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category: Giving Back




SAS Reigning Cats and Dogs:  Abigail

This little sweetheart is Abigail a.k.a. Abby.  Abby and her foster mom met up with me at Houghton’s Pond in the Blue Hills, one of my favorite places to shoot.  I like the Blue Hills almost as much as my subjects do because there is so much to see, smell and do.

Abby is a 4 year old Pit Bull available for adoption through Scituate Animal Shelter.  What we already knew about Abby at the time of the shoot is that she is good with little dogs but shy around bigger dogs.  She’s is already house trained, likes to sleep in and loves, loves, loves a good belly rub.  She’s accomplished “sit” and “down” but needs a little work with “stay” because the only thing she really wants to do is be close to her humans.

Abigail Scituate Animal Shelter

I picked up Abby and her foster mom and on our way to the Blue Hills, was asked to use the child lock on the windows and doors because Abby is one smart little cookie and has learned how to open both windows and doors.

What we didn’t know about Abby and found out after our shoot when we made a stop to my parent’s house, is that she is really good with people she hasn’t met.  Both my mom and dad are elderly and if you’ve been following along with my blog for a while, you’ll know that Mom is in a wheelchair and Dad uses a cane.  Both of these things can be unnerving for a dog when they first experience the contraptions yet neither fazed Abby.  She was perfectly polite with my dad’s cane and calmly allowed him the space he needed to navigate around her.  When I brought my mom and her wheelchair around the corner and Abby first caught sight of it, she had no averse reaction to it or my mom.  Again, I saw nothing but polite curiosity from this little charmer.  I think she could pass the therapy dog evaluation with flying colors.  She was even good with my mom’s Conure (a form of parrot) though I don’t think I’d leave them in a room alone together just yet.

Abigail Scituate Animal Shelter

Abby is active but not high strung, curious about everything but never in your face (unless of course she’s giving kisses) and would fit into almost any household I could imagine.  If you’re looking for a versatile companion then I highly recommend you give Scituate Animal Shelter a call to arrange a time to visit with Abby. You will not regret it.

Abigail Scituate Animal Shelter





QAS Reigning Cats and Dogs:  Princess

Today’s post features Princess, a sweet as they come five year old who is looking for a family to call her own.  Princess is available for adoption through Quincy Animal Shelter and is currently in foster care.

QAS Princess

Princess, a calm, laid back little lady has impeccable manners is inquisitive and is a very quick learner.

She has an ennnnndlesssss amount of patience.  When her foster mom put the ahem, tiara on her, she calmly sat there in a perfect depiction of her name.

QAS Princess

I had to laugh when she seemingly shot a  raspberry in her foster mom’s direction telling her exactly how she felt about her crowning.

QAS Princess

Princess’ foster mom says she’s great in the house, isn’t a barker unless something goes bump in the night and is going to make someone a very good friend.

QAS Princess

I’ve had several opportunities to hang out with Princess.  She makes me laugh, has a giant heart, is free with her kisses and is a welcome relief to a long hard day.  Princess has also had a few doggie playmates so QAS is happy to do a meet and greet with your current dog in order to determine their compatibility.  Click HERE to see a quick little video of her playing with Josh, an adorable Min Pin mix.

Soul mates don’t just come in human form so contact QAS to visit with this beautiful one.

QAS Princess

QAS Princess

Dogs really do smile….and Princess’ is so adorable!

QAS Princess

QAS Princess

 





Reigning Cats and Dogs at QAS:  Sable

This handsome silver boy is Sable.   Sable is available for adoption at Quincy Animal Shelter.

Sable at Quincy Animal Shelter

 

Sable isn’t only beautiful on the outside, he’s got a heart of gold and is one of the most loyal dogs, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting.

Sable at Quincy Animal Shelter

 

You should be a pretty active person if you want to adopt this handsome boy because he is not a couch potato.  He has a lot of energy and is the kind of dog that wants to get out and do things.  He wouldn’t be happy with just a simple walk around the block.

Sable at Quincy Animal Shelter

 

Sable is all about running and playing especially when he finds someone willing to throw a ball for him over and over again.  He loves his ball.

 

Sable at Quincy Animal Shelter

Sable at Quincy Animal Shelter

 

Sable at Quincy Animal Shelter

 

You’ll probably build up a nice pitching arm with a little help from Sable..

 

Sable at Quincy Animal Shelter

 

Sable at Quincy Animal Shelter

Sable at Quincy Animal Shelter

But chasing and catching a ball with extreme grace and precision isn’t Sable’s only talent……….

Sable at Quincy Animal Shelter

 

He’s polite and always shakes a new friends hand on meeting.

Sable at Quincy Animal Shelter

 

I’m not sure if this was just an accident but it sure looks like Sable has “high five” covered too.

Sable at Quincy Animal Shelter

Seems to me that Sable would be a big winner on the agility field.  With the right person, he has endless potential.  When you ask something of him, he obliges immediately but my favorite thing about Sable…..he’s such a big love sponge.

Sable at Quincy Animal Shelter

Sable at Quincy Animal Shelter

 

Sable at Quincy Animal Shelter

Sable at Quincy Animal Shelter

Sable at Quincy Animal Shelter

Sable at Quincy Animal Shelter

Sable at Quincy Animal Shelter

Sable at Quincy Animal Shelter

 

Oh boy, oh boy a ball on a walk??  That’s like two for the price of one!!

 

Sable at Quincy Animal Shelter

Sable at Quincy Animal Shelter

 

Ewwwwww!!!!  Not all balls are that much fun!!

Sable at Quincy Animal Shelter

Sable at Quincy Animal Shelter

 

For more information on Sable give a shout to Quincy Animal Shelter.  Or better yet, come and visit with him for awhile.  He’s got a ball with your name on it.

 

Sable at Quincy Animal Shelter





Reigning Cats and Dogs at QAS:  Sassy

As a huge fan of rescue and adoption, I’ve put together a new personal project called Reigning Cats and Dogs.  Every week, I’ll be posting images of a cat and dog currently available for adoption at Quincy Animal Shelter in the hopes of helping them get more exposure and ultimately adopted.  If you know someone who is looking to adopt, please, please pass along the Reigning Cats and Dogs posts to them.  Maybe if we all work together, and cross post, we just might be able to find phenomenal homes for phenomenal animals.

It only seems fitting for my very first Reigning Cats and Dogs post to feature a true Princess.  Sassy a.k.a. Sassy Boombalassie is such a little sweetie pie.  If you walk by her kennel, without saying hello, she makes a point of letting you know just how rude it is to do that.

Sassy at Quincy Animal Shelter

 

Sassy has been with Quincy Animal Shelter since last summer.  Yup, you read that right.  Almost seven months.  Why?  Only one reason.  She belongs to a breed that is completely misunderstood.  She’s a Pit Bull, so she tends to get repeatedly passed over.  When she first came to the shelter, she didn’t have much confidence and wasn’t too keen about daily walks.  She seemed to only want to stay in her kennel.  But with the patience and care of all the volunteers, Sassy soon learned how much fun a walk could be and has now fully blossomed into such a wonderful dog.

Sassy at Quincy Animal Shelter

 

This morning was so cold, but not only was Sassy up for a walk…..

 

Sassy at Quincy Animal Shelter

 

She was totally into strutting her stuff for me and my camera.  Little ham.

Sassy at Quincy Animal Shelter

 

Sassy at Quincy Animal Shelter

 

Sassy loves people.  As soon as you start talking to her, her little ears drop down, her butt starts wiggling and she smiles not only with her mouth but with her eyes.  She has so much love to share and if you let her, she’ll mush on you with big wet kisses from those sweet little doggie lips.

 

Sassy at Quincy Animal Shelter

 

Sassy at Quincy Animal Shelter

 

Pit Bulls get such a bad rap.  In my almost ten years of volunteer work at QAS, I’ve found that Pit Bulls are amongst some of the most amazing, sweet and intelligent dogs I’ve ever worked with.  Sassy is no exception.  All she wants is to be loved and to give love.

Sassy at Quincy Animal Shelter

Sassy would do really well as the only dog living with a person who will help her keep her weight off (no offense Sassy but I know how much you like your junk food) or in a family with teenagers so she’d finally receive the love and attention she deserves.

Sassy at Quincy Animal Shelter

Sassy at Quincy Animal Shelter

Sassy at Quincy Animal Shelter

 

This little lady is always up for fun.  It takes very little encouragement to bring her playful side out and I think that’s one of the things I love most about Sassy.  She’s curious about everything and absolutely adored the snow mounds we found out on our walk.  Totally had me lying in the snow laughing my fool head off.

Sassy at Quincy Animal Shelter

 

Then down into the snow she dove again………..and up she came looking a little like….well…er….um….Miss Piggy.  I mean, look at that little snow covered piggy snout…how adorable is she?

Sassy at Quincy Animal Shelter

 

Something tells me she didn’t appreciate the Miss Piggy comment very much.

 

Sassy at Quincy Animal Shelter

 

Another great thing about Sassy (there are so many) is how easy going she is on leash.  She walks pretty much right by your side without pulling.

 

Sassy at Quincy Animal Shelter

Well, that is unless you squat down ten feet in front of her and start telling her what a little pretty princess face she is.  Then the ears go down, the tail starts wagging, bum starts hopping and poor Kathleen, canine volunteer (and amazing massage therapist), gets tugged a little.  Sorry ’bout that Kathleen, I just couldn’t resist.

Sassy at Quincy Animal Shelter

If you’ve been searching for a dog to share your life with and haven’t yet found the perfect match, it’s most likely because you haven’t met Sassy yet.  So make your way to QAS…..she’s waiting for you.  To see Sassy’s full online gallery, click HERE.

Sassy at Quincy Animal Shelter

Sassy at Quincy Animal Shelter

Sassy at Quincy Animal Shelter

 

Sassy at Quincy Animal Shelter

 

Sassy at Quincy Animal Shelter

Sassy at Quincy Animal Shelter





Puppy Up! and A Free Mini Shoot

What is Puppy Up!?  

It started with one man and his two dogs.  Luke, Hudson and Murphy are walking from Austin, TX to Boston, Massachusetts – a walk for all those touched by cancer – a trip, thus far, taking over 2 years and 2,400 miles.  They’ve walked through rain storms, snow storms and heat waves – carrying everything they need in packs on their backs and camping along the way in a pup tent. 

 On Saturday, June 19 th they’ll walk their final miles into Boston where the festivities and celebrations will begin.  For more info on Luke and his dogs:  2 Dogs 2000 Miles


 

 I’ll not only be joining them in the Final Mile, but I’ve also been asked by event coordinators if I would photograph Luke, Hudson and Murphy as they make their way along the last leg of their trip.  I am so honored to photograph this trio and want to go one step further by helping to raise additional funds for a truly worthy cause.

 The walk will end at the Puppy Up Festival on the Boston Common where I will have a booth and be raffling a Mini-Session Shoot w/a free 8×10 to one lucky winner.  There will be other vendors, food, entertainment, and more.

 In the evening, a Puppy Up! Gala and Auction will be held at the Fairmont Copley Hotel where I’ve donated a Full Session Photo Shoot that includes a 16 x 20 mounted print. 

 Become a sponsor of my booth & my Final Mile Walk to help raise money towards Canine Cancer Research.

 ALL FUNDS RAISED will be used to launch the next phase:  2 Million Dogs “Cancer. Touches. Everyone.”

 All DONATIONS OVER $25 received within the state of MA and by May 21st will be entered into the raffle for a Free Mini Session Shoot and an 8×10 raffle!!  But you don’t have to live in the state to donate.

Checks can be written to: Maria Andrews or White Whiskers Photography and mailed to:

Maria Andrews, 155 Palmer St., Quincy, MA 02169

or use PayPal by contacting Maria at:   whitewhiskersphotography@gmail.com





White Whiskers Pet Photography partners with PoundHounds:

White Whiskers Photography will be partnering with two organizations in upcoming fundraisers.  This weekend, I’ll be joining forces with PoundHounds on  Sunday, September 20th at their Barktoberfest.  What does this mean for you?  It means you have the opportunity to win a Single Session photo shoot for your pet while helping a wonderful organization do even more wonderful things.    

The event runs 11am to 3pm in Westford, MA at the 4-H Fairgrounds.  There’s going to be a lot of cool things going on.  You and your dog will love it.  I’ll be there capturing images of people and their pooches enjoying the festivities until 1pm.  I’m really looking forward to this because PoundHounds is an amazing organization doing great things for shelter dogs.

All you have to do to enter is show up and donate.  All money raised will go directly back to PoundHounds.  The winner will receive:

-         A 1 to 2 hour photo shoot at the location of their choice

-         30 to 40 images from the photo shoot published in a private online gallery for one month.

-         One 11×14 mounted print of their choice from their online gallery.

-         A non-printable DVD with all the images in their online gallery suitable for viewing on their TV or computer

PoundHounds is an all-breed, all-volunteer rescue organization that dedicates itself to helping abandoned, abused and surrendered dogs in shelters or town-run pounds find new homes.  Working closely with Animal Control Officers (ACO) as well as other rescue groups and shelters, PoundHounds helps not only with placement but also provides medical care and spay/neuter services to counteract pet overpopulation.

PoundHounds serves a unique need in the animal welfare community.  No other organization is focused on providing direct, grassroots support to Animal Control Officers and municipal town pounds and shelters.  They support and empower ACOs to improve the standard of care and visibility for the dogs in their care in order to increase their chances of adoption.

See you there!!