Category Archives: Animal Rescue

I’m so excited to announce that my work will be featured on the cover of next months issue of The BARK Magazine (The Bark, Issue 66, Sept/Oct 2011).

Bark Magazine Cover Image

Show in the picture are two puppies that I fostered (in the middle) next to their two siblings. All these puppies are parvovirus survivors and all but one have been adopted to really wonderful families. The beginning of that journey you can read by clicking here.

If you’d like to view the articles about me and HeARTs Speak written by the fabulous Lisa Wogan (a contributor to Bark), you can view them here…

http://thebark.com/content/putting-art-heart

http://thebark.com/content/picture-worth-thousand-hits

I thought I had a lot of animals! Last week I was so excited to photograph the President of the Flower Mound Humane Society and her family. Her family consists of her husband , 2 dogs, 1 foster dog (since has bee adopted), 5 cats, and 2 foster cats. Now THAT is what I call an animal lover and advocate! Her main reason for contacting me was to get good pictures of her senior pets. Remember I do offer discounts for seniors, rescued, and terminally ill pets. Contact me for more details or visit my website for pricing.

Chocolate Lab

Black Cat laying

Black and white cat

Domestic Long Hair Cat

Black Cat

Black Cat

Black Cat with Green eyes

Yellow Lab

Black and white cat in lap

Senior dog with family

Please remember to always spay or neuter your pet to help control the pet population and decrease the number of euthanized animals in our country. If you are interested in adopting, please visit the Humane Society of Flower Mound or your local Humane Society or shelter.

This has been an incredibly difficult and emotional week for me. I love to photograph pets and volunteer my services to photograph rescue dogs.

Occasionally I will foster animals if I can. We have a pretty full house already so adding additional animals to our mix can be a challenge. My senior dog, Sadie is not tolerant of most other dogs so the circumstances have to be just right. There was a litter of puppies at a local shelter. They were said to be Great Dane/St. Bernard mix puppies, however we don’t know what dad was. Do you know why we don’t know what dad was? Because mom was never spayed and had an unwanted pregnancy… along with unwanted puppies.  These puppies were uncared for and starved, then ultimately taken to a local kill shelter to most likely be euthanized. Please Spay or Neuter your pets! I can’t say that often enough!

I know that Sadie is okay with puppies because they are smaller than her and she tends to like females so I told the rescue I would take 2 female puppies of the 6 that were rescued. The day we got them we noticed they were very very thin. We weighed them at 6.5 lbs and 8 lbs. They guessed their age at about 8 weeks. Pretty darn small for a Great Dane/St. Bernard mix, but again we have no idea what dad was. One  was very, very sick and we took them to the vet the next day to  find out they have Parvo.  If you don’t know what Parvo is, here is a section take from Wikipedia

Signs and symptoms

Dogs that develop the disease show symptoms of the illness within 5 to 10 days. The symptoms include lethargy, vomiting, fever, and diarrhea (usually bloody). Diarrhea and vomiting result in dehydration and secondary infections can set in. Due to dehydration, the dog’s electrolyte balance can become critically affected. Because the normal intestinal lining is also compromised, blood and protein leak into the intestines leading to anemia and loss of protein, and endotoxins escaping into the bloodstream, causing endotoxemia. Dogs have a distinctive odor in the later stages of the infection. The white blood cell level falls, further weakening the dog. Any or all of these factors can lead to shock and death.[20] The first sign of CPV is lethargy. Usually the second symptoms would be loss of appetite or diarrhea followed by vomiting.

So my week has been spent cleaning up diarrhea, vomit, and worms (yes they had worms too!). Administering antibiotics and antinausea, force feeding, and administering subcutaneous fluids to each of them daily.  There is another woman that took the other 4 puppies. Her life was double as exhausting as mine I’m sure. Honestly I can’t imagine what she’s been through. I found out last night she lost one of hers. I’ve shed a lot of tears this morning over her. Her name was Bailey and she was given the best care she could possibly get in her last days and hours of her life. Thank you Amanda for taking them into your home and loving them as they should have been loved in the first place.

Please keep the other 3 of her puppies and my 2 puppies in your prayers so that they will recover quickly and go on to live happy and healthy lives. They deserve it. Every dog deserves it.

This is Paisley. She is the most gentle and loving little girl. She was the sickest when we got her, but has been eating and drinking on her own for 3 days now.

puppy with parvo

puppy with parvo

puppy with parvovirus

This is Portia. She was pretty healthy when we got her, but has declined significantly over the past few days. These were taken before she got really sick. Right now she spends her days curled up in a ball. She’s skin and bones when I hold her. It’s heartbreaking that I can’t do more to help her.

Great Dane mix puppy

Donations for their care can be made at  www.LifeisBetterRescue.org Just let them know the donation is for the puppies or for Scooter’s Fund (their designated medical piggy bank) and they will make sure they are applied to the current and coming vet bill. No donations are used for anything but animal care, but they can be earmarked for medical. No donation is too small!

I want to thank Crystal O’Neal and Renee of Big Dogs Huge Paws, Georgia Cameron and  Life Is Better Rescue and Rickords Animal Hospital for their help financially and emotionally in the care of these puppies. They have been a huge support system for me.  Fostering an animal is hard. I won’t deny that, but it’s also very rewarding so I don’t want to scare anyone away from fostering with my experience. I wouldn’t have traded it for anything!

So I’ll leave you with this. If you have pets, PLEASE spay and neuter them (cats or dogs). This is the only way to prevent unwanted puppies/kittens and to help prevent millions of dogs from being euthanized each year.

UPDATE 6/12/2011 – One more puppy has passed away. There are four left and all seem to be doing well at this time.  All visited the vet today and it was encouraging.  Please continue to pray for them.

Here is a picture of Paisley and Portia taken this morning…

puppies with parvo

These kittens are being fostered by me through the Flower Mound Humane Society. These sweet babies were abandoned at the gate of the FM clinic.

They are $100 each or they are doing a special price on kittens at 2 for $150. This adoption fee helps to cover the costs of basic preventative care including spay or neuter, microchip, vaccines (including Rabies and virals), heartworm tests, FeLV/FIV tests, in addition to extra medical care the animal may need.

Go to http://www.hsfm.org/adopt/adopt_apponline.asp to fill out an application.

2 short haired black females and 1 medium haired black female all about 8 weeks old. They are very social and playful and we’re having the best time giving them the love and attention they deserve.

Black kitten

black kitten

black kittens in pink bed

I’d like to introduce you to Nathan. Nathan, a 4-year-old puppy mill survivor is a very sick little boy who needs help for his medical care.  He is currently in an oxygen tank at the North Texas Emergency Pet Clinic in Carrollton, TX.

This gentle little pug has won the hearts of the volunteers and the vet staff at the clinic. He is fighting for his life. Please help him live the life he deserves.

UPDATE 5/9/2011  on Nathan – Thank you for the donations and prayers for 4-year-old rescue pug Nathan who was rushed to the emergency clinic for severe pneumonia yesterday morning. Although he does seem more comfortable, the lungs have not improved significantly. Dr. Thompson did a wash to collect fluid for a culture. She is also changing to Muropenem, a penicillin based drug administered via IV. They had some donated which will save us some money and she thinks he might respond better to it. He will stay at the specialty clinic today, and will be seen by Dr. Gulikers and monitored in the hospital there. He may be referred to a specialist if he is going to need the trachea stent. Please consider donating to help us with his bills. They are going to be substantial, but we truly believe little Nathan deserves all the care we can give him. Please help us spread the word about Nathan.
http://www.dfwpugs.com/index.php/support-us/donate

UPDATE 5/10/2011 – on Nathan, the 4-year-old rescue pug with severe pneumonia – Nathan’s white cell count has gone from 42,000 to 19,000 and he is eating and drinking on his own now. He is still under oxygen and will be for at least another 24 hours. The culture on the fuid taken from his lungs had the herpes virus, corona virus and microplasm. They will do another set of x-rays later today, along with more bloodwork and will let us know the results. Our thanks to everyone who has donated to help us with his care in the specialty clinic. Dr. Gulikers is examining him for us, and he is a great vet! Please open your hearts and give to help Nathan
http://www.dfwpugs.com/index.php/support-us/donate

UPDATE 5/12/2011 -We got some challenging news today-Nathan will need surgery for a stent in his breathing passage. We are sending out an appeal for funds. If we cannot get enough donations, the officers may be facing some tough decisions about this sweet little pug. Thank you to everyone who has donated so far – Please keep Nathan in your prayers.
http://www.dfwpugs.com/index.php/support-us/donate

Pug Nathan in oxygen tank

Pug getting breathing treatment

Pug at vet clinic

Nathan the pug

Nathan the pug

sad pug in vet clinic

This morning I had the honor of photographing a gorgeous 6 year old, 115 lb. female Bullmastiff / Mastiff mix that is currently being fostered in Trophy Club, Texas.

This is the first time I’ve photographed a rescue with Big Dog Huge Paws and I’m thrilled to be working with them! They rescue all giant breeds, so if you are a BIG dog lover, this is a rescue for you!

Tasha is a very gentle girl and loves her foster momma. She followed her everywhere during our shoot… I’m sure it had nothing to do with the hot dogs and cheese though ;). It’s clear she’s a lover and just wants love in return. She does great with other dogs (lives with 3 Great Danes), but can not be in a family with cats. Oh, and don’t let that gray muzzle fool you, this girl has tons of energy and such a super soft coat!!

Bullmastiff mix

adoptable mastiff in dallas area

Bullmastiff for adoption

Mastiff available for adoption in Dallas

For more information on Tasha, please visit her page on Big Dogs Huge Paws located here. If you are interested in her, please fill out an application here .

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