Category Archives: Rescue

This one is special. In April I decided to do some ‘Pretty Pup’ sessions to share stories about dogs looking for their Forever Homes and some dogs who had been adopted. The digital flyer I put together featured an image of Sophie, a dog I’d photographed while she was at Homeless Pets Foundation.

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To my surprise, I heard from a man named Daryl, who told me……that he had adopted Sophie!! I had no idea that using that photo would result in getting an update on this dog and hearing about her adoption experience. All I knew was at the time I photographed her Sophie, who was very sweet with me during her photos, was struggling and really needed a good home. It was SO exciting to see her again and see the bond she and Daryl have.

 

Here is what Daryl had to say about their story: “Sophie grew up in a shelter confined to a kennel. After years of not being wanted she became depressed and began losing weight and experiencing cage rage, cutting her gums and mouth by biting on her kennel. Essentially, she had PTSD. The shelter had tried everything to help her relax and cope but were becoming concerned for her well being and future prospects.

Lori, the manger at Homeless Pet Foundation, knew my previous dog had passed and asked me to come see Sophie. At the time I was down and having some challenges myself. The day I came to visit Sophie she got loose from her handler and ran straight to me. I went down on one knee and Sophie Dog rolled over on her back as if to say ‘Hey I think we may get along !!’ Coming from a dog who had been depressed and mad at the world this was quite a change.

We have been together for a year now! Sophie has gone from 34 pounds to 82 pounds of solid muscle. She has a natural sensitivity and a gift for sensing when someone needs positive attention. She could easily be a service dog–she definitely is for me. After being in a cage for so many years she still has some anxiety issues, but is doing very well. Sophie has the run of the house, a big yard to run in, long walks every night, and no kennel now. She will have a long super loved life. Please, if you are reading this consider adopting a shelter dog. They are grateful to have a home, loyal to their human companion no matter what, and they deserve better than living in a cage 24/7.”

 

Without further ado, here are Sophie and Daryl….

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Got the news today from Bill that his sweet boy Bowser has crossed the Rainbow Bridge and is in a better place. So glad we did a photo shoot of this gentle soul last year when he was still his mellow but playful self. His loss will be felt deeply but what wonderful memories they made in 8 years together. Please hug your furbabies a bit tighter this evening, pay them some extra attention, and enjoy the unconditional love they always give to you. And make sure you have quality portraits of your pets!!!

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So this is Katie’s girl, Shelby, and we had a fantastic day shooting a few weeks ago. Happily, that was BEFORE it got so crazy hot like it is now!

Katie is a hairstylist and super stylish gal, so dolling up Shelby to do a full out glam session was a great fit. We went pink and sparkly with pearls and they looked amazing. Shelby was a good girl and worked it in her tutu and flower.  It’s a very friendly kind of place so Shelby was admired by both young and old and got a few pets from some kids at the park.  I love showing what a soft, friendly side Pitbulls have and how loving they are.  Thanks again to Katie for doing this Pretty Pup session with Shelby, and to Katie’s friend for coming along and playing puppy wrangler to help out.

 

 

 

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Wills Park Equestrian Center in Alpharetta, GA was the a venue for the largest pet adoption event in the southeastern United States. In years past, Animal Rescue Fair has been responsible for thousands of homeless pets finding new homes and bringing happiness to their new families. Over 50 pet rescues and humane societies from Georgia and surrounding states converge at Wills Park in Alpharetta, GA for this mega pet adoption allowing for a wide variety of pets from purebred and mix breed dogs to the most precious of kittens, horses, goats, rabbits, and more.

The event ran from noon to 5pm at Wills Park Equestrian Center in Alpharetta, GA under the covered arena. The weather cooperated and it was a great day filled with good food, fun, shopping, and puppy and kitten love! There were a number of incredible Raffle Prizes again this year, including a voucher for a Pet Portrait Session.

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Today I’m sharing another “Pretty Pup” session focusing on dogs who have been rescued or adopted, or are still looking for their Forever Homes.

Shell is a great example of someone who had originally been swayed by the negative stereotype of the Pitbull breed, but is now both an owner and an advocate.  Initially, she was somewhat leery of the breed after working for trauma doctors and taking care of patients with dog bites.  After researching and meeting some adorable pittes through rescues and adoption events, she began to feel a special affection for the breed.   Shell adopted her pitbull puppy at 6 weeks and the entire family is totally in love with him. Ruger is now 3 1/2 mo old and will be trained as a compassion therapy dog where he can visit children’s hospitals and nursing homes to brighten the lives of people undergoing medical care or feeling isolated.

Here is Shell and Ruger!

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Pit Bull Photoshoot