So far I am proud to announce that with everyone's help we have raised a total of $590.00 over the past few months! I can't put in words how much this means to me when I see people come forward and book their dog's portrait session with PIT-STOP!
To help put the donated amount of $590 into tangible and useable items.. I hope to help give you some perspective with how each dollar counts!!
With $590 dollars, this can purchase roughly 19 bags of dog food or it can cover the cost of spaying and neutering roughly 6 dogs and/or cats.
This motivates me all the more to try and keep these sessions up and going! I am so proud of what we have gathered so far but I also realize that there is so much more to give..
I hope we can raise even more before the end of the year!!
It hasn't even been a week since Millie was officially adopted into our family and my husband and I both can see an amazing transformation. It is almost as if she knows!
Millie is confident with exploring new areas, she is showing more of a sense of curiosity than she is fear. She walks up to people to smell them and see what they are about... and I have seen her ask strangers to be petted... and of course, they reach down to do so!
I have finally heard her speak! Her voice is an amazingly, fierce and powerful bark that sounds like a low rumble. This past week she heard a strange noise coming from the back porch. It concerned her, so she ran to the door and gave it one loud bark. I went to check and it appears that the wind had blown over some boxes. I nodded in approval for Millie's diligence and observance.. she seemed to puff up in a proud manner..
Prior to adoption, I had hoped she would grow to love the outdoors, hiking, adventure, people and being around social situations. I think it is safe to say, she LOVES being on the go. I can't even put my shoes on or grab her leash without her jumping up and down from excitement.
She has learned how to do about almost everything except jump in a car. I find it comical to be seen lifting this big ol' 60lb of muscle into a little car.. but I will do what I have to do until she feels comfortable doing this on her own time.
Millie does insist that she is a lap dog and I often endure my leg falling asleep from her weight in the evening time when we all watch television.. She is one of the most affectionate dogs I have known.. maybe she is making up for lost time?
This week is a great week to remind myself how thankful I am.. I am thankful for taking a chance.. (I can remember hesitating on calling about Millie as she was not available for adoption at the time.) I am also thankful for the staff at the GBHS that work day in and day out caring for animals such as Millie, in hopes they too will one day find a home. I am thankful for my husband and family for being supportive of my decision to take on another dog and responsibility. With their support, it made me caring for her needs all the more easier. I am thankful for that woman who found her and surrendered her that day to the Humane Society, in hopes she would have a better life.
It wouldn't and couldn't have worked if all of these things did not come into play as it isn't just one person who makes a difference.. but rather all of us!
It's so rewarding to have friends interested and participating with this venture! I loved having the opportunity to work with Jaime and her pups for the cause. She has two babies.. Daisy, who is at the young age of 12 and Petunia.. who is approximately 3.
Daisy was the only child for a while until about a year or two ago when Jaime learned of a dog hoarding case.. to which, she rescued Petunia from.
These two pups were precious and I loved having the chance to photograph them alongside their beloved fur mom.
Not only do I know these photos will be cherished for years to come but they are also helping give the chance of adoption to a dog or cat in need at the shelter.. so that they may too, hopefully , one day experience the love that Petunia and Daisy receive.
Lets pay it forward!
There is nothing better than meeting someone for the first time because of our mutual love of animals. The Clowers were such an awesome couple whom I met this past weekend. They learned of the PIT-STOP Process through social media and their involvement with the GBHS.
I got to meet their sweet baby Penelope.. They call her a Chorkie.. part Chihuahua part Yorkie!! What a cutie she was.
We decided to meet at the Preserve Greenway in Hoover where Penelope could run off leash but by the looks of it.. She prefers to be held.. and I don't blame her.
Lauren and Addison both know how to make a pooch feel loved! She's very lucky to have such an adoring family.
I always am very appreciative of those who donate and support organizations such as the GBHS. Every bit helps! Thank you for the support. I must say, during the process, we got some sweet photos of your baby!
Millie is just about ready to be adopted to Gary and me! We feel that she's been ours all along but just to make things official.. We must make note that she has been in our foster care for the past several months and NOW, we can make the steps to officially call her our own!
We wouldn't have wanted it any other way. To be a part of her journey, her growth and her challenges have made this all the more rewarding. We went through all this together, as a fam.. and because of all the trials we had to endure with her insecurities, hang ups and weird ticks, it has allowed us to feel even more invested with the adoption progress.
She has most definitely taught me more about compassion and patience, endurance, hope, faith.. all things good come from nurture.. and I am a firm believer that Millie is a perfect example of what a little bit.. well.. A LOT of love in her case.. can conquer most anything.
Again!!! This is so exciting to see my portrait clients including their family pet with their seasonal portrait sessions. The Shoultz family have always included their beloved family dog, Bailey, with all our previous sessions.. so when I told them what I was doing with PIT-STOP and the donations, they didn't hesitate to participate!
Bailey is 9 years old now and is a former shelter pup. She was rescued and has been adored from day one. Bailey is a lucky girl and it is evident that she has found her forever home with the Shoultz family.
I am loving the TACKY SHEDDER sessions for the fur babies.. They are fun, bright, colorful, short and sweet.. which I am sure Penelope was happy about this past weekend. It was after all 80 degrees and for her sake.. she is probably thankful her family bypassed her tacky sweater this year and just went with a cutsie bell bow collar.
I'm a big sucker for any bulldog breed.. and a Frenchie just melts my heart everytime.. being a French Bulldog owner myself, I love how expressive they can be.
I love the Moore family and was thrilled to see them on the PIT-STOP Photos bookings this year as they have booked with my portrait company, L.A. Photography, LLC. So I enjoyed having them on this side to my photography this year.
Their donation was well received and is already being put to good use over at the GBHS. I know we are all very appreciative!