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We’ve been adopted!

08.March.2013

  What started off as a bike ride on a beautiful October Sunday along the Hudson river turned out to be a life changing event.   Chrystal (my wife) grew up with animals, sharing her life with her dad’s hunting dogs in rural North Carolina along with some very special house dogs as well, none […]

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What started off as a bike ride on a beautiful October Sunday along the Hudson river turned out to be a life changing event.   Chrystal (my wife) grew up with animals, sharing her life with her dad’s hunting dogs in rural North Carolina along with some very special house dogs as well, none more beloved than Buffy.  Buffy was Chrystal’s Shih Tzu-Lhasa Apso mix of 17 years who passed away two years ago.  Buffy came into Chrystal’s life in high school and saw her through many of her life’s events including college and her move to NYC.  While we were dating Buffy would growl at me, perhaps sensing Chrystal’s competing affections between myself and her.  Once we were married Buffy and I became friends.

More recently, Chrystal’s favorite activity in the evenings had been logging onto petfinder.com each evening to review all of the adoptable dogs.  Although I was encouraging about the prospect of sharing our home with a dog, I was always a bit hesitant given our love for travel and the responsibility that lies with making a home for a dog.

Then there was Hudson…..The day Hudson chose us was a warm and sunny afternoon (a week before Sandy).  We prepped our bikes for a long ride up to the GW bridge from Hoboken and not a minute or two along our way to the waterfront we came across a large truck parked on the pier.  The city was sponsoring a pet event and several vendors were set up including an adoption truck that housed many animals in need of a home.  One side of the truck was glass and contained multiple kennels, mostly with cats and a few dogs.  I encouraged us to go over and take look, knowing how therapeutic it is for my wife to be around animals.  Chrystal was hesitant to approach, knowing her difficulty to walk away from these homeless animals without help.

We got closer to the truck and in one of the cages there was a white medium sized fur ball pacing back and forth.  He walked in figure eights in the small confines of his space, pausing to look out each time he faced the glass.   His hair was mix of pure white, with a touch of saffron and golden strands.  The volunteer who recognized our attraction to the dog encouraged us to “just take him for a walk”.  He needed exercise and some socializing and it seemed harmless to me.  I enthusiastically said yes but Chrystal again hesitated.  Before we knew it, we had locked up the bikes and were taking this puff ball of a dog for a walk.  There were many people out along the water front that day, a lot of whom were accompanied by their dogs.  As we walked this white incorrigible dog, he was respective and inquisitive to meet his canine companions and very social with their human care takers as well.  I think he was acting his best that day to impress.

Before we knew it, nearly an hour had passed on our walk.  We had been able to spend some time with this dog, observe his behavior and his relative care (he was well fed but severally matted).  As we reached to hand the leash back over to the volunteer, he mentioned that we could foster him until a new home was found.  Chrystal pulled me aside to discuss.  I was in favor of giving it a go, at least to foster, but she was torn, not knowing what would happen to this dog.  I had never had an animal companion before and was naïve of the prospect and responsibility that lay ahead of us were we to take him in.  Chrystal’s struggle was ended when the volunteer stated that the dog had not been neutered, an indication that he may be put to sleep if a suitable home was not found soon – a reality in a world in which only 50% of dogs ever find homes (the statistics for cats is staggeringly higher).  In a few minutes, after filing out the paperwork, we were on our way with this yet unnamed boy.  We scrambled to get to the pet store to gather provisions before the store closed. Our neighbor, whom had lost their dog earlier this year to old age, was gracious enough to give us a kennel and some other necessary supplies.

We had agreed to foster, but after a few days we knew there was no way we were going to give him up.  We named him Hudson after the river he found us on.  They say that hard work is the most fulfilling kind.  Although most of the time Hudson is nothing but a joy to be around, he is also a lot of work, of which there is no better kind.  He sits at my feet now, content and trusting after four months.  We look back at his struggles which get less day by day.  During the first week we took his crazy running around the house as play, but we now know that this is a sign when he is most stressed.  There have been sleepless nights of him barking at sounds unknown to him, some snapping at strangers that perhaps remind him of his past life and our stress of not knowing how he will react to visitors at our home or their reaction to him.  However, through it all, we know that we made the right decision that day by opening up our home to him.

If you’re thinking of getting a pet, I encourage you to think about adoption first – it’s a commitment but well worth it!

Thank you to all those professionals and volunteers who rescue, care for and find homes for so many abandon animals.  If you are looking to adopt a dog, volunteer, donate or already have a pet, here are a few excellent resources:

Petfinder.com, great place to find a pet.

Northshore Animal League, world’s largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization.

Cornstone Pets, where Hudson gets his food and just about everything he needs.

You Lucky Dog, where Hudson gets pampered.

Hoboken Animal Infirmary, where Hudson gets excellent care.

Dog Vacay.com, where we found a person and a home to take care of Hudson when we travel, thanks Caitlyn!

 

Our best guess is that Hudson is a Tibetan Terrier or mix of Terrier.  Tibetan Terrier’s were originally breed by Tibetan monks in a forbidding climate high in the Himalayas’, no wonder Hudson loves the snow!

 

 

 

 

  • DONNA MARIE

    This is so cool ... reminds me of a recent post on our FB page -- http://goo.gl/yBZV5. Congratulations!!

  • Donna Berna

    What a wonderful heart warming story. Hudson is a very lucky fellow! Congrats Mom & Dad

  • Jenie Byrne

    I love Hudson!!! Congratulations!! Beautiful pictures!!!

Snow Day

09.February.2013

Just up the hill from where I live over looking the mid-town skyline lies Steven’s College.  With the combination of snowfall, bright blue sky and rosy check smiling children with sleds; Steven’s hill came alive.  It reminded me very much of my own childhood growing up in Vermont, where weekly snowfalls this time of year […]

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Just up the hill from where I live over looking the mid-town skyline lies Steven’s College.  With the combination of snowfall, bright blue sky and rosy check smiling children with sleds; Steven’s hill came alive.  It reminded me very much of my own childhood growing up in Vermont, where weekly snowfalls this time of year were a normal occurrence.

The panoramic is a compilation of several images, look closely at the two girls on the left, just above them is the same boy in green parka that is in the center of the image.  You can see a larger version of the panorama here.

 

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Going Local

28.January.2012

One of the benefits of my chosen profession as a wedding photographer is a flexible schedule during the week that allows me to indulge in the wonderful greenmarkets here in New York City.  I’m often up with the chefs, first to the market, to ensure I get the best selection.  Union Square is my personal […]

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One of the benefits of my chosen profession as a wedding photographer is a flexible schedule during the week that allows me to indulge in the wonderful greenmarkets here in New York City.  I’m often up with the chefs, first to the market, to ensure I get the best selection.  Union Square is my personal favorite and I’ve grown to love my morning visits to speak with the farmers and getting to know not only the beautifully healthy bounty that they grow but them personally.   My wife and I are spoiled with the freshness, and have learned for instance how tell the difference between a fish caught that morning in Montauk from one caught the previous day. We are also increasingly tied to the seasonal changes as well as spells of bad weather which all effect whats available and quality.    In the dead of winter we are dreaming about summer heirloom tomatoes, spring ramps, mid-summer raspberries, red oak lettuce and the multitude of local produce available at peak only during sort periods.

I thought I would share the beginnings of a personal project I am working on to document local foods, the people that grow them and the places they come from. Here are a few from last fall.

Keith’s Farm Rocambole Garlic.  Characterized by a hard stem, purplish and orange colored membrane around the cloves, crunchy and more spicing and full flavored then soft neck garlic.  Garlic is great this time of year, not only because it stores well, but it helps boost the immune system to fend of colds.

Keith’s farm Kueka Gold potatoes and white onionsDried Okra from my wife’s family farm in North Carolina.

Hotbread Kitchen’s baguettes: “Great with Cheese”!!!!

Tamarack Hill farm’s Blue Hubbard Squash, All the way from my native Burlington, Vermont to Union Square every Wednesday!

Norwich Meadows Brussel Sprouts on the stalk.

Union Square Sets up.

The tips of trees above Union Square.

Fine art prints available for purchase, images included in this post were photographed with Hasselbald H2 and shot on film.

 

 

 

  • Parris Whittingham

    Hey Bobby! Through our friendship, I've been re-connected with the healthy pleasure of produce from the Farmers Market (Union Sq). Your commitment to maintaining this balance of wellness is one of the many qualities I admire you for. Thanks for the inspiration + sharing.

Nonnie’s Pecan Pie

23.November.2011

  If this is the first time to my blog and you are scrolling through past posts or you have been following my blog for a while you may be wondering if this blog is about food or wedding photography. I love both! Ultimately what my blog is about are stories, family stories to be […]

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If this is the first time to my blog and you are scrolling through past posts or you have been following my blog for a while you may be wondering if this blog is about food or wedding photography. I love both! Ultimately what my blog is about are stories, family stories to be specific. Families often start with marriage and the rich traditions celebrated at weddings, but there are continuing stories, parts of a whole that help define who we are as individuals as a family and as a community.

Thanksgiving is one of my wife and I’s favorite holidays, it involves food and family and time to share in each others company without obvious distraction. Maebelle Carden or Nonnie, as she is know by our family, is Chrystal’s paternal grandmother and a proper southern lady. My wife, Chrystal, can not remember a thanksgiving with out Nonnie cooking from scratch, with the use of only her memory, pecan pies in Durham, North Carolina. A particularly southern dish (pecan’s are widely grown in North Carolina and Georgia) for a particularly southern family. In recent years Chrystal and I have been celebrating Thanksgiving in New York and Chrystal has been following the tradition of her grandmother in baking pecan pie.

Several years ago Chrystal’s mom decided to ask Nonnie for the recipe and it was written down for the first time, see below. This year I decided to document the process at Thanksgiving and will have further images when we visit Nonnie around Christmas time.

Nonnie in her Garden, circa 1930′s, Photo by Robert Carden.
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Chrystal’s pecan pie this Thanksgiving, it tasted as good as it looks!

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Nonnie’s original recipe transcribed by her for Chrystal and Chrystal’s mom a few year back, please feel free to share!
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Pecan’s picked just two weeks ago and fedex’d to our home from North Carolina

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Brown and Granulated Sugar

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Fresh pastured eggs from Union Square Market

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Karo Syrup, my niece Julia, visiting from Vermont, assisted in positioning of spoon for this photograph.

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Vanilla Extract

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Nonnie last year in her current garden!

0082_Chrystal-slideshowChrystal pours the pies in our kitchen.

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Myself, Nonnie and Chrystal, in Durham, around the holidays last year.
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  • nelson michael chin

    Great shots, I love the measuring spoon set. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving to you and the family. Nelson

Meet Thierry Henry and some of my neighbor Red Bulls

24.May.2011

I recently had the opportunity to follow the New York Red Bulls around, check out the stadium and rub elbows with some of the players on media day.  I was surprised to find out that several live just a few doors down from me, including Tim Ream, a defender who also plays for the US […]

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I recently had the opportunity to follow the New York Red Bulls around, check out the stadium and rub elbows with some of the players on media day.  I was surprised to find out that several live just a few doors down from me, including Tim Ream, a defender who also plays for the US national team.   The quality of the Major League Soccer continues to rise, which is evident throughout the entire New York Red Bulls establishment.  A new stadium, completed last year in Harrison, New Jersey, now houses home grow US talent as well as attracts top talent from players who have made the switch from top European clubs such as Ajax and FC Barcelona.    The Red Bulls are currently posed second to the top in the Eastern Conference and have an excellent opportunity to challenge for the MLS cup.   See the full story and additional images on h-MAG.com.

 

The multi-lingual Thierry Henry answers questions in French, Spanish and English equally well for the international press.  Henry, who joined the Red Bulls at the beginning of the season, has played for AS Monaco, Juventus, Arsenal, FC Barcelona and has a world cup with the French National Team.

Henry seems to work just as hard in practice as I’ve seen him on the field during his days at Arsenal and Barcelona.   Here, Henry steps in front of a pass between, Juan Agudelo from Columbia (#17) and Jan Gunnar Solli from Norway (#8).

Mehdi Ballouchy from Morocco (#10) awaits a pass.

Tim Ream (#5), my neighbor, originally from Missouri carries around Mehdi

Ream answers questions posed by our writer.

Greg Sutton, goal keeper (#24) performs stretching after practice, Greg is a fellow Canadian.

Dwayne De Rosario (#11) also a Canadian, here he dribbles the ball on his head while heading off the field after the practice session.

Hans Backe, the Coach, greets Sharon Henry, the writer I worked with for hMag on the Story, Backe also lives a few blocks from me.

Rafa Marques (#4) played for Barcelona before coming to the Red Bulls this year.

John Rooney (#16) garnered lots of attention from the UK media as his the brother Wayne Rooney plays for Manchester United and the English National team.

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