Nothing beats a day at the beach unless its a day at the beach with two gorgeous dogs! Thanks to Emilee Fuss for sharing these terrific photos of Clay and Calie. Both of these purebred Shelties are rescues who found their perfect forever home. Keep an eye on Clay’s ears, they are some of the most expressive ears ever!
From Emilee: “I met with this dynamic duo of Shelties on Boca Grande back in November for a fun romp on the beach! Calie is the lovely tri-colored girl, and Clayton is her sable-colored brother. The pair had never been to the beach before, so I was excited to see what they thought of the sand and surf. The fluffy pups started out the session feeling rather shy and overwhelmed with the strange surroundings, but by the end, they had blossomed into perfect models, and we were best buds. Calie even got her feet wet and seemed right at home on the beach! Their mom told me that Clay usually keeps his distance with new people, but you would never know–he didn’t want to leave me alone! I think it helps that I adore dogs and carry all kinds of animal and food scents on me. I’m a walking treat dispenser!”
From Debbie: “I am not sure how or why Clay came into my life. I had two Shelties and an elderly cat and had no thought or intention of getting another pet. Then one day I was on the internet and felt compelled to click on a link to rescue groups and came across Mid-Florida Sheltie Rescue. I scrolled down the page of available Shelties without really looking and when I stopped, there was Clay – an adorable face that clearly had an attitude.
I still don’t know why but I knew he was meant to be mine. He had had several homes and foster homes and had caused trouble in them all. At our first meeting, he put his head on my knee and I knew it was meant to be. It was quite a struggle at first because he did have quite an attitude but my oldest girl helped me get through to him. I think he knew he was finally at his forever home. Someone suggested we try agility to boost his confidence and we did and are now hooked on the sport. It made a tremendous difference in his attitude and confidence. He has become an absolute delight.
As for Calie, I had lost my only girl to cancer and had my two boys. We were in need of a girl. I saw Calie on the same rescue site where I got Clay and I knew she would be a perfect fit. My oldest boy, who I have since lost, and Clay loved her from the start. She is very fearful but Clay and I, with the help of agility, are working to help her overcome her fears.
I will be forever grateful to Mid-Florida Sheltie Rescue for having cared for them until they found their forever homes with me.
Clay and Calie are the best of friends and they both provide me with lots of love, laughter and joy.”
You can see more of these two sweeties on Emilee’s pet photography blog. Follow Emilee Fuss Photography on Facebook for more pet photography. In addition to dogs, Emilee takes great photos of all kinds of pets: cats, horses, pigs, hamsters, to name a few. It always makes me happy to see what she has recently photographed.
About Emilee Fuss Photography: Based in SW Florida, Emilee specializes in creating modern, artistic portraits that that captures the personality and quirks of your two and four legged kids. Emilee is a member of HeARTs Speak, a non-profit organization that connects artists and rescues to promote pet adoption. Emilee’s best model is her handsome Labrador, Buddy.
Emilee always does such incredibly beautiful work… these are gorgeous!
Kimberley Heurlin says
What a lovely article and photos! Debbie is an amazing woman who puts 110% into these amazing animals. I am so blessed to be in Don Soucy’s agility class w/ them and the transformation and journey is amazing! Thank you for sharing the story of the joys and successes of rescue dogs. Thank you Emilee!! Happy Tails!!!