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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I got the urge to go running this evening, so in spite of my exhaustion and the heat and the air quality alert, I packed this guy up in the car and we hit the park. Guys, it's been a hot minute since I've been running, but I TRIPPLED my goal and made it 3/4 mile! 😂 Now excuse me while I go reward myself with some cheesecake. #positivereinforcement
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[◌] 135mm, f/2.8, 1/4000 sec, ISO 200⠀
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I only asked them to sit together. They did the rest!⠀
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Luka typically moderates the intensity of his play appropriate to who he's playing with, so there was minimal risk of him getting too excited here and accidentally hurting the baby. I also trusted him to hold his Stay. The background looks much more compositionally pleasing in the full sized image, but I'm weird about cropping to the traditional Instagram square 🤷‍♀️⠀
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[◌] 50mm, f/2.8, 1/500 sec, ISO 200⠀
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How is everyone faring with the summer heat? We're dying, to put it dramatically. Luka doesn't get out every day, we can't even stay out a full hour when we do get out, and my kids refuse to come outside with us anymore – they've become little curmudgeons in the heat, much like their mom. Luka has hot spots on the sides of his testicles, and he's itchy from seasonal allergies. Baths with his @legendarycanine healer bar and daily loratadine have helped some, but I'm still trying to get him more complete relief until the weather cools down...hopefully by October. In the meantime, we're so grateful for this little splash pad in our neighborhood. I don't think we could make it through the summer without it. And thanks to all the neighbors who don't mind letting Luka cool off underneath the "no dogs allowed" sign 😬
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[◌] 135mm, f/2, 1/4000 sec, ISO 200⠀
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Leash: @brunoandgill
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Luka saw a deer for the first time a couple weeks ago, and I forgot that I haven't posted this photo yet! He was super intrigued and kind of vocal, but I think it was just the novelty of seeing another animal more than actual prey drive. He reacted much the same way as when he sees another dog and didn't seem too bothered when I decided it was time to move on. How do your dogs react to wildlife?⠀
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[◌] 70mm, f/2.8, 1/800 sec ISO 200⠀
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Happy Fourth of July! I've been sick all week, today was unbearably hot, and an integral prop I wanted to use for a photoshoot wasn't working. So this selfie will have to do, friends. Outtakes are going up in our stories 😆
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How are your pups with fireworks? I don't think Luka would be too bothered by them, except that they freak our kids out (same with thunder). So we've gone from firework → kids cry → adults rush to action → Luka barks, to firework → Luka barks. I've been working on teaching him to make eye contact with me every time he hears one (or thunder), and the mental energy it takes for him to remember to focus on me calms him down enough that I can reward him with calm affection. It's really cute when he has to come running through the house to find me. "I heard a boom! I rushed in here to look at you!"⠀
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[◌] 24mm, f/2.8, 1/1000 sec, ISO 200⠀
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There are countless reasons why this is a photographically unappealing shot, but I'm still a little bit in love with it. I bought these bowties a long time ago and forgot that I had them because of the difficulties in getting these three dapper gentlemen together. Lately I've been getting the hunch that in the right scenario Chandler (old black kitty) might not be wholly opposed to canine proximity, and this is what came of that. Luka was hot and tired after a trip to the park, Chandler was about to leave, and Hobbes was a little nervous being outside even though he was begging to go out. But they're all together and handsome as ever ❤️
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[◌] 35mm, f/7.1. 1/60 sec, ISO 1600⠀
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For the last day of @chessonchairs' photography challenge, it seems only fitting to put Luka on a chair. We didn't get through all the photo prompts, but it was fun to break up the monotony of a month where it was too hot and too green to really enjoy photography.⠀
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Also, for those of you wondering how big Vallhunds are, please allow this normal-sized lawn chair to put Luka into perspective.⠀
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This dog loves play. He loves to give and receive attention through play, burn energy through play, and train through play. He likes affection, too, but if you really want to win his heart – grab a toy!
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[◌] 24mm, f/2.8, 1/200 sec, ISO 3200⠀
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Toy: @cocochewllc
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It's always fun when you inadvertently train something useful, when you realize that a habitual action has become something your dog will do on command. Earlier today I had Luka in the car with me but I really wanted to run up the street for coffee... So I pulled up in front of our house, leaned over to open the passenger door, and told Luka, "Porch!" He jumped out of the car and ran right up to our front door (my husband was there, ready to let him inside). I have not formally trained this behavior, but I've since come to rely on it quite a bit. It's the little things, ha!
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Anyone else accidentally trained something, for better or for worse?⠀
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Adorable fact about Luka: he loves to sleep in folded up tunnels. I've caught him like this in his agility tunnel and in this smaller play tunnel our kids have. He's always had a weird affinity for lying on things, no matter how hard or oddly shaped or uncomfortable, but by far I'd say his favorite is curling up inside a tunnel. (Coincidentally, he also loves running through them when they're unfurled.)⠀
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[◌] 24mm, f/2.8, 1/125 sec, ISO 1600⠀
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Here is a never before shared photo of the little floof for #throwbackthursday! I've come a long way learning how to stack and handle him 😬
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[◌] Photo by @rossparmly
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We ended up cancelling the vet appointment today. Luka's been using his leg normally, even after light exercise, so after consulting with his breeder to verify that any continued concern was overkill, we've chalked it up to a bug bite or something. We'll just continue to keep an eye on it over the next few days with less than vigorous exercise.⠀
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On that note, one of the hallmarks of a good breeder is an eager willingness to be on hand like that. Like a company having great customer service, you want someone who cares not just about getting puppies out the door but who also cares about supporting puppy buyers for the rest of the pups' lives.⠀
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[◌] 16mm, f/4, 1/400 sec, ISO 200⠀
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