Friday, December 27, 2013

Time to Reflect

This is the last weekend of 2013 - a time to look back, reflect and see how far we have come.

In 2013 CPR saved and changed the lives 1200 puppies. Thank you to all of our adopters for making a place in your home and your heart for these puppies.

We had a fabulous Alumni Reunion this year. We had a couple of siblings who got to meet up again. There were also a ton of games, great food and fun!

I declare 2013 to be a year of photos. This year we did a lot of things to make our photos even better.

Zenfolio - We now have one place for all of our puppy photos. You can purchase puppy photos, browse to see the pictures of your pups siblings or check out the before and after or alumni albums. All of our photos are now in one place and we have also added videos there too! ( If you haven't checked it out, please do so.

Nikon D5100 - This year we also got new cameras for the rescue. Taking photos of puppies in the best of circumstances is challenging, puppies move FAST! Thanks to some great photo wranglers and a camera that can now take fabulous pictures even in bad light - we are headed in the right direction!

Cute picture from Dec 2012

Same bell - but the new camera is giving us more detail! LOVE IT!

Smart Photo Editor - We also found a new software programs that makes it easy for us to produce the best possible photo for our puppies, in a very short time frame.

Proboards - We started a message board to allow puppy siblings to connect. I am hoping that this will go further in 2014!

Facebook - We have almost 4,500 likes on our page. We update it regularly and enjoy hearing from everyone!

Web Page - We now have a very powerful, user friendly mobile site. We are also continually updating our site with new information.

Video - Brook has started to put together videos for special events, we would like to do more and more short videos of our puppies to share with all of you.

What is ahead for 2014?

I want to do more with the Mystery Mix of the week - that was always great fun to get ideas from everyone on puppy breeds.

More Videos!

Keep the photos coming! I am making my final updates to the 2013 albums this weekend and can't wait to start filling the 2014 albums!

Doing even more on social - we are very active on Facebook, but would like to get more active on twitter and G+!

The sky is the limit! What would make your interactions with Colorado Puppy Rescue more fulfilling? Let me know - send an email to

Looking forward to sharing a great 2014 with all of you - thank you for your support.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas

I am hoping that everyone can take some time this next week to relax and re-energize. It seems like this year deadlines are tighter, days are shorter and there just isn't enough time to sit and reflect.

I have been able to spend some time (though not nearly enough) looking at puppy pictures. Last week we had ugly sweaters, this week.......antlers :)

Hope you enjoy a happy, safe holiday week.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Winter Photo Opportunity

Last week I went to a conference and for fun they had an "Ugly Christmas Sweater" contest. My manager wanted me to get a sweater that had dogs on it to reflect my passion. She sent me an email stating she found the perfect one:

I know that this sweater would have won the contest, unfortunately (or fortunately) I didn't have time to order it and get it shipped (plus it was $150). Oh well, there is always next year.

In case you didn't know there is a website dedicated to selling Ugly Christmas Sweaters. Definitely worth a few minutes:

When we pulled out all of our holiday props for puppy photos, we found that we had some puppy sweaters, so just for fun here are our pups sweaters:

Our own version of Snoop Dog

This do ROCKED this sweater!

This sweetie looks ready for bed.

This sweater made this dog immobile. 

Cookie Taster.....

Gorgeous dog - even in an ugly sweater.

This sweater is a little small for this pup - all part of that ugly sweater stuff.

Our puppies rocked their sweaters. Send me pictures of your puppies in their ugly sweaters and I will get them posted! (

Friday, December 6, 2013

Happy Holidays

The holidays are my favorite time of year. One of my favorite decorations is my border collie tree from the Danbury Mint:

I absolutely love the detail in this decoration!

We took photos this week with some of our holiday items - love, love, love that we are able to change out our photo props with the season. Makes indoor photos a little more interesting. Hope you enjoy some of our bloopers this week.

Stay warm out there!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Dramatic Photos

So I was practicing (Ok playing) with my photo software. The photos that we take and post are to show potential adopters the pup, so we can't do a whole lot of color changing or special effects. But I may have to look into using some of these for some greeting cards.

What do you think?






Original - hard to improve on this one!


Amazing how blurring the background made this dog pop!


This was the crop suggestion - and I think they were right!


Looks like an old fashioned photo!


Ohhhh my impressionist!
Hope you have a great Thanksgiving!