Local professional photographer Karen Pulfer Focht spent more than 25 years as an award-winning photojournalist for The Commercial Appeal. While her breaking news photos were always captivating, I was fortunate enough to work with her on countless features. I watched her wait for hours sometimes for the right bit of sunlight or a moving or delightful show of emotion from both humans and animals. That talent never switched off when she went home. That's why I'm showcasing a gallery of her pictures of her dogs.
Everyone who owns a pug knows they will never again sit in a chair alone or if they try, they will endure the Donald-Trumpish sense of entitlement that's a character trait of the bat-eared, curly-tailed chunk of energy.
Peppermint, like most pugs, rules with humor, sweetness and an overload of adorability with a tongue that always sticks out. Karen said she's stubborn, persistent and expresses all sorts of thoughts and commands through that funny face. Peps also tolerates what some snooty breeds might call humiliating outfits such as this mini-sombrero and neckerchief.
Then there's Bella. The 5-year-old Labrador retriever is always in trouble. She rips apart toys and steals any item she can carry, such as a watering can. She's a notorious counter surfer snagging loaves of bread, meat, crackers, whatever she can skim. She recently consumed Elli Rose's beautifully decorated gingerbread house.
Karen's recently wrote a blog entry that features photographs of all sorts of animals.