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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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Project 52 – Red

The fact that it’s Friday again gets a big ‘YAY’ from me! It’s the best way to describe how Friday’s make me feel. (which is wonderful.) And if you’ve been hangin’ around the dog breath blog long enough, you’ll know that Friday means another installment of the Project 52 blog ring. If this is your first time here, however, I’ll let you in on what that means. (Oh, and welcome!)  I have the wonderful privilege of participating in a weekly blog ring that is comprised of fellow pet photographers from around the world. Each week, we photograph and blog about a common, pre-chosen theme. We link to each other’s blogs to create a full, linked circle of entries for you to click through.

This week’s Project 52 theme was ‘Red’. The requirement was to incorporate the color red into our photograph. Well, wouldn’t you know that I had a hot date with Miss Lily the 4lb Chihuahua this past week to go scouting for photo locations – so this was my perfect opportunity to hunt down some red. Lily got sick of the search about halfway through and decided to snooze in my camera bag while I carried her through our shipyard photo location. She got a good nap in before I stumbled upon exactly what I was looking for! … Red! …

And since Lily loves a good photo opportunity (like a true diva!) she didn’t mind leaving her camera bag slumber for a few poses in the limelight.

And as I mentioned above, this is a blog ring so click on over to Central Coast Pet Photographer, Sharon Stokes to continue the journey! I’ll put my money on it that there are many new and exciting shades of red in your future! 😉 

Until Next Time!

Warmly,

Kaylee

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Project 52 – Play

Whew! Another week has come and gone and it’s Friday again! That, of course, means it’s time for the Project 52 post of the week. Project 52 is a blog ring comprised of pet photographers across the world who come together once a week to photograph and then blog about a common, pre-chosen theme.

The theme for this week’s 52 Project is ‘Play’! And boy, do I have the energetic duo to share with you!

Meet Rocket and Scruffy. They spent their entire photo session giving the word ‘playtime’ a new meaning..

Shake it off, Rocket! …

There are many more images to come from Rocket and Scruffy’s photo session. But, I just had to share these gems for this particular theme. Stay tuned to the blog for a feature from their happy, goobery and very wet session!

Now don’t forget this is a blog ring! Click on over to Kelly Ladouceur  Fort McMurray Pet Photographer KLAD Photography to see who’s playing in her world!

Click all the way back around the ring and end up right back where you started!

-Kaylee

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Project 52 – Kisses

There is a multi-colored, furry, 4-legged animal about 3 feet tall or so that runs around this planet with a big, goofy smile on his face like he owns the place. (peeing on everything that he claims for himself.) His butt waggles from side to side when you say his name and his frenzied tail knocks all different types of things off of the coffee table as he gallops by. (Usually delicate, breakable or expensive things.) He spends his evenings sleeping in inconvenient, perpendicular patterns in a king size bed. In his dreams he’s an action hero and he likes to punch anyone in his general vicinity in the face with his smooshy paws. He enjoys sitting in the empty bath tub for no particular reason and discovering new and exciting ways to eat from the garbage. He delights in dangling his large head outside of the car window at 65 mph and letting his cheeks flap in the wind. He never sneezes just once, but, at least 2 times in row – each time with the radius of the spread more impressive than the last. He is the bravest, strongest, and most loyal creature I have ever known.

His name is Toby.

 

And this week’s 52 project theme is absolutely perfect for him. If you haven’t figured it out by now – Toby is my furry child. There is no other dog in existence that more boldly comes to my mind when I think of ‘Kisses’ than him. As a matter of fact, there is no other living being on the planet that I would rather kiss. I could literally sit here all day, writing of all the reasons why Toby is the best kisser I’ve ever known. But instead, I think I’ll just get on to it. 🙂 Recently, I spent the most incredible day at the beach with my sweet little (okay, big!) pup. Here, I am – the luckiest girl in the world getting kisses from the handsomest man in the land…

 

 

And hey! I don’t let Toby do all the kissin’! Sometimes I get a turn to smother him with cuddly love and kisses..

 

He is my heartbeat, my light, my everything.

My happiest moments are next to him.

I’m so glad to have gotten the opportunity to share a little bit more with you about one of the strongest positive forces in my life. He drives me to be better as a person and in my business. He is both my motivation and my unfailing support. And of course, he is my endless supply of kisses. 🙂

And if you recall, the best part of this Project 52 thang is that it’s a blog ring! So click on over to my friend and fellow Boston Dog Photographer, Blue Amrich to see who she’s been kissin’! Click all the way around the ring and end up right back here with Toby and I!

Until next time!

-Kaylee

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Project 52 – Selective Focus

It’s Friday once again and I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to be back in the Project 52 ring. Summer is by far the busiest season for Dog Breath Photography – and for the past 3 weeks I have been so outrageously busy with events, shoots, editing and ordering that my head is spinning! (No complaints though. Busy is wonderful.) The only negative side effect of my wacky schedule is that I haven’t been able to devote time to participating in the Project 52 blog ring posts. (Bummer!) But this week, I made it a point to put aside a few moments to reconnect with my fellow pet photographers and with you all and share some of my most recent work!

This week’s theme for Project 52 was ‘Selective Focus’. The goal of selective focus is to isolate the subject in an image so that it is the only thing in sharp focus within the frame.

Well, this past week, I had the lucky opportunity to shoot with Miss Lily the 4lb Chihuahua. It was one of the most unique and beautiful photo locations I’ve ever shot at  – on Rattlesnake Island in the middle of New Hampshire’s gorgeous Lake Winnipesaukee. An incredible thunderstorm was brewing in the clouds above the island and Lily and I wrapped up our photo session just as the first raindrops were falling. The dewey atmosphere allowed for the most brilliant color tones. And when shooting wide open (stopped all the way down at f/1.4) the warm, wet colors created the dreamiest blur and depth of field, thus isolating Lily as the sharp subject in the foreground. All in all, it was a perfect day…

(Don’t let Lily’s small size fool you! She is the sassiest, spunkiest little fuzzbutt I’ve ever met. And she fits nicely into a shirt pocket.)  😛

Now don’t forget this is a blog ring! Click on over to to see what Kelly Ladouceur (Fort McMurray Pet Photographer KLAD Photography) focused on this week! Click all the way around and end up right back here with Miss Lily and I!

-Kaylee

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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