Kathleen Riley Photography: Blog https://kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Kathleen Riley Photography kathleen.riley.daniels@gmail.com (Kathleen Riley Photography) Sun, 20 May 2018 21:36:00 GMT Sun, 20 May 2018 21:36:00 GMT https://kathleenrileyphotography.com/img/s/v-5/u60144703-o11696648-50.jpg Kathleen Riley Photography: Blog https://kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog 93 120 Draft Horses plowing a Minnesota Field 2018 https://kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2018/5/draft-horses-plowing-a-minnesota-field-2018 Draft horses plowing a field near St Cloud, Stearns County, Minnesota. A century ago, draft horses, mules, and oxen were almost everywhere, providing a practical, dependable, and renewable power source for pioneer-era industries such as agriculture, railway building, large-scale excavation and earthmoving, mining, logging, and road construction. In fact, before 1910, at least 90 percent of all public works, agriculture, and resource industries relied on “horse power” to complete jobs both large and small.


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2018 Minnesota Horse Expo Karen Clark Horse Person of the Year https://kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2018/4/2018-minnesota-horse-expo-karen-clark-horse-person-of-the-year

2018 Minnesota Horse Person of the Year from Kathleen Riley Daniels on Vimeo.

I was lucky enough to be able to spend Sunday morning at the 2018 Minnesota Horse Expo to take photos of Horse Person of the Year, Karen Clark. As an added bonus, her father, Orv Volkmann, was in attendance and shared the limelight with his daughter. This beautiful Percheron hitch belongs to Young Living Essential Oils Percheron Exhibition Hitch and the very talented driver is Jason Goodman. The behind the scenes team was fantastic too, knowledgeable, polite, professional and personable. 

More photos from Minnesota Horse Expo are on my website, check them out! 


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Create an Easter Egg Hunt Your Dog Will Love! https://kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2018/3/create-an-easter-egg-hunt-your-dog-will-love Dog Easter Egg Hunt

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Share your photography https://kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2018/3/share-your-photography

Things I recommend sharing online

  1. Photography
  2. Art
  3. Genealogy Research

There are more, but these are ones that you and others will benefit from sharing.

It's Scary Out There

Yes, It certainly can be daunting to put your heart and soul out there, but do it anyway! One of the best ways to improve as a photographer (or artist or genealogist) is to share your work in public. You'll find other photographers and learn from them (contact me if you don't know any others, hey, it's a start) and again improve your own photography. 

Share like you're in kindergarten 

Be confident that sharing will make you feel good. Remember those school days where you shared with your classmates and it made you feel good? Same thins applies to sharing your images. People will like them, some will tell you they like them and you'll feel better. Yes, there will be the occasional nay sayer that will want to pick your photos apart, but they're few and far between, so steel your will and get those images out there. As you share, you'll push yourself to share better photos and that will help you take some risks and find new locations and techniques. Let people know you want to expand your horizons when you share. Don't worry, you'll like it! 

Share to become humble

People will critique your work -- whether you want them to or not -- and it will be fine. Constructive criticism will help you refine and enhance your skills and less thoughtful criticism will teach you resilience. (Yes, there may be some days that you won't want any more resilience! Share anyway!) You'll learn a tremendous amount from people and if you use the input to improve what you are putting out into the world you are still the winner. 

Start Sharing Now! 

Not sure where to start sharing? Facebook and Instagram are good options. If you're sharing on Facebook make your image public - be brave, you can do it! If you want to share a link to your images in the comments, please do! Or head over to Facebook and share your photos in a comment on my photo page






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I want you to feel good about your photography! 

I've been spending more time teaching people how to shoot/create images and how to edit those same images and one thing runs through all those pieces. New photographers (and sometimes old ones too) lack confidence in their images. While sitting next to a woman with a brand new Nikon at a dog show, she wondered if she should get a Canon instead because it would shoot better images. 

Compare Yourself to Yourself 

I'll caution you on comparing yourself to others - don't. Compare yourself to yourself and continue learning from every image you shoot. Some are going to be winners and some will be duds, but that's how you learn. 

You are the best benchmark for your photography. I dug through my archives to show you some images from my first digital cameras - it was interesting to see how far I have come. (At least I hope I have shown improvement!) I can see the adjustments in focal points, better ability to catch movement, getting the personalities to shine through. All pieces that make me happier with what I'm creating today. 


Yes, I'm calling it envy but it could just as easily be lens envy or gear envy. So many people have commented on my lenses when we are out shooting and I often let them hold and shoot what I have with me. Most times they comment about how heavy it is and how do you do this all day. I usually follow that up by sharing how the best camera/lens you can have is the one you have with you. I have taken some wonderful images with cellphones, "throw away" cameras and even Polaroids. It's all about using what you have unless you have unlimited funds, then you can have anything gear-wise but you'll still want to learn how to shoot. Strive to get the best images possible with the equipment you have. 

Be True To Yourself 

You have fans, even if right now they are only your family and friends on Facebook and Instagram. Every "Like" is affirmation that you are producing images that someone likes. Stay true to your vision and your "fans" while being consistent an keep doing what you're doing. It will start to fall into place and you'll be happy you kept moving forward. 

Know Why You're Take Photographs

Why are you picking up the camera? Are you taking photos of your pets, children, family, travel? Are you wanting to stay a hobbyist or become a professional? There are lots of good reasons to take photos and if you know what inspires you, you'll be a lot happier with the images you create. 

Sharing is Caring

Get your images out there for people to see. You'll likely get compliments and some critiques, take both of those gracefully. Every comment should be viewed as an opportunity to learn more about making your images shine. More sharing leads to more improvement and then when you reflect on your images you'll be happy to see how you're improving. 


As promised, images from 2011 





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Butterfly Wrangler https://kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2018/3/butterfly-wrangler


I enjoy it when people underestimate me - especially keyboard warriors. Today someone who has no clue what wrangling is about decided it would be a good choice to bully and belittle me about that job description when it included butterfly wrangler. The video is what the end result of butterfly wrangling looks like - it took hours and hours to get the right timing for keeping butterflies warm enough to fly, fed enough to have energy to fly and repeatedly netting them to do it all over again. The set was surrounded with a mesh netting that worked pretty well to capture them but if I were to do it again, a shorter "ceiling" net would be helpful. While we were awaiting our call, we worked with a butterfly expert to learn proper handling techniques from removing them from their shipping envelopes to warming them up and catching them. For filming, we are only allowed to use Monarch butterflies and they were shipped in from a California butterfly ranch. Once we were done with this particular shoot, these butterflies were released to migrate. 

Wikipedia has a decent description of what a wrangler does - and yes, I wrangler more than butterflies. 

In North America, a wrangler is someone employed to handle animals professionally, especially horses, but sometimes other types of animals as well. The word "wrangler" is derived from the Low German "wrangeln" meaning "to dispute" or "to wrestle." It was first documented in 1377. Its use as a noun was first recorded in 1547. Its reference to a "person in charge of horses or cattle" or "herder" was first recorded in 1888.

Wranglers also handle the horses and other animals during the making of motion pictures. A dude-wrangler is a cowboy or guide that takes non-wranglers and non-cowboys (dudes) on western riding horseback trips.

In the film industry, a wrangler is also one who professionally searches for and/or handles particular products on film and television programs, and music videos, such as custom cars or animals.






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Here's where to find stock images https://kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2017/2/heres-where-to-find-stock-images The Beej - a beautiful Chinook dog running in the Minnesota winter snow. The Beej The Beej - a beautiful Chinook dog running in the Minnesota winter snow.

It's a GREAT idea to shoot your own stock images so you have exactly what you are looking for, but sometimes that isn't an option. There are lots out there and I've written about 5 FREE Stock Photo Sites before.  

Before you go wildly downloading images to use, be sure to read the licensing and rules and be certain you're willing to work with those. Do NOT search for an image and download it for your project - using search engine images without proper licensing / permission is wrong and illegal. Don't steal other people's work. 

Here are some to get you started

Captured By Carrie this site has animals, objects, textures and backgrounds. There are single items and bundles and the prices are good. Most of what is on this site is already extracted so that will save you time!  

PixelSquid has design ready objects that let you to unleash your creativity. Improve the efficiency of your workflow with photo-real objects available at any angle with perfect transparency.

Freeimages FREE has lots of free images for you to use. Some are higher quality than others, but there are lots and lots to select from so you should have something that works for your project. 

Adobe Stock single images start at about $10 ($9.99 like Macy's Bargain Basement) and there are subscriptions available too. The photos are beautiful and you'll be able to preview them first before purchasing to see if they work for you.

Unsplash FREE high-resolution images for you to use. All photos published on Unsplash are licensed under Creative Commons Zero which means you can copy, modify, distribute and use the photos for free, including commercial purposes, without asking permission from or providing attribution to the photographer or Unsplash.

Creative Market ready to use designs to help you get your creative on! Ready to use graphics, fonts, themes, photos and more starting at $2.

Pexels FREE All photos on Pexels are free for any personal and commercial purpose. All photos on Pexels are licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. This means the pictures are completely free to be used for any legal purpose.

Morgue File - FREE photos for commercial use. 

No Backs - FREE This is a time saver! No backs on the images. Have you ever found yourself struggling to find a stock image with a isolated and clean transparent background? Or maybe you have wasted hours of your time trying to remove the background from an image? Graphics Designers like photos images with copy space, or space around the image where they can add text or background images, or just a simple color to match their publication or website, We are giving you the image ready and clean isolated on transparent background, Please enjoy our collection.  

Deviant Art - The largest online art gallery and community. There's lots of variety and almost anything you might imagine needing. Founded in August 2000, DeviantArt is the largest online social network for artists and art enthusiasts, and a platform for emerging and established artists to exhibit, promote, and share their works with an enthusiastic, art-centric community. We have over 38 million registered members and attract over 65 million unique visitors per month. Our members — knowns as deviants — upload over 160,000 original art works every day, everything from painting and sculpture to digital art, pixel art, films, and anime.

BlogPiks - Thanks to Stuart Miles for sharing this site in the comments. Free Images For Your Blog, Website, Social Media Or Presentation. 



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Indian Relay Racing | Shakopee Horse Photos https://kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2017/1/indian-relay-racing-shakopee-horse-photos Indian Relay Race Rider

Indian relay is America’s oldest sport. It dates back over 400 years to when the horse was first reintroduced to the native cultures of the Americas. The Professional Indian Horse Racing Association, PIHRA, is the organizing body of Indian Relay and represents over 50 Indian Relay teams and events. 

Indian Relay Racing Competitors Indian Relay Racing Competitors






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Minnesota Pinto Horse Association | Winona Horse Photos https://kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2017/1/minnesota-pinto-horse-association-winona-horse-photos

We always enjoy going to Winona for dog and horse shows - life really is a dog and pony show! The city of Winona is located in Winona County in the State of Minnesota. The area is picturesque with bluffs soaring up along the Mississippi River. The most recognizable of the bluffs is Sugar Loaf. The town's name is said to have been the name of the first-born daughter of Chief Wapasha III. This isn't a huge town with a population of about 28,000 that increases during the school year as students arrive at Winona State University and St Mary's. 

I love creating memories like these for my clients Get in touch to discuss a Portrait Session with your horse.





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Rose the German Shepherd Dog | Des Moines Iowa Pet Photos https://kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2017/1/rose-the-german-shepherd-dog-des-moines-iowa-pet-photos Meet Rose the German Shepherd Dog! 

Rose the German Shepherd Dog Des Moines Iowa Pet Photos

Trips to Iowa dog shows have been few and far between the past several years and I was really glad to be able to get there for the 2016 Autumn shows. Added bonus, this lovely German Shepherd Dog attained her AKC Champion title at this show and we were able to celebrate with a photo shoot. Rose turned out to be a wonderful poser and we got some really fun images of her at the Iowa State Fairgrounds

Rose the German Shepherd Dog Rose the German Shepherd Dog | Des Moines Iowa Pet Photos Rose the German Shepherd Dog Rose the German Shepherd Dog | Des Moines Iowa Pet Photos Rose the German Shepherd Dog Rose the German Shepherd Dog | Des Moines Iowa Pet Photos

I love creating memories like these for my clients. Get in touch with me today if you’d like to discuss booking a Portrait Session with your pets.


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Minnesota Pinto Horse Association Carnival of Color https://kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2016/11/minnesota-pinto-horse-association-carnival-of-color

The Kathleen Riley Photography team are professional photographers who mainly photograph dogs, horses and the people that love them. (It really is a dog and pony show!) Yes, we do private photos shoots too! 


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What to do with your old photographs https://kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2016/4/what-to-do-with-your-old-photographs  




What should you do with all those photographs? The easiest thing to do is keep only the very best ones. Any photos that are out of focus, too dark, too light, or are not making you happy should go. (This applies to printed photos as well as your digital images.) 


If you're wondering what are the best images, keep in mind that they may not be the posed portrait images. You may have favorites that show people living their lives. For us, it often involves dogs, horses, funny faces, sticking our head through themed cut outs. You'll know the ones that make you feel good. 


Share your images with people! Family and friends appreciate getting images, and I've been known to send old photos off with notes that instruct people to keep them. 


Make you life, and those of people you love, easier. Label all your images on the back with names, dates, locations and other important information if you know it. There are specially made pencils for writing on the back of photographs, or use a soft lead (#2) pencil. Family Tree Magazine has some additional tips at their site too. 


When you are writing people's names on the back of images, be sure to use their actual names. Grandpa may make sense to you, but down the road that won't be helpful to other people. List them by first and last name and if you want to make genealogy folks happy, list women by First Name (Maiden Last Name) Married Last Name. 


Boxes of Photos - I love this for family members, and children in particular. Toss your best labeled images into an archival box and mark the outside with the person's name and the date range of the images. Simpler than keeping up on photo albums and easily transported when your child moves to their own place. 


Movies - okay, not really a photo, but you will want to take your old film and get it updated to a more modern alternative. Right now that is DVDs, and it will provably change, but having backups is a good plan. 


What are your favorite tips for preserving your photos? 

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Camp Tanadoona Excelsior Minnesota https://kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2016/3/camp-tanadoona---excelsior-minnesota Camp Tanadoona Excelsior Minnesota Camp Tanadoona Excelsior Minnesota

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The Burwell House in Minnetonka – 13209 E. McGinty Rd, Minnetonka https://kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2016/3/the-burwell-house-in-minnetonka-13209-e-mcginty-rd-minnetonka

The Charles H. Burwell House is an historic house museum in Minnetonka, Hennepin, Minnesota. Built in 1883 by Charles Henry Burwell (1838–1917) for his second wife and their growing family. The land was purchased for $1,000.00 and the house was built for about $3,260.00. It is said the home's design was found in the Palliser's American Cottage catalog and is in the Carpenter Gothic/Stick style architecture. 

Burwell was the secretary and manager of the Minnetonka Mills Company, the first mill west of Minneapolis, founded in 1874 and ending with the demise of the mills in 1886. The Minnetonka Mills area was the first permanent Euro-American settlement in Hennepin County which is located to the west of Minneapolis. This property on Minnehaha Creek, including the house and two outbuildings, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places

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Genealogy and History - Glen Lake Sanatorium https://kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2016/3/genealogy-and-history---glen-lake-sanatorium Glen Lake Sanatorium Pine Trees done in wet plate treatment by Kathleen Riley Photography, Glen Lake Sanatorium Pine Trees Glen Lake Sanatorium Pine Trees at what was once the entrance. A sanatorium (also spelled sanitorium and sanitarium) is a medical facility for long-term illness, most typically associated with treatment of tuberculosis (TB) before antibiotics.

Glen Lake Sanatorium was originally a tuberculosis treatment center serving Hennepin County in Minnesota. The facility was opened on 4 January 1916, with a capacity of 50 patients. The sanatorium had its own post office, and the mailing address was Glen Lake Sanatorium, Oak Terrace, Minnesota, and remained that until the surrounding area was incorporated into the City of Minnetonka. The sanatorium became a state-operated nursing home in 1961, but cared for tuberculosis patients until 1976. My mother, sister, and numerous friends were dedicated volunteers at "The San" when it was a nursing home. The buildings were demolished in 1992 with the exception of two summer camp buildings in Eden Prairie, which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

Related books and movies

  • Minnesota author Frederick Manfred was a patient at Glen Lake Sanatorium from 1940 to 1942. While there he met his future wife and fellow patient, Maryanna Shorba. Manfred later fictionalized his stay in the book Boy Almighty, published under his given name of Feike Feikema.
  • Dr. Harry Wilmer, coincidentally a roommate of Frederick Manfred at Glen Lake Sanatorium, wrote Huber the Tuber which was published by the National Tuberculosis Association in 1942. It was used in educational campaigns against tuberculosis. 
  • The opening black and white sequence of Untamed Heart was filmed at Glen Lake Sanatorium shortly before it was demolished. In the movie, it represented the Catholic orphanage in which Christian Slater's character grew up. The bedside scene was filmed in the Children's Building and the other scene took place in the main first-floor hallway of the Administration Building. At the time of filming, the working title was "Baboon Heart."
  • The video documentary From Beginning to End: Glen Lake Sanatorium and Oak Terrace Nursing Home was produced in 1990 as a tribute to the 75th anniversary of the opening of the Sanatorium. The video, produced at Paragon Cable Studios by Steve Perkins, Mary Krugerud, and Colleen Spadaccini, is available for viewing at the Hennepin [County] History Museum. 
  • "A Girl at a Tuberculosis Sanatorium" recounts the story of Theresa Ledermann, who was 13 years old when she entered Glen Lake Sanatorium for what turned out to be a four-year stay. 
  • San Memories, a collection of photographs and oral histories, was published in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the opening of Glen Lake Sanatorium. 
  • "The Christian Family's Fight Against Tuberculosis" details the many efforts of George Christian and his family to use their personal wealth to improve the care and treatment of people with TB.

Additional Resources from The State of Minnesota 

Video about the Glen Lake Children's Camp 

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5 Free Stock Photo Sites https://kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2016/2/5-free-stock-photo-sites FREE Stock Image Sources from Kathleen Riley Photography

In addition to photography, I help businesses with marketing, social media and branding and I like to make use of free resources for designs in addition to my own work. Yes, there are times I don't have everything I need!

First big tip on finding images. When you do an Internet search, those photos that show up aren't necessarily free for you to use. Make sure to check the image license so you know you are okay to use it for your projects. Not sure from the license if you can use it? Contact the photographer. Be sure to check Creative Commons for various licensing options too, knowledge is power.

Flickr so many images! Some of mine are on Flickr too and it's a great place to get seen and have some recognition too. Want to get really specific with your searches, you'll be able to do keywords, colors, shape, minimum size, license, and more. License: Check each image for the license as they vary, some are high resolution.

Pixabay doesn’t provide as many images as Flickr, but it more than makes up for it with quality and restriction-free licensing. Pixabay’s images are released under a CC0 license, which means the creators have ceded all rights to their work. License:  Creative Commons 0 (CC0), high resolution images.

Gratisography Ryan McGuire cracks me up and I hope you'll love his work too! His site offers lots of mainstream images but where I spend my time is loving his sense of humor and it shines through in “whimsical” category. Have you ever thought about how to use a man in a suit wielding a banana as a gun? Okay, maybe I'm weirder than you are, but I want to find lots of ways to use that image! License: CC0 and high resolution. 

Free Food Photos this one is great for those of you wanting to make your own food posts and pins. Images are yours for personal or commercial use as long as you provide attribution and don't resell them as stock photos. License: Creative Commons, read more about their licensing here. Images are high resolution.

Skitterphoto unique photos and some even have tales about how and where the picture was taken. Some you'll likely recognize and some will be fresh and wonderful. License: CC0 and they are high resolution.

Do you have a favorite stock image site that we missed? Be sure to let us know!



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Valentine's Day Pet Photos 2016 https://kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2016/2/valentines-day-pet-photos What a fun day seeing all the dogs (and their people too) and getting these fun "Love" shots. Thank you to Pet Stuff in Minnetonka Minnesota for the space and to all the excellent wranglers for getting dogs in the right places at the right time.

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Pet Valentine Sweetheart Photos Saturday Feb 6th in Minnetonka https://kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2016/2/pet-valentine-sweetheart-photos-saturday-feb-6th-in-minnetonka

Valentine’s Day comes early at Pet Stuff of Minnetonka and we would love to meet you and your pets and see what makes them special! Pets of all types are invited to the store at 14731 Excelsior Blvd for photos with a Valentine’s Day theme on February 6, 2016 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.

WHAT:  Valentine’s Day / Sweetheart themed pet photos

WHO:  Kathleen Riley Photography and Put Stuff of Minnetonka

WHEN: Saturday, February 6, 2016 || 11:00am – 2:00pm

WHERE: Pet Stuff Minnetonka || 14731 Excelsior Blvd || Minnetonka, MN 55345 || 952.930.9383

CONTRIBUTION:  A $20 suggested donation for the digital image which will be posted online at Kathleen Riley Photography and delivered electronically. (Additional items will be available for purchase.) Profits will be used to purchase pet food to donate to the ICA Food Shelf. 

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3 Tips for creating better family portraits https://kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2016/1/3-tips-for-creating-better-family-portraits Sara (one of our talented shooters) and her children Laughter is good medicine. Having your personality shine through is what makes me happy in a photo shoot. I want to work with you to make something that you want to show to people and share with your family and friends. 

Some tips on getting those timeless shots?

  1. Push your forehead toward the camera. Pushing your forehead forward helps your jawline and neck look their best. Does it feel unnatural? Why yes, yes it does, but do it anyway. 
  2. Squint Eastwood. See what I did there? It probably gave you the great visual, unless you are too young to know who Clint Eastwood is... Be like Clint and squint your lower lids a little, you'll look great. 
  3. Laughter is good medicine. I'm great at getting people to interact and chuckle and sometimes we go full guffaw on shoots. The trick is talking and talking and talking some more. The art of conversation is a wonderful tool for getting great portraits. 

Bonus tip: when shooting with children start out by saying "Let's go to the park and have some fun!" It's a great mood setter and reminds everyone that this isn't brain surgery or rocket science. 

Take a look at the Orr family from our morning in Anoka, Minnesota along the Mississippi River, we had a lot of fun and the boys invited me to breakfast when we were down shooting -- now that's a great indicator that the day went well. This family was so fun!


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We have had Chinooks since the early 1990s and it is a breed I have come to really love. I've included two photos in the snow and an old timey video from Archive.org (a great resource for historical information on all kinds of topics) Hope you enjoy the video!


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