Monday, January 31, 2011

The Harsh Reality of Pet Overpopulation & Neglect - My Experience in the Bahamas- Kansas City Dog Photography

In case you wondered why you haven't seen a blog post lately, I have been in the Bahamas on vacation for a week and just returned back to the States. While I assumed this would be a trip full of relaxation and carefree thoughts on the beach, I was given a gentle reminder about pet overpopulation in other areas besides the United States. I happened to meet a stray kitty at our resort and also an emaciated, very sick doggy who was hiding in the woods across from our hotel. I must say that while I photograph dogs at shelters, I usually encounter these animals after they are nursed back to health or in the process of becoming healthy. I have never been that up close and personal with a dog that was quite literally starving to death before my eyes. I could barely look at him because my heart broke. I have a new respect for my friends in the rescue community who physically find and rescue strays and rehabilitate them on a daily basis.

I felt totally helpless when I brought food and water to this doggy and he was just too sick to even eat or realize he needed food anymore. The harsh reality was that he probably needed to be euthanized, due to his severe emaciation, leg injury and because he was in the Bahamas where there are not as many rescue resources to rehabilitate him and too many strays to even begin to count. But, I kept bringing him food because I thought maybe I could help save him. Unfortunately, I don't think I was able to save him in my short stay in the Bahamas. However, I am thankful for this experience and being shown a deeper level of animal neglect and cruelty, so I may educate others as well.

I circled the doggy here in red. As you can see, he was too scared to even come very close to me. This was him walking away after sneaking a quick drink of water, but no food.

According to the ASPCA, approximately 8-12 million companion animals enter shelters nationwide every year & approximately 5-9 million are euthanized. Estimates for stray cats in the u.s. alone range up to 70 million. Startling, yes. Spay & neuter!!! And do not bring a pet into your life unless you understand its a lifelong commitment. Five out of ten dogs in shelters and seven out of ten cats in shelters are destroyed simply because there is no one to adopt them. It is impossible to determine how many stray dogs and cats live in the United States; estimates for cats alone range up to 70 million.

The Kitty at the Beach

Here was the sweet face I was greeted with on my first day at the resort while eating at the hotel's outdoor restaurant and bar. I fed her some of my fish.

Here she is again the next day. She was hanging around the trash can outside on the beach and came over to me on my lounge chair. After seeing her around the trash, it really hit me that this kitty was not getting food like she should, even though she was hanging around a resort full of food resources! I could feel her bones sticking out. She tried to smile for me here... haha!

I gave her water and ordered her a fish everyday I was at the resort. I fed her the fish in little pieces and she was so very gentle.

I even ordered her milk each day as well, which she seemed to really enjoy! I later learned that cats can actually be lactose intolerant... so this kitty might have some gas because of me... but hopefully was fattened up and happy for the moment!

The next day, my furry friend showed up and found me around the hammock.

My last day with the kitty. I was so thankful that we crossed paths. I even feel a deeper connection with cats now and the desire to photograph shelter cats more than I have before. I feel everything happens for a specific reason in life, according to plan, and this bittersweet experience was definitely no accident.

The Bahamas Humane Society

Founded in 1924, the Bahamas Humane Society is the oldest charity in the Bahamas. The fee for adopting a dog is $40, for a puppy $30, for a cat $20 and for a kitten $15. These fees include the cost of spaying or neutering your new pet.

The Bahamas proposed Animal Protection and Control Bill mandates the insertion of identification microchips in dogs sold by breeders, a new board to oversee animal control matters and a series of fines for practices such as having dogs without identification collars in public places. Agriculture Minister Larry Cartwright presented the bill for first reading to the House of Assembly last week. The bill is intended to modernize animal control regulations in the country. The animal protection and control board would serve as the body empowered to regulate animal control issues. The 12-member board would include two veterinarians, a member of the Royal Bahamas Police Force, a member from the Humane Society, along with other defined appointees.

The bill mandates annual dog licensing — a practice included in current legislation. Some of the penalties in the bill include: a $250 fine for having an unlicensed dog, a $50 fine for having a dog without an identification collar in public, a $250 fine for allowing an animal to roam at large, a $50 fine for having an unleashed dog in public, a $500 fine for having an out-of-control dog in a public place and a $100 fine for failure to microchip a dog as prescribed in the bill. The bill also proposes regulations on animals perceived as dangerous.

Under the bill authorities are empowered to make orders that dangerous animals are, for example, spayed or neutered; microchipped for identification; kept in approved enclosures; and muzzled in public. It would also be mandated that owners pick of the feces of dogs when they defecate in public places.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Breed of the Week - Bichon Frise- Kansas City Dog Photography

*Below information from*

The Bichon Frise is a small, sturdy, little dog. When the dog is clipped in a show cut the body gives off a round appearance. The skull is slightly rounded. The muzzle is shorter than the skull, is not pointed, with a slightly pronounced stop. The round eyes are black or dark brown. The ears are dropped covered in long hair. The teeth should meet in a scissors bite. The legs are straight and medium boned. Dewclaws are usually removed. The tail is carried over the back. The double coat is soft to the touch. The outer coat is 3 to 4 inches (7-10cm.) long and is coarser and curlier than the soft dense undercoat. Coat colors include solid white, cream, gray or apricot. The coat is hypo-allergenic. Pet owners usually clip the dog in an easy care puppy cut that is the same length all over the body. The dog can be shown with it's coat clipped like a poodle or with a long, puffy coat with the feet and muzzle clipped.

The Bichon is a fluffy, little white dog that loves human company. It has an independent spirit, is intelligent, affectionate, bold and lively. This charming, gentle dog is not a yapper. It has a self-assured, happy temperament that is easy to live with. These bright little dogs are easy to train and just plain old love everyone. They need people to be happy. They are naturally sociable and are happiest when they are part of a family that takes them everywhere. This sociable trait also means that they are fine in the company of other dogs & pets and are excellent with children. Used as watchdogs and to perform tricks, this breed is competitive and obedient. Like a lot of smaller breeds, the Bichon may be difficult to housebreak. The Bichon Frise needs rules to follow, and limits to what they are and are not allowed to do. They also need a daily pack walk.

Height, Weight
Height: Dogs 9-12 inches (23-30cm.) Bitches 9-11 inches (23-28cm.)
Weight: 7-12 pounds (3-5kg.)

Some are prone to watery eyes, cataracts, skin and ear ailments, also epilepsy and dislocated kneecaps. They can be very sensitive to flea bites.

These are active little dogs, who need a daily walk. Play will take care of a lot of their exercise needs, however, as with all breeds, play will not fulfill their primal instinct to walk. Dogs who do not get to go on daily walks are more likely to display behavior problems. They will also enjoy a good romp in a safe open area off lead, such as a large fenced in yard.

Life Expectancy
About 15 or more years

This breed should be groomed frequently and bathed every month. Professional grooming is recommended every 4 weeks. Trim around the eyes and ears with a blunt pair of scissors and clean the eyes extensively to prevent staining. Show dogs are trimmed with scissors. The body of the pet dogs may be clipped with electric clippers though the rest of the dog must still be scissored. The Bichon sheds little to no hair and is good for allergy suffers.

The Bichon Frise dates back as far as the 13th century. The breed is a descendent of the Barbet Water Spaniel and the Poodle. The Bichon was traded all over the world by Spanish sailors. The dog eventually became a favorite of the 16th century French royal courts. In the 19th century it was a popular organ grinder's dog and also a circus performer.


This handsome little Bichon Frise mix is Willie. He is a special dog who does not have very good social skills with people, and it takes a while for him to be totally comfortably & trust some one. If rushed by a new person he has known to be nippy. Because of this he should not go to a home with children. Willie is a very special boy who will need a very special home.

He is available for adoption at:
The Pet Connection
5918 Broadmoor, Mission, KS 66202
Phone: (913)671-PETS

Photos courtesy of The Pet Connection:

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Pampered Pets Party Collars Spring Season - Kansas City Dog Photography

It's time for Remington to model the new Spring collection of Pampered Pets Party Collars. Jackie Quinlan is the talented creator of these collars and owns two English Mastiffs who were her inspiration to begin making this delightful accessory, because she found it impossible to find large enough party collars for her dogs anywhere.


• Small fits 6 inches to 11 inches

• Medium fits 12 inches to 18 inches

• Large/Extra Large fits over 18 inches

• Custom sizing is also available - just contact Jackie at

Click here to visit Pampered Pets Website and order a party collar for your furry child!

Click here to visit Pampered Pets Facebook Page.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Abby - Kansas City Dog Photography

Meet Abby! She was rescued by her Daddy when she was just a little puppy. She recently turned five years old and in honor of her birthday, Ed wanted her to have a photo shoot to document her beautiful & inquisitive spirit.

You will see what looks to be a number 4 in the snow next to Abby in the photo below. Abby's Dad has a daughter that passed away and her birthday was on the 4th of July. His daughter picked out Abby years ago when they first rescued her. I found this very interesting and do believe this means something, especially since I know that the entire ground was covered in nothing but deep, white snow when these photos were taken.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Adopt me Please - Memphis the Standard Poodle - Kansas City Dog Photography

Now announcing Memphis the Standard Poodle, up for adoption at KC P.A.W.S.! Memphis is a beautiful 18 month old Standard Poodle! He is a happy go lucky energetic boy weighing somewhere in the neighborhood of 40 to 50lbs. He is not a large Standard Poodle. Memphis was originally released from a breeder where he was the "doodle" portion of the Labradoodles they bred. He has gone into a home since the release and is reported to be housebroken. Standard Poodles are one of the most intelligent breeds in the world. Memphis is very smart and because of this he is going to need both physical and mental stimulation to make his life complete.

KC P.A.W.S. 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. All dogs adopted from KC P.A.W.S. come with 6 months of free day care at A Dog's Fun Playce (a $2,700.00 value). All dogs adopted will be current on their vaccinations and spayed or neutered prior to their release.

If you are interested in Memphis or any other dogs at KC PAWS, 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 their petfinder link.

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

Friday, January 14, 2011

Make Your Facebook Business Page Stand Out with a Welcome Tab - Kansas City Dog Photography

Ever wonder how those major companies like Oreo are able to create the coolest tabs on their Facebook fan pages? Well I wondered the same thing and did some research and created a simple one for my page. If you have advanced html knowledge, you can make your new tabs very extensive with clickable links, etc. This tutorial is going to be more simple.

Most of the below information came from a tutorial from I have simplified it some and added my own tips based on experience as well.

1) Getting Started
First, you need to add the FBML application to your Facebook page. If you have trouble finding that application on Facebook, just go to this FBML Static Facebook Fan Page and hit "add to my page" under the question mark image.

2) Create a Promo Image in Photoshop

The maximum width allowed for an image is 520 pixels. The image I created was 520 pixels wide by 750 height.

3) Setting Up Static FBML as a Tab
To set up your FBML tab, click on “Edit Page” under your Facebook page logo/avatar located on your wall.

Click the “Apps” section and locate the FBML app and click “Edit Settings” (see below). Make sure that the “Tab” setting is “added”. You now have an FBML tab. Click Okay.

4) Adding Content to Your Static FBML Tab
After you add the tab and hit "okay", click the “Go to App” link under the Static FBML app. This opens a standard text field where you can add your content. “Box Title” will be the name of your tab, so you’ll want to change it to something appropriate, like “Welcome."

The FBML box is where you put your code. When adding an image in the FBML box, I typically use Photobucket to host the image. The maximum width for an image in the FBML tab is 520 pixels. There is no maximum height, but you will most likely want to keep the scrolling to a minimum so that potential clients can get the message without having to scroll down on your page. Upload the image you created (step #2 above) to a Photobucket ( account.

Next, you want to use this code:

Replace the xxxxx with the direct link to your uploaded Photobucket image (you can find this under the image in Photobucket). Be sure to leave the quote marks around the image link though. I found that html is very touchy with the quote marks, so do not copy and paste, but rather type the quote marks in the FBML box.

5) How to Set the FBML Box as the Default Landing Tab
The option of setting your FBML tab as the default landing tab, rather than the wall, is one of the most important enhancements you can make to your Facebook page. In order to set your FBML tab as your default landing page, go to “Edit Page” under your Facebook page logo and scroll down to “Manage Permissions." You’ll notice a section called “Default Landing Tab.” From the dropdown list, choose your newly created tab. Then click "save changes." Visitors who are not fans of your page will see your newly created FBML tab. Visitors who are fans will land on your wall.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Adopt a Dog from KC PAWS & Receive a Scrapbook Memory from Personalized Pet Tales

I am pleased to announce that if you adopt a dog from KC PAWS, you will receive a memorable little scrapbook in honor of your new furry child! One of my loyal supporters, Debbie of Personalized Pet Tales, creates beautiful and unique memory books and has graciously donated her time and books to provide a little extra bonus for those that decide to adopt a dog at KC PAWS.

To see more of Debbie's work, check out her website and find her on Facebook.

Personalized Pet Tales
Colorado Springs, CO 719.649.4307

True story: Remington saw me photographing some of the books and he came over and sat right in front of them. Do you think he was giving me a hint? Is he the perfect model or what? He knows exactly what my camera means... rewards in the form of treats!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Remington's 2nd Birthday and Winter Fun - Kansas City Dog Photography

Remington turned TWO on January 8! It is now tradition that he and his best friend Murphy (who celebrates his 2nd birthday on January 11) have a double-birthday celebration, hosted by our lovely neighbors and friends, Jan and Bob. Murphy and Remmy had quite the fun time wrestling with each other, opening gifts and enjoying a delightful cake from Three Dog Bakery.

We had our first big snowstorm of the year this weekend as well! Remington's new winter coat and booties came in quite handy. He was not sure what to think of the snow this year, but once I bundled up and ran around the backyard with him, he got the hang of it quickly and remembered how much fun he has romping through the fluffy white goodness! He may look silly, but I am telling you, he would not even step foot outside to do his business if his paws werent protected and if he wasnt warm, wearing a few layers!

I can't see a darn thing, Mom!