This past Saturday the one and only BHAM PETS sent me to the 2nd annual Pawpalooza Dog Festival. I ended up having the best time meeting and snuggling up to some of the cutest pups that Birmingham has.
There was every age, shape, size, color and personality to be found that day. The festival ended up having a pooch parade as well as a weiner dog race.. and there were so many cute vendors set up selling adorable pet accessories. The fur mommas were not left out by any means.. There was handcrafted jewelry and boutique clothing for the fashionistas.
Not all dogs were there for play. I met Justice, the police dog.. who was patrolling, making sure all the other pups were behaving.. She seemed to do her job well!
The festival seemed to have a lot of local support from the community.. and I do look forward to hopefully seeing this continue every year.
Make sure to pick up the next publication of BHAM Pets to see more photos!
This past Saturday morning I had the opportunity to photograph an event for the Bham Pets publication. This month's event was hosted by the Shelby Humane & Falco's Friends for some Furbaby Yoga over at the Beer Hog in Pelham. Let me tell you how therapeutic this was for me after having lost a pet this week.
Everyone was so welcoming, understanding and loving when they learned about my recent loss as I would speak with some of the participants. I loved having the opportunity to surround myself with positive vibes and being able to relate to many others with having a deep understanding and love of all animals.
Rather it be puppies, kittens or full grown dogs looking for their forever home, all were received affectionately, welcomed and loved on!
It was very much a loving environment that focused on nurturing and understanding. I hope to return to Yoga with Furbabies as a participant next time. If you would like to learn more about this wonderful and heartwarming event, please visit the Falco's Friends and Shelby Humane for more information!
I am super excited about teaming up with the new BHam Pets quarterly publication and am donating a mini-session as part of their monthly giveaway contest!!
It's really easy to enter. All you need to do is like the Bham Pets Facebook Page.. like the post of the giveaway, naming your favorite dog park and share it.
The mini-session is valid for no more than two dogs due to limited time restrictions and the session is for your pet only. The give-away does expire Nov. 15th, so time is of the essence!!
You will be able to choose between the location of Railroad Park or Red Mtn. Park.
Also, you can select one favorite image and receive the printing rights to the image of your choice. The mini-session includes online proofing, so additional orders can be made if you think you are wanting or needing more.
I am looking forward to meeting some new furry friends soon! Thank you for participating!
Wednesday evening, BHM Pets and I teamed up to photograph the happenings over at SIPS FOR STRAYS with the GBHS. I have been looking forward to taking part with this function because the GBHS is my homebase where I have fostered and volunteered in the past.
I also knew I would probably recognize a few familiar faces! There was also a team of new volunteers I hadn't met yet, so it was great seeing everyone out having a fun time for a good cause.
Sips for Strays sponsor was Tito Vodka. They had all kinds of yummy specialty drinks that when ordered, a percentage would be donated to the shelter. There were also a lot of fun prize giveaways and raffle tickets.
It appeared that all dogs, dog owners and non-dog owners were participating with having a good time!
Last night I teamed up with BHM Pets and Adopt a Golden- Birmingham for Wet Nose Wednesday at Regions Field.. I can't begin to tell you how amazing it was to take time speaking with other dog owners, learn a little bit more about their furry companion and hear their story.
There were little pups, big ones, shy pups, curious and outgoing ones.. Old, young, disabled, short hair, long haired, grey, tan, white, red, spotted.. you name it... Every dog out there looked like they were on cloud nine.
They had smiles from one ear to the other and it was just such a positive thing to observe and experience the love that so many of these owners had for their dog.
I feel that Wet Nose Wednesday is a fun, positive way to connect the community of Birmingham. It helps to unite fellow dog owners and bring awareness to the not so fortunate dogs who do not have the luxury of having a home of their own.
One in particular was a foster named Charlie! He greeted me at the gate as I entered into the park. He jumped and hobbled over to say hello as he recently had one of his front legs amputated. He didn't let that slow him down. He loved being the ballpark greeter and I don't blame him. It looked like he was enjoying all the love and petting he could get!
As the sun began to set, all the dogs and their owners found their rightful place on the lawn. It was such a sight to see everyone lounging. I met so many people who had never been to Regions Field before, so I feel that Wet Nose Wednesday is also a great way to reach out to people who look for fun places to socialize with their dog.
I ran into one fun couple who drove an hour to attend.. and the look on their Pit-Lab mix named Cash was well worth it!
This past weekend was Easter Sunday.. the weather was perfect. There wasn't a cloud in the sky and we had warmer temps without the muggy humidity! After spending the first half of my morning with family, I dedicated the rest of the day to the pups.
If there is one thing Millie has learned from being a part of our family is that life is fun and it's not so scary to explore the unknown... as I can remember the days when she would be scared to leave the room.
We visited Millie and Lola's local dog park before taking our play time back to the house. This is where Millie really lets loose and lets her personality shine. I think only a few chosen people actually have seen her at her most vulnerable, goofy state.. and if you are one of those few, consider yourself part of her 'pack'..
She is still extremely shy around strangers and always keeps her distance.. and that is okay! I have grown to love that about her. She is loyal to those she knows and trusts and does not seek out attention from strangers as Lola does.
I know, by far.. one of her favorite past-times is being outside. It doesn't matter if she is doing nothing but laying on the back deck. She just loves hearing the birds, feeling the warm sun on her back as she guards over her 'territory'.
There have been times I will look out the window to check on her and she will be laying by the steps on the deck, looking over the yard.. her head up alert as if she is protecting her home.
I know she loves her home here, her affections and actions remind me daily... and I must say, I know Millie's presence has given our home a warmth that would not have if she was not a part of it.
She reminds us to relax and have fun with the ones you love and trust the most...
Everyone.. meet Tank!! Oh my stars!!! I fell in love the moment he ran up to me and said hello with a very long mellow howl. His tail was wagging and his grey muzzle showed that he was aging into his senior years.. but his charismatic energy and personality had me second guessing that he was eleven!!
He was more than ready to be the star of the show as he was not camera shy at all. He loved talking to the camera and even sat in my lap as I crouched down to snap his photo.
Tank's mom, Ellen, learned about PIT-STOP through the Greater Birmingham Humane Society. She graciously placed a bid through an auction they held and won a photo session with me! I couldn't wait to meet her and her precious Tank.
I'm very thankful our paths crossed as Tank is one of those dogs that leaves you feeling happy. He loves people, he loves life and his playful nature will keep him young for a long time.
If I would have known this would have been the last time I would see Chevy, I would have kissed him on his little wet nose for luck.
Our foster's time has come and gone so quickly. We cared for him for just two weeks before he had gained enough weight to be placed onto the adoption floor at the Greater Birmingham Humane Society.
With each foster I've been blessed to come across, I like to take a little bit of time and ponder on how their life has impacted my own.. knowing that they are out there somewhere.. hoping that someone can see the good that they can bring into their life and give them a chance at life with a successful adoption.
One thing that I would like to add to Chevy's future and potential adopter is to be patient.. He is willing to please and listen to you.. you just need to know how to listen to him and his needs. He needs an owner that understands that he isn't going to be perfect the first night, week or maybe even the first month.. ( Millie, my rescue is still growing and learning and it's been a whole year!!) With time, I assure you he can learn to be pretty close to perfect if you ask me.
Chevy is highly trainable and confident. He will walk wherever you walk and loves all people big and small, male or female, young or old. He never meets a stranger!
He learned to sit within his first couple days at my home before I would feed him and his quick temper towards my own dogs subsided after a stern correction. If you are looking to add a second dog into your pack, I believe Chevy could work well with a submissive dog because he loves being the alpha but like any relationships.. It will take time.
He needs a calm yet assertive owner that can teach him right from wrong. I'd like to also brag on how it just took one time for me to tell him NO and he didn't use the bathroom in my home again during his two weeks with us.
To whoever gives Chevy a chance. you will not only save his life but you will also be rewarded with a dog that will live for your approval.. That's a pretty good pal if you ask me!
We are going on two weeks with our foster Chevy. Many of you already know he has had no issues making himself right at home.. as I continue to learn more about him, I realize that he doesn't know how to play.
Oh perfect.. that won't be an issue here at my home. I have two pups that want to play 24/7 and would love to teach him how to play a game of tug or fetch and even show him how to wrestle..
Well.. there may be a slight issue as I think he confuses playful pups as fighting.. It makes him extremely anxious to where he wants to jump down in the middle of their play time to break it up.. and that he does..
The girls quickly retreat back to their couch time and quickly lay down.
That's okay.. we can start him off with baby steps to play time. He seems to have become intrigued by the squishy rubber balls that he observes Millie and Lola chewing on.. It didn't take long for him to find his own squishy rubber ball as my girls were gracious enough to share with him.
He now walks around with the toy in his mouth but doesn't quite know what to do with it. He won't let the other dogs near it and he doesn't know how to retrieve it.. so for now, he just holds it in his mouth.
From my take on Chevy.. this poor guy has had more positive experiences with people than he has other dogs. He seems more nervous around dog behavior than human behavior.. so hopefully with a little bit of socialization, he will be part of someone's pack in no time!
When one of the GBHS staff members told me about a recent surrender who was in need of a temporary foster home, I couldn't help but want to be a part of this guy's journey. His condition was skin and bones plus being heartworm positive with the addition of some deep gashes and open wounds from a recent injury had me wondering what kind of story he had.
He weighed in at roughly 29lbs.. which brought back many recent memories with how Millie was when we first brought her home. I was preparing myself to have a similar experience with him when I went to pick him up.
Nope.. Nothing alike.. He immediately ran towards me as I met him for the first time.. Many of you may recall my first encounter with Millie, my rescue. She wouldn't even make eye contact with me and she would sit with her back towards me in hopes to avoid all human contact.. she was scared to move and was shut down towards everyone and everything.
This guy, who goes by the GBHS name, Chevy, has done nothing but seek out our affection and the affection of every single person he makes contact with. He has already made himself at home and is making my foster experience much easier. He walks everywhere I go, loud noises don't startle him, he rarely barks, he asks to go outside to use the bathroom, he has a great temperament towards all people and aims to please with with anything that I ask of him.
I have gathered that Chevy seems to be more of a people pleaser than he is interested in bonding with other dogs as he rarely acknowledges Lola or Millie. If I'm not careful, he will try to boss them around with a domineering attitude.. but it just took a few days of patience, observation and learning his personality so I could work with him accordingly to his disposition.
This little skinny dog has the confidence of a 100 lb Mastiff.. which amazes me. He most definitely has a zest for life and a love for people. I know he is going to make someone a very, lucky owner one day.. and if I had to give my report on him right now.. I would say, he loves interacting with people more than dogs.. BUT he would make a great pet for someone who may have other dogs within the home as long as the potential adopter is assertive and shows authority.
Chevy is also extremely intelligent. He is a quick learner and only needs to be corrected once if he gets into something he shouldn't or behaves towards Millie or Lola in a negative way. He aims to please and seems to have a deep longing for human interaction. He just needs to find the right person so he can shine like the star he is meant to be!!
Helping shelter animals one click at a time!