Yesterday morning I had the opportunity to reunite with an old friend and classmate. Christy and her mother as well as grandmother are all big fans of the GBHS, so when they learned about the ongoing donations Pit-Stop Photos is doing, they booked me that day!
I absolutely LOVED the idea that Oliver, a Sun Conyer, was participating. I have grown up with several different types of parrots over the years so photographing and meeting the little guy was a lot of fun for me.
I also enjoyed meeting a 14 year old Dachshund, Megan and her fellow pack mate, Dixie, a redbone hound. These two ladies were so easy going that it didn't take any time to grab the photos we needed for them
Molly is a Border Collie and you could tell she loved the camera! I don't think I got one bad photo of her. Lexi, a Collie mix, is part of her pack and she is a rescue. She enjoyed speaking to the camera and I found that she worked for treats!
Each and every pet had it's own unique personality.. to which, this only confirms why I am doing what I am doing. These dogs and parrot all belong to someone who loves them dearly and it shows in the photos that each one is happy, smiling and full of personality.
I believe that every animal out there deserves the same happiness and chance.
Meet Millie , often known as Millie Vanilee and Silly Millie because of her child-like characteristics and clumsy, goofy personality. It is like she is a puppy in an adult dog's body. I feel that it is because she never got to be a 'puppy'. She's just learned what toys are and she loves to chew and play. I often catch her running circles in the yard as she has learned to toss the ball herself and chase after it.
I am ashamed to say that Millie is my first rescue.. but already, I feel that Millie has taught me more about life than any dog I've ever had. She has taught me patience, empathy, unconditional love, faith, endurance and hope. You would understand these things if you saw her from the beginning.
Whoever had her prior to me showed her hate, selfishness, anger, torture and intolerance but yet, through all this, she still desires to love and trust another being again.. and this breaks my heart.
Meet my Frenchie, Lola. She is often called Lolacoaster due to her small size yet big personality. I've had her since she was a puppy. My mom and dad surprised me with her one afternoon when I came to visit them. She sat on the floor, as I walked right past her.. not even noticing her. My parents had to point her out to me. She was so small and looked like a bat with those HUGE ears. She looked up at me, waiting to be held.. as to know she was meant for me. I instantly picked her up and cried tears of joy. She was the cutest thing I'd ever seen..
That was six years ago and oh how quickly six years passes by. She has been our one and only since she was a puppy, so we weren't sure how she would feel with Millie's arrival.
Millie has not only taught me a lot of things about unconditional love but I feel she has also taught Lola a thing or two about acceptance. I often find the two ladies laying on the floor together chewing the same toy.
I had to do a double take as prior to Millie, I have never seen Lola share with another dog. It just melted my heart to see this.
Yesterday afternoon I got to meet Henry a black lab mix and Annabelle, the Boston Terrier. I absolutely loved them both! Henry was adopted from the GBHS last October as a puppy. After his adoption, Holly felt compelled to volunteer at the GBHS with her small group at church. So it was nice working with a fellow volunteer who understands the need for willing and generous donors.
Holly has had Annabelle since she was a puppy, so Henry made the perfect addition to the household. Annabelle is going on 8 years old, so her energy helps to level off Henry's curious puppy energy.
These two were easy to work with. They were friendly and with the magic of 'treats' I was able to capture some sweet head shots for their owner to keep.
Thank you again Holly for showing an interest as well as contributing, in hopes of making another animal's life better.