Posted on December 8, 2012

What a day! What a month! I can’t believe that 40 of the desert dogs have been whisked away by Wings Of Rescue on their 2012 Holiday Transport….to a new life and a chance at a forever home. When Lola asked me to photograph these dogs I had no idea how incredible this experience would be. The caring people I have met…Wow. It’s truly inspiring and gets me all teary-eyed. Today was a big day for about 400 dogs and cats from all over LA. I saw many familiar faces including Rene from Rock and Rescue.

I met Sassy and Corndog’s pilot. Two of the most wonderful folks I’ve ever met…Megan and Steve. And guess what? Sassy and Corndog had the plane all to themselves. LOL First class all the way. They were met at the airport by another pair of special people…Jill and Joanne. You may remember them from a few months ago when they adopted the senior boy, Blue. (also from LA and transported north) They took these lucky pups to their brand new home with my friend Donna. I’ll let her do the big welcome announcement.

Some of the other dogs went further north. Angela another friend I’ve never met 🙂 was there to meet the dogs going to rescues in Portland. You might remember she took Jacinda not too long ago. 🙂

I am still blown away that so many strangers came together to help a few hundred homeless animals…many who were on death row. Not anymore. Here’s to brand new beginngings! Turn up the volume, sit back and enjoy the big day.

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.


Posted on July 9, 2012

It’s been almost a month since Sunny came home. Wow. What a difference 30 days make. She brings me such incrdible joy and happiness. I learn something new about her every day.

Sunny is such a funny girl. Her personality continues to grow and flourish.

At night she sleeps in the living room…on the couch…or the chair…or her bed. She likes to mix it up. I’m lucky that I am able to close the front half of my house off from the back part. I found out that she loves cats. But not in the way Gabby does! I’d bet a million bucks in her younger days, Sunny loved to eat cats!

I am extra cautious with the boys because they have no fear of dogs. They will investigate them, sniff them and walk right up to them. Enzo especially. So with any new dog I keep them separted and slowly introduce them.

Sunny stays on the leash when the cats have full access to the house (usually at night when I’m on the couch watching TV, so I can keep a hold on the leash.) So during the first week the cats came out to meet this new dog they’d been smelling for days. Francis made his way over to sofa and jumped up on the back portion and slowly walked over to where Sunny was. (I kept tight hold and careful watch) Sunny was asleep. Then all of a sudden her nose started working. CATS! She sniffed the air with gusto. Because she can’t hear and can’t see well, she didn’t know exactly where the CAT was…She started “biting” the air. (It was adorable, but also made me realize I was right to be so cautious.)

Then Enzo came close. Sunny saw him and just stared. Then she looked at me. Then back at Enzo. Then Sunny looked at Gabby. Then back to the cat. You could see her brain working. “Why aren’t you chasing those things?”She didn’t try to go after him and her hackles stayed put, but she was way too interested in the boys.

Slowly her interest has lessened, but she still is very curious about them and I will never feel comfortable leaving them alone together, but now she will look and then go back to sleep. I’m grateful I am able to keep them seperated in a way that gives them both a nice amount of space.

Gabby loves Sunny. She seems to know that she needs extra attention and company. Gabby always sleeps with us in the bed. When I get up to go to sleep, she will immediately get up and follow. That has changed since Sunny came home. Gabby will stay on the couch with her on most nights.

Sunny also loves Gabby. She will give her kisses. She will sleep next to Gabby, getting as close as she possible can, someetimes squeezing herself in a tiny little spot. It’s adorable.

Sunny has also become quite a talker. She will lay at my feet when I’m editing and do her little whine/bark until I give her attention or pet her. At first I thought it was because she was in pain. Nope. As soon as I get on the floor with her, she will roll on the back, bark, paw at me and nibble the rug.

Every morning when I wake up, I feed the dogs. Sunny loves to eat! (In fact, she’s found the garbage can and once or twice I’ve come into the kitchen to find her giant head immersed in it!)

After they eat, I let them in the backyard to pee and so I can feed the cats. Well, Sunny has decided she would rather not be in the backyard in the morning. She refuses to go out. She looks at me with such a funny face and will turn and run (as fast as her arthritic legs will carry her). She preferes the yard when the sun is out. 🙂

Sunny is pretty mobile and can get up on the couch and jump up in the car too. Sometimes it takes her a little longer, but it’s so cute watching her climb up there.

She also loves tennis balls! She’ll even chase them. And she’s still got some power in the jaw. She’s destroyed 5 of them!

Bones are also another favorite treat. She loves them.

Sunny absolutely loves going on walks. She sniffs everything and tries her best to keep up with Gabby.  I take the dogs for car rides and walks to downtown Culver City. I’ve written about her in the newspaper and several times people have recognized her. She loves the attention and greets everyone with a tail wag. She also loves the neighborhood dogs.Especially the boys. 🙂 She’s a female Hugh Hefner. haha

Sometimes when she’s in a deep sleep she’ll wake up with a start and look around. As soon as she sees me or Gabby she relaxes and then falls right back to sleep.

Sunny also does this thing that makes me so, so, so happy.  She will stop, look around intently, and then bark, roll on her back and smile. To me it seems like she is wondering if this home is real, maybe she’s dreaming…and then when she realizes, yes, it’s real, she can’t contain her joy.

Posted on June 24, 2012

What a fantastic fundraiser! There was great food, lots of raffle prizes, a silent auction and of course lots of dogs. Thank you K9 Connection for all you do for the dogs and the kids. You are all amazing!

For those interested in coming to next year’s bash, be sure to sign up for their mailing list. And if you want to donate to the cause, you can do that at any time!

Turn up the volume and take a look at all the fun!

Posted on June 17, 2012

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Posted on May 13, 2012

Turn up the volume, sit back and enjoy!

Posted on May 9, 2012

Posted on May 5, 2012

Turn up the volume, sit back and enjoy our day at the park.

Posted on May 4, 2012

I am so excited I finally got to photograph Erin and Frankie! I was introduced to Erin by her very amazing sister, Kerry. (who is mom to Tyson and Gemma  …see why she is so awesome? 🙂  ) Turns out Erin is just as incredible and we had a fanastic time at the park.

She was worried Frankie would be too shy for a photo shoot. I’d say she was very wrong. LOL He ended up being such a ham. I could have photographed him all afternoon.

Thanks Erin for trusting me to take these very special surprise Father’s Day photos. I think the mister is going to love them.

Posted on April 21, 2012

So many dogs. So many lives in the balance. So much love. So much sadness. Thank you Paula Hsien for letting me use the photos of the dogs that you took such good care of while they were in the shelter. They have touched me in so many ways. Thank you HeARTs Speak for helping to give these shelter dogs a voice. And thank you…if you’ve not overlooked the wonderful dogs found in shelters across the country and taken one home.

Music by Emmerson Nogueira

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