It's been a while since we've featured any adoptable animals on our blog. The end of 2013 became so busy, I don't think I knew which way was up!
But it's a brand new year, and it's time to feature some seriously adorable dogs! We're featuring two lovely Chihuahua's who came up to Canada from California last week and are eagerly awaiting their forever homes.
Rudy is a 2 year old, 10lb Chihuahua. He is quite shy, but craves love and affection from the people he knows. That being said, Rudy is leery of meeting new people, and will require time and patience from his forever home.
Not only is Rudy up for adoption, but he requires a foster home. Fostering is such a great way to help out homeless animals. It provides a safe, loving and comfortable place for these dogs to come out of their shells and experience what it is like to be loved while they wait for their forever homes. I have fostered (and foster failed) and can tell you what a difference it makes for these animals!
If you are interested in adopting or fostering Rudy, and want more information on how to meet him, please visit Fur-Ever Homes Rescue or visit their Facebook page
Cassie is a sweet 1 year old, 16lb Chihuahua. This little girl loves to play and is fantastic with other dogs. Cassie would do well in a home where she had some playmates!
If you are interested in adopting or fostering Cassie, and want more information on how to meet her, please visit Fur-Ever Homes Rescue or visit their Facebook page
Last night I popped up to Fur-Ever Homes Rescue to photograph the five new arrivals that came up from Mexico over the weekend. I love being involved with two amazing rescues who go out of their way to rescue those animals who need help, no matter how far away they are.
The one sweetheart I fell in love with last night was little Thea (formally "Tripod", I'm sure you can figure out why from her picture!). Thea was just full of love and wanted nothing more than to be in somebody's lap, giving kisses, and being as close to that person as possible.
While Thea is on her way to her happy ending, I'm afraid her beginning wasn't too good. Jaclyn, the lovely foster coordinator at Fur-Ever Homes Rescue, told me that Thea had been found in a dumpster with her puppies. Her bad leg (a birth defeat I believe) was wrapped around her neck and her puppies hadn't survived. She was brought to the shelter in Mexico before she was selected to come up here to Canada. Now, I won't lie, but as Jaclyn was telling me Thea's story, I started to cry. Now, crying and trying to take photographs doesn't work so well, so I had to take a deep breath and remind myself that the wonderful volunteers at Fur-Ever Homes have changed the life of this little girl and that made me feel better.
Thea needs a foster, or better yet - a home to call her own! She loves people, is very sweet-natured, and loves her toys! As we were leaving last night Thea was all over her newfound stuffed toys. I would take this little girl home in an instant....and I may just end up fostering her if she doesn't get adopted this weekend....just don't tell my husband.
For more information on Thea please contact Fur-Ever Homes Rescue.
Meet Legs, one of the adorable fur-babies waiting to meet his forever family with Fur-Ever Homes Rescue.
Legs has been at the shelter since Furever Reflections has started volunteering in August. He's a little on the timid side, but he's still quite friendly and wants to share his affection. I remember taking him out for his photos - it took him a few minutes to warm up to being with us, but once he figured us out, he was a blast to photograph!
Legs is part Chihuahua and Italian Greyhound, so he has these crazy-long legs (hence the name!) and the sweetest soulful eyes. He's quite energetic and would best suited to an active home.
If you're not ready to adopt but want to foster, then maybe think about giving Legs a place to chill out in while he waits for his forever family to come along. Fostering is such a rewarding experience. I did it once, and ended up as a foster fail. Trust me - you won't regret it.
If you, or somebody you know, is interested in adopting (or fostering) Legs, then fill out an application form over at Fur-Ever Homes Rescue! Make an appointment to go meet this little cutie. Help spread the word, and maybe we can make this weekend the weekend Legs gets to go home!
Last week a lovely lady contacted me to ask if I would be interested in donating a pet photography session to the Four Foot Companion Foundation's upcoming fundraising event, Bone Appetit. Of course I was delighted that they asked me and immediately agreed to donate a Paw Prints Package as well as a $50 print credit for extra measure.
It looks like this is going to be a lovely event! Check out their website www.fourfeet.org for more information on attending! I'm going to try to go providing my schedule allows me.
Spread the word and let's help out our furry companions!
I have always been an animal lover… but traditionally I have always considered myself a cat and large (specifically bullied breeds) dog person. In recent years, I have had the opportunity to meet and fall in love with a few small dogs – something I thought to be impossible.
Despite my love of a few specific small dogs, I figured that I would be safe from wanting to bring animals when it came to Fur-Ever Homes Rescue.. While I believe that all animals should have a safe and loving home, I figured that the small dogs at the rescue would not hold the same sway over my heart the way the few other small dogs I have fallen in love with have.
Enter Nena. She is a mixed breed dog who has stolen my heart. I am not sure of her age (due to her being a rescue), but I would assume she is under five. When we first went to Fur-Ever Home Rescue to photograph Nena, we were told that she had fear aggression. When I went into her pen to retrieve her for pictures, I had that in mind, but she was an absolute darling! Not only does she know and respond to her name, but she is great on a leash and is one of the most gentle dogs I have had the pleasure to work with.
In subsequent visits to the rescue, Nena is consistently happy to see us which is prominently shown by her wagging her whole body, not just her tail. I firmly believe that Nena will make an AMAZING addition to anyone’s home! I even think that her fear aggression will be easy to work on, especially as I’ve never even witnessed it! I would take Nena home in a heart-beat if my schedule would permit it!
If you are interested in meeting, adopting or fostering Nena, then you should visit Fur-Ever Homes Rescue and fill out the application form. I promise you, it will be the best decision you make today!
Being a huge animal lover, I consider myself very lucky to be able to photograph animals from two amazing animal rescue groups: Fur-Ever Homes Rescue and AARCS. I love that by getting a photograph that captures an animal's personality, that photograph can potentially help an animal find its own for-ever home. Gone are the days of those horrible "shelter photos" where the animal is cowering in a cage, ears down and wearing terrified look on their face. Instead, those photos have been replaced with animal rescue groups teaming up with fantastic pet photographers who donate their time and skills to presenting a beautiful new family member to the public.
I know for me, personally, I run into an issue when I walk into Fur-Ever Homes Rescue. And that issue is that I always manage to fall in love with the dog I'm about to photograph. In the month that I have been photographing for them, I think I have fallen in love with twenty or so dogs. Some of these dogs find homes right away, and others are still in the shelter and have been long before I've met them. Fur-Ever Homes has a shortage of foster homes, so many of their dogs remain at the shelter, waiting to be adopted or at the very least, fostered.
As a result, and because my husband has told me I can't bring home anymore animals, I've decided to devote one day a week to showcasing one of the lovely animals that Furever Reflections have been lucky enough to photograph. This week I'd love to introduce is Betsy, pictured below.
I don't know too much about Betsy's background. I do know she's only a year old and probably hasn't spent too much time in a loving home. She's such a sweet dog though, and I've begged my husband to let us foster her but I have yet to get my way. Betsy always wags her tail the moment I walk into Fur-Ever Home's facility and she has a never-ending supply of kisses waiting to greet me. Unless she has one of her toys, at which point she's not sure if she should drop the toy from her mouth or just keep it there and wag her tail like there is no tomorrow. She is fantastic on a leash and responds to her name. One thing I noticed while we were doing her photo was how gentle she was with us; we gave her treats and she put her paw on Ashley's hand and gently took the treat (as seen in the middle picture on the bottom row). Betsy's underbite just adds to her charm - it makes her a very memorable dog and she will steal your heart the moment you meet her.
If you are interested in meeting, adopting or even fostering Betsy, pop over to Fur-Ever Homes Rescue and fill out an application form. You won't regret it.
Last week I had the opportunity to pop up to the AARCS Shelter to photograph five adorable kittens. Is there anything more adorable than puppies and kittens? I would photograph them all day if I could.
I will admit that I found the circumstances a little challenging. Normally during a photo session I have access to some sort of natural light, making it easier to capture fast-moving pets. Unfortunately that was not the case here. Instead I found myself in the "cat room" on the top floor of the shelter, which contained two small wall lights and a large window. This window only let in the light from florescent lights in the room next door. Combine this lighting with five unbelievably active kittens, and it really could have gone downhill, fast.
I was lucky enough to have my husband come with me so that he could attempt to get the kitten's attention with a feather toy. Little did we know that he was allergic to cats, or at least to the cats that were currently residing inside the cat room. Within five minutes of stepping foot inside the door, his eyes began to water, his nose started to leak and he began sneezing. I ended up having to send him out of the room about halfway through the session because he was scaring the kittens more than helping. But he managed to compose himself and returned to help me finish up. Normally I am able to bring Ashley, my "animal handler", with me so that I can focus on the photographs and she can take care of the animal(s). She, unfortunately, had other obligations she had to fulfill that evening.
Thankfully, I'm happy to report that overall, this photo session was a fantastic success. We captured some lovely images of these adorable kittens which I believed captured their individual personalities. Some kittens were shy, some were incredibly interested in the camera, others wanted to play and had no interest in going back into their cage with their brothers and sisters. These photographs will hopefully gain interest and these little guys and gals have no problems finding their own forever homes!
To check out Romeo, Othello, Helena, Julius & Viola's photographs, head on over to the AARCS website.
Welcome to our new blog!
Here we will be able to showcase some of the amazing rescue animals we have had the pleasure of photographing, discuss or explain any upcoming promotions we will be having, and talk about any of our photo shoots!
We hope that you will stay tuned!