Waterloo Police K9 Charity Calendar 2020

The classic cop story: a devious crime, a detailed investigation, an exciting high-speed chase, an intense interrogation, a news conference with flashing popping as the police show off their impressive bust…except this one involves more drool, flying fur, and a gruesome pile of bones… dog bones that is.

The Waterloo Region Police approached me with a very unique task - to create a kickass K9 Calendar to raise serious funds for Special Olympics Ontario. I needed to keep the guns to a minimum and limit the donut jokes, but apart from that, I was free to do as I liked with the project.

It’s rare to be given create carte-blanche on an assignment, so I put my thinking cap on. I could keep things simple - a dozen ‘hero dog’ photos at locations around the Waterloo region, shot from below to make our K9s look mighty? Naa - too easy! How about highlighting the dogs’ unique talents of tracking down missing people and suspects? Hmm…getting warmer. Maybe I can get my dog into the photos somehow?? True to character, maybe she can be a criminal?? Got it! Photograph iconic police movie scenes as a 12 image story where the dogs are the cops and incorporate as many humorous doggy and police stereotypes as possible. Now THIS was a cool idea!

The images I wanted to create were really specific and I had to be sure that I wasn’t taking up too much time of the in-demand police pups, so I needed to plan these photos out in a big way. My drawing skills don’t compare to my photoshop skills, so with the inspiration of Brooklyn 99 reruns, I morphed hundreds of objects into each month’s mockup, paying special attention to perspective, storytelling, and where each subject would be placed. As I specialize in photographing animals, I wanted to incorporate little jokes that dog owners would get - a police chase through an agility course, chewed up pencils, barking at a squirrel up a tree, hiding bones in a big hole. 

With the Chief’s rubber stamp, we were off to the races. Location scouting, prop sourcing, and dog trick training - I needed those guilty criminal dog eyes on cue!

The commanding inspector, inquisitive detective, goofy desk officer, good cop, bad cop and a pointed hot pursuit, the K9 unit dogs and their handlers were great sports and models, pulling off dynamic expressions like pros. From a pet store crime scene to patrolling Waterloo Region in a vintage cruiser, this calendar tells the story of Ranger, Grim, Chase, and Tracker, as they work to solve a case of stolen dog bones - with a little help from their two-legged handlers. Check out the photos below and please purchase your copy here (https://www.wrps.on.ca/canine) to help support the Special Olympics.

🗓 February🗓 - 🎶 Oh no! Let’s get out and catch her. It’s another case of the Bone Snatcher! 🎶

🗓 March 🗓 - 🎶 Caught on tape! Have a look at this, Chief. Zoom in close, we spotted the thief. 🎶

🗓 April 🗓 - 🎵Gather round the briefing room. Listen up, the snacks can wait! Dog fur, paw prints. Thinking caps, don’t salivate. 🎶

🗓 May 🗓 - 🎶 We have a lead! Let’s get dressed. Make this quick, no time for rest! 🎵 

🗓 June 🗓 - 🎶 Now, lookie here. Don’t let her dash!  If it isn’t the Bone Bandit Burying her stash. 🎶

🗓 July 🗓 - 🎶 Chopper spotted, the chase is on.  Hot pursuit before she’s gone! 🎶

🗓 August 🗓 - 🎶 Stay! Stay! Check her scruff. Paws on the tree, get out the ‘cuff! 🎵

🗓 September 🗓 - 🎶 Sirens blazing, full steam ahead.  Quit that barking, try not to shed! 🎵

🗓 October 🗓 - 🎶 Good cop, bad cop, harsh interrogation! Guilty Bone Bandit questioned at the station. 🎵

🗓 November 🗓 - 🎶 Captain here with an update. Detective Tucker,  don’t salivate! 🎵

🗓 December 🗓 - 🎶 The case is solved, Police K9 Award.  Bone Bandit Busted, Justice Restored! 🎵

Please purchase your copy here (https://www.wrps.on.ca/canine) to help support the Special Olympics.

Thanks to everyone involved for helping me pull off this incredible awesome project.

And now some mock-ups!

Thriving Through The New Year

If you think the holidays are overwhelming, you can imagine how it feels for your dog. From the countless parties and people and all too much food (we know you’ve snuck them some leftover snacks, too!), the routine can head out the window throughout this joyous season. Fortunately, the slow, winter months are coming where you can both breathe a sigh of relief over some much needed R&R. Follow these new years, new pet tips for a new, improved Fido.

Life is Just a Walk in the Park: Get in Shape!

From power walks to fetch races, there are countless active games you can play with your pet throughout the year. Don’t forget that just because it’s cold, doesn’t mean it’s time to become a couch potato! After all, an inactive dog often becomes destructive and depressed. Make a plan on how to mix up your routine before the year ends to keep you accountable once January starts. From mixing up your daily route to keep things interesting or heading out on a run to increase stamina, the time to get out there is now!

He is What He Eats

While many of us feed our pets better than we feed ourselves, there’s no time like the present for a little reminder. An overweight dog can cause many health problems, so be sure to find out the right weight for its breed. If he’s too heavy, it’s time to start cutting those calories. Many owners eyeball food, but measuring out the proper amount can help them drop some pounds. The recommended feeding guidelines are often on each bag. There are many varying factors that affect type and quantity of food, such as age and activity level. If you aren’t sure the right food choice for your pup, ask your vet!

A Little Love Goes a Long Way

Love is one of the most important things we have to give - and our dogs give us so much of it, they deserve a little, too. Especially after your dog has exercised, eaten, used the bathroom outside or otherwise done an action that you’ve requested, give him attention! Don’t forget, though, offering attention at the wrong time can reinforce negative behaviours - so be careful.

Play the Day Away

Running after a ball isn’t just exercise. Did you know it can enhance many of your pets hidden talents? Next time you’re putting away that squeaky toy, keep in mind a few more minutes of play can help keep his mind sharp and focused, increase his social skills and the best part? It creates that anti-stress moment that will help you both forget about whatever happened that day. Sounds like a win-win to us.

Don’t forget - goals aren’t just for people! What’s on the top of your list for your pet in 2019?

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