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October 29, 2012

Once a month, we volunteer our time to take photographs of a homeless animal in the hopes the images will help them find a loving home.  But, October, with the rush of family holiday photos and weddings in the golden aspens, got away from me and I somehow had not lined up an animal to photograph.  It’s funny how the universe takes care of my absentmindedness, because that day, I got a call from my friend, Becky, about a very special dog named Gonzo.  She had just returned from her veterinarian’s office where she had met a sweet, older, three legged dog that had been surrendered by his owner   I’ve known Becky for a long time, and we share a sense of community, a passion for the arts and the idea that every homeless animal should have their own family.   “Gonzo’s too special to live his life in a kennel“, she said.  When she said that, I knew I had to rearrange my schedule to go out and photograph this dog to hopefully, find him his forever, perfect home.

I met Gonzo this past Friday at Aspen Veterinary Clinic where I found out that every employee there was 100% smitten with him.   So, when my husband, Grant, and I finally got to meet him, we had high expectations.  As soon as they opened the kennel door for Gonzo to meet us, he quickly bypassed the treats we offered, but instead, crawled straight into Grant’s lap.   Yes, a special boy indeed.  I also found out Gonzo’s history.  About 9 years ago, Gonzo was found on the San Francisco Peaks with a fractured leg.  A kind stranger brought him to Aspen Veterinary Clinic where the decision was made to amputate his leg due to the severity of his break.  Gonzo was adopted after this, and for 8 years had the blessing of a home and a family.  Then, recently, in a crual twist of fate, his owner had to move, and the current landlord will not allow dogs.  So, Aspen Veterinary Clinic took Gonzo in once again.  They are taking great care of Gonzo, but life in a kennel is stressing this older gentleman.  So, the search for a new, loving home is underway.

Gonzo is about 9 years old and would enjoy a mellow home where he could do lots of cuddling.   Like any dog his age, he’s slowing down and entering doggie retirement, but he does enjoy walks and hikes.  And, boy oh boy, does he just love to gaze into your eyes and let you know just how much he loves you.

If you’d like to meet Gonzo, or have any questions abou him, please contact Aspen Veterinary Clinic at (928) 526-2423.

I made a promise to Gonzo, and I promised him that I’d help him find a home of his own, and a family that adores him.  Could you help me by sharing this post?

Blessings to all of you ~ Melissa
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September 04, 2012

Golden Bone Rescue

I look forward to the first of every month for one reason, our Adorable Adoptable of the Month campaign. Each month, we partner with an animal rescue organization and volunteer our pet photography services to some special animal who needs a home. Over the past few months, we’ve met some amazing dogs and I’ve fallen in love with each and every one. This month, our sweet dog comes from Golden Bone Rescue and Rehab based out of Sedona, Arizona. Josie is a Golden Retriever/Beagle mix and is young, probably under two years old. She is a medium dog of about 40 pounds. During her photo session with us, Josie was timid (probably wondering what all the fuss was about!) but warmed up to us in just a few minutes. Despite the activity around her, she never barked or even made one sound. At first, Josie didn’t want anything to do with photographs, but then I explained to her that getting some great photos of her would help her find her perfect family. To my surprise, this sweet girl walked over to the rug, and posed perfectly until it was time for her to go. Shannon, her foster mom, says that Josie has a sweet temperament and loves to be petted. And, despite an old broken leg injury that was never treated by her previous owners, Josie loves to go on walks and spend time outside. Because of that old injury, she sits a little crooked, but that, in my opinion, only makes her more beautiful.

Sedona Dog Rescue

Sedona Dog Rescue Golden Bone

Golden Bone Dog Resuce

Sedona Pet Rescue Golden Bone

If you, or someone you know, might be interested in Josie, please check out the Golden Bone Rescue Rehab website or Josie’s Petfinder profile here. And, please share on Twitter and Facebook to help us spread the word about this loving dog.

Thanks for helping us find every homeless animal a forever home. Blessings to you and your family ~ Melissa

August 22, 2012

Kristen and I were involved in a fun event last month, Blossoms and Bras, headed up by our friend and floral artist at Bliss Extraordinary Floral , Amy Mills. Amy started this event as a way to engage the community of Sedona Arizona in an annual charitable event, combining creative art, the beauty of flowers, social activism and awareness, to benefit breast cancer research, through financial donation and community support. The night raised more than $700 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists, who work together to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. While we were at the event, we got to meet cancer survivors and many whose lives had been affected by this disease. It was an inspiring and very uplifting event. We loved all the artistic bra designs and, more than that, the camaraderie amoung everyone who attended. Thank you for having us involved Amy! We look forward to next year’s event! ~ Melissa

American Cancer Benefit

American Cancer Benefit

American Cancer Benefit

Sponsors for Blossoms and Bras:
Noogins to Tootsies
My Jeweler
Curves Sedona
Zivney Collection
Bliss Extraordinary Floral
Sedona Dollar Store
Crystal Magic Clothing
Rosalie’s of Sedona Catering
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August 07, 2012

I love this project of helping animals find their forever homes. Not only have I met some of the sweetest animals, but I’ve also met some of the kindest people along my journey. Last week, our clients turned friends, Alicia and Kyle, took time out of their busy chiropractic clinic to bring this adorable beagle up to our Flagstaff studio to be photographed.  Alicia and Kyle are fostering this sweet boy from the  Arizona Beagle Rescue and wanted to show off to the world just how sweet and adorable this boy really is.   I was kid-sitting my sweet “nieces” Sophie and Chloe that day too so I got to see just how much Dex loves children too. 

Rescue Pet Photography

I asked Alicia to write something about Dex, since she’s his foster mom and here’s what she had to say…

“Dexter is a sweet and sensitive boy that could use a home where he will get a lot of attention and a lot of snuggles! Overall he is mellow and easy going but he gets really excited about walks or car rides. He loves to be with his people but is tolerant of being alone after he cries just a bit about it. He is a stubborn guy that likes to do things on his schedule but he is easily tempted with a treat. He is good with other dogs and loves people. He loves cuddling on the couch, getting brushed, and getting his tummy rubbed. He has a few nervous habits including licking his feet and sucking on toys but with someone willing to boost his self esteem a bit and make sure he feels comfortable and secure he should be just fine! His sweet face makes him irresistible and easy to love.”

Rescue Dog Photographer

Rescue Dog Photography

Rescue Dog Photography

Rescue Dog Photography

Rescue Dog Photography

If you’d like more information about Dexter, please visit the Arizona Beagle Rescue website and view his Petango profile too.  I know this boy is going to make a great addition to the family that is lucky enough to find him.   Thank you for reading and for sharing. ~ Melissa


Meet July’s Adorable Adoptable Dog, Panda!

Arizona Dog Photography

I met Mark  Markussen, the Adoptions and Outreach Director, last week at  Second Chance Center for Animals in Flagstaff and he introduced me to handsome Panda.  Panda is only about 2 years old, but he’s been looking for his forever home for a long time.  He originally is from the Yavapai Humane Society and when he was on the euthanasia list, the two organizations worked together to give him a better chance of finding his perfect family by transferring him to the Flagstaff organization.  Panda lost his family when they moved to a place that didn’t accept pets.  And, Panda wants nothing more than to find his own forever family where he can feel secure and loved once again.

Arizona Dog Photography

Panda’s been working with a trainer at Second Chance and she absolutely adores him.  She says that his perfect owner would be someone that would understand his initial shyness and give him calm and positive energy.  She also said that his owner should carry sunscreen so they can give Panda a good coating on his sweet nose that is susceptible to sunburn.

Arizona Dog Photographer

While at the shelter, Panda has learned to sit, shake, lie down and roll over!  He’s very good on leash and is very good off leash as well.  Like most dogs, Panda loves the outdoors and loves hikes, but he also loves to cuddle on the couch.

Dog Photographer Flagstaff Arizona

Arizona Dog Photographer

If you or anyone you might know would be interested in Panda, please contact Second Chance Center for Animals.  Let’s help Panda find that perfect, forever home he’s been longing for and so greatly deserves!

Blessings to you for reading and for sharing ~ Melissa


To say that we loved this session would be profoundly an understatement.  I’ve noticed that sometimes when life gets busy, the universe has a way of slowing me down and making me stop to appreciate all of life, and it’s joys and loving moments, and this photo session was that and more.   This photography session is one that Kristen and I donated to Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy, a public charter middle and high school here in Flagstaff specializing in college preparatory, performing and visual arts.  I have lots of friends who have children attending this school and a friend that is the Executive Director.  So, even though I don’t have children of my own, I feel a strong connection to it’s development and success.  When asked by my friend at Fizz Bath Shop, about donating a service for their silent auction fundraiser, I was more than happy to donate this Pet and Family Photography Session.  About a week after the fundraiser, we got a call from Maya, who was excited for us to meet her aging rescue dog, Tristan.   Maya and Tristan have a deep connection, are two of the sweetest and most genuine souls we’ve ever met, and you can really feel the love in all of the photos.   Maya’s had Tristan since he was a puppy and as he enters his golden years, she wanted to get some photos of him and her to have for years to come.  We really loved getting to know both of them so much and are looking forward to working with Maya more.   We hope you enjoy these photos of sweet Tristan. ~ Melissa

Arizona Pet Photography

Arizona Pet Photographer

Arizona Pet Photographer

Arizona Pet Photographer

Arizona Pet Photography

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