Charlie and Koda, the Joyful Golden Retrievers

One warm sunny evening last week, I met up with Charlie, Takoda (Koda), and mom Robyn at Burrage Pond Wildlife Management Area in Hanson. The location is beautiful, peaceful, and full of birdsong. There are several trails leading through the marsh with multi-colored wildflowers blooming along the edges. The two golden retrievers had been there before, and they remembered exactly where the good swimming spots were! Our attempts at keeping them dry long enough to get some “clean” portraits proved futile—but that’s okay, because what could be more genuine that a soggy, happy golden?

Charlie is 5 and his brother Koda is 3. They have an incredibly close bond and enjoy doing everything together, but they are also very different individuals. Robyn describes Charlie as being incredibly sweet and loving with the goal of being friends with everybody he encounters, while Koda is goofy, a bit naughty, and just wants to have fun. It was truly a joy to spend some time with this fantastic duo and capture their personalities on camera. Thank you, Robyn!

Charlie and Koda are so inseparable, they even walk side-by-side, as close as physically possible!

Charlie and Koda are so inseparable, they even walk side-by-side, as close as physically possible!

The dynamic duo, post-dip in the pond.

The dynamic duo, post-dip in the pond.

Koda posing by the marsh.

Koda posing by the marsh.

Charlie’s turn to pose!

Charlie’s turn to pose!

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Roxy and Lola, the Charismatic Pekingese Pups in New Bedford

On the morning of July 4th, I had the opportunity to visit Roxy, Lola, and mom Samia at their beautiful, historic New Bedford home. These two little firecrackers have no need for Independence Day shenanigans, they bring their own dynamite to the party!


It was so much fun watching them tumble around in the yard like Tasmanian devils. While Samia lovingly describes them both as “a hot mess”, it’s clear how much joy she and her family receive from watching them interact with each other. Who needs TV when you live with a couple of energetic, roly-poly pups?


Samia wanted photos of Roxy and Lola because her daughter, who is about a year and a half old, absolutely adores them. Now, she will have these special keepsakes to look back on for the rest of her life to remind her of her first pets—and of her mother’s playful sense of humor!

Roxy is definitely the more rambunctious of the two, but her curiosity afforded us a few brief moments of stillness together!

Roxy is definitely the more rambunctious of the two, but her curiosity afforded us a few brief moments of stillness together!

Lola keeping close to mom.

Lola keeping close to mom.

Samia with Lola, who wants everyone to see how well-behaved she was being!

Samia with Lola, who wants everyone to see how well-behaved she was being!