Under Dogs Always Pull At My Heartstrings

Posted on September 24, 2012

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Another visit to Carson. And sadly another dog caught my eye. I don’t know what to think of the people out there who can let a living creature endure such suffering. Well, that’s not entirely true. Believe me, I do know what I think and none of it’s good. But at this point it’s wasted energy. Now, this poor mama dog needs my help.

This girl, with the smiling face, was sitting with her person, waiting to be turned into the shelter. It was amazing that I saw her. I was photographing dogs in the very back of the shelter. I was so busy that I never left the area, except one time.

About 3 hours into shooting, I realized I was dying of thirst, but had left my water bottle in the car. And so I made a mad dash to my car to retrieve it. That’s when I saw her.

Her smiling face caught my attention first. She was so calm and happy. And then I saw her stomach. She had been breed so many times, her teats almost touched the ground. My heart broke for this sweet girl. A lifetime of “working” for her owners and now she was being discarded like garbage. And then I saw the condition of her skin—one of the worst cases of mange I’ve seen. Half of her body was hairless and she had open sores and scabs everywhere.The skin on parts of her so thick and worn, it’s amazing she can bend her legs.

I asked the man if I could pet his dog. Her ears were swollen and filled with scabs. I’m not sure what the scabs were from, but I’m surprised she could hear, the thick skin almost closed them up.

She drank in my affection. My heart ached with the familiar sadness I feel whenever I am at the shelter. I knew I couldn’t bring her home. I knew all my rescue friends were full. I knew that she was headed for a very long medical recovery. I knew her chances were slim.

Yet I couldn’t just let her get turned in and not do something. And so I did the only thing I could do in that moment. I took a photo.

The next turn of events were more than miraculous. I posted her photo on Facebook, edited the shelter photos and turned in for the night.

When I got back to the computer, I found that the photo had been shared across FB. And this dog had found an angel wanting to save her. The woman’s name was Angela. I’m finding she lives up to her name. She worked some magic and found someone to pull this girl from the shelter. She found a vet. She found transport. Did I mention she did all of this from 1,000 miles away. No? Turns out she lives in Oregon. Baby girl is in Los Angeles.

And now this mama’s real journey begins. Angela has named her Jacinda and will be taking her under her wing. The long road ahead will include medical care for her mange and boarding at the vet until she is healthy to travel. She also needs to be spayed and have the extra skin from her stomach fixed. And then transport to Oregon. And if we find any other medical conditions those will need to be addressed.

Jacinda is safe. She will be loved. She will be taken care of like never before. And eventually, she will find a real home—one where she will be treasured and spoiled and treated like a princess.

If you’re inclided to contribute to Jacinda’s medical I’ve created a Chipin account. Please feel free to share her story. And if you’re the praying type, send a few out for this sweet pup.





Under Dogs Always Pull At My Heartstrings

Posted on September 23, 2012

Another visit to Carson. And sadly another dog caught my eye. I don’t know what to think of the people out there who can let a living creature endure such suffering. Well, that’s not entirely true. Believe me, I do know what I think and none of it’s good. But at this point it’s wasted energy. Now, this poor mama dog needs my help.

This girl, with the smiling face, was sitting with her person, waiting to be turned into the shelter. It was amazing that I saw her. I was photographing dogs in the very back of the shelter. I was so busy that I never left the area, except one time.

About 3 hours into shooting, I realized I was dying of thirst, but had left my water bottle in the car. And so I made a mad dash to my car to retrieve it. That’s when I saw her.

Her smiling face caught my attention first. She was so calm and happy. And then I saw her stomach. She had been breed so many times, her teats almost touched the ground. My heart broke for this sweet girl. A lifetime of “working” for her owners and now she was being discarded like garbage. And then I saw the condition of her skin—one of the worst cases of mange I’ve seen. Half of her body was hairless and she had open sores and scabs everywhere.The skin on parts of her so thick and worn, it’s amazing she can bend her legs.

I asked the man if I could pet his dog. Her ears were swollen and filled with scabs. I’m not sure what the scabs were from, but I’m surprised she could hear, the thick skin almost closed them up.

She drank in my affection. My heart ached with the familiar sadness I feel whenever I am at the shelter. I knew I couldn’t bring her home. I knew all my rescue friends were full. I knew that she was headed for a very long medical recovery. I knew her chances were slim.

Yet I couldn’t just let her get turned in and not do something. And so I did the only thing I could do in that moment. I took a photo.

The next turn of events were more than miraculous. I posted her photo on Facebook, edited the shelter photos and turned in for the night.

When I got back to the computer, I found that the photo had been shared across FB. And this dog had found an angel wanting to save her. The woman’s name was Angela. I’m finding she lives up to her name. She worked some magic and found someone to pull this girl from the shelter. She found a vet. She found transport. Did I mention she did all of this from 1,000 miles away. No? Turns out she lives in Oregon. Baby girl is in Los Angeles.

And now this mama’s real journey begins. Angela has named her Jacinda and will be taking her under her wing. The long road ahead will include medical care for her mange and boarding at the vet until she is healthy to travel. She also needs to be spayed and have the extra skin from her stomach fixed. And then transport to Oregon. And if we find any other medical conditions those will need to be addressed.

Jacinda is safe. She will be loved. She will be taken care of like never before. And eventually, she will find a real home—one where she will be treasured and spoiled and treated like a princess.

If you’d like to contribute to Jacinda’s medical fund, there is a a Chip in account.





Working Together Is The Name Of The Game

Posted on September 13, 2012

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This modern world of Facebook and the internet is a very interesting time. Some of my very best friends, I’ve never even met in person. Hard to believe.

As many of you know, I am an avid animal lover. I always have been. It has only been in recent years—actually the last 10—that I have made the decision to be an animal rescuer as well. Who would have thought that the computer would play such an important role in what I do today.

When I decided to take the plunge into the rescue world, I wasn’t quite sure how I wanted to help. Or what I would be good at. But I knew I loved animals and that I was able to take pretty decent photos of them.

While searching the internet for inspiration I found a photographer that I fell in love with—Printz Photography. The images jumped out at me from the screen. I admired the photographs and hoped to one day be as good.

I’d visit the blog weekly and followed the photographer for years—all the while working in my corner of the world photographing animals, volunteering at rescues and eventually fostering dogs.

Fast forward a few years later. I stumbled on a new group of artists that were trying to help shelter pets with their art. I knew immediately I had found kindred spirits. I immediately joined HeARTs Speak.

Imagine my utter surprise when I found out the founder was none other than Lisa Fishler, of Printz Photography! The photographs I had been admiring for years. She started HeARTs Speak for many of the reasons I found myself drawn to animal photography and rescue.

Through my work with HeARTs Speak I have been able to meet and work with some amazing animal advocates. Rock and Rescue is one of those unbelievable groups. Much like HeARTs Speak, they are passionate artists who want to use their music and talents to help the animals.

Through mutual Facebook friends I was asked to photograph Rock and Rescue’s big event—a concert to raise money for homeless pets. One of the groups playing that night, was Elvis Monroe. I fell in love with their song ‘Comin’ Around’.

Fast forward a few months —I’m on Facebook and see that Elvis Monroe has released their first album. Immediately I buy a copy and on a whim decide to ask the lead singer if I could use my favorite song for a video I was working on to showcase pets that are up for adoption.

Bryan said yes.

This video is the result of people working together for the benefit of dogs and cats without homes. Using their talents to help change the world. Trusting people who are virtual strangers, but with the same passion and coming together in an amazing way.

When I look back at the last few years and think about how I got from point A to point B, I am truly amazed.

Yep, some of my very best friends I’ve never even met. The friendship we share stemmed from a computer screen mixed with artistic passion, the love of animals and the need to do something for the greater good.

Enjoy!





The Stoop Family

Posted on September 10, 2012

Turn up the volume, sit back and enjoy a day at the park with the Stoops!