I would personally like to thank Maggie for including her precious Ally in their family session this year! I realize that donations are down for this time of year due to families wanting to book their Christmas portraits more so than Doggie Headshots when given the option.. So why not do both?
So, I am very appreciative of those who show their support through including their pet with their family sessions and donating for a good cause.
They are paying it forward and taking just a small additional donation to their portrait fee to help animals in need at the GBHS.
It has been just over a month since I've last donated and photographed any fur babies. It seems as though my portrait sessions with L.A. Photography have skyrocketed while my pet photos have declined with the upcoming holiday season.
Please keep mind that I can and will be happy to incorporate your pet(s) in your family photo session. There are different pricing structures regarding portrait services compared to just pet photographic services.
We can offer a quick mini-session for grabbing a key image to use towards cards and gifts or we can elaborate more on detailed shots, group pairings and poses for a full session.
Just remember that a donation is asked from you to the GBHS if you book any pet portrait sessions or incorporate your pet into a session!
Every year Gary and I have our annual Pumpkin Carving Party where friends come dressed up. We watch scary movies on our back porch, eat chili and carve pumpkins.. in preparation for the week before Halloween.
Since it is Millie's first Halloween to spend with us, we wanted her to feel included and prepared for our get-together. I wasn't sure if she would wear a costume at first due to her uncertainty about new things.. but the past few weeks.. she has become quite the adventurer.
I have noticed her approaching people she does not know and is less timid around new places. She hasn't cowered down in a few weeks and seems to carry herself with more confidence. She no longer tries to run away when Gary and I walk past her in a closed in area.. She used to run away when we needed to walk past her but now she has become a toe stubber as she won't get out of our way.
With all this progress, I decided to purchase her a 'WONDER WOMAN' costume this past weekend. It just seemed so fitting due to her situation. She has fought so hard to be where she is. She has proven to be resilient to her horrible past and she believes and hopes in good things. She definitely has my vote on being the REAL Wonder Woman.
The outfit looks perfect on her! It looks like it was made for her! So I am excited about included her with all our holiday festivities this year. She knows she is part of our family now, as I can see how her layers have peeled back month after month.. She shines like a new pearl.
Just 17 more days until Millie will be eligible for adoption! We have cared for her 73 days out of 90 days with the Greater Birmingham Humane Society foster program. I can't even begin to tell you how rewarding it has been to have her under our watch. She has truly come into her own the past couple of months.
My husband and I decided to celebrate our 5 year wedding anniversary with a quick beach get-away this past week. The progress Millie has made allowed us to feel that Millie was ready to experience probably what would be her first time to the beach.
We have taken our Frenchie, Lola, before and felt that not only was Millie deserving of a vacation but Lola was in much need of one of her own as well. Lola has been ever-so-patient with Millie's arrival. She has learned to share her toys, her food, her bed but most importantly she has also learned to share her fur mommy and daddy.
We decided to revisit Fort Morgan again. This is my absolute favorite beach of all time because of it's isolation and most importantly.. the beaches at Fort Morgan are DOG FRIENDLY!
Millie didn't know what to think when we first walked her to the sand. She looked over at the loud waves as they crashed onto the shore and stared at them for what seemed like ages. She tip toed on the sand and put her nose to it.
We proceeded to walk her closer to the shoreline.. and then she realized the noise she was hearing were the waves and they are chasing her.. So she darted back up to what she presumed as the 'safe zone'.. where the sand was soft and dry and the waves could not 'chase' her.
She still is very cautious with the unknown and did not want to walk too close to the shoreline.. so we let her roam comfortably several yards from the ocean. She loved the sand and the ocean breeze and we enjoyed taking her in the evening time to play and run around.
At night we would cook dinner and sit on the front porch with our dogs. They could be found laying down, fast asleep from a full day of fresh air. When the sun would rise, we would too, as we were excited to have another full day together.
As we gather new memories with Millie, I do hope that these new moments are starting to fill the space where her old memories use to be.. until one day, Millie will only think of and know of the life she lives now.