Friday, April 30, 2010

Sweet Max - Kansas City Dog Photography

Oh, sweet Max, what a happy boy! We attempted a photo shoot last weekend, but it began to rain fairly hard and Max was less than excited about being out in the yucky weather. We scheduled a follow up shoot yesterday and I think these photos capture Max's beautiful spirit much better.

Max was adopted from Animal Haven in March of 2007, by Kate and her family. They were true angels to rescue him! Kate asked the Animal Haven staff to point out a dog that really deserved a home but would probably not get adopted. They immediately directed her to Lobo (his shelter name). Max is a senior dog, between 8-10 years old and is a lab mix, but resembles a greyhound as well. Kate mentioned that he even runs laps in their yard like he is on the track!

In early April, Kate noticed that Max's cheekbones seemed to be sticking out more than normal. One day, she pulled his cheek back and saw a purple/gray mass growing on his gums. She immediately made an appointment at the vet and he later underwent surgery to remove the mass. Unfortunately, the pathology report revealed a high grade malignant melanoma. They were referred to a veterinary oncologist and Max is now halfway through a canine melanoma vaccine. The vaccine involves a series of 4 shots two weeks apart, and then one every 6 months.

According to Max's vet, the vaccine was introduced three years ago and the majority of the dogs she has treated are still alive. Without the surgery and vaccine, he was only given about 3 months to live. To learn more about canine melanoma, visit this website:

Kate, thank you for being an angel and rescuing Max from Animal Haven. He has such a beautiful, joyful and tender spirit and it's clear how much he loves you and your family for saving him. He was a joy to document and I pray he has a full remission from this icky canine cancer!

Mmm... Cheese please!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Rocky Mountain Great Dane Rescue, Inc. - Kansas City Dog Photography

I was recently contacted by the Rocky Mountain Great Dane Rescue, Inc. (RMGDRI), who had learned about my dedication to photographing adoptable dogs at Animal Haven. They asked if I would be interested in helping others learn of their organization and as their region grows in the Kansas area, I may be photographing some of their foster dogs in the near future as well. I am so excited to help this group give their dogs a voice through my photography.

Rocky Mountain Great Dane Rescue, Inc. is a group of volunteers concerned with the welfare of Great Danes. Every day, they save the lives of Great Danes by funding their medical care, advanced surgical treatments, spay/neuters, food and shelter. As part of their mission, RMGDRI firmly believes that it is their responsibility to do all that they can for every Dane that comes into their care. It is their purpose to find new, permanent, and loving homes for Great Danes that have been abused, neglected and/or abandoned in primarily Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Utah, and Wyoming. They will also consider adopting to families that live on the border between NE and IA. They are currently expanding their region to include Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Arizona and South Dakota.

RMGDRI believes that Danes are most misunderstood because of their size. They know Great Danes to be extremely sensitive and loving creatures whose hearts are greater than they are big. With this in mind Rocky Mountain Great Dane Rescue chooses to understand the specific needs of each Dane and adopting home in an attempt to find the best possible match.

To learn more about the Rocky Mountain Great Dane Rescue Inc., please visit their website:

And because a post just isn't complete without a photo, here is Puzzle, one of the Great Danes I photographed at Animal Haven who has since been adopted.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Adopt me Please - Week of April 27 - Kansas City Animal Haven Dogs for Adoption

Now presenting more wonderful fur babies up for adoption at Animal Haven in Merriam, Kansas! These doggies put this photographer to work extra hard yesterday! Lots of energy and a few snorting and coughing fits were just some of the challenges. However, nothing stops my persistence and I managed to capture each one's personality to the best extent possible!

If you are interested in adopting one of these amazing fur babies, please call 913 432-7548 or visit Please reference their Animal ID as well. Help spread the word and share this post on your Blog, Facebook or Twitter page!

Meet Katie, the Lab! Animal ID 5519

Meet sweet puppy! I was not given this one's breed or name, but if you are interested, just send me a message!

Meet Scottie, the Toy Fox Terrier! Animal ID 6040.

Meet Tanic, the Lhasa Apso! Animal ID 6035.

Meet Zoie, the Lab/Shar Pei mix! Animal ID 6044.

Meet Polka Dot, the Pointer! Animal ID 6038.

Meet Bugsy, the Boston Terrier! Animal ID 6006.

Meet Catalina, the Terrier! Animal ID 5979.

Meet Red, the Pit Bull! Animal ID 5978.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Breed of the Week - Pit Bull Terrier - Kansas City Dog Photography

I chose to feature the Pit Bull this week to help others learn more about this breed, who unfortunately is often shunned and overlooked because of its aggressive stigma. You might find the below information interesting if you are one of those who fear this breed.

*This information was taken from's website* The American Pit Bull Terrier has a strong pleasure to please. By no means are these dogs people-haters or people-eaters. Their natural aggressive tendencies are toward other dogs and animals, not people.

The American Pit Bull Terrier is a good-natured, amusing, extremely loyal and affectionate family pet, which is good with children and adults. Almost always obedient, it is always eager to please its master. It is an extremely courageous and intelligent guard dog that is very full of vitality. Excellent with children in the family, they have a high pain tolerance and will happily put up with rough child play.

When properly trained and socialized, this is a very good dog and a great family companion. Unfortunately, some choose to promote the fighting instinct in the breed, giving it a bad reputation. For complete information on this breed, visit this link.

Here are three Pitties up for adoption at Animal Haven in Merriam KS. They are still waiting and hoping you might look past the negative stereotype of their breed and give them a chance they so deserve. If you are interested in adopting one of these fur babies, please call 913 432-7548 or visit




Monday, April 26, 2010

Bob and Steve - Kansas City Dog Photography

The weather was not playing nice on Saturday. The clouds were darkening and the forecast was predicting scattered storms. I was convinced the rain would hold off until I was done with my doggy photo shoot. Afterall, I was praying hard!! However, it began to look bleak when light sprinkles turned to a harder rain. Cheryl and her doggies had come all the way from North Kansas City to the Shawnee Mission dog park, despite the dreary forecast. I have always been a very persistent person, so we decided to drive back to my house and used my covered upper deck for some photographs and ran into the yard in between sprinkles. I was determined to make this photo shoot happen and I am so glad I did. Cheryl is my co-worker at my dayjob and my friend. I will never forget that she was the first person to ensure I was welcomed into the office and always makes me smile and feel special. I was thrilled to photograph her fur babies, Bob and Steve. She rescued both of these seniors and they have brought her great joy.

Meet Bob, the Basset Hound. Such a sweetheart. I think he was humoring this silly photographer lady most of the time and really would have preferred to just go to sleep. I just love his classic Basset somber face.

Modeling is exhausting! Or I am just really boring him!

Meet Bob's partner in crime, Steve, the Blue Heeler mix. Full of energy and happiness, he loved treats and smiled pretty for me many times!

I laughed out loud when I first saw this photo. I just love how he really appears to be smiling for the camera, teeth and all!

Sometimes I just say random doggy phrases to get their attention and perkiness. "Do you want to go for a walk?" is always a great one, even though it's a huge lie! They don't mind after I give them some yummy treats though.

More treats please!!

Thank you for letting me document your precious fur babies, Cheryl, and for being such a good sport about the weather. I learned long ago that it's always worth it to have perseverance and I continue to live with that mindframe every day!