Let me introduce you to Storm: one of the nicest pups I've met so far while photographing shelter dogs.
The first time I met Storm, I was taken aback by her stunning golden eyes. She has an intense gaze that can be rather disconcerting, but I quickly realised that she was staring because she was quite intimidated by my camera. I sat down in the middle of the paddock and played with her, allowing her to sniff the big black object I kept pointing at her. She soon realised my camera and I were nothing to fear and I got some adorable photos of her, like this one to the right.
The folks at the SPCA asked me to photograph Storm again today, as she has been at the shelter for a little while now and they wanted fresh images. I'm guessing she hasn't been adopted because of those eyes: she seems to study you as if she can see right into your thoughts. But get past them and you have a sweetie of a dog. She remembered me from last time and greeted me like a long-lost friend.
Being such a gloriously warm, sunny day, I let Storm romp around for a bit so she could relax and soak up the rays. She was thrilled to be out of her kennel and goofed off like a puppy. Many thanks to SPCA volunteer Corey, who braved the teeth licking and helped prevent me from receiving the same treatment!
So here's the Storm I know: a happy, playful girl who is waiting for someone to give her a loving home. She's best as a solo pet, which is why I haven't brought Steve in to have a look at her - our house is already full, with our cat and dog.
Click on the photos for a larger view. And then head on over to the Waikato SPCA and see Storm for yourself.