Engaging Tails: English Bulldogs Murph & Grace

I have probably mentioned this before, but as far as I’m concerned, the only thing better than an engagement session with a dog is one with two dogs! English Bulldogs Murph and Grace joined their humans for this fun session with Michele Ashley Photography.  

English Bulldogs sitting on stoop, Boston engagement photos

From Michele:  “Matt and Molly had their engagement session in their South Boston neighborhood. They included their 3-year old English Bulldog, Murph, and their newest addition Grace.”

couple sitting with English Bulldogs on bench

From Molly:  “Murph and Grace are two English Bulldogs. Murph is three years and Grace at the time of photos was four months.

English Bulldog, lifestyle dog photographyEnglish Bulldog, lifestyle dog photographyWe got Murph right when we moved to South Boston and a couple of years later thought he was ready to be an older brother so we got Grace so he would always have a friend. Murph loves playing soccer and chasing tennis balls.

Adorable English Bulldog puppy with eyepatchGrace enjoys asking everyone she meets for belly rubs and chewing everything in sight.” English Bulldogs on a walk, Boston engagement pictures

You can follow them on Instagram @murphthebostonbulldog and @gracethebostonbulldog.  If you would like to see more of this Boston engagement session, check out Michele’s blog post.

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About Michele Ashley Photography:  Based in Worcester, Massachusetts, Michele specializes in wedding and engagement photography.  

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Best Friends Animal Sanctuary Angels Rest

The Annual Blessing at Best Friends will take place on September 29, 2016, at Angels Rest in the Sanctuary.   I can’t think of a better place to honor animals.


Photo Credit: Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

 I visited Best Friends Animal Sanctuary last spring as part of a media tour.

We drove past the gates to Angels Rest on our way to a hike.  One of our hosts said we could visit Angels Rest if we wanted on our way back.  My brain screamed “NO!”  I thought that was the last place I wanted to go, but I kept that thought to myself.

Photo Credit: Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

After an amazing hike, we ended up in Angels Rest.  I told myself that I wouldn’t cry.  I even believed it.  Our guide, Cyrus Mejia, explained that many of the animals who came to the Sanctuary had never known love or respect in their lifetimes.  Early on, the  Best Friends founders created Angels Rest, a place where these animals would be respected, loved and honored for the beautiful souls that they are with a marker and a special placement.  Companion pets that were not adopted from Best Friends may also be placed here. 

Angels Rest is peaceful, sacred, full of love, and oddly, hope.

In addition to the markers, there are wind chimes everywhere representing lost and loved companions.   As we walked around, I noticed small niches that held stones, figurines, and various reminders of well-loved friends.  Although I didn’t have a camera, I was taking mental notes and maintaining my composure.    When I noticed a small sun bleached leather collar and tags, just like the one my dog Polly used to wear.  It hit me like a ton of bricks. Polly came into our lives when I was 8 or 9; she left this world when I was 25.  Even though it has been many years since she died, the tears were streaming down my face before I knew it.

All of the dogs I’ve ever loved pushed to the surface of my mind, as well as the overwhelming statistic that 9,000 companion animals die needlessly in shelters each day.  And I started down the path to that deep, dark place of suffocating grief that terrifies me.  

Just as suddenly, the air filled with beautiful music from the wind chimes.  Although I didn’t notice a change in the breeze. The chimes were mysterious, magical and comforting. I understand that this sounds crazy, but it felt like angels moved those chimes instead of the wind.  

wind-chimes Angels Rest, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

Photo Credit: Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

I looked at my companions and realized they were having a similar experience.  They had been crying but were now being comforted by the wind chimes.  It was as if all those souls were saying “It’s okay, we are fine, and you will be too.”  And my sorrow was replaced with peacefulness and hope.  

I believe in Best Friends.  Their motto “Save Them All” is working.  So this September, I’m asking for Polly to be included.  The love she brought into this world isn’t lost or forgotten. Dogs have made my world better, and I want to make the world better for them.   I hope you’ll consider donating to Best Friends or another rescue to honor your pets as well! 

You can memorialize a pet with wind chimes at Angels Rest or for yourself.   

The next time you are looking to add a new family member, please adopt!

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Engaging Tails: Charlie the Golden Retriever

It seems like love is always in the air when you’re a dog lover!  Everywhere I look, I see people who adore their dogs.  Eileen K Photography got some great engagement photos of Chelsie and David, but of course, my favorites are the ones that include handsome Golden Retriever, Charlie.

Golden Retriever sitting between engaged couple.

From Eileen:  “Chelsie and David included their dog, Charlie for their engagement photo shoot on Lake Minnetonka in Wayzata, MN.  Charlie is a Golden Retriever mix that Chelsie adopted as a puppy.  Charlie joined us at the end of their photo shoot and was happy to have his picture taken!”

Golden Retriever sitting between people on curb, engagement photos with dogs From Chelsie:  “He has a quirky personality and can put a smile on anyone’s face.  Charlie’s primary goal in life is to make everyone love him.  Without a doubt, and he has stolen our hearts. “

couple kissing at park, Golden Retriever sitting by their feet Engagement photos with dog

About Eileen K Photography:  Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Eileen specializes in wedding photography and family portraits.
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Engaging Tails: Luna the Black & Tan Coon Hound Mix

Black and tan Coon Hound/Beagle mix Luna was an important part of Shanna and Patrick’s engagement photos with Ivory Door Studio.   

close up of black and tan coon hound/beagle mix during engagement photo session

Images Courtesy of Ivory Door Studio

From Mahlia and Pat:  “We met up with Patrick  and Shanna at the Pedestrian Bridge in Nashville and were thrilled to see they had a special guest — their dog! Trust us; you’re going to fall in love with this pup!” Continue reading

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Dog Pawty: Bash’s Gotcha Day Celebration

Katie Lindgren and her dog Bash celebrated their first Gotcha Day with a few photos, a fun hat and a cheeseburger!  Katie adopted Bash in 2014.  His story is almost like a Disney movie. In his first year, Bash suffered more than his share of hardships.  Thanks to his good looks, loving personality, kind friends, and a lot of luck, he finally ended up with the girl of his dreams!

katie-lindgren-mixed-breed-in-birthday-hat, German Shepherd/Chow mix in hat

Bash was caught in a trap and taken to a shelter in North Carolina.  Unfortunately, like so many shelters are,  it was overcrowded.  Many shelters euthanize healthy animals within a short period to make space for other pets.  Bash was on that track. However, on the day Bash was going to be euthanized, a rescue pulled him from the shelter and took him to Lincoln, Nebraska.  Katie saw Bash on Petfinder and drove three hours or so to meet him.   Continue reading

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