Coppell, Texas is a suburb a few miles west of Dallas and just east of the Dallas - Fort Worth International Airport. It's also the place that I've lived the longest in my entire life. Even as a child my parents moved us every few years. I'm originally from New Hampshire, grew up in Florida and moved about the northeast as a young adult but I crossed the Mississippi River to Irving, Texas from upstate New York in 1996 and eventually bought a home in Coppell in 2002.
This year marks my 17th year in our home and my 23rd in Texas. There's a saying in Texas; "I wasn't born here, but I got here as fast as I could." That and it's true; everything really is bigger in Texas :).
Why all this information about Coppell and Dallas? Because it's week 9 of the Pet Photography 52 Week Project and the subject is "No Place Like Home", so enjoy this glimpse into our home and backyard with Jiffy the Cat, Dingo, Ginger and Gracie.
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Welcome to our Home
Dingo (white), Ginger (yellow) and Gracie (brown) welcome you to our home. I'd like to say the they greet all visitors at the front door like this but really it's more like a scrambling, barking, free-for-all of excitement when we have visitors.
We Like to Lay Around the House
These are just some of the sights you'll see in our home; Jiffy (aka "Jiffy the Cat", aka "JTC") and the pups do nothing but lie around the house and wait for the next feeding, walk or petting. They really are just furry slugs, but we love them to pieces.
We Like to Run Around Outside
The moderate north Texas climate means we get to enjoy our backyard about 9 months of the year. Games of chase regularly occur around the pool, as does the occasional swim. Jiffy takes advantage of the few weeks a year that we can open our windows and enjoys the outdoors through the screen.
In my former corporate career I traveled about 70% of the time. I'm famous for having a 7 year-old vehicle that only had 37,000 miles on it. Why? Because we live 8 miles from the airport and I was always on an airplane. My car might have had low miles, but my frequent flier account never did. I flew 100,000 - 150,000 miles a year for almost two decades. There was nothing that I loved more than coming home! Home, sweet home AND the welcome I would get from the dogs upon my arrival; my husband decided to record it one night. To this day, the words "Mommy's home!" are only rivaled by the word "walk" to stir excitement in the dogs.
Tracy Allard of Penny Whistle Photography is a Certified Professional Photographer with the organization Professional Photographers of America; a designation held by fewer than 2,500 photographers nationwide and a hallmark of consistency, technical skill, artistry and professionalism. Penny Whistle specializes in both natural light and studio photography providing pet, couple & engagement, family and high school senior portraits as well as corporate headshots and commercial photography services in her studio located in historic downtown Carrollton as well as on location in Coppell, Grapevine, Southlake, Flower Mound and surrounding communities in Dallas – Fort Worth, Texas.