Dogs touch our lives in ways we can’t predict. Sadie the Chow mix is not only the inspiration for her family business, she’s also the center of their life. Nashville pet photographer, Mandy Whitley, photographed Sadie and her family.
From Mandy: “Kayla and Eric, along with their sweet rescue pup Sadie, run Winks & Whiskers – a pet apparel company for dog owners. Their shirts are the softest ever, and they donate 10% of every sale to a dog focused charity. Sadie is an 8-year-old Chow mix that they adopted when she was five. They love to hike together, and she loves treats, but she is not a fan of drones!”
From Kayla: “We were newbies to adopting a pet, so we just Googled our local dog shelter which at the time was Franklin County Dog Shelter and went to ‘look’ for a dog to call family.
Eric had his eye on a young 1-year-old dog named Jim for a bit, but as soon as I saw Sadie in her featured spot in the shelter, I knew she was the one for us.
I talked with Eric about how Sadie was missing her left eye and was five years old. So she might not have as good of odds at getting adopted as some others in the shelter. Eric said goodbye to young Jim. Because when he saw Sadie and I look at each other, he knew it too; we were meant to be hers.
It is also kind of ironic since Sadie was surrendered because her former owners were going on a long trip. And because of Sadie’s impact on our lives, we’ve made a business, and have a full-time traveling lifestyle all centered around her.”
About Mandy Whitley Photography: Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Mandy specializes in photography for pets and their people.