CT Photographer – A basket full of puppies

Hank, Herman, Helen, Heaven, Harpo, Henry, Hugo, Houston, Hannah and Harley.

Ten newborn puppies for five and a half weeks.

It takes a special kind of family to take on the responsibility of caring for a litter of TEN puppies (and Bahama, the mom) and then send them on their way for further training with Guiding Eyes for the Blind. This Connecticut family decided to do just that and what an experience it has been. The day I met them they were down to eight. One of the puppies (Hannah) was not gaining enough weight, so Hannah went back to the breeder to get some specialized attention and Harley went along to keep her company. We had a rotating supply of sleepy puppies to choose from and it turned into a fun and active “newborn” shoot! The biggest difference of course was that when they woke up they just walked over and started licking the camera or my hand.

Once one puppy figured out how to get out the box then the others picked it up really fast.

Claire is four and an accomplished puppy wrangler. She told me all about the routine and of course she had her favorite – Helen.

When our sleepy puppy woke up we traded it out for another one! But by the end of the session all eight were tired and ready for a nap.

Ideally each puppy should be massaged three times a day to keep them relaxed and also get them used to human touch and contact.

Megan explained that most of them like it and once they get into it they usually fall asleep by the end of their message session.

Puppy yin and yang.

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  1. Janet, these puppies (and your photography) are beautiful!!! And what a wonderful program!

  2. Oh Janet, these are better than best!!!
    Fabulous Photo’s I want all those puppies!
    Congratulations all around.

  3. Love these images! Great job and I can’t imagine that it was easy! 🙂

  4. What beautiful puppies! Great job by the Christian Family!

  5. My mom would like all of them! Good thing we found out Chris is allergic, otherwise we’d be in trouble…..

  6. Beautiful Pictures! We are raising Houston! Can you tell us which one is Houston?

    • You are so lucky to have Houston….. I can’t be sure but I think the blue color on the left in the basket is Houston. We kept trading the puppies in and out when they got too lively but they were such fun. How is he doing?

  7. Thanks so much for the wonderful job the Christian Family did in helping baby Hugo find his way in the world through his first few weeks! He is now 70 pounds of joy, and we are having the time of our lives raising him for GEB. Any idea which one he is in these pictures? Hugo’s siblings Harley and Helen are in our puppy training class in Yorktown, and also well!

    Best wishes!

    Stephanie Vaughey

    • Hi Stephanie, I will pass on your message to the Christian Family – they have lots of wonderful memories of these puppies and I am sure she would love to hear about Hugo’s progress!

  8. Hi, Janet…. a puppy follow up…

    I know that at least Hugo, Helen, Harpo and Harley have passed their stringent GEB testing, and are now in for harness training at GEB in Yorktown. Hope is that they will progress to the point where they will be matched with their person and graduate at years end. Not sure about the status of the other puppies in the group.


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