A Surprise Every Day: Shaking Up September With Hipstamatic (week 4)

As you can see from the big red, white and blue emergency sign this week did not follow my carefully constructed plan for a normal stretch of days. The early shots capture some pretty sights and colors that caught my eye but a phone call Friday afternoon changed everything.

Regular readers have watched our adopted rescue dog Finn slowly settle into his new home and relax into a dog that loves his new life.   We suspect he was tied up and abused by other animals in his first home and to this day Finn’s scariest moments are when he is on his leash around strangers and new dogs but he’s come a long way and continues to surprise us with his resilience and good humor.   Unfortunately Finn’s worst fears came true during his Friday afternoon walk when he was attacked by a dog who broke free from the rope tying her to a tree in order to charge him in the street.  Finn suffered several serious injuries and we spent all night with him in the emergency room.  After a successful surgery Saturday afternoon he’s remained in the hospital for round the clock observation but if all goes as planned he will be back home with us Monday night to begin healing.  Finn is a strong little guy with a fighting spirit and in time should make a full recovery but I want to remind everyone of how dangerous it is to chain dogs and to please never, ever leave a dog unattended while at the end of a rope.  The risks are just to great.

The week wasn’t all bad though and my Sunday morning grocery trip was brightened by this vivid display of autumn gourds.  Monday I stopped to snap this lovely creeping ivy just starting to change color and Tuesday I was happy to see I could capture the last sunrise of summer 2015 in the same frame as some Maple leaves turning for fall.  Wednesday morning we realized there are only a few days left before Ryan’s wait at the bus stop is in full dark and Thursday began bright and early with a big mug of coffee,  local news on the TV for background noise and a file to read through before leaving for work.  Friday’s photo was meant to be a test shot trying out the newly updated Hipstamatic 300 app but with everything that happened later in the day it was the only picture I took.  Saturday’s image is the sign outside the hospital and where we spent the majority of our weekend.

Each photo was taken with my iPhone 6 using Hipstamatic’s “shake to randomize” function then posted without any additional editing. If you like a particular combination and want to try it at home just click on the image to see the lens, filter and flash used.  For variety I continue to add new lenses and filters so if you want to try Hipstamatic but are unsure how to start let me know and I’ll do my best to answer your questions.


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37 thoughts on “A Surprise Every Day: Shaking Up September With Hipstamatic (week 4)

    1. Thanks, LaNae. Finn can use all the positive thoughts for a swift recovery and I’m trying not to hyperventilate at the sight of the vet bill… The hospital was fantastic though with a very caring staff.


  1. Poor Finn. We had a foster pit bull who while we were walking was attacked by another dog that was running loose. Fortunately, she held her own and came out of it with only a few scrapes. But it was a very scary time.



  2. Oh no–poor Finn! I hope he is home with you now and starting to feel better. Poor guy … the wounds will heal, but this will be a setback to his psyche. Give him a kiss and soft pet from me!
    Love the vine against the positive/negative space!


  3. So sorry to hear that about Finn. It must have been very scary for him 😦 Hopefully he is on the mend now and back home soon. It must have been scary for everyone around and watching during the unfortunate incident. Glad that it’s so far so good with fall. Enjoy the colourful leaves 🙂


    1. Thanks for the concern, Mabel. It was scary for all of us but I’m happy to report Finn’s had a pretty relaxed first day at home and I hope he’s ready to start healing in earnest. Maybe he can play in the leaves soon before they all blow away. 🙂

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  4. Oh, I’m so sorry to hear about Finn. Poor baby. I do hope he’s recovering nicely. He’ll probably have some PTSD after that one. Don’t know the laws in your area, but you should have some recourse against the owners of the other dog. I saw where in 2016 the FBI is finally going to make animal abuse a Class A felony. Good news in my book! Prayers for Finn’s speedy recovery.


    1. Good new indeed, Linda thanks for the heads-up. We hope he can leave this behind when he recovers but plan to help work through the fear if necessary. The owners of the other dog are assuming responsibility…


  5. Lisa, I’m so sorry to hear about Finn. I hope he, and all of you, are okay now. I can’t imagine how traumatic watching that must have been. The thought of it just makes me sick.

    Please tell me that the attacking dog has been seized by the authorities and the owners are being held accountable? I don’t know the laws over there, but here, the owners of the attacking dog would be liable for the medical expenses.


  6. Poor, poor Finn. How frightening and frustrating for your family but am so glad that Finn has survived his surgery and hopefully returned to the sanctuary of his “forever” home last night. Sending him and all your family HUGE cyber hugs! 😘


  7. I’m sorry to hear about Finn being charged and hurt. Maggie has been changed many times and now goes into defensive mode around other dogs. We both hope Finn recovers quick, both physically as well as emotionally.


  8. I’m so sorry to hear Finn had to go through this traumatic experience. I wish him quick recovery and send much love. The pictures are very nice. I have the app but have not yet tried it.


    1. We are spending every available minute with him and I can tell he loves both the company and the tasty food wrapped around the many, many pills he has to take. 🙂 I’m so sorry to hear your dog has suffered like this too. 😦


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