From Jennifer: “Walter said what caught his eye and made him rescue Nina was because out of all the puppies in the shelter she was the only one that was quiet and laying down at the end of the kennel while the other puppies were barking and jumping up and down.
He said to himself this is the pup for me, laid back! Little did he know that once Nina was home, she was energetic, playful, and very sociable.
Nina and Walter have been best friends for nearly seven years now.
He told me ‘If I had a dollar for overtime my dog made me smile, I would be a millionaire.'”
We’d love to hear about a special mutt that has touched your life!
About Cortiella Photography: Located in Miami, Florida Jennifer offers family, pet, maternity, senior and quinceanera portraits as well as head shots.
Scout the Spaniel is photographer’s Connie Meinhardt’s favorite subject, and it is easy to see why! I love his freckled nose and paws! While it is hard to believe, Scout was once lost or abandoned and all alone in the world.
From Connie: “Scout is my adorable rescue.
I found him on Petfinder and couldn’t resist him! I had to drive almost two hours to meet him, but it was worth it. He was brought in after being found alone at a campsite. He was so skinny and emaciated. I adopted him about two weeks after he had entered the shelter and he was still very skinny.
He has brought so much joy to my life. He is the most loving pup I have ever had.
As a Spaniel, he is a hunter, and it has taken me some time to adjust.
He enjoys being outside much more than any other pup I’ve owned.
He is obsessed with squirrels, bird, ducks, frisbees, and don’t get me started on tennis balls!”
Follow Connie Meinhardt Photo on Instagram to see more of her images, including Scout and his bestie Chloe. (She’s also getting her own Daily Dog Tag feature in the near future.)
About Connie Meinhardt Photography: Based in Dallas, Texas, Connie specializes in kids and baby portraits.
Having an open mind helps many of us find happiness, and also saves lives. Samantha and her dog Ellie are a perfect example of this. Ellie is a gorgeous Great Dane and Labrador mix. Thanks to AO & JO Photography and Videography for sharing this beautiful engagement session!
From Sam: “Before meeting my husband, I adopted Eleanor ‘Ellie’ Rigby (I named her after a Beatle’s song) from a kill shelter in Wayne County, NC. Her previous owners surrendered her. I went to the shelter to look at a different dog; I had my heart set on a chocolate lab.
When I saw Ellie in the kennel, I thought to myself ‘this dog could use some fresh air and a walk.’ After going outside and seeing how well mannered she was, I started thinking about changing my mind about a chocolate lab. I’m glad I did. Once I filled out the paperwork to adopt her, I learned that she was scheduled to be euthanized. The previous owners came to say goodbye to her. It was emotional for everyone. At this shelter, once an owner surrenders a dog, the dog only has seven days to get adopted.
Ellie has been such a wonderful dog. She is a six-year-old Labradane (Great Dane and Lab mix). She has such a sweet soul and personality. Ellie wins everyone’s hearts who meets her. I’m so glad she won mine. My husband and I try our best to include her in everything we can.
We are currently looking into training her as a therapy dog, so she will be able to share her love with other people in our community.
Ellie has so much love to share.”
If you know someone who is considering giving a pet up, please make sure they understand that owner surrenders are living on borrowed time in some shelters. It is especially important to find a no-kill organization for older pets.
About AO & JO Photography: Based in Raleigh, North Carolina, Adrian and Jennifer Outlaw offer their services for weddings, family, and senior portraits.
One of my favorite days of the year is Giving Tuesday. This new global day of giving back, always makes me hopeful and also leaves me feeling empowered. Because I can make a difference for others.
This year I’ll be donating to Best Friends Animal Society. Even better, all donations made on Giving Tuesday will be matched by generous supporters of Best Friends. Which is one more awesome reason to donate now! If you can’t give on Tuesday, your gift will still be matched this holiday season!
A donation to Best Friends is a perfect gift for the person who has everything!
If you are looking for other gift ideas, be sure to check out the Best Friends store. Check out some of the things I picked up at the Sanctuary. Now at least one of these items made it into someone else’s hands….And of course, I couldn’t leave without getting something from Cyrus Mejia.You can also use Amazon Smile when you and help Best Friends Animal Society at the same time!
I hope you’ll add Best Friends to your donation list on Giving Tuesday!
Based in Syracuse, NY, Alice G Patterson specializes in photography for small businesses, senior portraits, and dog photography.
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I’m not normally one for Black Friday shopping, but I found a couple of online deals that are too great not to share with you.
At checkout use this code to save 50%: “AllWeekend”
The package includes 1 Custom Illustration (just send in a clear photo), 2 Art Prints 8″x10″ and 5″ x7″ (perfect for framing), and 1 Ceramic Christmas Ornament (with your favorite furry friend’s face on it).
If you have already purchased a portrait from Noble Friends, spread the cheer with some custom gift wrap!
Improve Your Photography
If you are interested in improving your photography, I can’t recommend Charlotte Reeves books enough! Charlotte is offering a discount this weekend on both of her e-books, Fetching Photos and Dog Shots. Use the code BLACK until November 28.
Fetching Photos is very thorough and perfect for beginners to professionals. Dog Shots is almost like a recipe book for pet photography. Charlotte breaks down various photos to 4 elements and skill levels, to help you create the perfect, creative shot.
Perhaps the best gift you give or get is a new best friend! During this weekend, Zappos is generously sponsoring adoption fees when you adopt a pet from Best Friends Animal Society or shelters in the No More Homeless Pets Network. I don’t think you’ll ever find a better deal than a lifetime of love for free!
Thanks to Alice G Patterson Photography for photos of Noble Friends.