leaving on a jet plane, pups & a special code for you

i just opened the windows to feel the fabulous fall breeze that’s going on today. despite the fact that it feels like we’ve endured 40 days & 40 nights of rain, today feels great compared to a couple days ago when the stifling 80+ degrees was far from pleasant. such is fall in georgia. i’ve heard no less than four planes flying over head since i plopped down. & speaking of rain,  i board a flight in just a few hours to head to west virginia to shoot what’s supposed to be around 5 or 6 sessions in 48 hours…and thanks to hurricane joaquin… is expecting rain. like everybody on the entire eastern coast. while trying to pack i’ve realized once again that basically everything i own falls into two categories~ leggings or ripped jeans and neutrals. wow. i really need to mix things up. anyways. the catalyst for the trip is to capture a very special little man’s first birthday. a little peek at the backstory can be found here…and i’ll share more about the current chapter when i return!

but short story…they are an amazing young couple who have overcome much….sought to add a precious child to their lives through adoption….32paigeknudsen

and gabe joined them essentially weeks after they announced they were adopting…34paigeknudsen

& the fact that he looks like his daddy spit him out is just one of many special chapters in their story…33paigeknudsen

this little man is turning one!! & i am beyond honored to have become friends with this special couple and get the absolute privilege of photographing them! i love this little peek at the before, welcome to the family & then hello gabe is 9 months collage! i mean c’mon are they beautiful people with beautiful hearts or what?


i wanted to give you a little update on our rescue pup, duke.

basically he’s doing great! he’s as cute as he can be. but i’ll be honest, i find myself subconsciously wishing for the ease and relationship i had with brinkley. i know it developed over time, not over night. brinkley had been by my side for 8 years by the time he passed away and duke has only been here for a few weeks. i’m not trying to compare them but its just natural to run things through the filter of the recent past. brinkley was an unusually awesome dog. golden retrievers by nature truly are. he was uber calm and truly an old-soul. but i’ve realized that brinkley, albeit rescued, came to us from another home. he had spent the first two years of his life in someone’s home. i have no idea how he was treated but he never gave us any reason to think he was abused…given away, yes, but not abused.

duke on the other hand has an entirely different background…and as obvious as you might think it is, i probably didn’t really think about the implications of taken in an abandoned,  homeless dog….from another country…who survived in the forest for months. so therefore he has to learn to not jump my fence effortlessly into my neighbors “forest like” back yard. rascal. he’s getting better on his harness. he never barks inside-good boy. he has played a little bit of goldilocks and has been found on perhaps a forbidden bed or sofa. bad boy.  he doesn’t chew any shoes nor does he get into things. he’s not bonkers indoors although he gets the zoomies out in the back yard and it’s so funny. he loves toys and sorta chews the heck out of them. it’s super cute. but the dude is obsessed with looking out our windows and watching the squirrels or whatever. turns out he’s had a serious infection in his ears. i put something on social media & turns out, he may have allergies. who knew? so i’ve changed his food again- sorry boy- to grain free. i’m praying this helps because yuck on the oti-pack. and due to his occasional wonkiness outdoors, steroids which lead to increased urination are not my chosen next step.

look at this face!! gah what a cutie!!


i think i mentioned a while back that he was shaved before he came to the USA. i have a couple pictures of him from the shelter in istanbul & i’ll share those soon, but he had a pretty bad skin infection. perhaps from allergies? anyways, his gorgeous full white coat got a total janky shave job. if any dog can be this cute despite terrible groooming, he can be nothing short of a beaut when it comes in! i have to tell you that i love the murchison-hume products i’ve used on him. i brush him daily & use the between clean waterless wash-it smells wonderful. the shampoo & shine conditioner are fabulous. you guys i love how soft his coat has become since i started using these on him. their scented with essential oils & are truly wonderful. you can use the code PK20 for 20% off your purchase….they have an entirely fabulous line i’ve shared about here as well. i think that if you can get your order in by midnight, you’ll receive free shipping as well!


hope wherever you are, especially if you’re expecting much rain & possible flooding from joaquin, that you stay safe!!

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October 2, 2015 - 4:19 pm

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October 2, 2015 - 5:20 pm

Sheila Marschausen - I found you through AGA adoptions. I love Duke.

October 2, 2015 - 11:36 pm

Terry Pitzer - I went to order the Murchison Hume dog products tonight, but unfortunately shipping wasn’t free. It was actually more than the 20% discount, so I decided to wait on my purchase. Disappointed!

October 4, 2015 - 9:23 pm

marcie - I’ve shared before that we have 2 goldens – a male we purchased from a secure home situation and a rescue who came to us scarred, scared, skin and bones and abused. They are both the true golden personality – loving and devoted, kind and never aggressive toward humans (just squirrels and unusual noises – LOL) But… Our female rescue has never quite lost some of the quirks and fears that she has as a result of her difficult start. She can’t tell us but we see the scars and the things that scare her that our big, secure, spoiled boy sleeps through and never worries about. I’m happy everyday that we rescued her and that her end will be so much better than her start – including the fact that I finally threw a sheet over the white slipcovers and let her sleep on the couch. I swore I would never be that dog mom. It has made me realize that the love you give someone or “somedog” can ease the memories of the past but that it’s never truly erased. It makes me sad to think about what long term affects abuse has on children and to be in awe for the adoptive and foster parents who take this unknown into their lives. After years of love and food and sleeping on the ‘forbidden” couch one small out of the ordinary incident can cause our rescue to dissolve into sheer panic. Isn’t it sad that someone caused a poor puppy to always have this fear. I cannot imagine what Duke’s doggie nightmares must be.
On another note – we had to go grain/gluten free for our Goldens and it made a world of difference in many ways!!
Good luck – I loved Brinkley stories and pictures of his sweet face but I think Duke is a special guy. (And I get it because we tell Biscuit that he has spoiled us for all future dogs – he is the best doggie ever)