Irene and her mom Melissa contacted me to plan their session and I knew we’d have some fun. After brainstorming about ideas for a theme they settled on ‘PJs in Bed’, since that’s their happy place.

Here is their story, from Irene:

“My mom saw me online and knew immediately she needed to meet me. I was estimated to be at least 10 years old and had a number of medical problems. I am completely deaf, had horrible ear infections, and ulcers all over my eyes that did not produce tears. When my mom and dad came to meet me it actually wasn’t love at first sight. They were nervous that I was too much to take on for a young couple, but ultimately decided that they would bring me home.

As soon as we got in the car everyone was so happy. My parents have taken me to the vet many times and I feel so great now! Except for the deafness, every single one of my ailments has cleared up, even the ones the vet said were permanent. I am like a whole new dog. My mom says that even though she was nervous at first, bringing me home was the best decision they’ve ever made.

My favorite thing is snuggling, snuggling, and snuggling. We also go on walks together and play with my younger brother. I mostly like to watch him because he is so fast.

Without my mom I don’t know that all of my medical problems would have been fixed. It’s already hard for senior dogs to get adopted, but when you add in potential vet bills it’s almost impossible! I’ve never been loved as much as I am now. They’ve even helped me discover how to play with toys and what blankets are for. I am a very lucky girl.”



When my friend Ellie contacted me to ask about a rescue dog I’d recently photographed, I knew something was afoot.  Sure enough, after providing some tidbits of info based on my brief meeting they went to meet her and fell head over heels in love.  Application submitted, a patient waiting game till work responsibilities were addressed and home set up and BAM:  Lulu went home with Ellie and Jack!

Happily, I’ve now gotten to see Lulu several times with her new Mom and Dad and there’s no question it’s love love love all around.  Lulu has attended Crossfit workouts with Ellie (no, she did not do any burpees but some running was in order).  I also got to photograph this newly expanded family and it was so fun.


Here’s Lulu with her new parents.



Freddie can think of cinco or more reasons why you should attend our adoption events this weekend. Numero uno being – you could meet your new best friend!⠀

Adoptable dogs will be at Petsmart Kennesaw today between 11 and 2 (note the end time is one hour earlier than usual today).⠀

Adoptable cats will be at Petsmart Smyrna today between 12 and 4.⠀

Adoptable dogs (including Mr. Freddie) will be at Petsmart East Cobb Sunday from 11-3. (No cat adoptions this Sunday.)⠀


“Treat Face” – (pro: trEt fas) a condition in which the expression of a subject being photographed contorts in excitement or anticipation upon introduction of high value rewards. Example: bacon. Note, condition is not limited to canines.⠀

And you guys thought the yummy snacks are only effective on the dogs! My friends Ellie and Jack came by Saturday with their new furbaby Lulu, whom they recently adopted from Homeless Pets Foundation. It is clearly a love match all around with these three. Just had to tease this outtake because …..well, Jack’s face is everything!⠀





Great News!!! This nugget, her siblings, and about 40 other dogs just made the road trip to New York to meet their adopters.  Homeless Pets Foundation partners with rescues in other parts of the country to bring animals from overpupulated areas (see what I did there?!) to communities seeking adoptable animals. It’s a win-win-win! This endeavor is affectionately knows as The Underhound Railroad. It takes some awesome volunteers willing to make long drives, resources in the form of trucks and gas and time, and lots of communication between the rescues. But it is a HUGELY impactful strategy as it gets a lot of animals into homes. In some parts of the country, like the South, there are FAR more unwanted animals than homes for them. In other parts of the country, there are fewer rescues, fewer available animals, and many willing adopters. Bringing them together is a great plan. Kudos to the amazing humans making this happen. ⠀

[if you feel a twang in your heart and would love to help there are a wide variety of options: drivers, handlers, weekend volunteers to assist with adoption events, donations of leashes, cleaning supplies, old towels and newspapers….and of course monetary donations are always welcome. There ARE ways to help even if you are not able to foster or adopt. Contact Homeless Pets to find out more about ways you can play a part in rescuing animals and helping them find a happy ending]⠀