furious, angry…..hurt

I hate irresponsible dog owners. 

Harsh statement?  Yes, but today it’s true.

Ty was outside playing after school today, down the street, playing hide and seek with a friend, standing in the cal-d-sac, when a dog started to chase him, attacked and bit him from behind while he was trying to run away, right in the back of his knee.  A dog that is someones pet, a dog not on a leash or being properly supervised.  Ty, of course was in immediate pain and his friend helped chase the dog away down the street.  Ty started to head home and heard someone outside calling for their dog, but never caught a glimpse of them.

When he got home he was limping a little and my normal hypochondriac (the child once iced a mosquito bite) son casually says, "oh, I got bit by a dog."


I immediately took one look at him, drug him into the bathroom and started to clean the wound.  I got T dressed, called Jase and told him to meet us at the ER.  On the way out we drove past the area to see if we could spot anyone with a dog Ty described, but we didn’t.

After spending almost 5 hours at one hospital, we were transferred to another further in to Austin because they didn’t have the proper rabies treatments he needed.  At that point Jase brought Taryn home, 2 year olds and ER rooms don’t exactly mesh for long periods of time.  I’m so glad now that he did, because the events at the second hospital were bad, not something I would want her exposed to.  The hospital was great, but the treatment he had to undergo was horrible.  Not knowing the dog or it’s medical records, we were told we had a 12 hour window in which to determine if we would treat Ty for a possible rabies infection.  The end of that window would fall in the middle of the night, and even though the Sheriff and Animal Control were involved and attempting to find the dog and it’s owner, we made the decision with Ty’s doctor to go ahead and get the treatments.  Rabies is fatal, and with only 12 hours from the moment of the bite to get information, there was no question.  He underwent one treatment tonight.  It was awful, 9 shots total, 6 of those into the actual wound area.  I’ve never heard him scream or cry so loud, or for so long.  I’ve never felt so helpless.  Ten years old or not, he’s still my baby.  The worst part…..this was only the first treatment out of 5 that he will have to have, all administered the same way, over the next month.  In addition to several rounds of strong antibiotics to help fight a range of other possible illnesses that can be caused by a dog bite. 

Unless we can find the dog. 

Verify, without a shadow of a doubt it’s medical history.  The Sheriff and Animal Control will assist in quarantining the dog for one week, to test it for illness, including rabies, and observe it for aggressive behaviors.  If it has bitten someone before, it will be put to sleep.  There is a 2 bite law in Texas.  I feel awful about that, being a pet owner myself, but after seeing what my son went through today, I’m furious at the owner of the dog for being so irresponsible.  It’s one of our biggest complaints with our new neighborhood, there are a lot of people with dogs that allow them loose in their front yards and garage, many times not supervised by their owner.  So when you go walking by on the sidewalk, you get bombarded by a barking dog not on a leash.  Seriously, what is wrong with people?!  Do they not realize that if their dog attacks someone, especially a child, that it’s serious?!  We don’t even take Kylie from the front door to the car without a leash.

Ty was playing, minding his own business, and this dog either got out, or wasn’t being watched.  It makes me so angry, just furious.

Tomorrow morning….door to door.  We will find the dog and it’s owner.   And they will be held responsible.

2008-01-05T02:02:13-06:00January 5th, 2008|Uncategorized|

my new site


I bought it 8 months ago, worked on it in spurts, did a lot of market research, put in a ton of hours on it, and it’s finally ready!  I am so proud of it and soooo excited!  My old site was in sad shape, it hadn’t been updated in a year and then only once since I bought the 5D.  The new site, well, it just feels like "me".

It may be a little slow loading and a few of the images might be a little fuzzy, I’m still working out some glitches, but I was just too excited to not share it.

So with a big drum roll and a "TaDa"….


Oh, and my personal Top 10 is coming, I promise, I just got busy with the new site and I’m sick with a horrid cold (and pregnant, uncomfortable, cranky, etc. too).

2008-01-03T16:22:21-06:00January 3rd, 2008|Uncategorized|

TOP 10

Happy New Year!!!

I did this last year and thought it would be fun to do it again.  I decided to do a top 10 personal favorites (I’ll post those tomorrow) and a separate top 10 for client favorites.  I had sooooo many amazing clients this year and going through all the images brought back so many memories.  Thank you for letting me capture a small part of your 2007!  So here goes…in no particular order…

Sweet, sweet Julianne…such an amazing family, she was soooo easy to photograph, until the very last shot of the day when she flipped me the bird to tell me she was done LOL!


the adorable Ms. Alexis




My little buddy Philip


and Jayden, he has such an amazing adoption story and I feel so lucky to have had several sessions with him before we moved….what a blessing….and a cute one at that!


my gorgeous friend Anne Marie and her little cutie


gosh I can’t tell you how much I love this shot.  It was honestly an accident.  Little Ethan with his daddy.  This session really affected me, both personally and professionally.  Ethan was born with a tumor on his lung, and this image to me represents the worry and hope that the parent of a sick child must have.  I hope 2008 brings their entire family good health and happiness.


Sweet Addison chillin in the bathtub after diving into her first birthday cake!


Ethan’s little buddy Aiden….I could have picked any image from this session as a favorite.  Gosh he just cracks me up!  That eyebrow action is hilarious!!


And last but not least, the birth of beautiful Calla.  I love this shot, the way she was screaming in the shot right before it, then calm as she placed her hand on the nurses hand.


I had so many favorites this year, it was really hard to narrow it down!  I’d love to hear what you think – feel free to post and tell me which image was your favorite, shown above or not, I would love to hear from you!!  Yo lurkers – that means you!  At around 700 hits a day I know you’re out there!!  My mom can’t hit refresh that many times!

I can’t wait to see what opportunities come my way in 2008!

Stay tuned for my personal Top 10 tomorrow =)

ETA:  Photogs if you post a Top 10 please post and let me know so I can check out your favorite work from 2007 too!!

2008-01-01T10:21:05-06:00January 1st, 2008|Uncategorized|
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