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Project 52 – Grace

Another Friday means another Project 52 post! This week’s theme was ‘Grace’. I go to the MSPCA at Nevins Farm to photograph their adoptables once a week – and this week I was lucky enough to utilize those beautiful faces as my models for this post! They were so proud to show off their grace and charisma for the camera. Cooper, the yellow lab mix with the gorgeous honey eyes, was especially eager to show me his gracefulness as he flew past me through the air with his prized tennis ball. Then there was Lucy – the goofy Labradoodle with the proud march and heroic stance…

And then I just had to pull one of my favorites from the archives! Meet Kaiser, the incredible American Bulldog with a heart as big as his head! He too, showed me his graceful Swan Lake ballerina moves during his photo session a few months back.

Now hopefully they don’t all let their grace and good looks go to their heads! 🙂 Next up in the blog ring is the lovely Liz Young of Liz Young Photography in Birmingham, Alabama. Click on over to her blog to see what kind of grace is happening there! If you click all the way around you’ll end up right back where you started – with me and these gorgeous adoptables! Enjoy!


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Meet Kendrid.

Today was an unusually warm February day in New England. And I spent it the best way I know possible – kissing, cuddling and rolling around in the grass with the adoptables at the MSPCA.

But, this week – there was one particular dog that just shined brighter than all the rest. I couldn’t forget his incredible eyes if I tried. I reveled in his warm, wonderful spirit. I always know the special ones when I see them. 🙂

Kendrid is a young, beautiful pit bull terrier that was found as a stray. The people who found him even kept him for a while – letting him sleep in their bed until circumstances changed and they no longer could. Now, he sits, waiting patiently at the MSPCA for his new forever family to walk through those doors and scoop him into their arms. I sure hope it happens soon. He was made to be cuddled and loved.

And here we are together! I couldn’t help myself but to put down the camera and spend a part of our photo session cuddling!

To learn more about Kendrid and the other incredible adoptables at the MSPCA at Nevins Farm, click here. Until next time –  may your canines be fuzzy and your kittens be cuddly! 🙂

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Project 52 – Mood

It’s finally Friday again and that of course means another Project 52 post! This week’s theme is ‘mood’. And as soon as I heard that – I knew I had just the character to star in this blog! And since his name is the mood – he’s just perfect for this! His name is Happy. And well, he is exactly that – consistently and overwhelmingly happy! He is one of many sweet, sweet adoptables at the MSPCA at Nevins Farm where I volunteer each week.

Scroll down for a dose of Happy’s wonderful mood!

and here’s one peek at his serious ‘Hey wait – is that a treat you’ve got behind your back?’ face:

Now click on over to Peggy Mundell at DogBreedz  to see what kind of mood she’s in! 🙂 Click all the way back around and end up right back here with Happy and I!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

It’s Valentine’s Day! The day for all things sweet, mushy, cute and cuddly! And since I love things that are cute and cuddly, it probably comes as no surprise that Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite days of the year. And in honor of things that make you go ‘squeeeee!’, I have the most perfect thing to share with you for this wonderful occasion.

At the very end of January, I was flattered to be asked to photograph a special Valentine’s Day campaign for the MSPCA at Nevins Farm. The initiative was to be called ‘Find Your Sweetheart at the MSPCA’. The goal was to create awareness about the animals at Nevins Farm who are waiting patiently for their forever homes. Oh, and they were so tolerant of our silly, non-sensical human ideas – we dressed them in everything from scarfs to tiaras to bobbly ears and even ballerina tutus! Not even Thunder, the 2,000 pound steer, was left out of this Valentine’s Day adventure! He wore his flowered hat and handmade cape with fluffy red feathers like a proud young man. Scroll on downward and I dare you not to giggle.

Junior didn’t mind his festive garb one bit – as long as the treats kept comin!

And our darling equine friend from the stable looked just radiant in his cape and festive bobbly heart headwear.

Thunder is quite the handsome man in his colorful outfit. (Don’t tell him that he’s wearing a ladies hat! He thought it was very classy and gender neutral himself.)

We even met royalty during our escapades photographing at Nevins! A real live princess!

And don’t forget the little ones!

Everyone got an ‘A’ for participation and an ‘A+’ for cuteness!

No day is ever complete without a squishy little pig butt!

How Rude! Okay, Okay – We’ll get the ridiculous clothes off of you, sir!

Miss Gracie the Pit Bull Terrier and Buster the pig are fashion industry professionals and were very cooperative for their photoshoots.

I mentioned before that no day is complete without a pig butt – the same can be said for a fuzzy hamster butt!

There you have it! The cuddly stars of the MSPCA at Nevins Farm! And the best part?! Some beautiful news has come from all of this! Since these photos were taken just a few weeks back – our sweet and gentle friend Thunder has finally found his forever home! That’s right! After 4 years of patient and hopeful waiting at the MSPCA – Thunder has been adopted! He will live the rest of his life at a sanctuary in Watkins Glen, New York with other cow friends just like him.

It really is a Happy Valentine’s Day.

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Project 52 – Noses!

This week’s theme for Project 52 involves one of the very best parts of a dog. His perfect little nose!  And in my opinion, it’s a cold, wet, squishy little masterpiece. 🙂

Since I spend a lot of time photographing the adoptables at the MSPCA at Nevins Farm – I asked them to be my nose models for this project. And don’t you know each and every last one obliged! (It must have been the gourmet mix of string cheese and hot dogs that I had stored in my pocket.)

And every individual nose was just so beautiful in it’s own way. Big ones, small ones, multicolored ones.. you name it. Noses peeking from cages and noses nudging my cheek. Noses sniffing for magical treasures in the grass and noses leaving happy little streakies on my lenses …

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(Oh, and noses with a tiny side of snaggletooth are also pretty wonderful.)  😛

And don’t forget – this is just one small part of  your big adventure around the blog ring! Now, click on over to the talent at Nicole Begley Photography to see what kind of noses she’s found! Click all the way around and you’ll end up right back here where you started!

Thanks for stopping by and enjoying all the brilliant noses that Nevins Farm has to offer!

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Project 52 – Newness

So far this new year has been blessed and beautiful and so full of wonderful things! I hope 2012 finds you with as much luck, health and warm fuzzy love as it has me. 🙂

And to really get this year started off on a strong foot for my little Dog Breath venture – I joined a group of incredibly talented pet photographers in their amazing blog ring – ‘Project 52’. That means that every Friday, we will be picking a new theme to blog about and you will hear from me and over 20 other infinitely talented artists if you choose to follow the links all the way around the circle – and if you do – (in addition to smiling, laughing and ‘awww’ing) you’ll end up right back where you started – right here!

This week’s blog theme is ‘Newness’. And what a perfect thing to start the new year off with. 🙂 As for me – newness translates directly to the stunning little sunshine you’re about to meet: Snowy.

Snowy is the MSPCA at Nevins Farm’s newest adoptable. She is a 3 year old Doberman Pinscher with a huge personality. Not only does she cuddle like a squishy teddy bear, but she runs around and around, head held high, like a hero at the end of an action flick.

Snowy is a complete and total ham for the camera. (So long as the treats keep comin’ in an endless supply!)

Oh, and those honey eyes!

In between her brave circle runs and chasing birds, Snowy will stop for hugs and the occasional kiss.

Whoever ends up with this perfect, wagging ray of sunlight in their home and in their hearts is one incredibly lucky human. If you think you might be that fortunate one – visit Snowy today for a free kiss at the MSPCA at Nevins Farm in Methuen. You can also go to their website or to learn more about the MSPCA’s newest adoptable!

Thanks for spending the time to find out whats new here with Dog Breath Photography! Now click on over to KLAD Cockers to see what kind of ‘newness’ lurks there! 🙂


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Be still my melting heart …

The past two weeks at the MSPCA have been magical.

I’ve had the lucky opportunity to meet so many different, beautiful canine personalities. Each perfect little (sometimes big!) face that I have the opportunity to spend time with has something so unique and thoroughly wonderful about them.

Meet Bobo – the young German Shepard mix with the world’s most beautiful eyes and the insatiable appetite for tennis balls and frisbees.

Here’s Ace. He’s the fastest, most agile dog I’ve ever seen while also being chock full of ‘good boy’ manners! And oh, what a face!

Billie is a dalmatian/boxer mix and (as I don’t really need to point out) is heart stoppingly beautiful. She is equally as gentle and sweet. Billie is a cuddle queen and pays extra attention to touch and sight because she is deaf. (That means extra kisses and cuddles for everyone!!)

Introducing Brownie. Brownie is laid back, calm and incredibly good-natured. She is a happy, healthy pup and is so eager to share her perfect smile!

Josh is next. Josh is literally the world’s happiest dog. He is jovial, bright and is bursting full of sunshine. He’s incredibly well-behaved and is so eager to love. He had me with the first big swipe of his pink tongue. (or it might have been the second I saw that face peering up at me.) Would you just look at that smile?!

Here’s Rocky! Rocky is the picture of perfection. He is a big, cuddly, fuzzy love bug. He was thrilled to show me the teddy bear he found and prance around with it like a proud young man!

Shadoh is my comic relief. I can’t look at his adorable toothy grin without cracking up. If I could keep this wonder pup by my side each and every day for his good spirits I would be one lucky lady. He has the biggest, most wonderful smile on the planet. He must be half superhero/half Boston Terrier. 

Meet Steve! Little buddy Steve is the most regal miniature pinscher I’ve ever encountered. He’s so happy, energetic and full of life! 

It’s safe to say Vinny took my heart and ran with it. And there’s a little piece of it that I will never get back. I am completely, thoroughly, 100% irrevocably in love with Vinny the Red Carolina dog. He cuddles and nudges his head against you like a purring cat. He’s smart, agile and incredibly beautiful. He’s every single thing one could ever want all wrapped into one perfect pup.

So even despite all these wonderful, unique differences that each canine soul has, all of the above pups have one thing in common – they need you. They need warm, loving forever homes to spend their days and nights in. They need happy humans to cuddle with and show their smiles to. If you are considering being this for one of these dogs – visit the MSPCA’s Nevins Farm website or to learn more.

Until another wonderful next time! …


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Lyla, Mufasa & Caesar

Another week at the MSPCA brings another slew of gorgeous faces for me to share with you. I could go on and on about the incredible joy I feel when I spend time with these dogs – but I hope that when you look at my photos you can feel it – with no need for me to articulate it with words.

Meet Lyla – the gorgeous, sweet little Australian Shepard girl with brilliant multi-colored eyes,

Mufasa – the towering, massive and inexplicably gentle honey-eyed Mastiff,

and Caesar – the goofy, happy, phenomenally well-behaved Pit Bull.




And here I am. Lucky, lucky me cuddling with the gentlest giant on the planet – Mufasa the Mastiff. I couldn’t resist grabbing a photo with him. You can’t fake this kind of joy. 🙂

as always – you can find out more about these pups at or please feel free to contact me for more details.

(I can’t promise I won’t be intensely jealous if you end up with one of these babies in your home.)      🙂

Until next time!


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Snowflake and Schatzie

Each and every time I visit the MSPCA to do my weekly photo round – something wonderful happens. This week, that something wonderful was the last cage on the right at the very end of the dog holding room – the temporary home of Snowflake and Schatzie. The two came into the shelter separately and with very different stories — but since being at the MSPCA they have become roommates and best friends. I took each of them out for their respective photo shoots and had no idea I was about to meet two of the world’s most adorable and well-behaved dogs.

Schatzie is a male Yorkie and absolutely loved to play fetch at daringly high speeds! But, I really discovered his weakness when I pulled out a squeak toy. Schatzie heard that golden sound and came booking it towards me at about 37 miles per hour just to investigate the situation. And that situation ended up being a fuzzy squeak toy in Schatzie’s mouth for the rest of our time together.

Snowflake is an adorable and happy little female poodle mix. Snowflake liked to chase all the birds she could find in the field we were playing in. She also showed me her  happy dance quite a bit! (which is her maniacally rolling around in the grass with the most elated expression I’ve ever seen.) Snowflake is just one incredibly brilliant ray of sunshine and whoever ends up with her in their home will be one lucky human. 🙂

But enough out of me – Would you look at these perfect faces?! …..



Visit the or to learn more about Schatzie and Snowflake! 🙂

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Beyond The Myth

Just a few weeks back I had the wonderful honor of photographing the MSPCA/PittieLove Rescue sponsored event ‘Beyond the Myth’. The two organizations got together to show filmmaker Libby Sherrill’s powerful documentary about pit bulls and unfair breed discrimination. It was a night of positivity, love and support for one of the most unfairly labeled and misjudged dog breeds in our country – the American Pit Bull Terrier.

The Regent Theatre in Arlington, Massachusetts was bustling with pit bull owners and supporters from all walks of life. And come showtime, the theater was packed with eager patrons. As the event’s photographer, I was lucky enough to get a private meet and greet with the evening’s guest of honor – Cherry ‘the Vicktory dog’. Cherry was rescued from the Michael Vick dog fighting case and has been rehabilitated into the happiest, sweetest pup you’ll ever get the privilege to meet. He is living proof of hope and forgiveness. And oh my, what a happy face he has!

The film blew me away with it’s honesty and integrity as this cause is particularly close to my heart since my own fuzzchild is a perfect Pit Bull terrier. It’s good to know that I am not preaching of this breed’s gentle nature and unwavering loyalty alone. If you think it’s time to give this incredible breed a second chance, head on over to to learn more. Or hey, maybe even adopt your new best friend from or (You won’t regret it.)