This was a tough one. Maggie’s dad called me on April 27th for a Joy Session. A few days prior, she wasn’t eating so they took her to the vet. This 8 year old girl, who seemed perfectly fine until those couple of days, was in liver failure. When he called me, they weren’t sure she would make it past the weekend, so we scheduled it for the next morning. He called back a couple hours later, unsure she’d make it through the night. When I arrived less than an hour later, sweet Maggie was wagging her tail and snuggling up to me, following me around. They said she’s really shy and never does that with strangers. She had enough energy for a great 10 minute session, but was clearly weak and tired. She passed away less than 2 days later. It’s hard enough going through this with an older pet, or having months to prepare… this was totally out of the blue. Her owners are expecting a baby in a few months, and were looking forward to their new family of four. It’s sad that their kids will never know what a beautiful, amazing dog they had. Maggie, thank you for the opportunity help your family through this difficult time.
You heard me….. Schnoxers! Or some other word that you’d call Schnauzer / Boxer puppies. Holy cow these girls are cute. When I heard that Secondhand Hounds had them, I couldn’t resist taking photos. We did a quickie shoot this morning and they are SO fun. They’re about 4 months old, wiry, floppy, wiggly girls. Briggs was my favorite (Gracie even liked her! That’s unusual for the crabby pants, so I think that’s a sign that I should take her home and keep her forever… don’t tell Dustin) She’s got the polka dot collar, and she had a very nice sit every time we asked. Sid is the one with more white on her schnoz and she is a bouncy, energetic, not-so-much-with-the-sitting-just-yet-there’s-too-much-that’s-exciting pup. Not that they’ll need any help getting adopted, but here’s some fun shots from this morning! How adorable are they??
Isn’t Annie beautiful? She’s a little bonkers for toys but is an all around sweet girl :) Here’s some words about Annie from Maia at Pet Project Rescue: She was tossed out on the side of the highway and was pregnant. She was so thin no one knew at first. When she went into labor 2 weeks after she came into PPR she could not contract and we had to do an emergency c-section. She ended up having 7 healthy pups that were all adopted as well. She had a rough start, but her forever home is amazing!!
This was such a great family! We’ve got Tula, the 6 year old Australian Cattle Dog / Pomeranian mix, Jambo, the 4 year old Sheltie, Rusty, the 15 year old German Shepherd / Gold Retriever, and Easy, the 11 year old Dachshund. Tula was found on the road during a spay/neuter clinic on the Spirit Lake Reservation. Easy was found on the road near Moorhead, and the other two are from rescue shelters. “Tooting my own horn” alert….. I’ve always known I had a way with animals. I think I just “get” them more than I get people sometimes. To give you an idea of what I mean, here’s how the session went down with Jambo and Rusty: Jambo has some anxiety and gets barky and shy around strangers. They thought it would be best if I didn’t interact with or look at him when they arrived, so I didn’t have big hopes of him warming up to me. He didn’t bark at all on the way in, within minutes he was coming up to me for pets, and he turned out to be the biggest camera hog! He was licking my face by the end, and wouldn’t leave my side. Rusty is known for disliking the camera. He had studio photos done a few years ago, and unfortunately the photographer scared him by shaking a can of coins. (Not a good way to gain trust) And ever since, most photos of him show his ears back, looking nervous. Well, sweet old Rusty took a liking to me right away, and I’ll let you decide how his photos turned out!Check out Rusty’s nub…. They think his paw was caught in a trap at some point, and now it’s just a pad at the end of his arm. I think it’s charming :)