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Journal Entry: August 6, 2016

dog days

pl n

  1. The hot, sultry period of summer between early July and early September.
  2. A period of stagnation.

[Translation of Late Latin diēs canīculārēs, Dog Star days (so called because the Dog Star (Sirius) rises and sets with the sun during this time) : Latin diēs, pl. of diēs, day + Late Latin canīculārēs, pl. of canīculāris, of the Dog Star.]
Cite dog days: American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


To say our pets are like family members is an understatement.They take the place of our partners, best friends, therapists, nurses, and emotional healers. They are our security guards, entertainment, cuddle companion, and sober drinking buddy. Well, they might lick up our spilled beer making them our official drinking buddy, which makes us love them all the more. The point is, they really are our perfect match, which makes me believe in the existence of soul mates.

Take this guy for example. Hayden came into my life by proxy when I moved to Miami; since he was the dog of my partner, it made him my dog as well. I work from home and we quickly formed a bond and system was as follows: whenever I moved around the house, he got up and was within 24-inches of me at all times.

Through the healing period after my accident, he never left my side and was either at the other end of the sofa or the bed napping until I stirred, put his head on my lap when I cried during physical therapy, and learned the appropriate safe distance to follow my wheelchair and walker. He provided me endless comfort and physical support. Hayden has licked my tears, listened to me whine endlessly, and has made me feel physically safe in my house on nights when I was alone and heard strange noises outside.

Nothing, and no one, gets by this guy and that includes my camera. When I was shooting this last week’s maternity selfie series, he couldn’t stand not being the center of my attention and insisted on being a part of the action.

Gotta’ love him!

LaRae Lobdell maternity portrait selfie week #29, Miami FL, August 3rd, 2016

LaRae Lobdell maternity portrait selfie week #29, Miami FL, August 3rd, 2016

LaRae Lobdell maternity portrait selfie week #29, Miami FL, August 3rd, 2016

LaRae Lobdell maternity portrait selfie week #29, Miami FL, August 3rd, 2016

LaRae Lobdell maternity portrait selfie week #29, Miami FL, August 3rd, 2016

LaRae Lobdell maternity portrait selfie week #29, Miami FL, August 3rd, 2016

Portrait Photographer, Writer, and Consultant LaRae Lobdell is an environmental portrait photographer, host, and instructor with over 20 years of experience photographing, directing, producing exhibits, and speaking in the photography industry. She focuses on providing artists, actors, models, and companies with lifestyle and conceptual imagery for promotional use and branding. Her approach is very contemporary, her work has a timeless elegance, and she represents the grace, distinction, and style that is possible in photography. Her curriculum vitae includes 21 photography exhibits of her own work, the curation of 15 exhibits for other artists’ and museums, the production of 13 private and community events, and two year’s experience as director of one of Seattle’s largest art walks. Her images have been published in The Huffington Post, Broadway World, Yale University Magazine, Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine, and even aired on the Colbert Report. LaRae’s position as a lead host for online educational giants such as CreativeLive and Polaroid University gave her the unique opportunity as one of an elite group of professionals to connect a live global audience to top renowned professionals in photography, video, design, business, audio, music, software design, productivity, and lifestyle. She brought her network to BLACKRAPID as their Culture Liaison, facilitating close working relationships between influencers and organizations for promotional sales and marketing. Grateful to be a stay-at-home mom while balancing a rewarding career in the photography industry, this proud single mom enjoys a nomadic traveling lifestyle between Seattle and the Florida Keys with her daughter, Emerson.

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