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 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

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 http://www.happytailsbooks.com/books/dog-breeds-e-l/dogs/.  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 kc.paws@hotmail.com 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