Featured: BoundingHound [Coralville, IA]

Josh and I met Loren back in March, when his wife Holly hired me to photograph their new baby Elliot in their home, and I remember being incredibly impressed with how well behaved their two dogs Oscar and Nora were. When I found out that Loren also owns a dog training, running, and boarding business called BoundingHound, I pretty much hired him the next day to come help us out with our unruly puppies. (Because let's face it, Clara wasn't the easiest puppy and Einstein had a serious Napoleon complex. Probably both my fault, but that's a story for another day...) Since that day, Loren has helped with training Clara and Einstein to become much more well mannered, and also helped us to become better dog owners. We immediately saw a difference, especially in Clara (Einstein is a little set in his old man ways, but he's made a lot of improvements too!!), and after a few months decided to add on the running service BoundingHound offers to Clara's weekly routine. Sadly, we feel as though Einstein's little bird bones are a bit too delicate for the rough trails of Iowa. :(

You see, these runs that BoundingHound offers aren't a typical dog walking/running service. These runs are for the athletic dog who really loves the outdoors, as Loren takes them both off leash and on using local trails and private wooded property. Being a small dog (only 7 lbs), one may think that Clara wouldn't enjoy bounding through the wilderness, but she LOVES it. Loren reports back each time that she is making huge strides in confidence and being more comfortable as part of a pack. It's pretty amazing to see the dogs out there running and having a fantastic time exploring, sniffing, and burning off all of their excess energy. You should see the muscles Clara has from all this running she's doing with Loren, I'm pretty sure she's considering becoming a professional doggie bodybuilder. :) On top of the cool exercise services, Loren will come to your house and pick up/drop off your dogs on the days they run, so you can go to work or do your normal thing and not have to worry! Oh, and did I mention he runs the dogs in the winter too?

BoundingHound also offers boarding services, which are of course, just as great as the rest of the services that are offered. Josh and I have NEVER kenneled the dogs, mainly because they sleep in our bed (seriously, so spoiled!!) and I just don't like the idea of them being locked in a kennel for a week while we are on vacation. We've boarded Clara a couple of times now and it is fantastic. I not only rest better knowing that they are being well cared for and loved while I'm away, but they also get training, daily runs (in Clara's case), and walks. Clara always comes back a happy, tired pup, and her manners are better than ever since she was given a ton of attention while she was away (I think Holly is a big Clara fan). Plus, Loren sent her home with photos he took of her stay and texted us updates a few times to let us know how she was doing.

This past Sunday Josh, Matt, and I ventured out to photograph Loren and the dogs for the BoundingHound website revamp. This was definitely a challenging shoot, mainly because I don't consider myself a sports photographer at ALL (or a sports enthusiast even, if we're being honest) and the light was crazy in there. Despite that and the early morning wakeup call, we had a great time, and the most amazing part of the morning was seeing how happy the dogs were. Plus, I got to hang out with dogs all morning - probably one of my favorite things ever (even though I did nearly sprain my ankle and spill coffee all over my camera. No one ever said I was the most graceful person alive...). So, here's a little peek at what goes on out there in the wilderness while your puppy friends are on their adventures with BoundingHound!



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Kate K said...

Love LOVE this pics. Great job Bounding Hound!

Bounding Hound said...

Thanks, Jen, for writing this and for coming out and getting these great photos! I'm looking forward to Clara's first professional bodybuilding competition! That should be fun!

Jen Madigan Photography said...

BoundingHound - I'm so glad you like the photos. It was a lot of fun, and yes - I'm looking forward to her competition too. Haha.