Monday, February 21, 2011

Adopt me Please - Current KC PAWS Adoptables - Kansas City Dog Photography

Now announcing more doggies up for adoption at KC P.A.W.S.! 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 any of these dogs, 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 kc.paws@Hotmail.com

Meet Red!


Meet Casper!


Meet Einstein!


Meet Blue!


Meet Jenny!


Meet Holly!


Meet Monty!


Meet Nahla!


Meet Cherokee!


Meet Cliff!


Meet Bosley!

Meet Hydrox!


Nahla before and after her surgery to correct her cherry eyes.


Hydrox before and after his haircut!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Power of Social Networking to Help Save Dogs - Week 2 - Kansas City Dog Photography

You may remember my post last week about the power of social networking to help save dogs. My blog displayed that my post was shared over 107 times, which is fabulous! Did you know you could help save a dogs life just by re-posting and sharing their picture and story on Facebook, your blog or even through a simple e-mail? I know it seems overwhelming because no matter how hard we all try, it is nearly impossible to save every dog from being euthanized.

According to the ASPCA, approximately 8-12 million companion animals enter shelters nationwide every year & approximately 5-9 million are euthanized. 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. Even with these startling facts in mind, we can ALL still make a difference. Just by sharing information with our networks, you would be amazed at how much exposure this brings to helpless animals who are in desperate need of a loving home and being saved from an unfair death. You will never know the difference you could make if you don't try. So, help save a life today and share this blog post with your friends.

For more information you may call the shelter directly using the information listed below.

Halfway Home Pet Adoptions
4400 Raytown Road Kansas City, MO 64129
(816) 921-0201
adoptions.hhpa@gmail.com

URGENT ANIMALS NETWORK
http://www.friendsofhalfwayhome.com/urgent-animals/
Halfway Home Pet Adoptions serves as the open intake shelter for Kansas City Missouri. HWH takes in approximately 9,000 animals each year. The facility is structurally decades past its expiration date and has limited space. The amount of time each animal has before possible euthanasia varies. The longest-term residents are at the greatest risk. Friends of HWH sends out “urgent lists” via e-mail which include long-timers and/or animals critically in need. By accepting these e-mails and then forwarding them to others, greater numbers of potential adopters can view animals in need, and they in turn will spread the word by forwarding to their contacts. Networking works! If you would like to accept weekly Urgent Lists, please send an email to britton@FriendsofHalfwayHome.com.

You can also join my Facebook business page at www.facebook.com/fixyourimages as I have many rescue contacts and am always posting adoptable dogs that I photograph, in addition to various other urgent dogs in the Kansas City and surrounding area.

All photos below courtesy of Halfway Homes Pet Adoptions. The following dogs are in critical status at Halfway Homes and must be adopted very soon or will face being euthanized.

CRITICAL Joker- APBT M $15 adoption fee
CRITICAL Cooper- Labrador- M $15 adoption fee
CRITICAL Barnaby- Chow Chow- M $15 adoption fee
CRITICAL Captain Jack- Boxer Mix- M $15 adoption fee
CRITICAL Pansy- APBT- F $15 adoption fee
CRITICAL Remy- APBT- M $15 adoption fee
CRITICAL Puddin -APBT - F $15 adoption fee

Ava - A12010785 Terrier, Pit Bull (F) Stray/Public Drop Off http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/18132068


Amelia- Pit Bull Terrier- F http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/18189948


Dugan- Lab / APBT mix- M http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/18199710


Savannah- Pit Bull Terrier- F http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/18259345


Eve- Labrador- F http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/18261222


Cooper- Labrador- M http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/18291062

Puddin- Pit Bull Terrier Mix- F http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/18299332

Remy $15 APBT mix Medium Adult Male Pet ID: A12221978


Captain Jack $15 Boxer mix Large Adult Male Pet ID: A12294682
http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/18566196

Pansy $15 APBT Size: Large Age: Adult Sex: Female Pet ID: A12258702 http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/18525329

Barnaby $15 Chow Chow/Shepherd Mix Medium Adult Male Pet ID: A12228489 http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/18487748

Joker - $15 ABPT mix Medium Young Male Pet ID: A12047621 http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/18173079

Friday, February 11, 2011

Do Dogs Really Smile? - Kansas City Dog Photography

Why Do Dogs Smile?
By: Alex Lieber
http://www.petplace.com/


Ask an expert on dog behavior why dogs smile, and you may get a somewhat complicated answer involving submissive behavior, automatic responses, etc. They often ruefully conclude, "But dogs don't really smile, at least, not for the same reasons we do."

Ask the average dog owner the same question, and he'll respond indignantly: "Of course he smiles! Just look at that face; he's smiling right now – you can't say that's not a smile!" We'll look at both sides of this question, because, in a way, both answers are correct. In wolves, the expression we take for a smile indicates nervousness or submission to another wolf. Dogs also are hard-wired to interpret the expression this way. To signal that he accepts his subordinate position, a subordinate dog retracts the corner of his lips, which pulls the mouth into that happy face we recognize as a smile.

In reality, the "smile" is indicating that the dog is not threatening to overturn the status quo. Confident alpha dogs rarely smile. They think of themselves as our equals and have no need or desire to signal their deference to us. Consider two men in a bar, one smaller than the other. The smaller man smiles to placate the bigger guy and avoid a conflict.

An exception is the "smile" that comes with teeth bared – a smile that decidedly does not indicate submissiveness. A dog that lifts his lip to show his fangs is giving a signal to an encroacher to back off ... NOW.

But dogs are, if nothing else, extremely astute observers. An owner sees his dog "smiling" at him without fangs showing. The owner, touched by this adorable face, rewards the dog with a belly rub, a pat on the head, treats, or some other form of positive attention. The dog notices that when he performs this submissive gesture, he gets something desirable in return. So in a way, the dog's "smile" may become genuine, because he associates the expression with something that makes him happy.

This also helps explain why dogs roll on their backs for those treasured belly rubs. Rolling onto the back normally indicates submission, which the dog is happy to concede because of all the perks that come with it. For the dog, acting submissively is a pretty good deal.

I have some examples of smiling doggy faces from my various pet photo sessions. I think it's pretty clear that dogs do really smile!

Kendall


Adoptable Dogs at The Pet Connection: http://www.thepetconnection.net/



Brian

Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Power of Social Networking to Help Save Dogs - Kansas City Dog Photography

Did you know you could help save a dogs life just by re-posting and sharing their picture and story on Facebook, your blog or even through a simple e-mail? I know it seems overwhelming because no matter how hard we all try, it is nearly impossible to save every dog from being euthanized. According to the ASPCA, approximately 8-12 million companion animals enter shelters nationwide every year & approximately 5-9 million are euthanized. 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. Even with these startling facts in mind, we can ALL still make a difference. Just by sharing information with our networks, you would be amazed at how much exposure this brings to helpless animals who are in desperate need of a loving home and being saved from an unfair death. You will never know the difference you could make if you don't try. So, help save a life today and share this blog post with your friends.

All of these dogs pictured below are on the critical list at Halfway Home Pet Adoptions and must be rescued, adopted or fostered before 4:00 pm on Friday, February 11.

For more information you may call the shelter directly using the information listed below.

Halfway Home Pet Adoptions
4400 Raytown Road
Kansas City, MO 64129
(816) 921-0201

URGENT ANIMALS NETWORK
http://www.friendsofhalfwayhome.com/urgent-animals/
Halfway Home Pet Adoptions serves as the open intake shelter for Kansas City Missouri. HWH takes in approximately 9,000 animals each year. The facility is structurally decades past its expiration date and has limited space. The amount of time each animal has before possible euthanasia varies. The longest-term residents are at the greatest risk. Friends of HWH sends out “urgent lists” via e-mail which include long-timers and/or animals critically in need. By accepting these e-mails and then forwarding them to others, greater numbers of potential adopters can view animals in need, and they in turn will spread the word by forwarding to their contacts. Networking works! If you would like to accept weekly Urgent Lists, please send an email to britton@FriendsofHalfwayHome.com .

Another way to help is to join the below "Urgent Part 2" page on Facebook where dogs are posted daily who need desperate help to be saved.
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Urgent-PART-2/152876678058553

You can also join my Facebook business page at www.facebook.com/fixyourimages as I have many rescue contacts and am always posting adoptable dogs that I photograph, in addition to various other urgent dogs in the Kansas City area.

All photos below courtesy of Halfway Homes Pet Adoptions.

Tangerine http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/18099285


Barnaby http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/18487748


Baxter http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/18259261


Captain Jack http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/18566196

Monday, February 7, 2011

Boomeroos - Custom Collegiate Fleece Doggy Jackets & Baby Blankets in Kansas City

I had the pleasure of meeting the delightful Barbara McPherson, creator of Boomeroos, which are custom collegiate fleece doggy jackets. Additionally, she just introduced her new line of products, Baby Boomeroos, which are beautiful, soft baby blankets. Her designs are licensed and come in K-State and KU themes, along with a standard paw print theme. Nebraska and Missouri collegiate themes are two more schools she may be offering in the future.

Boomeroos was created thanks to Barbara's furry inspiration and rescued Shitzu Boomer. This sweet boy had been in a puppy mill for the first four years of his life. When Barbara brought him home with her, he wasn't sure how to even take a step, was extremely shy, not potty trained, hesitant of treats and didn’t really know his name. Now, after one year, he has overcome these obstacles and loves trotting up and down the steps, enjoys affection, is potty trained and understands the concept of treats, but is still a bit picky in that department! Boomer now has the loving life he deserves and is pampered at the pet spa every six weeks for his grooming.

Click here for more information about how to measure your dog and the pricing of Boomeroos.

Website: http://boomeroos.com/
Boomeroos on Facebook
Contact Barbara: bmcpherson@everestkc.net
Boomeroos is also featured in Metro Pet Magazine: http://www.metropetmag.com/

Remington was very excited to meet his new friend Boomer... even if they cheer for opposing teams!






Now some fun in the snow!








Remington wanted to help model the new Baby Boomeroos baby blankets! You have to see them in person to appreciate how soft and fabulous they are! They would even be a fabulous blanket for your dog to cuddle up in too!