Friday, July 30, 2010

Breed of the Week - Boston Terrier- Kansas City Dog Photography

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Boston Terriers, also called the Boston bull, are compact and well-muscled dogs. The body is short with a square appearance. The square looking head is flat on the top and in proportion to the rest of the body. The deep, wide, short muzzle is in proportion with the head. The nose is black. The stop is well defined. The bite is either even or slightly undershot giving the muzzle the square look. The large, round dark eyes are wide-set. The erect ears are small and either cropped or left natural. The limbs are straight and muscular. The legs are set somewhat wide apart, and the chest is broad. The neck is slightly arched. The low-set, tapering tail is short and either straight or screw shaped and is never docked. The short, fine textured coat comes in seal, brindle and white, black and white and some are born brown & white.

Originating in the city of Boston, Massachusetts, the Boston Terrier is one of the few breeds that was developed in the USA. The original Boston Terriers were a cross between the English Bulldog and now extinct English White Terrier.

The Boston Terrier is gentle, alert, very intelligent, well-mannered and enthusiastic. Without the proper amount of mental and physical exercise they can become rambunctious and a bit high strung. They are very sensitive to the tone of one's voice. Boston's like to learn and therefore are not difficult to train. Their intelligence ensures they pick things up quickly. The Boston Terrier is playful, very affectionate and likes to be part of the family. Very popular in the United States, due above all to its excellent character. They generally get along well with non-canine pets. Without proper leadership from humans communicating to the dog what is acceptable behavior and what is not, they can become dominant and may fight with other dogs. These little dogs may be difficult to housebreak.

Height, Weight
Height: 15-17 inches (38.1-43cm.)Weight: 10-25 pounds (4.5-11.3kg.)

Prone to eye problems such as juvenile cataracts, late-onset cataracts, entropion, distichiasis, glaucoma, corneal dystrophy, corneal ulcers, cherry eye, dry eyes (Keratitis Sicca) The prominent eyes are prone to injury. Also, deafness, patellar luxation, heart and skin tumors. These short-faced dogs may have breathing difficulties when stressed by exertion in hot or cold weather and can overheat if they are pushed too hard. They may also snore or drool.

The smooth, short-haired coat is easy to groom. Comb and brush with a firm bristle brush and bathe only when necessary. Wipe the face with a damp cloth every day and clean the prominent eyes carefully. Check both the ears and eyes for grass seeds. Ticks may also lurk in the ears. The nails should be clipped from time to time. This breed is an average shedder and does not have a strong doggie odor.

Bella, the adorable doggy up for adoption at KC PAWS!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Adopt Me Please - Week of July 26- Kansas City P.A.W.S. Adoptable Dogs

It's time to announce more amazing furry babies up for adoption at KC P.A.W.S. I am continuing to work with Sandi at this organization who works so hard to rescue dogs, specializing in cruelty and neglect cases. Please spread the word to others and promote adoption! For more information, call Sandi, Mallory or Tiffani at 816-361-7829 or email

And remember to check out their website Don't forget this fabulous BONUS - All dogs adopted from PAWS come with 6 months of free doggy daycare at A Dog's Fun Playce (a $2,700.00 value).

I want to continue to thank all of my supporters for spreading the word and for your kind comments about my work. It really gives me the strength to keep doing this, so for that, I thank you all! "Saving one dog will not change the world. But for that one dog, the world will surely change." - Unknown

First, I wanted to open with Gwen. You may have seen Gwen, the adorable Mastiff, before. She has become a part of the KC PAWS family and loves to greet people and act as their secretary. I have been wanting to catch her in the act and so now you can finally see her in action! Although everyone at KC PAWS is extremely close to her and would be very sad to see her go, she is still in need of a forever family who will treat her like the princess she is.

Meet Mr. Black! This adorable Pittie was rescued off a chain in an inner City neighborhood. He spent his whole life on a short heavy chain with only two pallets standing on end with a tarp over the top for shelter. He was set free by a good samartian and would now like to find his new forever family.

Meet Bella! This sweet girl was abused and has a deformity in her chest which was caused by either being kicked or stepped on as a young puppy and having her ribs crushed. Since she wasn't treated, her ribs healed in an odd angle which has compressed her internal organs into a smaller chest cavity. Because of this she has not grown like a normal Bassett Hound and will remain very small. The Vet has given her a clean bill of health and despite all she has been through, she is an extremely loving little girl.

Meet Lacy! Lacy is a beautiful young Lab who ended up in a rural animal shelter where her owner did not come to claim her.

Meet Brenna! Oh sweet Brenna, the Boston Terrier. I really fell in love with this one. She just wanted to climb in my lap and give me kisses. She was obviously used as a breeder dog and has had numerous litters. She was rescued and now deserves to be the wonderful lap dog she is for the rest of her life.

Meet Felix! This little man is a senior Chihuahua who was given up when his family decided they didnt want him because they were having a baby. Felix is around 7 years old and they had him since he was a puppy. He would love for you to give him a chance even though he is a senior doggy.

Meet Simon! This Silky Terrier was found in a rural area and ended up in a rural shelter where he stayed for months waiting on his family to find him and they never did. He was in very good shape when found, even fairly recently groomed, but his family has never claimed him.

Meet Missy! Possible Lab/Chow or maybe part Corgi. She was found as a stray and rescued off of the streets. Missy is very well behaved, laid back, mellow and really will make a wonderful companion for any family.

Meet Bosco! This little Min Pin or Manchester Terrier Mix was rescued from a shelter as a tiny pup by a well meaning family who fell in love with him but had no idea what they were getting into and had done no research on the Terrier breed. Bosco is a really good little boy, a typical Terrier...full of energy and very happy!

Meet Lucy! She is an adorable young Beagle mix puppy whose nose probably got her in trouble and she wandered away from her home. She ended up in a rural pound and no one came to claim her.

Meet Chloe! This adorable miniature Italian Greyhound is very sweet and not extremely hyper like many Italian Greyhounds. Her owner had two older dogs and determined she just couldn't keep them all.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Pet Home Magazine Sneak Preview Photos - Kansas City Dog Photography

Sweat dripped down my face, my camera was getting heavier with each shoot, I was so hot and tired... but I still had a smile on my face. My husband was my assistant for the day during this photo shoot for Pet Home Magazine since I had to photograph multiple dogs and they all were transported to different parts of Kansas City, away from the shelter, KC P.A.W.S. He finally saw my exhaustion and the hard work it takes for me to capture these special dogs and he asked me, "Why do you do it?"

That is a question I am sure many of you have wondered to yourself. So, why do I do this? As exhausting as this job has become, I will not give up now. I will never stop fighting for these dogs and giving them a voice. Even if I just help one find their forever family, every ounce of my efforts is worth it. I believe deep in my heart that some of these dogs are so easily overlooked because of a poor photo or not enough marketing and exposure. Being able to capture each dog's true personality on film still amazes me when I see the results. I can't help but smile as I sort through the photos I take, excited to share with others who will finally see the personalities that these dogs want you to see so badly. A picture really is worth a 1,000 words. It has become my job to ensure every adoptable dog I meet is accurately represented through the art of photography. And I wouldn't have it any other way.

It was hard to narrow down my one favorite from each dog's session, but here they are! Stay tuned for more details of when these amazing adoptable doggies will be appearing in Pet Home Magazine!

Kokomo - Graffiti Wall in KC

Cinnamon - Loose Park in KC

Tyko - Loose Park in KC

Lady - Waldo District Fountain

Gwen - Nelson Art Museum

Brigita - Nelson Art Museum

Rio - Liberty Memorial "Lion" Statues

Clyde - Liberty Memorial Mosaic Wall

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Adoption Update - Kansas City P.A.W.S. Adoptable Dogs

I am excited to announce more of the precious dogs I have met and photographed at KC P.A.W.S. have now found new homes! I will be returning to their shelter next Tuesday to photograph a new line-up of available dogs as well.

Be sure to check out the new website for KC P.A.W.S., There is also now an online donation system I have implemented to make it easy and convenient for anyone to donate to this wonderful rescue, which will contribute to the healing, rescuing and caring for these dogs.

Thank you to everyone for your support! KC P.A.W.S. has many other dogs up for adoption. Please click here for an entire list of their current adoptables. They are also always looking for volunteers to bathe, brush, love, walk and care for their dogs, among various other tasks. Consider helping out this organization or any local shelter, especially because July 19-31 is the Dog Days of Summer Worldwide Pet Food Drive! Read more here.

ADOPTED - Skeeter!

ADOPTED - Squeak!

ADOPTED - Frankie!

ADOPTED - Starr!

ADOPTED (Animal Haven) - Ella!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Pet Home Magazine Photo Shoot This Weekend Featuring KC P.A.W.S. - Kansas City Dog Photography

As you may have read, KC P.A.W.S. will be featured in Pet Home Magazine, along with my photographs of 8 selected, urgent dogs they have up for adoption. I will be taking these dogs to various landmark areas in Kansas City this weekend, to showcase even more of their individual personalities outside of a shelter setting. They will be featured in the Fall edition of Pet Home Magazine.

Pet Home Magazine

This is a wonderful opportunity for KC P.A.W.S. to feature their most urgent dogs for adoption. I am honored to be a part of contributing to Colleen's magazine for the greater good of animals. She is an amazing person and one of my inspirations.

Colleen Paige is one of America's premier pet lifestyle experts. She is the founder of National Dog Day, is a domestic and wildlife animal behaviorist, pet friendly interior designer, pet and child safety expert, publisher of both Pet Home Magazine and Style + Bliss Magazine. She offers advice to clients ranging from celebrities to the every day pet lover, offering in-home dog and cat training and counseling on pet nutrition and pet safe homes and gardens.

Colleen founded the Animal Miracle Network, which is a virtual web of love, encompassing her lifesaving holidays and connecting with animal lovers, shelters, rescues and businesses who care about helping orphaned animals find new homes through their participation in lifesaving events. AMN's events give pet lovers an opportunity to celebrate their furry kids with a wonderful day created to honor them for the unconditional love they bestow. More importantly, it gives shelters and rescues free space to exhibit and highlight the desperate animals in their care. Currently, Colleen is a Contributing Expert for OK! Celebrity Magazine and Her latest book, "The Good Behavior Book for Dogs" ( Rockport/Quarry Books 2007 ) provides illustrated, down-to-earth, practical advice for dog owners with not-so-perfect pups.

KC P.A.W.S. Update
Be sure to check out the new KC P.A.W.S. website, which now has an online donation system implemented, making it convenient and easy for anyone to donate! KC P.A.W.S. is also always looking for volunteers to bathe, brush, love, walk and care for their dogs, among various other tasks. Check out their site and spread the word!

Squeak, Skeeter, Cinnamon, Frankie & Starr have all been recently adopted from KC P.A.W.S!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Breed of the Week - Pug - Kansas City Dog Photography

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The Pug is one of the oldest breeds known today, believed to have originated before 400 BC. There is somewhat of a debate over the origin of the Pug. Most researchers agree that the Pug originated from Asia descended from a short-haired Pekingese.


The Pug is a small, stocky, square, thickset dog. The round head is massive with a short, blunt, square shaped muzzle. Moles on the cheeks are considered beauty spots. The teeth meet in a slight undershot bite. The very large, prominent eyes are dark. The small, thin ears are either rose or button shaped. The face has large, deep wrinkles. The high set tail is curled over the back and a double curl is preferred in the show ring. Dewclaws are usually removed. The short coat is soft, fine and smooth. Coat colors come in apricot, fawn, black and silver.

The Pug is keen, with a happy-go-lucky attitude. Animated, peppy and spirited, they are loyal, loving and affectionate with their families. Playful, lively and rambunctious, they are sure to keep you laughing. Highly intelligent, it bores easily without variety in their training. Pugs are sensitive to the tone of your voice, so harsh punishment is unnecessary. The dog is neither excitable nor dull. They are good watchdogs, very devoted and are not yappers. Pugs get along well with other dogs and pets, and they behave impeccably with both children and visitors.

Height, Weight
Height: Dogs 12-14 inches (30-36 cm.) Bitches 10-12 inches (25-30 cm.)
Weight: Dogs 13-20 pounds (6-9kg.) Bitches 13-18 pounds (6-8kg.)

Pugs catch colds easily and are stressed by hot and cold weather. They are prone to allergies and the short muzzle contributes to chronic breathing problems, tending to wheeze and snore. (Pugs suffer from poor ventilation.) Prone to skin problems. Pone to Pug Dog Encephalitis (PDE), an inflammation of the brain that strikes adolescent Pugs usually between the ages of 2 and 3. The cause is unknown. They are not the easiest whelpers. Dams usually have to have cesarean sections due to the size of the pups heads. There is a chance of keratites (inflammation of the cornea) and ulcers on the cornea. Eyes are prone to weeping. Do not overfeed a Pug, as they will eat more than is good for them, quickly becoming obese and living much shorter lives.

Pugs are strong dogs with short straight legs. They need to be taken on daily walks. While out on the walk the dog must be made to heel beside or behind the person holding the lead, as instinct tells a dog the leader leads the way, and that leader needs to be the human. They enjoy energetic games and will keep in better health if given regular exercise. But be careful not to over do it, especially if you see them start to wheeze.

Life Expectancy
About 12 to 15 years.


The smooth, short-haired coat is easy to groom. Brush and comb with a firm bristle brush and shampoo only when necessary. Dry thoroughly after a bath so the dog does not get chilled. The creases on the face must be cleaned regularly. This breed is a seasonally heavy shedder.

I just so happen to have many pug-loving supporters! Here are some of my favorite shots.

Nicole's precious Pug with best bud, the Kitty.

Well known dog photographer, Ann Hamilton's adorable Pug, Cash.

Garsey's too cute pup Bubba!

And her other Pug Lola!

And one of my favorite photos I took from the Pooches on the Parkway event. Gotta love a pug in pink!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Meet Roxy, Kody & Nellie - Kansas City Dog Photography

I had the pleasure of photographing Sandi's doggies this weekend. Sandi is the amazing owner of KC P.A.W.S. and who I work with when photographing dogs up for adoption. I was very excited to photograph her personal fur babies. The weather was humid, absolutely no breeze and about 100 degrees. I don't think I have ever sweat that much during a photo shoot, but we somehow made it through and I captured some cute moments.

Meet Kody!

Meet Nellie!

Meet Roxy!