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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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Something to Wag About!

I had the most incredible yesterday. I spent the day behind the Dog Breath Photography booth at the ‘Something to Wag About’ dog event at the Roudenbush Community Center in Westford, Massachusetts. The event was held to benefit the Lowell Humane Society.

I kept my fingers crossed all week long that the sunshine might come out and give us a visit on the day of the show. And lucky for us – it did! It was absolutely gorgeous outside. And all of the canine furbutts rolling joyfully through the  grass all around me told me that they appreciated it too!

The event was a wonderful success! There were all kinds of dog-related vendors, an agility training course, a K-9 officer and even adoptables from the Humane Society! I met all kinds of amazing new friends – two leggers AND four leggers alike!

I had an incredible crew behind the Dog Breath booth. I absolutely couldn’t have done any of this without you guys! Thanks to Doug, Sam and my lovely Mom for coming out to help! Your love, support and remarkable tent-building skills are so very appreciated!

The enthusiasm could just be felt in the air and this happy little girl sure had a lot of it to show off! ….

And I got to meet so many waggly little fuzz machines that about 90% of my day was spent audibly squealing with delight! …

I got the privilege of seeing this four-legged canine Officer demonstrate his impressive skills …

(Brains AND brawn?!  What more could you ask for in a pup?)

The Lowell Humane Society was present with some of the sweetest, most beautiful adoptables I’ve ever seen! And not just dogs! There were also bunnies and kittens out soaking up the generous May sunshine.

Oh. My heart might as well have melted right there at my feet. Would you just look at these faces?!

 And behold! By far Dog Breath’s best-looking customer of the day….

(just shopping around for some nice new prints to hang on her dining room wall!)

Biggest smile of the day award goes to…

A good part of my day was spent handing out snacks. Cmon! How could I resist that face ….?  (hint: I couldn’t.)

There certainly was plenty to wag about at this event! Just ask this guy ….

Okay…we may have another contender for that ‘best smile’ award …

Coneheads need kisses too!

Just hanging out at the Dog Breath booth…

Amazing handmade collars by ‘Winnie Wear’! (If you look closely,  you can see Winnie’s butt in this photo)! Yup, you got it – the namesake of this wonderful little business!

This sweet sunshiney Pittie is adoptable from the Lowell Humane Society! How could you not want to spend the next decade or so with that face?!

Mmmmmm! Cookies!

Making new friends…

All in all it was an absolute dream of a day. There were more adorable canines in attendance than I could count. (which of course, makes any day a good one.)

If you stopped by the Dog Breath Photography booth to say Hello – thank you so much! It’s always so wonderful to meet you all! It’s not everywhere I go that I can talk endlessly about my love for pups without being dubbed the crazy dog lady! haha!

If I photographed your dog at this event and you’d like to see more (and believe me, there are more!) just let me know! You can contact me anytime at kaylee@dogbreathphoto.com. I would be happy to put a gallery of your pet’s images up on my website for you to check out!  All you have to do is ask! 🙂

Special Thanks to the Roudenbush Community Center and the Lowell Humane Society for organizing such a successful event! I am thrilled to have been lucky enough to be a part of it all!

Until Next Time!

-Kaylee