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So, who are you walkin’ for?…

So, I have been working on a secret project with the MSPCA for the past few months now. And oh man, have I been having the hardest time keeping my lips zipped about it! But, I wanted to keep it under wraps until it was completely finished. And walah! That day is finally here and I am so excited to share with you!

As most of you may already know, the MSPCA hosts an incredible benefit event every year called the Walk For Animals. So that means that in three different locations throughout Massachusetts, people and their fuzzy companions will be walking for the best kind of cause – to raise funds for the Massachusetts Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The money that is raised will go towards kindness and care for animals throughout Massachusetts. On Sunday September 9th, you can come out and walk in one of three locations – at Spencer Pierce Little Farm in Newbury, at Aselton Park in Hyannis, or at the Boston Common Parade Grounds at the corner of Charles and Beacon Street in Boston. Last year, over 2,500 humans and 1,800 animals came out to show their support! (And had a blast while doing so, might I add.)

The annual Walk for Animals is so incredibly important as it is one of the MSPCA’s main sources for fundraising and outreach. And it is important to note that the MSPCA is solely powered by donations. They wouldn’t be able to perform daily miracles for homeless, sick and injured animals if it wasn’t for support from the community. As quoted from the MSPCA’s website: ‘The MSPCA-Angell is a private, nonprofit organization. We do not receive any government funding nor are we funded or operated by any national humane organization. The MSPCA-Angell relies solely on the support and contributions of individuals who care about animals.’

So, the question now remains – who are you walking for? Well, recently I’ve had the pleasure of spending time with a few fuzzy faces that wanted to tell you why you should walk for them…

So whether it’s for Joshua the sweet young pit bull who was locked in a basement and starved for the first part of his life (3rd photo down) or Sam the former thoroughbred racehorse who was abandoned on a farm for months while his owner was serving a prison sentence (6th photo down), or Buster the pig who has spent his whole life waiting patiently at Nevins Farm for his forever home (10th photo down), we invite you to walk in their honor. They all have a story – and they all need you.

*Feel free to share this blog post endlessly. We hope that the messages of these sweet shelter animals are spread far and wide. And we hope to see you all there.
(I’ll be at the Newbury walk behind the Dog Breath Photography booth! Please stop by and say hello! And I’ve donated a free photo session to the MSPCA to raffle off to one lucky winner. Maybe it will be you!) To read more details about the 2012 Walk For Animals event, check out the MSPCA’s website here. If you’re interested to read more about Sam the abandoned horse’s story, click here.
Warmly,
-Kaylee
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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick Signs S. 2192!

Yesterday morning, I had the privileged honor of photographing a piece of history. I was invited by the MSPCA to photograph Governor Deval Patrick as he signed S. 2192 into law. The air was hot and filled with an energy of joy and celebration as a crowd full of legislators, lawyers, senators and animal control officers waited outside of the Ashland Animal Control facility for Governor Patrick to arrive.

As I looked around at the faces in the expectant, smiling crowd – I realized that it would be impossible to be surrounded by better people. These are people who are selfless. People who have fought, day in and day out, against all odds for something that they believed in. These are people who are guardians for the helpless – voices for the voiceless. And yesterday, they were people who had won.

If you are unfamiliar with S. 2192, here is a summary of the main points of the bill, as quoted from http://www.mspca.org:

Summary of the bill:

  • Create a statewide spay/neuter program to reduce the number of homeless animals in the Commonwealth and would, in turn, also reduce the cost to cities and towns for housing and sheltering these animals. This would be funded by a voluntary tax check off.
  • Add enforcement provisions to section 139A (the spay/neuter deposit law for animals adopted from shelters and animal control facilities) to ensure these animals can’t reproduce.
  • Require animal control officers to receive training. People are often surprised to learn that their local animal control officer is not required to receive training for the complicated work they do to keep the people and animals in their community safe. This would be funded by the tax check off.
  • Prohibit carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide gas as a means to “euthanize” dogs and cats.
  • Reduce dog bites by improving the dangerous dog law in a breed neutral manner.
  • Allow pets to be included in domestic violence protection orders to protect both animals and people.

 I am honored to have had the opportunity to be present at such an incredibly important turning point in the history of Massachusetts and it’s legislation in regards to animals.

I can’t accurately express my gratitude to the people who have worked tirelessly for a brighter, safer and more just future for our animals. It’s these people –  people like Kara Holmquist (MSPCA’s Director of Advocacy), Linda Huebner (MSPCA’s Deputy Director of Advocacy), Senator Jehlen (Sponsor of S. 2192) and many others –  that make fighting for a dream worth believing in.

Oh, happy day!

Until next time!

-Kaylee

*Contact Kaylee Greer at kaylee@dogbreathphoto.com with any inquiries regarding any of the above photographs.

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Dog Days of Summer – Part 3

And here it is –the final installment of the ‘Dog Days of Summer’ blog post! If you are one of the wonderful folks that have been waiting since part 1 to find your fuzzbutt’s photo – thank you for being so patient! There were so many happy, share-worthy images from the event, it took quite a bit of effort to organize and edit all 120 of them. So, thanks for hanging around the blog from start to end! 🙂

In case you missed the first two posts (which you can find here: Part 1, Part 2.)- I had the lucky opportunity to bring the Dog Breath Photography booth to the ‘Dog Days of Summer’ event that took place at Smolak Farms two weeks ago. The event was organized by the incredible folks at Treadwell’s Ice Cream, and it was to raise money and awareness for the MSPCA at Nevins Farm. (An organization that happens to be very close to my heart. I spend quite a bit of my personal time volunteering over there.) The day couldn’t have been more perfect. The warm summer sunshine was out in abundance and the four-leggers were just as waggly as ever!

Part two left us off with a sweet Pittie enjoying a puppy cup and a photo of this guys squishy face!:

I had a couple more favorites of him that I couldn’t resist sharing! I mean c’mon – would you look that that prize smile?! …

And how about this sweet, patient little face? ..

This is ‘Obi’. He’s the Dog Breath mascot. I found him at the dollar store and he made me giggle out loud. So I bought him and now he finds his permanent home on the table at every Dog Breath event!..

Oh, those eyes! This little face is just a dream…

And there’s the smile!! …

This big guy found the pond and decided to cool himself off…

I can’t say I blame ya, bud. It was hot!!

Mmmm. Cookies!!…

I was lucky enough to catch (no pun intended!) an amazing agility demonstration put on by Pawsitive Paws Dog Training.

I eventually got the opportunity to venture out from behind the booth and meet some of my fellow vendors! …

There’s nothing quite like a Brussels Griffon smile ..

Here I am in action! (I do believe you can see the photo that resulted from that very moment in Part 1 of the Dog Days of Summer post!)

This guy stopped in behind the Dog Breath booth for some shade. I was happy to have such a large and fuzzy visitor! ..

My amazing assistant and incredibly reliable and inspiring friend, Doug, being his typical goober self…

Sam working the Dog Breath booth..

Oh and more puppy cups!

YUM!

More?

And a HUGE Thank You again to Treadwell’s Ice Cream for putting on such a wonderful and successful event! I had an incredible time and feel so blessed to have been able to be a part of such a perfect day…

As I’ve mentioned previously – don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about the photos of your dog or if you’re interested to book a Dog Breath Photo Session! You can find more about exactly what it is that I do on my website. I have four dates left for the month of July and August is filling quickly. I’d love to fit you and your pup(s) in to that schedule somewhere so I look forward to hearing from you!

kaylee@dogbreathphoto.com

781.654.1865

Until Next Time,

Kaylee

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Dog Days of Summer – Part 2

And we’re back with Part 2 of the ‘Dog Days of Summer’ event blog post! In case you missed the first part of the post (which can be found here) – Dog Breath Photography recently had the wonderful opportunity to have a booth at a local dog event that was put together to benefit the MSPCA at Nevins Farm! The day was full of sunshine, ice cream and incredibly good-looking fur babies! (which is the best kind of day!) … To pick up from where we left off.. here I am in all my blue haired glory behind the Dog Breath booth. (What am I smiling at back there? I have literally no idea.)  …

This next face made me audibly squeal with delight! Seriously, this is like ‘bowl-you-over-backwards-knock-your-hat-off’ cute…

I would argue that puppy yawns make the world an exponentially more wonderful place to be..

Smolak Farms is just a dream. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day..

This is a face made for kissin’ …


..and how bout this little Sweetie? I just want to squish him and kiss his little fuzzy forehead!!

And yup, there were these..

This is one happy little puppy. Would you just look at that smile?

And this sneaky little goober face was posing for pictures while his Mom was hangin’ with the Dog Breath crew..

This sweet guy was ridin’ in style! ..

WHEN does the cute end?! (hint: not for a while.)  🙂 …

Well, hello Good-Lookin’!! ..

The local Glee club came out to provide some entertainement!

Uh-oh! We might have a contender for ‘cutest customer of the day’! Check this fuzzy little darlin’ out! ..

TREATS?!

And the best smile award goes to…

How about this gorgeous face?! Little gray eyebrows make my heart melt all over the ground! ahh!…

hamming it up for the camera! ‘Hey! Check out my good side!!’ ..

The wonderful staff of bluedog pet care of North Andover was also out to support the MSPCA! And boy oh boy did they have some gorgeous little four-leggers with them! (You can find out more about bluedog and what they do here!)

Oh, and this face. What a show stopper. (Can you tell I have a weakness for Pitties? I just can’t stop clicking the shutter button) …

The guy was the perfect embodiment of the general mood of the day! It was a ‘get-down-and-roll-around’ happy sunshine dance kind of day!..

Um, excuse me? Your little goobery face is so cute my heart is all achey…

Isn’t this the kindest face you’ve ever seen?

Giving a close inspection of my lens! .. (and leaving me some puppy snots in the process!) haha

If you visit Smolak Farms you just have to take a hay ride! It’s tradition!

Oh, hello Jenny. I am having a hard time believing that you are a real, living thing. Your cuteness makes my brain hurt …

What a wise face. I love me some golden smiles..

There he is! The man himself. My wonderful Dad and his dog Sam. You will literally never meet a kinder, more supportive person on the planet. I mentioned to Dad that I especially liked his suspenders. I thought they were a nice touch..

and how about the gooberiest, most ridiculously kissable face of the day?…

I wasn’t kidding when I said there was ice cream! I leave you with a perfect pittie and her puppy cup complete with mini bones! YUM!

But wait! There are more! The final installation of the ‘Dog Days of Summer’ blog post will be coming within the next few days! I have about 50 photos left to share from my wonderful day behind the Dog Breath booth so don’t fret if you didn’t see your fur baby in this post! Keep an eye on the blog and catch the final part of the adventure!

And as always, please don’t hesitate to contact me if you’re interested in booking a Dog Breath Photo Session or are wondering if there are more photos of your pup to be seen. In most cases, I do have more images of each pup. In some, I don’t. But it certainly doesn’t hurt to ask! I’d be happy to share them with you via a private viewing gallery. 🙂 Bark at kaylee@dogbreathphoto.com with any inquiries/questions/comments! Until next time! (Which, if I had to guess, should be in about 48-72 hours.) heh.

-Kaylee

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Dog Days of Summer – Part 1

This past Sunday I had the wonderful privilege of having a booth at the ‘Dog Days of Summer’ event at the gorgeous Smolak Farms in North Andover, Ma. The day was absolutely picture perfect – and the best part? The event was put on by Treadwell’s Ice Cream – So there was plenty of the planet’s best ice cream to go around! (What’s that you say? You want apple cider donut ice cream? Yup, they have that.)

The sun was shining, the frozen treats were delicious and the four-leggers were abundant! What more could one girl ask for?!

This event is put on annually to benefit the one organization that is closest to my heart – the MSPCA at Nevins Farm. I was absolutely honored to be able to take part in such in supporting such a wonderful cause.

I got to meet so many wagging fuzzbutts who came to visit the Dog Breath Photography booth that my head was spinning with joy. Would you just look at these faces? … (caution: there is a real risk of contracting ‘cute overload’ syndrome if you continue on from here. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!)  🙂 ….

Oh, hello gorgeous! …

How about these little sweethearts with the expressive eyes? …

I have to say – there is a hidden treasure in the background of this photo. I noticed it when I was editing and it warmed my heart. 🙂 As if the two in the foreground weren’t show stopping enough! ..

My favorite organization on the planet. The MSPCA was present at the event with a booth run by some of it’s most wonderful and dedicated volunteers..

And this guy! My best-looking customer of the day saying ‘HELLO! Where’s the treats?!’ ..

I’m a sucker for a Boxer smile …

And what about this outrageously beautiful little love? …

oh, those eyes! ..

Oh, hi. Nice to meet you little goober! ..

and two sweet little fuzzy friends …

I even met some two-leggers that were pretty wonderful! ..

Cleaning something good off your nose? ..

Attack of the blurry bobble head puppy!! …

Smolak Farms is absolutely breathtaking. I grew up picking Apples in their orchards as a little girl. The smells on the farm remind me of my childhood – who knew I would be back decades later with my very own business! …

Pittie smiles make me melt ..

Would you look at this next face? What a dream! …

A canvas print of one of my favorite images at my booth. This gallery wrap canvas showcases just one of the many gorgeous products you can make from your images when you book a Dog Breath photo session! ..

And no dog day is complete without a pair of ridiculously good-looking black labs..

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Since the event was such a smashing success – I met and photographed over 80 different dogs that day! That left me with 120+ choice images to share from the event – which in turn means, in order to post all the images – the blog will be split up into three parts! This is only the first part of the exciting series! So never fear! If your dogs photo isn’t here you will find him or her in part 2 or 3 which will both be published within the next week! Stay Tuned!

It was such a pleasure to meet all of the wonderful friends (2 legs AND 4 legs alike!) that stopped by the Dog Breath booth. I can’t thank Treadwell’s Ice Cream – the event planner/sponsor – enough for including us in this exciting event!

If you see your dog’s photos here, but would like to see if there are more – don’t hesitate to drop me a line! I would be happy to put up a private viewing gallery for you to check them out in. 🙂 kaylee@dogbreathphoto.com

Part 2 of ‘Dog Days of Summer’ with more fuzzy faces than you can count will be coming sooner than you can say ‘TREATS?!’ …..

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The Power of a Photograph

Itʼs been far too long since I last updated about my work with the adoptables at the MSPCA at Nevins Farm.

I am closing in on my first year volunteering at the shelter. And looking back on all of my time spent there puts the kind of smile on my face that you just can’t fake.

I spend each and every Wednesday up at the shelter photographing all different kinds of perfect faces. Each with a different story. Each with a different reason for the sudden and confusing change in their lives. And each with a heart the size of a barge.

I work with a small team of incredibly talented and dedicated volunteers at the shelter. Together, we manage the shelter’s PetFinder database. Each of us has a distinct task. We organize, write,  update and photograph. We are single handedly responsible for these dogs’ exposure to the general public.

Of course, my area of expertise and contribution to the team are the photographs.
Itʼs important to never ever underestimate the power of a photograph. From the moment these animals come through the shelter doors, until the minute they leave – they are so incredibly loved and adored by the amazing cast of staff and volunteers. But that doesnʼt change the fact that these sweet, patient animals donʼt have a voice of their own.

So this is where the photos come in. These photos, in many cases, are the one shot these animals will get to communicate their stories with the outside world. They are the only opportunity to get potential adopters to stop scrolling through the endless listings of homeless animals and focus – if for only a moment – on their sweet faces. All too often you see shelter photos that just don’t represent that animal accurately. Sometimes, they’re taken through the bars of a cage. Sometimes they’re taken too soon – while that animal is still terrified of his new, foreign surroundings. Sometimes they’re dark or blurry. You get the idea. It’s tough to get the right photo. It takes time and patience and lots and lots of passion. It’s not always going to be the first photo you snap. Sometimes it’s not even the 100th photo you snap. But if you are willing to give that animal the time and space it needs to open up and let his or her personality come brilliantly shining through – then you’re in business. It will be real and authentic and so full of joy. When you get the right shot – you’ll know it.

And of course, when people take subpar photos of shelter animals it’s always with good intentions – but the first impression is the most important one. Its the one that is going to get potential adopters off of their couches and into their cars. Its the one that will prompt someone to drive 50 miles to the shelter to visit the dog with the shining eyes and waggling tongue. It’s the one that could mean the difference between life and death.

So when I photograph the adoptables at Nevins Farm, my aim is to let their personalities do the talking – to showcase those happy, unique little quirks that make these animals who they are. They are each so individual and remarkable and loving in their own perfect way. My job is to get people in the door. That’s all we need. Once the a potential adopter makes it in to the shelter and finally gets that dog into their arms – my work is done. The dog will take it from there. She will do the rest – and she will do it well. She will wag and lick and cuddle her way right into their hearts. She is the single best salesperson for herself. And I have so much faith in that – if I get the people to walk through the door – the rest is history.

Anyhow, have a look at these beautiful faces!

The following dogs are just some of the many adoptables I’ve photographed over the past few months at Nevins Farm. Each and every one of them has touched me in such a remarkable way. And I keep each one of their stories in my heart as I travel through my days…

LEXI

COOKIE

JILL

BELLA

If I haven’t mentioned that I have an amazing assistant named Doug – I’ll mention it now! And boy oh boy did Bella love him! It’s kind of a dream gig – I just keep him around to get kissed by puppies all day…

SWEETIE PIE

MOJO

SKY

SKY AND CHAMP

(the cutest brother/sister duo you’ve ever seen!!)…

CHAMP

ROCKY

BROWNIE

HANK

SPOTS

WINSTON

TEBOW

And lastly, just another perfect day volunteering at the shelter. A photo of me and the incredible Rex. I make sure to get at least a dozen good cuddles from each dog before I finish their photo sessions.

Their love is so infinite. Despite everything. They know only good. I think we could stand to learn a lot from them.

I want to take a moment to thank the amazing team of volunteers that I work in collaboration with at Nevins Farm to keep these dogs where they need to be – in eyes of their potential rescuers. You are all so passionate, thorough and dedicated and I am so grateful for the opportunity to work with such wonderful people! (Doug, Marilyn, Meg, Pam, Nancy, Mike, Breanna, Jolene – this means you!)

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Oh, the love of a canine …

 

These hugs are my medicine.

This is love. And I am lucky.
To say that photographing the adoptable dogs at the MSPCA is therapeutic is an understatement. Despite the hours of work each week, the fur covered clothes, and the drool smeared camera lenses – these sweet, innocent animals give me more than I could ever give to them. In my humble opinion, there is more love inside the eyes of a canine than there is anywhere else in the entire world. These dogs share every ounce of their joy so selflessly – even despite their unfortunate situations. Some of these dogs know loss, abandonment and sorrow more closely than I would ever hope to, and yet they don’t feel sorry for themselves. They forgive. They learn to love again because love is what fuels them. Some people perceive these dogs as broken. But the truth is – these shelter animals are the moving, breathing definition of strength. They are my living testament to truth, fortitude, bravery and love. Their hearts are the purest shade of red. I am so blessed to be able to spend these perfect moments with each and every one of them. They teach me about what’s really important in life. And I am so grateful for that.