Casie, the owner at All Paws Retreat, wanted to give her clients a gift for the Thanksgiving holiday. We had a fun photoshoot of dogs eating PUP-Kin Pie that I made (pupper safe ingredients!)
It was a seriously fun afternoon as we watched them each devour their tasty treat.
Why do I rescue?
I have always had rescue animals. I grew up with dogs that we saved from certain situations that were not safe or were not in the best housing conditions.
When I was 19, my first dog made her appearance to me as a 6-week old beagle puppy running down the street at 3am in downtown Dayton. I tried to find her owners or mom of her litter, but ultimately Mazey lived with me to the ripe old age of 15.
At 21, I adopted Lola. Lola as this fat round almost all black with floppy ears. The moment I met her, I knew she was my dog. She came home with me and Mazey. She was my dog-soulmate. She grew into this faithful dog, who did whatever I wanted happily. She was dramatic though. She hated car rides, which as an auto enthusiast, who loves road trips, was the bane. She would barf, and cry and whine… and eventually, cave into calmness.
She was brave though. She was happy. She wasn’t always the brightest. She lived to the very old age of 17. My life was forever changed by her.
Mazey and Lola made my life better. They were with me through thick and thin, and caused chaos and love. They were my rescues that started it all.
When Mazey passed away, Lola was very sad. They had been together since her whole life, and I knew I would want another dog. Fostering wasn’t in the plans for us, but I knew working with a rescue would be the best way for me to find our next dog, and thus began my next path as a photographer.
I have been working with PetPromise since 2013. I have photographed cats and dogs with them, as well as eventually fostering a couple of dogs.
How can I help your rescue?
My goal is to work with 501(3)c organizations who are fostering dogs in the Central Ohio area. My studio is in Franklinton, Ohio. I offer group sessions for multiple foster pets in a single day or one on one sessions with advanced scheduling.
Rescues should contact me directly, to discuss the needs that will benefit the animals in their rescue.
All Animals that enter my studio must be vaccinated, and be on flea and tick prevention.
a Name for the business
I don’t talk much about my personal life here, but i feel like I should probably talk about this. I made it an “official” business around 2006 and struggled for a long time to come up with a clever quirky name. I didn’t want to use my own name as it was too long, and settled on a name that was even longer. The irony is not lost on me. I wanted to somehow incorporate my heritage, and my name, but Lucky Photography was taken, and nothing i came up with the Gaelic Translations sounded good to me. I also knew somehow my pets would be part of the business as well, and couldn’t decide how to incorporate them either.
At the time when i was creating this, my best furry pal, my faithful follower and protecter, was and is Lola. Lola is my beautiful redheaded (now white) shepherd mutt. Ive had her since 2000, when she was a wee pup. Today, however I look upon her old white face and thank the heavens for each day she is with me.
I did not initially adopt her, a friend did from Greene County Animal Shelter, and turned out she couldn’t keep this adorable fat puppy. I was a total sucker for her from the moment I met her. Lola has been my partner in crime and constant companion. She traveled with me everywhere, she loved to climb out on the roof with me and watch the world from up high. She protected my property, and myself.
She was my husbands first dog love. She was his his constant running parter while they both could still get up at 5am and run 4 miles. She taught him how great life is with a dog. They played fetch for hours, and she greeted him happily at the door every evening with her big dopey grin, even when she had just emptied the entire contents of the kitchen trash can all over the floor.
She was my Muse, OUR Muse and still is. She would sit pretty for me and let me practice my photography on her for hours, giving me soulful eyes and sideways glances. It clicked finally that to me that she, while having an expiration, had to be part of my studio name.
Its 10 years later and we grow nearer that date by the day instead of the years, as I had once thought would take forever to happen. I have worried about how I will handle having my business named after my long lost pal, and now have come to realize it wont matter. It was my way of honoring her then, and will always be a way to honor her.
PetPromise.org Rescue Kittens
Just a few short weeks ago, I did a marathon session at the studio for TWENTY rescue kittens for PetPromise.org! let me tell you, photographing that many cats in the middle of the summer in my non-airconditioned studio is hard work. I couldnt have done it without the help of my friend PJ, who did all kinds of silly things for us.
While I was working, a journalist from the Columbus Dispatch, Jeannie Nuss and photographer Barbara Perenic interviewed me, and took some video.
It was a great feature piece and I am very proud of it.
These are just a few of the cuties that i photographed that day!
To adopt anyone of these kittens fill out and application on PetPromise
Cullen is a big boy looking for an active and fun loving home. Hes a big lover, and a bit of a goofball. Got a bag of green beans, watch this boy use his smarts to earn those green beans. His foster family has a couple dogs and everyeone gets along quite well. Cullen is big boy, stands tall, but is well mannered, and quick to learn new lessons.
Cullen wants to be with you all of the time. Older children in a house would likely be ideal for him simply because he’s a big dog, but i suspect he would protect your children with his life. Cullen is house trained, crate trained, and has also had professional training. He is great on a leash and loves taking walks or chasing a ball in the backyard.
I hope you have room in your home and heart for this big tongued lover.If you would like to be considered for their new family, please fill out an application at http://www.petpromise.org/adoption-application
Logan and Lucy are PetPromise.org Puppies. They are about 8 months old and will max out around 25lbs. These two would love to find a home together, as they are best buddies.
Lucy is white and brindle, Logan is all brindle. They have big personalities and love ot wrestle and play with each other. If i had ot describe thier breed, they remind me of mini boxers. I loved thier personalities and feel like they would be a great pair for a couple who likes to travel with thier dogs or a family with kids. Really i think they woudl be great in any household.
If you would like to be considered for their new family, please fill out an application at http://www.petpromise.org/adoption-application
LUCY IS ADOPTED! 🙂