Three days…three days of stress and confusion caused by the Chinese invasion of our site. Hawaiipetphotos.com’s blog was hit by malware. Unfortunately, the bad code struck on the holiday weekend, and resolution was not fast. Once everyone returned to work, the clean up and restoration of our site’s credibility was restored in a few hours. Kudos to the folks at CMD, WordPress, and Google for their hardwork. We learned so much this weekend.
One of the things that was so awesome was the attention that our part-time competitors paid to our hardship. They actually helped to drive our google ratings even higher. When their identities were revealed as we attempted to clean up the mess, we were so grateful that they cared enough to follow our plight. Hawaiipetphotos was flattered actually. You know who you are in Aiea, Kailua, Honolulu and the North Shore. Who knew that your website icons would ride along with your IP addresses? Hmmm, you might want to work on that.
If we had not been hacked this weekend, this blog would have focused only on our Saturday shoot at Hickam AFB. We love the venue and this weekend’s puppy dog was absolutely a joy to photograph. We have had multiple sessions at Hickam and the venues and furry friends have all been wonderful.
REALITY: Lindsay Lohan’s going to prison… Bethenny Frankel did look like a Disco Ball at her Shower (her quote not mine)… Jillian and Ed are the latest “Bachelorette” disaster (maybe she is ready to take back Jake)… Chris, what’s up with that “we don’t care about the dog” stuff on the Jake and Vienna reunion… Tiger Woods imitated a golfer this past weekend as his divorce details leaked in gossip media.
Hawaiipetphotos.com is thrilled to be out of Purgatory.
SURPRISE!…Actually, the bigger headline would be “Deb McGuire, of HawaiiPetPhotos.com Surfs the Eddie.” Not that Deb did not consider the possibilities. 40-50 foot surf… Board… Pet… Pet on Board. Hello, NO CAN! Try PHOTOSHOP!
With the latest swell being called one for the ages, Deb was among the enthusiast on Oahu’s North Shore this morning, right? No. Deb was horizontal in a dental chair having some repair work done. O’ahu’s pet photographer missed the big ones at Waimea, but in her dreams, she was riding the big waves. Or maybe, that dream was nitrous induced.
For the unfamiliar, the “Eddie” is actually the “Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau.” Eddie was a native Hawaiian and a waterman by local definition. Eddie sacrificed his life in an ocean rescue attempt in 1978.
Since being established, the big wave surf event on Oahu’s North Shore has been held only eight times including today. The one day event needs big waves, safe waves and consistent sets.
This year’s winner was Greg Long from California. Kelly Slater finished second. Hawaii’s Sunny Garcia was third. Ramon Navarro won the “Monster Drop Award.” HawaiiPetPhotos.com asks: ”What does Deb have to do to win that one?!”
Deb McGuire Photography salutes Greg, Kelly, Sunny and Ramon.