Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Breed Specific Legislation BSL - The Truth about Pit Bulls & Bully Breeds - Adopt a Pit Bull - Kansas City Dog & Pet Photography

BSL or Breed Specific Legislation... just plain stinks in my opinion.  Various cities can implement BSL to ban or restrict certain types of dogs based on their appearance because they are perceived as “dangerous” breeds or types of dogs.  BSL is almost always associated with Pit Bulls or Pit Bull mixes.

I know there are probably people reading this who have been blinded and brain washed by how the media negatively portrays Pit Bulls. I admit it, I was one of those people. When I was younger, I was scared of Pit Bulls.  *Gasp*.  I know..... me.... animal advocate and bully breed promoter to the highest extreme....... used to be just like the vast majority of uninformed people who heard the words "Pit Bull" and immediately pictured a menacing, terribly violent breed, ripping someone to shreds by their magical "locking jaws".

Lucky for me, I began volunteering at animal shelters and entered into the rescue world, where I encounter Pit Bulls on a regular basis and finally saw the truth behind the false stereotype that surrounds this breed. I have learned through proper education and first hand experience, that the Pit Bull is not only the most obedient dog I have ever photographed, but one of the most loyal and intelligent breeds I have ever met.  I can tell you I have never met a Pit Bull who did not immediately listen and obey my basic commands and cooperate with anything I asked of them during a photo shoot. I usually breathe a sigh of relief when I hear the breed I am expected to photograph is a Pit Bull.

Now, with that said, please meet Rosie, an adoptable pit bull at KC PAWS. www.kcpaws.org.

Rosie has an extremely sad story. She was found laying in a field in the middle of Winter and was traced back to a rescue in Iowa.  The rescue in Iowa said they now have BSL set into place and could not take her back. So, somewhere along the way, Rosie was brought to KC PAWS since they are a rescue and house dogs in a no-kill facility.  However, it has recently been brought to their attention that if Rosie is not adopted in 2 weeks, she will be taken to animal control and will most likely be euthanized because of her breed. Now, you can see why I mentioned earlier that BSL just plain stinks.

KC PAWS is unable to keep her at their location because they already have many long-term dogs currently, that are not likely to be adopted ever... or atleast for many years. Adding one more long-term dog will eventually effect how many dogs can further be rescued and adopted out.  However, Rosie is very special and being taken away to animal control for a death sentence is just unacceptable.  So, if there is a rescue out there who can handle adding a sweet Pit Bull to their group, please contact KC PAWS. Or if this post touches your heart and you want to adopt Rosie personally, she would certainly give you a lifetime of happiness and gratitude.  Just read the survival story of Patrick the Miracle and follow him on Facebook if you need any more confirmation of how amazing the Pit Bull is. If interested in Rosie, please e-mail kcpaws@hotmail.com or  fixyourimages@hotmail.com.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Featured in Fido Friendly Magazine 50th Anniversary Betty White Issue - Kansas City Dog & Pet Photography

Meet Adoptable Dahlia!
Sweet Dahlia the Pit Bull had a rough start in life, until she was found by a TARA volunteer (angel) Sherrie Giddens who rescued her from the streets in hopes to find her a forever family she so deserves.
It was apparent she was used as a breeding machine and then later dumped by her "owner". Her elbows were scraped up and her coat was lifeless. "Although she had the trial of going through a malignant tumor removal and various small injuries caused by other dogs nipping at her, she remains sweet and good-natured. She just truly hopes to one day be loved for all that she is worth," said Giddens. Visit www.tarasdream.org for more information about this Kansas City rescue group and for more info about Dahlia.

From Fido Friendly's Carol Bryant:
FIDO Friendly magazine
, leading dog travel experts since 2001, is ready to launch its celebratory 50th golden issue. Golden Girl and animal lover, Betty White, graces our cover in the name of dog.

As part of our anniversary festivities, we are launching the first in a series of giveaways featuring rescue dogs to subscribers. Our inaugural photo shoot took place at the historic Hotel Phillips in Kansas City, Missouri. The photographic stylings of local photographer and animal rescuer, Jennifer Hague, grace our 50th issue pages. Dahlia, a loving pit bull rescue looking for her forever home, is our picturesque posing pooch. As Dahlia sits immersed in goodies galore, one lucky FIDO Friendly reader will walk away with $1,500 in featured prizes. Value in finding Dahlia her forever home is, however, priceless.

What prizes can you win in our FIDO Feature 50 Giveaway?
A 2-night stay at Hotel Phillips, a cuddle blanket from Pet Flys, an air purifier from Rabbit Air, pet bunk bed from Arm's Reach, Lamb Chop stuffed animal from MultipetPopware collapsible cup and feeder, Cool Vest from Gramercy Distribution, pet bed from P.L.A.Y., F.Y.D.O. Ink Leather Collar, and one lucky adoptive candidate will become the loving new pet parent to Dahlia, rescue dog in need.  

Total retail value of all prizes: Approximately $1,500!!  

Tune in to Issue 50 (on news stands the first week of July) for complete details on how you can enter!

Fido Friendly is available nationwide at:
Borders, Barnes & Noble, Hastings & Safeway*

*Please note this magazine may not be available at every location. Please phone ahead to make sure these retail outlets carry the magazine. You can also subscribe online or by calling their fulfillment house toll free or for just one copy: 888-881-5861. Receive a 20% discount on the one year subscription price if you call the toll free number and mention Animal Radio!

As you can see, photo shoots are quite exhausting.... for the model and photographer!

Friday, June 17, 2011

A Boy and His Miniature Pinscher - Kansas City Dog & Pet Photography - Pet Photographer Jennifer Hague

Last weekend I had the pleasure of photographing my dear friend Casey, her new baby and of course her furry baby Dizzle the Miniature Pinscher. I don't normally photograph babies or children, as I learned quite quickly that I have an extreme & uncanny amount of patience with dogs and cats, but absolutely none with children. Perhaps that is why I do not have any kids yet!  No, but seriously, kids are great, but their moods are very unpredictable. And my normal "doo doo doo" high pitched noises and dog treats is certainly not going to work to my advantage with a human!  Luckily, my husband is quite good with children and can make the silliest faces in the world that always crack a smile. He was around on this day to help me out a bit! He even let me sit on his shoulders to get some better angles. I mean, come on, being 5 feet tall does have some disadvantages, but when your hubby is 6'5, it comes in handy!

Now with all of the above mentioned, please know I will make exceptions and photograph kids and babies if there is a pet involved somehow in the photo shoot. I have tried to stay true to my genre and speciality, which is natural light and pets, so if a pet is incorporated, then I am up for the challenge!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Following Your Dreams & My Journey as a Pet Photographer & Rescue Volunteer - Kansas City Dog & Pet Photography

When I ask myself where my love for animals came from, I always think of Galahad. I grew up with this very special Lhasa Apso for the first 15 years of my life. He was around a couple years before I was even born and once I came into the world, he never left my side. When I was very young, he could be found underneath my play swing, making sure my bathtime went smoothly or hanging onto my underpants with his teeth while I laughed hysterically running around the house. Because of him, I know my love of animals began and has been in my heart ever since. The day he had to be put to sleep was one of the hardest days of my life. I was only 15, but I remember very clearly asking my parents for a moment alone with him in their bedroom. I told him how much he meant to me, said goodbye and sobbed uncontrollably. For the first time, I had experienced the deep and painful loss of a furry companion and it was devastating.

I always had a love for writing as I was growing up and I wrote short stories about various topics, but mainly about animals and about Galahad. A couple stories I wrote about him were published in small magazines and I even won the coveted Junior Writer Award by the Dog Writers Association of America when I was only 16. But, don't get me wrong. I submitted my stories to hundreds of magazines and was rejected hundreds of times. This is when I learned to be extremely persistent and refused to give up.

So it would only make sense that I studied journalism when I entered college, right? I went to the University of Central Missouri and graduated in 2003 with a degree in Journalism. Writing was all I had ever known... it was my comfort zone... my safety net and what I thought I was meant to be doing in life. I was an editor and graphic designer when I landed my first job in the "real world". This company paid for continuing education classes and this is where I learned about the exciting world of Photoshop and photo restoration. I started my own website with the encouragement of my instructor and began restoring photos for family and friends and eventually paying clients.

Now, what I am going to describe next might not make sense to some people, but here I go. One day I was sitting at my computer like I always did, but I was looking through some candid photos of my parent's new dog I had taken with a silly little point and shoot camera. I am being 100% honest when I tell you that something spoke to me internally that day. Something planted the idea of pet photography in my head. Something whispered gently that I should expand my restoration website to offer photography services and I should specialize in pet photography. Now, being that I am a Christian and a spiritual person, I fully believe that this "something" was the Lord and He was leading me to be a pet photographer and thus to save animal's lives by eventually photographing in shelters and rescues.

I had ignored a heavy pulling at my heart for quite some time. I had wanted to volunteer at animal shelters ever since I was a little girl. I had a deep love of animals and wanted to somehow make a difference in their lives. However, I never thought I had the strength to witness the horrific truth of animal cruelty and the reality of homeless animals. Many years had passed, but deep down I always felt a terrible nagging that I should be volunteering with animals. In 2009, thanks to social networking, I learned quite quickly via Facebook how many photos could be improved that were posted on shelter and rescue pages. Most of the dogs looked completely terrified and had the awful "glow eye" from using a flash. Who would want to adopt a dog with a photo that portrayed them this way? I had already bought my first professional DSLR camera and I contacted Animal Haven and asked if they could use some assistance with their photos. They welcomed me down to help, although I was completely scared of what I would see when I entered a shelter environment for the first time. I prepared myself for the worst. I remember vividly walking down the halls of cages... barking.... emptiness.... longing eyes..... extreme sadness.... yes, it was just as I had imagined. But once I started meeting the dogs, becoming their friend and earning their trust, I came alive when I began photographing them. Even on the first day I volunteered, I felt like I was supposed to be doing this my whole life. I learned to overlook my feelings of sadness and pity, but instead focused on the hope of helping find them a forever family and wondered silently if a photo really could change the life of a homeless dog.

Well it's now 2011. I have been volunteering and photographing adoptable dogs for almost 2 years and I can tell you that a photograph CAN change the life of a homeless dog. While the real heroes are the volunteers who dedicate countless hours to caring for and physically rescuing these dogs from the streets, I do feel I am an important piece in the puzzle to helping a homeless dog find its forever family. I have received more support from my Facebook fan base than I could have ever imagined in my wildest dreams. Every day I find myself advocating even more for the overwhelming amount of lost souls out there. A life in the rescue community is filled with happiness, heartache, anger and exhaustion, but it is worth every moment of it. I encourage you all to look deep inside yourself and to follow your dreams and your passion, regardless of how silly it may seem and even if you are rejected hundreds of times, just as I was while growing up. Life is what you make it. And everyone can truly find their calling in life if you put forth the effort and listen very closely to your heart.

Thank you Mom and Dad for having a dog and for teaching me the unconditional love of a pet. And thank you Galahad for being my first furry inspiration and helping lead me to where I am today.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

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

There are really no words to comfort someone when they have lost a pet. Everyone needs their own time to process and grieve their loss. Click here to read an article on petfinder.com 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

Erica, owner of Pawz at Play doggy daycare, lost her sweet black lab Eddie. He had such a strong personality and even recovered from a torn ACL which was debilitating for quite some time. Eddie was recently rushed to the emergency vet for vomiting and it was discovered that he either had severe bloat or an unknown tumor had ruptured inside him. He was in excruciating pain and there was not much time to say goodbye. I know how devastating this loss must feel. I only met Eddie during his photo shoot, but it was very evident how much he was loved and what a beautiful, shining soul he had.

Click here to view a touching video of Eddie. Watch carefully as he creatively maneuvers himself up the stairs to make sure he could spend the night sleeping next to his mommy. A little arthritis was not going to stop this boy!

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.

RIP Sweet Eduardo.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

FAQ - Shelter & Rescue Pet Photography Tips & Advice - Kansas City Dog & Pet Photography - Jennifer Hague, Pet Photographer

Q. I am interested in helping the local humane society improve the photos they take of the adoptable dogs. Any tips you can provide would be greatly appreciated.
I do realize that the volunteers at shelter and rescue organizations may not have the equipment or the time to take the best photos of the many dogs they intake. One of the keys to the difference in quality of photos is having some time to spend with each dog and not rush the process. I don't care if I have a million other things to do on the night I photograph at a shelter/rescue... I will take many, many, and I mean MANY photos of one dog if necessary to get the perfect shot. I am extremely picky, persistent and patient which are the three imperative "P's" to have in this field. If you are frustrated easily, then I wouldn't recommend photographing dogs in a shelter or rescue environment. You have to be prepared for the most hyper kind of dog who could really care less that you have a camera and need them to sit still. Most of these dogs have been sitting in a cage for hours... do you really think the first thing they want to do is SIT STILL when they are let out to come see you? With that said, here are some important things to remember:

  • Ensure the dog feels comfortable with you. Immediately pet them, sit down with them by getting on their level and talk to them. If you feel silly doing these things, then photographing pets is probably not for you.

  • Take a moment to learn about each dog. What motivates them? Do they like squeaky toys or balls? What gets them excited? Do they react to silly noises? Are they food motivated? Every dog is different and you just have to reach out to them individually and figure out what makes them happy so you can capture it on film

  • Bring a helper with you. I always have another volunteer with me who handles the dogs, holds them on a leash and helps me get them to follow basic commands. It really takes two people to accomplish the goal of a perfect photo in this type of an environment.

  • Place the dog in a shady, grassy spot if possible. I like to use grass as a background because it's the most natural and is a good contrast with most dog's coloring. I also use a spot at KC PAWS with a nice blue metal wall as a background, so the color pops. If you are in a shelter environment, get them away from cages, chain link fences and other menacing backgrounds. We want the dogs personality to shine through, not the fact they may be depressed and in a caged environment every day.

Q. How on earth do you get active dogs to sit so still?
One important part of this is having a good camera. By a good camera, I mean a DSLR (digital single lens reflex) camera which is capable of having an extremely fast shutter speed and can capture a split second when you might need it most. For example, my Nikon can capture 7 frames per second. That means even if my subject doesn't appear to be perfectly posing, my camera might just be fast enough to capture it. Especially in a rescue environment, I make sure I never rush the photo process and take time to pet and talk to each dog and ensure they are comfortable with me. I do feel I have a special connection with dogs and this helps greatly. Dogs can sense someone with a good heart and I feel the ones in a rescue and shelter environment must realize in some way that I am trying to help them find a new home. I have read that dogs communicate through telepathy or by sending "mental pictures", so I can only assume that whatever I am picturing in my head (feelings of hope, finding them a new family) they must sense in one way or another and cooperate with my antics.

Q. Do you have any tips for photographing black dogs? They are often hard to do!
Photographing black dogs can be extremely difficult, because usually their eyes get lost in the rest of the fur and the end result can be a very dark photo without any clear focused area. To help prevent this problem, I always place dogs in a shady spot, which may sound contradicting to those who think you need bright sunlight. If the sun must be in the photo, it needs to be behind the dog, not in front of the dog. This goes for any color of dog really. And I never shoot with a background setup. I use only natural light and refuse to ever use a flash. If the photos still turn out too dark, I will edit them in post processing using Photoshop, by lightening certain key areas of the photo.

Q. Why do you not watermark or copyright your photos of adoptable dogs?
While most professional photographers watermark and copyright every one of their photos, including the ones of adoptable dogs, I chose to take a different approach. Since I began photographing adoptable dogs in 2009, I specifically chose not to watermark those photos (putting my logo and business name on the photo) because I want these dogs shared far and wide and I felt putting my logo on them would be distracting and take away from the ultimate goal which is finding the dog a forever family. Of course I appreciate a photo credit for my hard work, but I also want it to be very evident to everyone that I am only interested in the dog's best interest and not plastering my logo on those photos to promote myself in any way.

Q. Are there any online sites or books that you have found really helpful?
As many of you know, I self taught myself everything regarding photography. Yes, I took classes to learn and improve my photo restoration skills, but when it came to handling a camera... I bought a DSLR camera, read lots of books and followed many well-known photographer's blogs to learn what I have. I recommend Photo Biz which is an online community of photographers who share all kinds of tips and tricks. Two of my most inspirational photographers to follow are Melissa Jill (based out of Arizona) and Jasmine Star (based out of California). Yes, they are both wedding photographers, not pet photographers, but that really doesn't effect their advice on a general level. They are absolutely amazing, inspiring and completely open and honest about everything in their life. They also provide FAQ posts to their faithful readers and I think every aspiring photographer can learn a lot from these talented women.

Q. So, if you self taught yourself everything photography-related, what did you study in school?
I have a Bachelor's degree in Journalism and graduated from the University of Central Missouri in 2003. This may give you a better explanation of why I enjoy blogging and writing so much. I have a passion for writing, but somewhere along the way, I listened really closely to my heart and it led me to volunteer at animal rescue organizations and teach myself about photography, long after I was out of school. Follow your dreams, listen to your heart and never give up. If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.

Monday, June 6, 2011

How to Foster a Dog or Cat - Kansas City Rescue, Foster Parents, Adoption - Kansas City Dog & Pet Photography

I have a great respect and admiration for those amazing souls who choose to foster a homeless pet along its journey to find a forever family. Can you imagine taking in a needy pet, providing all the necessities, nursing them back to health, teaching them to trust and giving them so much of your love, but knowing the whole while that it would only be temporary? Fostering a pet is not for everyone, but is extremely rewarding to those that have the strength to do it. Have you ever wondered how the process works and how you could learn more? The Animal Rescue Alliance in Kansas City (T.A.R.A.) is in desperate need of foster homes for the animals they rescue. Without foster homes, they are unable to rescue more animals facing death, because there just isn't enough room. Foster parents are one of the key reasons that animal rescue organizations can even exist. Contact email@tarasdream.org for more details. If you are not in the Kansas City area, click here to find statewide rescue organizations listed on Petfinder who may need foster parents for their animals. Click here to read an article on Petfinder, detailing the eight reasons you can foster a pet, even if you think you can't.

• By Diane Morgan

I am the bridge, between what was and what can be. I am the pathway to a new life.
I am made of mush, because my heart melted when I saw you,
matted, sore, limping, depressed, lonely, unwanted, afraid to love.
For one little time you are mine.
I will feed you with my own hand.
I will love you with my whole heart.
I will make you whole.
I am made of steel.
because when the time comes, when you are well, and sleek, when your eyes shine, and your tail wags with joy then comes the hard part.
I will let you go - not without a tear, but without a regret.
For you are safe forever
--A new dog needs me now!

About Fostering - By T.A.R.A
. http://www.tarasdream.org/
Foster Parents provide temporary care for kittens, puppies, cats and dogs in their greater-Kansas City area homes. Some animals only need a home for a few weeks, others may need one for several months. By offering your time, energy, and home to an animal in need, you prepare the animal for adoption into a permanent, loving home. T.A.R.A. is always looking for foster homes, especially throughout the busy spring and summer seasons. The more Foster Parents we have, the more lives we will be able to save. Our goal is to place animals in foster homes until a permanent home can be found for them. By doing so, this animal will learn proper behaviors, become more adapted to a home environment and have a smoother transition when adopted to a permanent home.

Foster Parent Requirements
  • Be willing to have a home inspection.
  • Understand and agree with our program’s goals and requirements.
  • Bring your foster pet to our adoption events. The more exposure they get, the better than chance they have of finding their forever home.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The Importance of Capturing Your Pet on Camera & Canine Lymphoma Cancer - Kansas City Dog & Pet Photography

Do you have a pet who is chronically ill? Even if the answer is no, have you ever let the horrific thought of losing your pet cross your mind? Most pet owners assume their furry children will have a typical lifespan correlating with its particular breed and size. However, we don't plan on something tragic occurring, such as being hit by a car, running away or being diagnosed with incurable diseases such as canine lymphoma or other types of cancer. Unfortunately, in my journey as a pet photographer, I have learned many people do not realize the importance of capturing their furry child (professionally) on camera until it's too late. Or they wait until their pet is too sick or increasingly aged and wouldn't want them documented in such a weak physical condition. To see memorial blog posts of all the pets I have photographed that have passed, click here.

I recently was given the honor to photograph TJ's boxer, Sugar Ray, on his last day on earth before he crossed the rainbow bridge. TJ and his sister Stacy have written some touching words about their experience and I hope you will read these heartfelt stories and reflect on your own pet and their life. Even if it's not me that you choose to document your pet, please consider having your beloved companion photographed by a professional. Our pets are priceless and can never be replaced. However, photos are really all we have left when they have crossed over and can help us remember and cherish our pets for a lifetime.

From Sugar Ray's Daddy, TJ Johnson

Losing your pet is not easy, especially when you are out of the country and have been away from your pet for 4 months. When I got word that Sugar Ray had lymphoma, I immediately prepared myself for the toughest decision you have to make about your pet. Do you spend a lot of money and keep them alive, or do you listen to your pet´s heart and soul and let them go? I chose to let him go as his cancer was in a severe stage & he didn't deserve to suffer. My family, caring for Sugar Ray while I was away, was devastated, as he was my furry kid in the USA. He had my spirit and was a good protector and companion to my parents and family while I was gone. When I decided to put him down, my sister arranged an emergency meeting with Jennifer and the photos she took made me realize I was doing the right thing. She captured his spirit that night before we put him to sleep and I cannot thank her enough for the effort she put forth. If you love your pets as much as I loved Sugar Ray, you need to use her services, because as I learned, you never know what might take place. I am in debt to her for helping me cope with the loss of my best friend and loyal companion, Sugar Ray - and am very grateful for her generosity, her time, & going above and beyond for me and my dog. Sugar Ray touched so many lives throughout our many travels across America in our almost 9 years together. He made everyone smile & brought joy to so many, & thanks to Jennifer, she allowed his spirit to touch many more lives even after he passed because of her talent for pet photography - capturing his true spirit & soul in his final hours. GRACIAS Jennifer!!!!!

From Stacy Johnson-Sweany, Shane & Emma Sweany & Richard & Martha Johnson
I found Jennifer Hague thanks to social networking, and just in time. My brother's dog Sugar Ray had just been diagnosed with lymphoma and it was a very late, severe stage. My brother works and lives in Mexico and had to leave his best friend & loyal companion of almost 9 years behind in the USA with our parents, until he could come back for him in a few months. After hearing of Sugar Ray's diagnosis and speaking to the vet, my brother made the painful decision to put him down. It was recommended the sooner the better due to how sick Sugar Ray was. He didn't deserve to suffer- not Sugar Ray. My brother asked us to put him to sleep on Saturday & he would Skype with us to tell Sugar Ray goodbye on Thursday night. Friday at work, I was on Facebook & immediately thought of Jennifer and sent her an "emergency" email asking if she had about an hour to capture Sugar Ray. I knew it was a long shot, but I received an immediate response. I was amazed at her prompt response & willingness to help me.

Sugar Ray was very sick, but had been on a medication for a few days that seemed to make him feel a little better, so when we got to the winery, he was in rare form and got to run free through the vineyards, and his spirit shined. Jennifer went above and beyond, not only for us, but for Sugar Ray, who was able to run free and be himself as we all knew him on his final day with us. We want to praise Jennifer and her talent & skill as a photographer, and her special way with pets. My brother will now have Sugar Ray's spirit forever captured. We are so thankful for Jennifer and her husband, Dan, who also gave up his time that evening & assisted Jennifer with the session - her generosity, talent, and professionalism we will be forever grateful for. Sugar Ray will never be forgotten and will live on in our hearts forever. If you have a pet, or not, you should make it a point to contact Jennifer. She is truly a blessing to all who meet her. Thank you Jennifer from the bottom of our hearts.