Luka@live.love.luka

I wanted a big dog. My husband wanted a Corgi. This stubby-legged Viking wolf was our compromise.

[◌] Canon 6D

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Boxing up the last of our stuff (don't worry, I didn't actually box up Luka), and we officially move in tomorrow! I tried to get the kids to participate in this picture, but they were uninterested. I guess chicken feet aren't a universal reward? Go figure.

[◌] 35mm, f/2.8, 1/20 sec, ISO 1600
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When your mother-in-law includes the dog in the yearly Christmas jammies 😭
Thank you, @parmlyj!

[◌] 30mm, f/2.8, 1/30 sec, ISO 1600
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Last but certainly not least, and this should come as a surprise to no one, are @muttcloth bandanas. I may be a little biased because I started becoming friends with Angie before Mutt Cloth was born, but I maintain that few companies are run with such thoughtfulness, compassion, and grave attention to minute details. From curating unique fabrics and carefully deciding on trims and names, to upholding strong values that promote personal responsibility, to gathering an uplifting community of brand supporters, I believe that @muttcloth brings an unparalleled level of quality and business ethics. When I first started this account, getting excited about dog bandanas felt like jumping on the bandwagon because I enjoyed being a part of the community here – but I tended to only put bandanas on Luka when I knew I'd have my camera with me. @muttcloth has changed my perception of bandanas, and now I put these on Luka when we go out just because I like them. If you shop at @muttcloth, don't forget to tell Angie we sent you! Use LUKA10 to save on your order :)

[◌] 50mm, f/2.8, 1/200 sec, ISO 200
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Getting back to our recommendations today, Hobbes is here to help show off the one that has surprised me the most: our @carlsonpetproducts cot. They advertise it for small dogs, but let me tell you that this has been a huge hit across the species in our home. Luka loves it, Hobbes loves it, and the small children love it. I used to scoff at dog cots thinking there was no way they were comfortable, but I have been proved oh so wrong. This is the first bed we've had that Luka has enjoyed. Plus, it's lightweight and folds up in half a second for easy portability. I've even packed it in the bottom of our stroller on walks to the coffee shop to have Luka hold a Place outside while I run in to order. I won this in the same giveaway as the @legendarycanine bar soap in my previous post, and I'm so glad because I would not have known otherwise that we needed a cot! 10/10 recommend.
BONUS: @carlsonpetproducts is hosting a giveaway right now to win cots for you and a friend! Hurry! It ends on the 9th!

[◌] 70mm, f/2.8, 1/80 sec, ISO 3200
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Interrupting our stream of product love to talk transparently about something that happened this morning. In almost twenty-five years of having dogs, I've never come this close to a freak accident. Long story short: Luka disappeared from me chasing a deer, and he was picked up a few minutes later (that felt like an eternity of terror) safe and sound by a kind stranger as he he was heading up a ramp towards an eight lane expressway. The park that we frequent several times a week is large and unfenced. I know Luka's boundaries, how far he can be with various distractions before I can't recall him. If there's no one around and we avoid the section of the park directly next to the major road with expressway access, I can let him off leash with 99% safety. This is a dog that needs to run and sniff, and he can get a lot more stimulation off leash, especially when we're short on time. I'm okay with minimal risk trying to balancing safety and needs, like riding in a car: there is a small chance you could get in a wreck and a die, but you still get in the car and you drive as safely as you can. The park was completely empty today, and I've seen Luka get bored chasing smaller wildlife and letting them go after a few strides. Most importantly, we've come to this park probably a thousand times (I counted) and I've never seen a deer, not there in the middle of a neighborhood. I could not have expected that there might be a deer today, nor that Luka's prey drive would suddenly come out with an intensity I've never seen from him. Now that my chest doesn't hurt anymore after running after him and screaming in the bitter cold, although I still have a raspy cough, what are your views on balancing safety with meeting your dogs' needs?

[◌] 35mm, f/5, 1/250 sec, ISO 1600


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I'll be honest, I don't know how I got Luka to look so happy for this picture. Let me tell you, this is NOT an accurate representation of bath time. His experience of bath time, anyway. As for me? @legendarycanine's bar soaps have been a game changer. I won this all natural healer bar with soothing lavender from a giveaway back in...May? and I've been using it once a month since. Still have a lot of the bar left, too. It lathers up super easily, cleans thoroughly, and rinses quickly. It probably cuts our bath time in half, and the little bag it comes in can be used to store it in between baths to keep the tub clean, and it makes it easy to travel with. I didn't pay for this bar, but I'm definitely buying more once it runs out!

[◌] 50mm, f/2.8, 1/25 sec, ISO 1600
[◌] 24mm, f/2.8, 1/30 sec, ISO 1600
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Following yesterday's lead (see what I did there?), I bring you what I consider the best leash on the market from @k9tacticalgear. Not just the most supple, durable, rugged leather leash, but the best leash. Period. This is the one I reach for 99% of the time because it is so COMFORTABLE. It's soft, it's pliable, it doesn't take up much space in my hand (I love small leashes, but they do offer other widths), and yet it's strong and I don't have to worry about where Luka drags it. I will add the caveat that I have not actually tried other leather leashes for a true comparison – but from what I've experienced with this @k9tacticalgear leash, I feel like I don't even need to. It's not fancy, but I love it's classic, rugged look.

[◌] 40mm, f/2.8, 1/500 sec, ISO 800
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Collar: @harborhoundco
Leash: @k9tacticalgear
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After yesterday's post for the collab with @cocochewllc, I want to highlight several other products and companies I've loved this year. It feels a little funny to go from a toy to a long line now...so let that tell you how highly these rank! Palomine Lines doesn't have an Instagram presence, but their biothane leads made me excited about long lines, which, I'll be honest, I did not think was possible. These lines are fully customizable for width, length, and color, and have optional distance markers for serious trackers. They are incredibly lightweight and strong, and comfortable to hold whether you have one piece of the line in your hands or several layers all wound up. Best of all, they don't tangle – and believe me, my toddlers TRIED to tangle it! I find myself using this leash for not just training but also convenience if I'm walking in an area with room to explore where I can't trust Luka off leash, especially if there's a good wading creek but I don't want to get wet. This is a far cry from the thick, heavy, nylon long lines I always knew! Moreover, Palomine Lines' customer service is great. My husband ordered this for my birthday (#truelove) and he remarked how helpful they were when the order never arrived. They still got one to us in time for my birthday, and I was ecstatic to receive it! So now I ask, who doesn't want a new long line for Christmas?! 😂

[◌] 50mm, f/1.8, 1/1000 sec, ISO 100
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Bandana: @muttcloth
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Long Line: Palomine Lines
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This happy face with some coconut fibers stuck in the teeth is beyond thrilled with his early Christmas present - and so am I! I was already planning to buy @cocochewllc's new CocoBall for Luka, so when they approached me about sending one for us to test out there was only one response: an emphatic YES! These toys use natural coconut fibers to gently scrub dogs' teeth while they chew. When we tried their CocoChew ropes earlier this year, I learned that Luka prefers to shred, not chew. Even soaked in water and frozen, the ropes only held up about ten minutes (mind you, it was a very happy ten minutes). My experiences with @cocochewllc's customer care set the bar HIGH for other companies, and I've since been excitedly waiting for them to release the CocoBall. I’m pleased to report that Luka is just as happy with the ball shape, and it holds up better to his toughest, nose-scrunchiest shredding (swipe to see). He did do some damage, but we still have a pretty substantial ball left that’s going to last us much longer than the ropes. If you’re looking for a fun, thoughtful gift for your own pup or someone else’s, I will confidently recommend these @cocochewllc toys!

[◌] 50mm, f/1.8, 1/1000 sec, ISO 100
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Forever reposting my favorite picture of puppy Luka at Christmastime. It's December 1, so bring on ALL the Christmas! For everybody else, anyway; I've been in the spirit since November 1. I spend all year just waiting for Christmas to come again. The spirit of the season stirs up such coziness and joy for me as I dwell on the reminders of the great hope I have in Jesus. I know that this season doesn't feel very merry and bright for everyone, and that's okay. I'm still going to celebrate my heart out (maybe not in pictures because of time/creativity constraints), but I do want to recognize those who don't. Whether you celebrate or not, I hope this next month brings good things for everyone!

[◌] 28mm, f/1.8, 1/125 sec, ISO 1600
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Luka started feeling a little stressed amidst all the moving prep today, so I found some time this evening to get him out on a good walk. A recent ice storm and subsequent rain has covered the field at our usual park in water and tree damage. I'm sad that we lost one of the two towering trees at the lower end of the field, but we made the best of it and built confidence jumping up on the huge logs.

[◌] 40mm, f/2.8, 1/1600 sec, ISO 800


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Throwback to a young Luka building the duration and distraction of his automatic Wait on the porch. This is a poignant photo, because this morning we closed on a new house! In a couple weeks Luka will have a new porch across town to learn to wait on, and our family of five people and three pets won't be so squished in a small, two-bedroom/one-bathroom setup. As much as we're sad to say goodbye to our first home that has meant so much to us, we're really looking forward to this new era of our family's life! (Assuming we survive packing, that is.)

[◌] 105mm, f/4, 1/80 sec, ISO 400
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