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the pups of bulow plantation

Tucked away in the land of the Stono River, there lives a pack of guard puppies.

There’s JackLet me out, please

And LennyTough life for Lenny

And FritzReady to play

And the pack leader, Ole MollyOle Molly

They rule and govern almost 3 acres of waterfront, low country land. What a blessed life these pups lead.

They guard.Dogs on a porchJack on guard

They play. Lenny and Molly at playCharge!

They lounge.Molly taking a snoozeLounging around the house

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Face your fear of spiders and scroll…

…you may surprise yourself and decide they are beautiful!

Banana Spider is ready for lunchCommon spider in the LowcountryEven spiders can be prettyJust a spider hanging out

Here are 2 cool facts I learned about banana spiders (I would have given 3 facts, but I doubt anyone is reading this, and you certainly won’t get past 2 if you haven’t already clicked out of my blog):

  1. They were formally known as Golden Silk Orb Weavers. Prince ain’t got nothin’ on that formally known as name! I wish I was formally known as an orb weaver of golden silk.
  2. Every banana spider we see is a female. Male banana spiders are tiny, brown, free-loaders. Literally, they live on the female-made golden orb, providing nothing, eating whatever they want, sleeping whenever they want, and…doing…it…whenever they want. Ladies, learn from these 8-legged females. Don’t weave yourself into a banana spider relationship.

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The Setting: 100 acres of pluff mud and marsh grass about 30 minutes outside of downtown Charleston.

Marshlands and Pluff MudThe Plot: 5 friends plan to go camping with two mutts and a German Short Haired Pointer. At the last minute, one of the friends decides to dog sit and bring a Golden Retriever, and another friend brings his father’s Chocolate Lab and junkyard dog, along with his sister’s Labra Doodle (did I spell that right? Is that even a real dog? Yes, yes it is.) All are in for a fun filled night of incessant barking. Who knew a dog pack 7 strong would stay up ALL night on constant alert for raccoons and abominable marshmen?

The Characters:

Mutt #1

Mutt #1 - Biscuit

Mutt #2

Mutt #2 - Turkey

A true hunting Dog

The Pointer - Shooter

A dirty golden

The Beast - Linus

Ole Reliable

Ole Reliable - Chip

Mutt Dog

Junkyard Dog - Otto ... No really, see those two leashes hanging from his collar? He bit through them after we leashed him to a tree for causing trouble.

The bountiful Labradoodle

The bountiful Labradoodle - Homer

Here are some of my favorite action shots from the trip

Golden Retriever shaking offWaiting to retrieveDogs looking for a ballChip leads the wayDogs at play

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Meet Bessie.

Where is Bessie?There she is!

Meet Ben.

Happy BabyI met the pair yesterday during an interior home session, and as much as I love real estate photography, these two were just so much more fun to shoot! And how could they not be? A couch can’t smile, or wag its tail.

Here are some of the photos from the afternoon!

Pensive Bessie

Playing with pots and pansCanine Companion and his friendStay away little Baby

My food, not yours

Watch it baby. I'm the boss.

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Sullivans Island is a special place…especially for dogs.

Before noon, the beach belongs to dogs. Allowed off leash, the shoreline morphs into a puppy paradise…the mother of all bark parks…an endless tract of territory unmarked. They are free to run, and swim, and dig. All shapes, colors and sizes are welcome…at sunrise, it’s a dog’s beach. Sullivans Island is for dogsIt is Saturday mornings on Sullivans Island when my soul is at ease, and Biscuits’ too. There is something intangibly good about a dog at play. The happiness a dog feels at the beach is contagious. I know this because it is on these mornings when I have met some of the nicest people in the city. And I am convinced it is because our dogs bring out the goodness in our hearts.

Man's Best Friend

So next Saturday, change it up a little. Go for a jog or sip your morning coffee on Sullivans. You and your dog will be equally grateful. (Just make sure to read up on Sullivans Island beach rules before you go…yes, you will get a hefty ticket if you break them.)

Below are photos I took this weekend at the beach with Biscuit. Prepare for utter cuteness.

Yellow Lab on Sullivans Island beachAnxious Yellow Lab patiently awaits beach time!

Beach Dog ParkHappy dogs…happy humans.

Digging DogDigging for fiddlers

Walking golden retrieverA Golden Retriever walks loyally with owner

Happy Biscuit in the surfHappy Biscuit

Pensive Biscuit on the beachPensive Biscuit

Maltese getting warm!

Maltese Dog at the beachA cute Maltese named JJ tries to warm up in owners arms!

Golden Retriever chasing ball in waterMission: Retrieve

Retriever doing her jobJob well done!

Biscuit Portrait 1Biscuit Portrait 2Biscuit Portrait 3Biscuit Closeups

Fast terriors runningCharge!

Exercise class with dogsExercising dogs in a pack

Spaniel on Sullivans IslandDog Rules for Sullivans IslandBiscuit loves Sullivans.

But she is beginning to tire.

Leaving the beachSo it’s time for her mid-morning snooze.

Until next time…

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I have to share one of Sports Illustrated’s featured photo galleries from yesterday. All about animals and watersports. These photos were not taken in Charleston, but if they were, it wouldn’t surprise me a bit. Charleston is known for its “dog-friendliness” – whether you are on the beach or eating al fresco at a restaurant downtown, chances are…your canine companion is welcome to come along. Here are some of my favorites from the gallery. They are AWESOME photos!!  See all of them here. 5 dogs surfingTerrior SkimboardingSurfing compeition for dogsSurfing GoldenFat Pug Surfing!

Beach Dogs

Sorry pups, you just aren't as cool as the surfer dogs

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Su ChefDetailBackyard RelaxinHow much is that doggy in the window?Red Green ContrastDIY Sort OfFat Cat

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