Beating The Odds:: A Story About My Miniature Schnauzer, Milo Pt 2 of 2


I’ve been in Milo’s life since he was 5 weeks old [he turned 7 years old in July]. In contrast, when he was just a little pup, I would hold him in my arms, with his head on my shoulder and tell him every day how much he meant to me, that I loved him and that where I go, he goes. I would also tell him I’d never abandoned him in some shelter and I would never let anything bad happen to him. Needless to say, I felt so helpless in his time of need, I almost felt as if I was breaking a promise.

Midnight was upon us, Milo was up and down all night and this continued into the early morning, I had laid out some blankets next to his bed, so to be close; I still could not sleep and every time he would slightly move or breathe I was at his beck and call.

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Milo grew weaker and weaker, his belly was sucked in and very tight, he was getting worse by the minute. I began to Google his symptoms, and the only thing I thought it could be was the Parvovirus; I frantically combed through my files for Milo’s medical records to see when I had him vaccinated for parvo, I came up empty-handed.

It was another 2 hours till Milo’s other vet would be open. I had already made up my mind that I was going to get Milo to the animal hospital well ahead the original 10 am appointment.

It was just after 7 am when Milo and I hit the road heading to the animal hospital (about a 20-minute ride) I spoke to Milo the whole way there, saying his name over and over to let him know that I was still there.

At the Fairlea Animal Hospital, Fairlea, WV.

At the Fairlea Animal Hospital, Fairlea, WV.

At the vet's office we didn’t have to wait long till they had Milo and me in an examination room. right away Milo’s vet thought it was parvo, the signs were all there. but the area Milo and our 2 Dachshunds shared was always clean, I always picked up their feces and deposed it properly, it was mowed, and fenced in, No other animal could get into this area unless they jumped the fence. Then we we spoke of what Milo had eaten prior to becoming ill; the only other thing I had given him other than his dry food was some dried cranberries 3 days prior. Milo’s core temperature was 97°F. They started to run a test on him and get him on an IV. They would contact me later that day.

3 days before Milo had gotten sick, July 28, 2019

3 days before Milo had gotten sick, July 28, 2019

Some hours later the vet called, the good news was Milo tested negative for the parvovirus, but they had him on IV’S and were still running test, they were still trying to figure out what was affecting him. One cause the vet suggested was the cranberries. So I asked, what was Milo’s chances of pulling through, the answer was short, they didn’t expect him to make it through the night; he lost so much blood and that he could go into shock at any moment. The vet stated that if Milo were to make it through the night, there was the chance of permanent effects such as with his heart, kidneys and/or liver. My heart sank, I could lose him in a matter of minutes, even hours, I started to feel that I let him down. The vet said they were going to make him as comfortable as possible and he would update me some time Friday afternoon,

I had been with Milo for the last 2 days, been awake for over 48 hours with him, this night was going to be very long for both me and for Milo; Milo had a battle on his hands, I just wasn’t going to be with him for what was ultimately the last battle, win or lose.

It was Friday morning, 2, August 2019, Again I had not slept, I went into work that morning, running on pure adrenaline. I was hopeful Milo had pulled through, yet a small part of me was bracing for the worse.


August 3. 8:32 am, I received the call I had been bracing myself for all night, Milo’s had made it through a rough night and was resting, Milo had drunk a little water and had a small bit of food, I was so thankful for the vet and staff for all they had done for him. Milo was going to stay at the hospital one more night to be sure he didn’t rebound and to check his blood work. I would receive several updates throughout the day on Milo’s recovery and I was very hopeful he was coming home.

Thank you for hanging in there to read Milo’s story, I had no idea what HGE was till I googled the symptoms, Though they were very similar to the parvovirus, I just knew it was not that.

This disease comes on without warning and can be fatal if not treated right away within 24 hours. By the time this disease took full hold of Milo, to the time his vet seen him, that window to recovery was almost closed. I have included some links below to shed some light on this horrible disease. Please check them out and read the comment section about others that had this happen to their furbabies. I have also included Milo’s Vet and their wonderful staff’s web site,

Hero’s don’t always wear capes
— Andrea Randall

Beating The Odds: A Story About My Miniature Schnauzer, Milo Pt 1 of 2


Taking a slight detour from any photography and music themed blogs to tell a story of my amazing miniature Schnauzer, Milo and his bout with a life threatening condition called HGE (Hemorrhagic Gastroenteritis) or AHDS (Acute Hemorrhagic Diarrhea Syndrome) which it has been renamed. It’s a life threatening intestinal condition that can effect all healthy dogs, but is common in smaller breeds, such as Miniature Schnauzers and Yorkshire Terriers.

Milo and his sister (Esme) don’t like thunderstorms.

Milo and his sister (Esme) don’t like thunderstorms.

July 30th the day before Milo had been stricken with HGE/AHDS he was active just like any other dog": Playing. eating, very alert and attentive. He showed no signs that he was feeling bad. The following day started out as any other day. I let Milo out to do his business, he would come in and he would get his morning Greenie dental treat, this time it was different: He refused the treat, so I got his food ready for him as I did every morning, and he sniffed it and walked away, nor did he get a drink of water, which he would do as I would get his food ready. My initial thought was the thunderstorms that were moving into our are that day, maybe he sensed it; Milo was terrified of thunderstorms and often stay close to us when one rolled through.

I stayed home with him that day, he would follow me from room to room as he always would do, but somehow I felt as if he was being a bit too clingy than he normally was, I noticed his stool was a bit runny, again my thoughts on his behavior steered right to the pending thunderstorms that day.


As morning became afternoon, Milo still had not touched his food or water, he even refused a treat I offerd him. Still I kept thinking this was just his fear taking a hold on him. By this time the sound of thunder was very distinct in the distance.

By early late afternoon/evening Milo began to vomit,; it was very foamy like with a thick clear mucus, I noticed what looked like blood in the vomit, I called Fairlea Animal Hospital right away and made an appointment for him, they scheduled him at 10 am the following day.


By 5 pm Milo’s started to become lethargic, like he was some where else. He clearly showing signs of something much more than a fear of storms or a upset stomach, His fur started to feel like straw, His vomit became more dense with mucus and clingy off his mouth. By 6:09 pm Milo wasn’t answering to his name at all, his vomiting was more frequent and much more foam and mucus in texture. Then by 7:39 pm His stool was pure blood, it started out with him releasing small bouts of this, within minutes, it was puddles, Milo got to the point where he barely could make it outside before each episode.

All I could do was to insure him I was not leaving his side, make him comfortable, let him know he was loved and cared for: deep inside I believe he has always known this. By 11:37 pm, the bloody diarrhea was still nothing but blood, it had a raspberry look about it with pieces of clotted blood, it was getting worse. By now I was already awake over 24 hours with him, never leaving his side, if he breathed differently than normal I was there, if he got up from his bed I kept mt my eye on him; by 3:47 am Milo was straining, his poor gut to pass a stool, his stomach was tight and pushed in, with every strain, he groaned and grunted. This was breaking my heart. Milo did try to drink some water, and he lapped up as much as he could, maybe he was out of the darkness; no sooner than Milo drank the water, he vomited every bit of it along with a clear slimy mixture, with bits of white looking partials I believed was food he had eaten the day before.The darkness was only beginning.


Test: Pocket Light Meter App For iPhone X Pt 2 of 2

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You live and you learn, sometimes the hard way. When I had decided to test the Pocket Light Meter App for iPhone X against my Sekonic L-358 light meter, I also decided to pair it with one of my medium format cameras had not tested; The Mamiya RZ67 Pro.

First a little back history on my RZ67, I bought this camera “as-is” last year, the electronics didn’t work, but the camera was still usable at the emergency shutter speed of 1//400th of a sec, The bad news is that since the cameras electronics were not operable, there is no warning that the dark slide was still in the film back, and unlike my other “manual” medium formats; the shutter button can not be engaged if the dark slide was still in the film back. So during the test, there were a lot of missed shots, I mean a whole lot of missed shots.

My test included the following:

  • Mamiya RZ67 Pro camera body

  • Mamiya Sekkor 50mm C lens

  • Mamiya RZ67 Pro II 120 film back

  • ilford HP5+ black and white 120 film

  • Pocket Light Meter for iPhone X

  • Sekonic L-358 light meter

For the most part of my test. the iPhone app pretty much kept up my handheld meter (Sekonic L-358) The readings for the highlights were point on, the Shadow readings were for the most part about a third off, no game killer though.

As stated above, the test would have been more in depth if I had not forgotten to remove the dark slide from the film back, resulting in many missed opportunities.

Will I trust this app for any future shoots: The short answer is Yes and No. If the shoot is for a client, I would always opt for my trusty handheld meter, personal projects on the other hand, I would switch between this app and my Sekonic.

The next time I plan to use this app will be when I shoot some 4x5 film in the next week or so. I’ll post the results from that shoot soon.


New/Old Gear: Toyo 45G II Large Format Camera


Well, I just added a new addition to my gear box; the Toyo 45G II 4X5 large format camera. I had always entertained the idea of buying a large format for years, within the past month I started looking at the Sinar F and P series, the Horseman 450 series and lastly the Toyo G series. All amazing cameras, the Toyo G II won in the end, Price and durability were key points in my purchase. Some other key points included:

> Rubberized knobs,

> Metal construction

> Super bright etched fresnel ground glass [ can’t wait to get a lens for it ] 

> Revolving non vigneting film back

> Geared fine focus. 

> Geared front and rear with fluid axis level

> Independent locks on all movements; front and rear standards, shift, swing and focus knobs

These are just a few of the stand out features that caught my eye. 

Next I will be ordering some Ilford HP5+ Film from one of my favorite camera stores; B&H PHOTO in New York. Then next on the list is too research some lenses for the type of work I plan to use the GII for, mainly portraiture. I have 3 brands in mind; Schneider, Rodenstock , and Nikkor W series, something in the 180mm and 210mm focal lengths.

I can already see that I am going to have lots of fun with this large format camera.

Until next time.






Here are “some” of my top must see documentaries/movies ; about photography and/or photographers.

1. IN YOUR FACE: The Neil Zlozower Story.  Tells the Story of Legendary Music Photographer Neil Zlozower 

2. SHOT! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock: The Story of Legendary Photographer Mick Rock.

3. The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography, First Woman to shoot With The 20x24 Polaroid Camera.

4. Smash His Camera: The Story of Notorious, Reviled Photographer, Ron Galella

5. Hondros: Documentary of War Photographer Chris Hondros, Killed Photographing The Civil War in Libya. 

6. The Photographer of Mauthausen: The Film Tells the Story of Photographer Francisco Boix and His Life in The Mauthausen Concentration Camp. 

7. Kodachrome:  

8. Salvador: A 1986 Drama about the Salvadoran Civil War, Starring James Wood. 

9. Photographer Albert Watson: Presented By The Smithsonian Art Museum and The ASMP. 

10. Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens

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