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We hope you & your pups have been surviving the winter rain. Muddy paws won't stop Marley from enjoying her share of winter sports...she is happy to play frisbee in the rain, fetch her ball out of the mud and is patiently waiting to be taken to the snow!

Speaking of snow...the Winter Olympics are arriving this week and we thought it appropriate to share this great video: When Dogs Snowboard.

Four-year-old Bulldog Tillman is part of a display team of snowboarding dogs who will be seen in a special performance in the 2010 Winter Olympics‎ in Vancouver. Go Team USA!!!

5 Creative Ways to Get Great Pictures of Your Dog

By Michael Delgado,

As a pet photographer, I'm constantly playing with dogs to try and get those funny and cute moments on film. Sure, it helps when a dog is in a good mood, but I also use a variety of creative ways to make pictures of these pets even better. And I'd like to share some of these tips with you.

Here are 5 creative ways you can get some great pictures of your dog:

1. Look up at them.
A fun and creative way to get photos of your dog is to take pictures looking up at them. You could lay down on the floor, and snap pictures of your dog who is laying on a chair or bed. This is not only a creative angle to get photos, but can also lead to some funny expressions from your dog who might be curious what you are doing.

2. Choose a great background.
It's easy to just think about the facial expression of a pet in a picture, but you should also think about the background. By just adding a solid-color blanket that compliments your pet's hair or eyes can really make your dog stand-out. Add color to a dull setting, or put your dog in a setting that is unusual for a pet to be in. You can get some creative shots this way.

3. Increase Your Shutter Speed.
To make sure you capture all those great moments, it's important to have your camera set to a fast shutter speed to avoid any motion blur that might ruin the picture. Sure motion blur can have its place when done right, but -- more often than not -- you'll want to avoid any blurring by simply using a fast shutter speed.

4. Creative Composition.
Think about some of the best dog photos you've seen. Often, the pet's face is not right in the center. In fact, many photographers use the "rule of thirds" when composing shots or when editing the photos later. This simply means when looking through the camera lens, you mentally divide what you see into nine equal parts (2 equally-spaced horizontal lines and 2 equally-spaced vertical lines). The photographer then seeks to place the most important part of the image (e.g. eyes) on one of the lines or intersection of lines.

5. Have fun with the depth of field.
By simply playing with your depth of focus, you can turn a dull picture into a dramatic shot. You see, the depth of field allows you to choose which part of the picture should be in focus, and what parts should be blurry. This can really highlight your subject and give more attention to whatever you think is the most important part of the picture. If you have a point-and-shoot camera, you can change your depth of field by simply using the "portrait" mode, which will blur or soften the background and sharpen the image in the front.


Michael Delgado is a professional dog photographer serving the Orange County area.
He also blogs at

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February/March Dog Friendly Events

Friday, February 12th

Animal Assistance League of Orange County's 31st Annual Valentine Luncheon & Boutique

11:00 am - 2:00 pm

The Hacienda Restaurant
1725 College Avenue
Santa Ana, CA 92706

$15 per person

View the Event Flyer


Sunday, February 28th
(Rain date - Sunday, March 7th)

San Juan Capistrano Kid's Pet Parade
Cook/La Novia Park - San Juan Capistrano

Kids (ages of 5 to 12) can show off their pets in various contests such as cutest, most unusual, best costume, funniest and most obedient. $3 entry and registration form is required. Parade starts at 1:00pm with a rain date of March 7th. For complete information and entry form for this dog friendly event visit


March 6th & 7th, 13th & 14th

Dana Point Festival of Whales 2010
34675 Golden Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629

This annual dog friendly event includes a street faire, whale watching, the Festival of Whales parade and much more!

Come join the community as we celebrate the return of the Gray Whales off the coast. Come sample the best of Dana Point through more than 100 booths, displays, and fun activities. Follow the Parade to the Street Faire! A dog friendly event with fun for the entire family. Great food, great games, great entertainment, and best of all - the great people of Dana Point.


Thursday, March 4th

Laguna Beach's First Thursdays Artwalk
Join member galleries throughout Laguna Beach on the First Thursday of EVERY month from 6 - 9 p.m. for a festive cultural evening.

Most galleries allow pooches making this a great dog friendly event!


Sunday, March 14th

Woofstock Fundraiser

Woofstock is a festival with musical bands, face painters, magicians, fun activities, and good food. The profits from this event will go to support the nonprofit groups that participate. The event will take place at South Shores Church (Dana Point) from 3 pm to 6 pm. There are only a few spaces left, so if you're interested, contact


Saturday, March 20th

Rancho Santa Margarita's 4th Annual Dog Day Afternoon

1 pm - 4pm

Solana Park
21601 Via Regressos
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92668

Agility & Grooming Demonstrations
Doggie Costume Contest
Dog Games
Dog Boutiques
Prizes & Drawings


Saturday & Sunday, March 27th & 28th

Pet Days at The OC Marketplace

7:00am to 4:00pm

Pet Wellness Information
Spay & Neuter Information
Specialty Rescue Groups
Pet Related Vendors
And much more!

This event will be held during the weekend swap meet at The O.C. Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa

Please note: personal pets are not allowed at this event

Pets Best Insurance

Spotlight Photo

Marley posing at The Huntington Beach Disc Golf Course...a great spot to play a round with your pal!

Huntington Beach Disc Golf Course
Golden West Street between Talbert & Ellis on West side of street
Fee: under $3.00

Quotes from the Dog Pound

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"Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring--it was peace."

-- Milan Kundera

"No matter how little money and how few possesions you own, having a dog makes you rich."

--Louis Sabin

Thank you for reading our February issue of The OC Dogumentary.

Don’t forget to share the love this Valentine’s Day with your faithful pal...smooch your pooch! :)

Paige & Marley
The OC Dogumentary

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