HAPPY TRAILS BLOG

Sunday, December 25, 2011


Merry Christmas!

Wishing you and your family a wonderful Holiday Season and 
a Happy New Year!


Blessings,  Linda

Sunday, December 18, 2011

They Grow Up Fast...


Kids grow up so fast...

Don't forget to get those special photos or give a gift certificate
for a friend or family member to have photos taken at their
convenience.

Gift certificates are always
available, in any
denomination. 

Call for more information or to purchase
a "memory package" of your own!

(575) 644-4613




Saturday, December 10, 2011

Using our Gifts...


"Whatever I call you to, I will faithfully do through you"
1 Thessalonians 5:24


I am reading a book right now titled "Freedom From Performing" by Becky Harling.

This book has changed my life....for the good.
It's story after story about how we don't need to compete with anyone for anything.
God gives each of us gifts.  Hopefully, we use them for good.  

Ultimately, it's not about how many Facebook friends we have;
how much our cars or houses cost us, whether or not we have the latest toys, 
or how successful we are in the world's eyes.  


As the scripture says, God doesn't call us to be perfect.  He calls us to be faithful.

This past year, I've had the opportunity to photograph adoptable dogs and cats from 
Animal Village N.M.  My purpose was to attempt to assist in some small way, their efforts
to find homes for these animals.   


I thought at first that I was donating my time and expertise to help them.

What I've learned, is that they helped ME.  They helped me a little farther down that road
that takes us to the place where we know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that we are doing
what He has called us to do.  


So, thank you Sunny and Lori and Nancy, and all the volunteers who have helped me get dogs
prettied up for all these photos this year.  You have given me a gift in return.

God Bless you All, and Happy Holidays...




Blessings, Linda

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Rachel...




We had so much fun getting these photos!  Thanks to Rachel for making
this photo shoot so much fun!





Saturday, November 19, 2011




The 1st Annual Fur Fiesta was held today at Animal Village N.M. and so many wonderful dogs were there to celebrate with us!  A lot of previously adopted dogs, plus some new friends were there with their owners...meeting new friends of their own!


Lori Hughston, dog handler extraordinaire at Animal Village, was on hand also with her new adoptee and her wonderful dog Piper...Piper has graciously accepted the newbie into the family!


What would a celebration be without a "Blessing of the Dogs" ceremony?  
We had one of those too!  


Make that TWO of those!


Everyone had a wonderful time and we look forward to next year's celebration!

Over 800 dogs and cats have been adopted and their lives saved in just one year.
Sunny Aris and Nancy Berg are to be applauded (make that a standing ovation) for their efforts.
This is no small undertaking, and donations are always appreciated.  If you would like to donate, please go to their website or better yet, stop by and say hello!


Saturday, October 29, 2011

La Union Halloween Ride - The American Competitive Trail Horse Ass'n. (ACTHA)...New Mexico...


     Photographed my first American Competitive Trail Horse (ACTHA) competition today at the
     La Union Halloween ACTHA Ride.  Tons of fun and the riders were having a great time.

    It was so nice to see everyone encouraging everyone else...


    Not to mention the fact that you sure couldn't beat the scenery!  If you would like more information
    on this organization and their events, go to ACTHA and check out this fast growing group of folks
    for yourself.  The rides are shorter than distance riding and contain obstacles throughout the course.

    This was the "Witch Hat Pickup" obstacle.


                        Until next time,   Linda

Monday, October 10, 2011

Zia Paint Horse Club Show and NRHA Ride & Slide II...Ruidoso, NM


Zia Paint Horse Club held their horse show in conjunction with
the NRHA Ride and Slide II reining show this past weekend in Ruidoso, NM.

The Cowboy Symposium was the perfect setting to showcase these amazing
athletes and their riders.


If you haven't attended the Cowboy Symposium, make sure you add it to your calendar next
year.  There were chuckwagons, food everywhere, cooking demonstrations, as well as
some great country bands!


And, as always, a few horses madly in love with their owners!  

Cowboy Symposium information 

Zia Paint Horse Club information 




Hope to see everyone out again next year.  Until next time, Linda

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Denver Komen Race for the Cure...and My Sister


We wouldn't miss it for the world.  Every year my family converges on Denver in October
for the Komen Race for the Cure event.  We walk with my sister Brenda, who is a 
cancer survivor and attempt, in our own way, to be a part of her survivor celebration.  

She is our HERO!


Even the smallest member of the family joins in and shows his
support for his Auntie Bren.  I'm not sure how he got away without
actually Walking the Walk...hmmm...


The walk winds around by Mile High Stadium and we go across I-25.  That's the
best part!  All the cars going under the overpass honk and wave every year.  Makes you 
feel like you're actually part of something big...this year there were 55,000 walkers!




This is my favorite photo from this year's walk.  My mom, literally
out-walked her two grandsons!  They were hanging back and I'm sure
just before this photo was taken, she went back and gathered them up!
My mom actually out-walks all of us!


Until next year, come join us!  (Grandma pays for lunch afterwards
every year...it's worth the trip!) 

Brenda, you're our inspiration to live each day to the fullest, 100%, leaving
nothing out...every single day.  You have taught us all how to live...

Love, Linda

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Colby & Stacia...and Charley and Bear...


Colby and Stacia are such a wonderful couple, as are their two dogs, Bear and Charley (above)..

Charlie was adopted from our local no kill shelter, Animal Village N.M.

Bear and Charley are the cutest team around!


Maybe not quite as cute as these two, but close!


Here's a little photography trick for you too when you're trying to pose pets.
Bring toys!  It also helps to have clients who have very well behaved dogs, as were these!
Take a minute to introduce yourself to the animals.  They have to have a connection with
the photographer too! 

Best of luck to you both as you travel serving our country.  Thank you for your service!


Until next time, Linda

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Kids Photos...


     Have a child in your life you'd like photos of?  Try getting those candid shots
this way...

Start with a theme for the photos.  In this case, it was simply
just rocks and a bucket!


Then, sit back and let the kids play!  You have plenty of time to
both photograph and watch the magic happen!


Try coming up with a theme of your own...Much more fun for the kids
than posing for photos!



Until next time,  Linda


Monday, September 12, 2011

That time of Year...


I can't bring myself to use the word "Christmas" in the title to the blog.  I realize it's not
even Halloween yet.  Just wanting to put a bug in your ear and remind everyone that 
you can start to choose a favorite photo from this year for Christmas cards!

I can help with the card selection if you so choose.  Give us a call!  It's been a year of
fun pictures!  Save your memories today for the Holidays!


         The selections are virtually endless.  The memories, priceless!


If you haven't gotten that favorite shot yet for your cards, we can help with that too!



Until next time,   Linda

Sunday, August 28, 2011

AERC and AHA National Championship Rides - New Mexico - 2011



Thanks to Roger and Sue Taylor, ride managers for the 2011 AERC and
AHA National Championship Endurance and Competitive Rides for
allowing me to photograph such a wonderful event. 

I cannot tell you what an honor it was to be a part of this event and I hope you
enjoy the photos!  The AERC National Championship 100 mile ride was held
Thursday, the AERC and AHA National Championship 55 mile ride was held
on Saturday and the AHA National Championship Competitive 2-day 70 mile ride
was held Tuesday and Wednesday.  Congratulations to everyone who drove home
as our 2011 National Champions!


If you are an endurance rider and haven't yet competed at Ft Stanton, NM
you are really missing out on some wonderful trails and great Ride Managers!


My bucket list is getting smaller...This was a true honor.

Linda

Friday, August 19, 2011

Animal Village N.M. Alamogordo, NM...No Kill Shelter...


                         This is Gypsy.  She's a young female Rottweiler available now for adoption.

                         Animal Village N.M. is a no kill shelter located in Alamogordo, NM and
                         right now they have tons of dogs and cats available for new homes.


              See, told ya!  They're all so cute!  This is a little beagle mix.  After you adopt, take your
             new family member to Petroclyps for that extra special grooming or take advantage of
             their natural dog food selections.



                                Cat lovers can find just what they're looking for too.

                                If you or someone you know is looking for a family addition of the animal
                                kind, send them on over!