HSSPV Adoptable Dogs 7/28/2014

Some photos from today, taken at the Humane Society of the South Platte Valley in Littleton, Colorado while I was volunteering there. This is the first time I set up a studio to take adoptable photos! Check out their website at www.hsspv.org for a list of all of their adoptable dogs and cats!

 

Help Slade get his new hips!

For those of you that saw my prior post on Slade, you know who I’m talking about. But for those of you that do not, please read his story by clicking here!

Slade’s fundraising is now in full effect and as a local rescue we need your help. Outpaws is attempting to raise $10,000 in order to get Slade his total hip replacements on both hips. This is a huge undertaking that most rescues are unable to do, but we have faith in all of the dog lovers of the world to get this guy out of pain and into a loving home.

Please, even a couple dollars goes a long way to helping him. If you are able to donate, please do so by clicking here.

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Slade thanks you for your love and support!

Introducing Slade!

Slade is truly an amazing dog. He loves to cuddle, give kisses, play ball.. he gets along with other dogs (and doesn’t care about cats), cuddles a LOT, and is a perfect gentleman out in public. Unfortunately, Slade has very serious hip dysplasia and is going to need total hip replacements, which will have to be done one hip at a time. His left hip is completely out of its socket (which you would never know, as he is always happy despite the pain he must suffer). As you’d imagine, this is a very expensive procedure. He additionally has a fractured canine tooth that will need to be pulled. Having come from a gassing shelter in Oklahoma, through Kansas, and now finally at OutPaws Rescue, this boy has been through so much and just wants to love and be loved. We will be fundraising to get this kind soul the help he deserves – please let me know if you would like to help. He is a true ambassador for the German Shepherd Dog.

Some photos from this past week :)

I had a busy week of photographing and preparing for my next shoot at Redstone Animal Hospital this upcoming Sunday.

First, I met up with my old employers at Come Sit Stay Pet Resort in Parker, Colorado. We had a blast taking photographs of the staff, the daycare dogs, and some of the boarding dogs. By far, two big and oh so droopy Mastiffs stole the show and supplied me with some excellent shots. All of the dogs were pretty cooperative and we managed to get some pretty awesome results. Thanks to the staff there for having me out and making it such a great time! Here are a few of my favorites, below:

 

Later that day, I met up with the winner of my Facebook contest I held a few months ago. Ashlee gave me the honor of photographing her two senior boys – an 11 year old Doberman, Max, and his tiny friend, 13 year old Buddy. One of my biggest joys in photographing pets is being able to capture memories of older pets. I think it is so important to be able to look back positively and remember our best friends in their golden years. Both of these boys were SO full of energy and excited to pose for the camera. Buddy was reaching up towards the sky and jumping around in anticipation of getting a treat. Even though he can’t see, he knew exactly what he needed to do and was SUCH a model. Max was equally excited for treats and photos (and of course exploring the studio). We managed to get some incredible pictures and I am so happy that their mom loves them as much as I do.

I should be uploading some new photos this week after the Redstone event, so keep your eyes peeled for those!

Practice Shots

Just playing around with muslins since I’m brand new to it. Also trying to incorporate using a strobe in addition to speedlite w/ beauty dish. Harder than I thought! Enjoy :)

Urgent Situation in Roswell

The insanity in Roswell continues as the Mayor denies rescues the ability to pull animals from the local shelter in order to save them. Many innocent dogs and puppies were euthanized this weekend due to local rescues inability to save them and give them a chance at life. More are scheduled to die Monday. Are you outraged yet? You should be. The Mayor, who went public with his decision on his Facebook page and received loud public outcry, has discontinued allowing comments on his page. Outpaws was able to save approximately 15 dogs from Roswell on Friday and they are now safe in Colorado… but so many more need our help. Please, be loud about this. Contact news outlets, post blogs, and contact politicians in Roswell to demand that the innocents be spared. This situation is out of control and we need to do everything we can.

Want to help? Voice your concerns. Here are a few good places to start.

Read more about the situation, published by the Examiner: http://www.examiner.com/article/roswell-mayor-suspends-all-local-rescue-groups-from-saving-shelter-dogs

Contact the Governor of New Mexico here: http://www.governor.state.nm.us/Contact_the_Governor.aspx

Voice your concerns on Twitter using hashtag #‎saveroswelldogs‬

Sign the petition to allow New Mexico rescues to help here: http://www.change.org/petitions/dennis-j-kintigh-allow-new-mexico-rescue-groups-to-rescue-dogs-from-roswell-animal-control?share_id=tkCQOelEoS&utm_campaign=autopublish&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition

More contacts and information posted by Carrie Thornburgh, President of Outpaws:

Friends in Colorado and outside, we were involved in an emergency transport yesterday to save dogs at the Roswell Animal Control shelter. Due to an incident involving three dogs escaping from a temporary holding facility and a child being bitten by two of the dogs, the family of the boy picketed yesterday requesting euthanasia of 15 uninvolved dogs, simply because they had been housed on the same property. The Mayor of Roswell made the right decision in finally releasing the 15 dogs to Colorado rescues and allowed us to transport them out overnight last night.

Today, unfortunately, the Mayor has announced they will be euthanizing all animals currently at animal control and that they have banned ALL NEW MEXICO SHELTERS AND RESCUES from pulling animals from their facility. Please contact the Mayor and City Council of Roswell and RESPECTFULLY explain why this is an unfair and unreasonable position to take. Please ask the Mayor and City Council to either (1) IMMEDIATELY ALLOW STATE AND LOCAL RESCUES TO PULL DOGS or (2) PUT A HOLD ON ALL EUTHANASIA AND INTAKES UNTIL HIS INVESTIGATION OF ANIMAL CONTROL IS COMPLETE.

If any of my shelter or rescue friends in other states have proposals of ways they would handle this situation better to provide to the Mayor, they would be greatly appreciated!!! Here are the email address of the Mayor and City Council:

‘roswellmayor@roswell-nm.gov'; ‘J.Oropesa@roswell-nm.gov'; ‘S.Henderson@roswell-nm.gov'; ‘J.Best@roswell-nm.gov'; ‘n.mackey@roswell-nm.gov'; ‘n.mackey@roswell-nm.gov'; ‘J.Perry@roswell-nm.gov'; ‘S.Sanchez@roswell-nm.gov'; ‘T.Denny@roswell-nm.gov'; ‘E.Velasquez@roswell-nm.gov’

 

Meanwhile, in Colorado, we continue to strive to save as many as we can from Roswell and beyond. I volunteered my time yesterday to photograph a litter of six week old puppies that are two weeks away from being available for adoption through Outpaws and it really helped lift my spirits in this depressing time. With all of the sadness revolving around the Roswell fiasco, it was nice to get away and spend some time with bitey, happy puppies for a little bit. I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed taking them. These puppies are not from Roswell, but they would really appreciate it if we could help save all of the doggies there.

 

 

Potcake Eddie Makes the Paper

Eddie, the ‘portly potcake’ I photographed last month, made the local news after Denver PD stopped traffic to help capture him after escaping from Becca Blond’s backyard. Becca was pet-sitting for Eddie’s foster when he jumped the fence in a busy area. He has now been featured on the Denver PD facebook, the Examiner, and 9New’s front page! My photo displays the cute dude who is still looking for his forever family. Check out the article below!

 

http://www.9news.com/story/news/2014/06/09/dpd-officer-halts-traffic-helps-rescue-runaway-dog/10253147/

Wordless Wednesday: Best day EVER

Adoptable Animals at HSSPV

Took a trip down to HSSPV today in Littleton, Colorado to photograph adoptable animals. Enjoy!