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.