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!