Friday, December 30, 2011

Bungee Burrow Beds - A Pet Bed System - Kansas City Dog & Pet Photography

During the past few years in my journey as a pet photographer, I have been blessed to meet some amazing people in the pet community - both locally in Kansas City and even internationally.  I recently learned of Bungee Burrow beds by Renee Rose and was intrigued to have Remington try one of these out for himself. She sent me a large, custom handmade bed just for Remington. I had to laugh because as soon as I laid it out on the living room floor upon arrival, he immediately planted himself on the bed and didn't move for hours.  It is apparently Remington-approved!  Remington's best friend Murphy the Poodle/Bichon and often mistaken for a stuffed animal tried out his own bed too. Read on for more details on these beds and be sure to check her videos out at the website listed below and like her on Facebook!


Bungee Burrow Beds - A Pet Bed System
By Renee Rose, Owner

This unique bedding system is designed to provide your pet with comfort and security, while allowing for repeated machine washing, providing a hypo-allergenic product for cleanliness and comfort.

The bed comes with a blanket w/bungee bands, that does attach to the Bed. It allows your pet to burrow under the blanket, stand up and change positions under the blanket. While the blanket stays in place. Your pet will be able to enter and exit from all four sides of the bed and the blanket will lie down on top of bed. Your pet can lie on top of blanket, if not wanting to burrow under the blanket.

The design of this bed incorporates a Flat poly-fill, that is sewn into the four sides of fabric. This allows the poly-fill to stay in place, without tangles and losing its shape in the washing machine or dryer. BB-Beds bungee burrow beds are Patent Pending. Blanket is made out of "Anti-Pill" Fleece -- Anti-pill fleece is the highest quality of fleece. (it will not have little pills of ball on fleece)

Bed is made out of high quality, durable cotton/drapery "decorative" fabric. All materials are bought in the USA. I've designed this bed around a" Bed" Pillow - Queen size. King bed pillow would be great for two little dogs or one medium size dog. (Pillow does not come with bed)

BB-Beds are designed for smaller... dogs and cats. I have made a Travel (pillow) size for possibly a ferret or other small critters. Our small min pin Bella Rae is 2 to 3lbs. this is a good size for her... right now. I can make bb-beds in a larger size still working around a Bed pillow. E-mail for special orders!


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Rest in Peace Sweet Mercy - Coping with the Loss of a Pet & Congestive Heart Failure- Kansas City Dog & Pet Photography

Sweet Mercy passed away recently due to congestive heart failure. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her, especially her Mommy and furry sibling Grandpa Griff.

According to, congestive heart failure is the inability of the heart to provide adequate circulation to meet the body’s needs. It is the end result of a weakened heart muscle. The health of the liver, kidneys, lungs, and other organs is impaired by the circulatory failure, resulting in a problem involving multiple organs. For more information about this condition, please see the full article here.

Pawprints Left By You

You no longer greet me, As I walk through the door.
You're not there to make me smile, To make me laugh anymore.
Life seems quiet without you, You were far more than a pet.
You were a family member, a friend . . . a loving soul I'll never forget.
It will take time to heal - For the silence to go away.
I still listen for you, And miss you every day.
You were such a great companion, Constant, loyal and true.
My heart will always wear, the pawprints left by you.

I posted this photo below on my Facebook page when I learned Mercy had passed, along with this prayer: "Dear Lord: It's me Mercy. Please help my Mommy and furry siblings heal during this sorrowful time. I know I will see them again someday. Let them know that I am having fun playing across the rainbow bridge though. ♥ RIP sweet Mercy." 

I learned that her Mommy said she had prayed earlier for a sign from Mercy and that I may have been the messenger with the above posting. Run free over the rainbow bridge with all of our beloved pets who have crossed. We will see you again and meet you there someday.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Rest in Peace Sweet Maddie - Coping with the Loss of a Pet - Kansas City Dog & Pet Photography

It never gets any easier when I hear one of my client's pets have passed. I met and photographed Maddie at her favorite place, Riverfront Park earlier this Summer. It was special for her Mommy to have her photographed there and before they moved away to Georgia. It was an honor to be chosen to photograph Maddie and capture her beautiful spirit.  She went along with all of my crazy antics and was rewarded with squeeze cheese from her Mommy when she cooperated. Maddie crossed the rainbow bridge over the weekend. She had been living with Cancer but had managed to stay strong for around 2 years. She lost her battle and is now waiting on the other side for a time when we are all reunited with our pets.

Click here to read an article on about coping with the death of your pet. For animal lovers, it is not "just losing a pet", it is losing a furry child and companion who loved unconditionally and whose life always seems cut far too short. "Dogs' lives are too short. Their only fault, really," - Carlotta Monterey O'Neill

Rainbow Bridge • Author Unknown

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals that had been ill and old are restored to health and to vigour. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, someone who was left behind. They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. Her bright eyes are intent; her eager body begins to quiver. Suddenly, she breaks from the group, flying over the green grass, faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Happy Tails: Overcoming the Puppy Mill Life and Finding her Forever Family - The Power of a Photograph - Kansas City Dog & Pet Photography

Click here to read my original post about the ugly truths of Puppy Mills. Puppy mill rescues can initially be absolutely terrified of everything.  This is because during their life in a puppy mill, they were kept in horrid conditions, locked in cages 24/7 and were only used for the purpose of constant breeding.  They stand and sit in their own urine and defecation. They do not know or understand love or the human touch. Therefore if they are lucky enough to be rescued out of these conditions, they literally are petrified of experiencing a normal life.  Puppy mill rescues need an adopter with patience and love and the willingness to help them learn they can trust a human again.  I heard about Mimi and her story in October and was determined to photograph her. I needed to show others her true soul that was being overlooked due to her apprehensive personality, resulting from a puppy mill life.

Mimi: Puppy Mill Survivor Who Found Love: Told by Melissa Kuzma

I first spotted this photo of Mimi on my friend Shannon's Facebook page a few months ago.

I had a cat for 15 years who died in 2006 named Misha, who we called "Mimi" for short, so I kind of felt it was a sign. My husband and I decided we were ready for another dog and I've always loved tiny black poodles, so I reached out to Shannon and she surprised me by saying that she had secretly been hoping that we'd adopt her! Shannon warned me that Mimi had come from a puppy mill and was very traumatized and that she would need a lot of work, but I wasn't deterred. I just felt right away like she was meant to be our dog. Shannon and I discussed it for a while and mutually decided to go for it. I made my plane reservations and flew from New Jersey to Kansas on November 5 to pick her up!

Mimi is not like other dogs. She doesn't know how to walk on a leash yet, and she still cowers or runs when you try to pick her up, but she's already made a lot of progress in the month that we've had her. She sits on our laps contentedly, sleeps in bed with us, and follows her big sister Lemon around and does everything she does. She comes to the door with Lemon to greet us when we come home and we even caught her standing up, looking out the dining room window when we pulled into the driveway yesterday, just like Lemon does! I love her so much! I feel like the luckiest person on earth to be given the chance to have her in my life .

Photos of Mimi in her new home, courtesy of Melissa Kuzma.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Consider Donating to Local Animal Rescues this Holiday Season- Wish List for Kansas City Animal Shelters & Rescues - Kansas City Pet & Dog Photography

Have you thought about how you can help out local animal rescues especially around the holidays? It is sometimes common for people to "adopt a family" and buy gifts for a family in need, however this year I challenge you to think about the furry community when you consider donating around the holidays. There are many local organizations who could desperately use your help in a variety of ways. Visit my past blog post to see a complete list of Kansas City area shelters and rescues. Here are just a few local organizations and their holiday wish lists below. If your animal rescue or shelter is not listed, please feel free to send your holiday wish list to and I will add your information to this post.

Remington Schnauzer says to please remember the furry babies this holiday season and he won't even peek to see if you do!

Protective Animal Welfare Society (KC PAWS) (
Canned dog food
Monetary donations to pay down vet bill and help with surgeries

Missouri Pit Bull Rescue (
Metal storage cans
Kirkland brand dog food
Tough toys (i.e., Kong balls)
Towels and basic cleaning supplies

KC Pet Project (
Large bath towels
Beach towels
Hand sanitizer dispensors w/refills or LARGE bottles of saniter with the pumps or just refill bottles. 

The Animal Rescue Alliance (T.A.R.A.) (
Dry and Canned Dog & Puppy Food (any brand)
Dog Chews, Toys, and Treats
Dog Collars, Leashes and Gentle Leaders
Wire Kennels
Scoopable Cat Litter (any brand)
Dry Cat & Kitten Food (Iams only please)
Canned Cat Food (any brand)
Cat Collars and toys
Litter Boxes
Scratching Posts (homemade is okay)
Cardstock (plain & colored)
Plain Printer Paper (plain & colored)
Paper Towels
Fleece or Flannel (Plain or Print)
Large Metal or Plastic Trash Cans w/ Lids
Large Tote Containers w/ Lid

Heartland SPCA (
Clorox bleach
Non-clumping kitty litter
Dawn dish soap
Straw to assist pets in need with winter-weather preparedness. A complete wishlist is located here.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

2012 Pet Calendars - Sit. Smile. Shine. A Collection of Images by Jennifer Hague - Kansas City Dog & Pet Photography

Looking for a gift for the pet lover in your life? 2012 Calendars with my favorite pet photos have arrived! Just visit this link to purchase yours directly online for only $20 plus s&h. Check out the "preview" below to see all 12 months!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Featured on Dog Living Magazine Cover - Winter 2011 - Kansas City Pet & Dog Photography

About Dog Living
Dog Living is a regional magazine dedicated to readers in North Carolina, but their content is relevant to dog lovers everywhere. Published since 2006, it is North Carolina’s first and only full color, glossy magazine devoted to our best friends. The magazine is published quarterly and each issue is filled with a mix of informative articles, intriguing interviews, entertaining features and compelling photographs.  They subscribe to the theory that life + dog = fun! With a readership of more than 30,000, they are growing fast.

Featured on their Winter 2011 cover is Emmy who I photographed during a cold and snowy day in 2009. As you can tell by her expression, she would have preferred being somewhere warmer.. perhaps indoors and snuggled in a warm fuzzy blanket instead of posing pretty for the camera.

Check out Dog Living at their website or Facebook page! You can also subscribe easily by clicking here. Only $16 for 4 issues delivered right to your door, 12 issues of the fabulously popular Dog Living Dish monthly e-newsletter and a 25% discount on Good Doggy Day® merchandise.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Rest in Peace Sweet Belle - Coping with the Loss of Your Pet - Kansas City Pet & Dog Photography

Belle the sweet chocolate Lab passed away and crossed the rainbow bridge earlier this week. It hits me very hard every time I learn of a client's pet who passes.  Because I know the pain of losing a pet, I wince when I hear the news. It's like a punch in the stomach where all the wind is knocked out of you and you can't find the right words to say you are sorry. Because there really are no words to comfort someone when they have lost a pet. Everyone needs their own time to process and grieve their loss because pets are not "just a pet". They are family. And their loss should be treated as such.

Click here to read an article on about coping with the death of your pet. For animal lovers, it is not "just losing a pet", it is losing a furry child and companion who loved unconditionally and whose life always seems cut far too short. "Dogs' lives are too short. Their only fault, really," - Carlotta Monterey O'Neill

Your Pets In Heaven
by Ken D. Conover

To have loved and then said farewell, is better than to have never loved at all. For all of the times that you have stooped and touched my head, fed me my favorite treat and returned the love that I so unconditionally gave to you. For the care that you gave to me so unselfishly. For all of these things I am grateful and thankful.

I ask that you not grieve for the loss, but rejoice in the fact that we lived, loved and touched each others lives. My life was fuller because you were there, not as a master/owner, but as my FRIEND.

Today I am as I was in my youth. The grass is always green, butterflies flit among the flowers and the Sun shines gently down upon all of God's creatures. I can run, jump, play and do all of the things that I did in my youth. There is no sickness, no aching joints and no regrets and no aging.

We await the arrival of our lifelong companions and know that togetherness is forever. You live in our hearts as we do in yours. Companions such as you are so rare and unique. Don't hold the love that you have within yourself. Give it to another like me and then I will live forever. For love never really dies, and you are loved and missed as surely as we are.

These photos were taken at Belle's beautiful home where she had full access to a huge pond that most dogs would only dream of and played gleefully with her siblings Jake and Harley. Rest in Peace sweet Belle. You will be greatly missed by all you have touched.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Featured in Happy Tails Books - Kansas City Pet Photography & Dog Photography

I was beyond thrilled when the editors of Happy Tails Books announced they would be using my images of adoptable dogs in their latest Lost Souls: Found! series. I am honored to have these photos featured on the front and back cover of their book.

You can pre-order your copy today at  If you use the above link and type in "KC PAWS" at checkout, it will automatically donate a portion of the sale to KC PAWS which is the rescue where I regularly volunteer and where these dogs below were photographed from.

- Cover girl - still up for adoption
Kokomo - Top left - still up for adoption, needs to undergo surgery to remove non-cancerous tumor
Percy, Rugar and Rio - Bottom left to right - all adopted!!

Please contact KC PAWS at or call 816-361-7829 if you or someone else is interested in adopting Cinnamon or Kokomo.

From Happy Tails: Our first “all-dog” book was so much fun that we decided to do another! Similar to Vol. I, Lost Souls: FOUND! Inspiring Stories About Dogs Vol. II is an inspiring compilation about the joy adopted dogs bring to our lives. (Publication date: November 2011)

Angel, a stray who had been abused before I adopted her, has really lived up to her name. I live alone and have multiple sclerosis (MS); Angel is perfect for me because we take care of each other. However, it turns out I’m not the only one she’s watching out for. One night during the wee hours, Angel became restless and woke me up. I rarely go out late at night, but she seemed so anxious that I figured I should take her out. Since she stays by me either on or off the leash, I unhooked her leash so she could do what she needed to do, but instead of going back to the grass, Angel ran into the parking lot and went between two vehicles. When I caught up with Angel, I found her sitting next to one of our tenants, who was lying on the ground in a fetal position with his walker nearby…” -Jan Nash

Friday, October 28, 2011

Adopt a Pet in Kansas City - Current Adoptable Dogs at KC PAWS (Protective Animal Welfare Society) - Kansas City Dog & Pet Photography

As many of you know already, I volunteer regularly by photographing the dogs up for adoption at KC PAWS in Kansas City. A photo can make the difference for an animal waiting for their forever family in a rescue or shelter environment. I am also partnered with the lovely Kyndra Jade of, who generously donates her adorable bowtie and flower collar accessories to any adoptable dog that I photograph.  It's just an extra special touch that are giving these adoptables even more exposure to help meet their forever family.

KC PAWS (The Protective Animal Welfare Society) was formed in 2007 with the determination of working with animals in need. They specialize in working with animals who are the victims of abuse. They work in connection with local City and State agency’s to help investigate and report cases of cruelty and neglect as well as providing education and resources to the community on how to properly care for their animals.

Even better -- All dogs adopted from KC PAWS come with 6 months of free day care at A Dog's Fun Playce (a $2,700 value). All dogs adopted will be current on their vaccinations and spayed or neutered prior to their release.

If you are interested in any of these dogs below, please click here to fill out an online application.
If you would like to see a full detailed list of all the KC PAWS dogs up for adoption, click here to visit the rescue's petfinder link.

Please spread the word to others and promote adoption! For more information, call Sandi or Tiffani at 816-361-7829 or e-mail

7833 Wornall
Kansas City, MO 64114

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