Ciara – My Mascot

Meet Ciara (pronounced with a “hard” C – like a K).  She has lived with us for over six years now, since she was just 8 weeks old.  She is a little Westie, with a big ego, and she is full of spunk and vinegar.  Sometimes I think she rules the household.  There is no question that Ciara was born to play.  She has a special ball that is her very favorite toy, but it is a couple years old now, and broken.  But she still loves it.  I don’t think there is a day goes by that we aren’t conned into playing ball with her.  And she will play with it for as long as you can stand it!  I fear that someday the ball will fall apart, and PetSmart doesn’t sell it anymore.  When that happens, I will have to do a major internet search to find another ball just like it.  Like most dogs, she is loyal to a “T.”  As I am writing this blog post, she is curled up at my feet, in her favorite sunbeam.  And she will stay with me all day.  If I move downstairs, she will go too.  Most of the books say that Westies are not lap dogs, but Ciara doesn’t believe the books.  She loves to curl up in our laps in the evenings while we watch a little TV.

Ciara is not the healthiest dog…  She suffers from a few chronic afflictions that are pretty common among Westies — a pancreatic disorder that prevents digestion of her food without the help of an artificial enzyme we have to mix with everything she eats.  And she is allergic to just about everything, including grass.  How inconvenient is that!  We have to give her allergy shots regularly.  But none of this slows her down!

We love this little dog, and she is definitely part of the reason I have chosen to pursue pet photography with such passion.  I want to make sure I have wonderful pictures that document Ciara’s life with us.  And through my services as a photographer, I want to offer other folks the same opportunity to have their favorite pet memories captured in photos.

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