Making A Difference by Giving Back

HeARTs Speak, community, animal rescue, animal adoption, animal shelter

I am so very excited and proud to have been accepted as an Aspiring Member of HeARTs Speak. HeARTs Speak is a member based organization whose mission is to save the lives of animals in need by supporting and enabling artists, animal welfare organizations and communities in making a difference.

“HeARTs Speak unites and supports artists who provide their talents to animal welfare organizations and the communities they serve. Our artist members provide creative services to local organizations, directly impacting their respective missions, through Art.”

It’s always been important to me to give back to my community whenever possible and helping animals who don’t have a voice to speak up for themselves is something that I want and need to do. So many animals in shelters and rescue organizations are looking for nothing more than someone to love and take care of them. A picture is worth a thousand words and by giving of my time to photograph shelter and rescue animals, to give them a chance of adoption, this is something that I more than happy to do. It’s for this reason that I’m extremely proud to be part of an organization like HeARTs Speak, whose sole mission is to save the lives of animals.

T.O.p Dogs – Charlie

T.O.p Dogs! Photographing Loveable Four-Leggers in and around Toronto.

Hi my name is Charlie and yes my ears always stand up like this when I first sit down on snow.

T.O.p Dogs, Toronto dogs,Yorkie, Yorkshire Terrier, Toronto pet photographer, pet photography, winter, snow, dog park

T.O.p Dogs – Baby It’s Cold Outside!

Welcome to another instalment of  T.O.p Dogs. Photographing Loveable Four-Leggers in and around Toronto.

This handsome guy was waiting outside while his human was picking up a Starbucks. He looked very spiffy in his winter coat.

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Happy Dogs

Cannington Dog Sled Races

I’ve been wanting to photograph a dog sled race for quite some time now but the last few winters saw a minimal amount of snow and most of not all races were cancelled in my area. This year, as most of know, has been one of the harshest winters that I can remember. Needless to say it was the perfect weather for this event with lots of snow for the dogs to frolic in.

A couple of weekends ago the opportunity arose and I got into the car and drove an hour and half north to Cannington, Ontario to attend the 10th Annual Dog Sled Races.

(Click on any of the images to enlarge and see those cute faces)

Let me first make a confession. I was a bit nervous to attend. I was worried about how the dogs were going to be treated. Was this just a business for the owners? Were the dogs just an end to justify the means… that big prize at the end of the day?

I arrived early so that I could walk around and hopefully see the dogs before the races started. I went straight to the area where the owners had parked their trucks and they were getting the dogs ready, putting harnesses on and mentally preparing for the race ahead.

What I found put a smile on my face. Happy Dogs! Dogs sitting together eagerly awaiting their romp in the snow. Without fail each dog I approached gave me a very sweet greeting and even a few licks on my nose when I bent over to greet them. I tried not to disturb the riders while they were preparing their team but they were all very nice and happy to introduce me to their dogs.

Here’s a little history for you….

“Dog Sledding was a method of winter travel developed by Northern Native peoples and adopted by early European explores and trappers as the most efficient way to haul goods across snow-covered terrain. Usually, teams of 2 to 12 dogs are tied in pairs to a single towline, or gangline. The gangline is attached to a sled and the dogs pull the sled across the snow.If the terrain is deep snow, dogs may be placed in single file to follow the driver who will walk ahead breaking and packing down a narrow trail in snowshoes. Where the snow pack is hard, in the Arctic, Inuit often use the “fan” hitch where each dog is attached to the sled by its own towline.”

– Cannington Dog Sled Race Committee

Oh…one last bit of trivia. Do you know why drivers are called “mushers”? Early French Canadian drivers called out “Marche!” (which means “walk”) to their dogs. This was misinterpreted by English explorers as “mush.” I’ve done my job here today. ūüôā

Cannington Dog Sled Races, Ontario, snow dogs, siberian husky, dogs, races, Toronto Pet Photographer, pet photography

T.O.p Dogs – Meet Max

The one thing that I do, that I’ve always done, is that I usually stop and chat with people on the street that have dogs. I can’t help myself, never could. Ever since I was a little girl I used to stop and pet dogs all the time wishing I had one. No I didn’t grow up with a dog but that’s a story for another time. Every so often I would see a dog on the street or tied up outside of a store waiting for their human and I would pull out my iPhone and take a picture because…well they¬†are so darn cute. Anyway this idea for a project has been percolating for a while¬†now…why not take candids¬†of dogs that I randomly meet on the streets of Toronto. So whether I have my iPhone with me or my DSLR I’ll be on the lookout for some of the cutest furry faces Toronto has to offer.

So today I introduce to you… T.O.p Dogs.

Meet Max the Siberian Husky.

TO Dogs, Toronto Dogs, Siberian Husky, Phodography by Edith Levy

PhoDOGraphy by Edith Levy is Live!

“Happiness is a Warm Puppy”

Charles Shultz
 pet photography, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, PhoDOGraphy by Edith Levy, puppy

pet photography, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, PhoDOGraphy by Edith Levy, puppy

Charlie Brown was often quoted as saying “Why can’t I have a normal, ordinary dog like everyone else?”.¬†¬†Well Charlie¬†Brown let me¬†tell you, it’s¬†the¬†idiosyncrasies that our pets have that make them who they are and it’s those very idiosyncrasies that makes us¬†love them so much.

I remember when we first brought Brady, our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, home. He was a tiny little thing that wiggled his way into the hearts of every member of my family from the very first minute we set eyes on him. In those first few weeks at home, my husband (who’s the early riser) would get up, take Brady out of his crate and bring him out to the backyard so that he could relieve himself. He would then bring Brady upstairs to our bedroom and because¬†he was still too small to jump up, Alan would lift up Brady and¬†place him on the bed and Brady would proceed to jump/bounce all over me and give me kisses to wake me up. He would do this with our children too. Imagine Tigger from Winnie the Pooh…you remember him…”bouncy, wouncy, flouncy, pouncy”¬†Tigger. That’s Brady and now fast forward 9 years, he can now jump on the bed by himself and he still wakes us up this way.

Welcome to PhoDOGraphy by Edith Levy (PEL). I am so proud and excited to be launching this new website and lifestyle pet photography business.  PhoDOGraphy by Edith Levy is all about capturing your cherished pet in a natural setting where they can have fun and be themselves. I work closely with my clients to ensure we get the best images possible whether it be in a park, in an urban setting or your home.

Please have a look around the site. It’s still a work in progress but I’d love to get your feedback on it. Some of you may know me from my Landscape and Travel Photography site, Edith Levy Photography. This new site will be dedicated to pet photography and will have unique content. Please bookmark, follow or click on the subscribe button on the right hand side to stay up to date with news from PEL.

Now Booking Spring Sessions – Introductory Special

Spring is just around the corner and if you’ve been considering doing a photography session for your fur baby now is the perfect time. Book your session before February 21st and save 50% off the session fee.¬†