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Don’t you just love a good adoption success story? Earlier this spring I photographed a sweet little Maltese for Pet Project Rescue, and right after they posted the pictures on Facebook, someone saw them and wanted to adopt him. (and he’ll be coming in for a session later this month!) Then just last week I photographed two Chinese Crested girls for Secondhand Hounds. They had an interested adopter for one, but after he saw the images of them together, he decided to adopt them both! I’m so happy they get to stay together, and it sounds like they’re headed to a fantastic home. Here’s what the rescue had to say about the girls: “Ella and Mona were used as breeding dogs in Missouri and then dumped off a high-kill shelter when they weren’t needed for puppy producing anymore. Many animal shelters in the state of Missouri are very crowded and take in more than 100 animals per week. These homeless animal have no place to go, and the shelters must euthanize due to lack of space. Luckily, a rescue from Kansas found both the girls and got them out of the kill shelter and in to a safe foster home. Secondhand Hounds heard about Ella and Mona’s need for loving homes, and found a volunteer transport to bring them to Minnesota to find great homes!” Ella is the more golden-colored one and likes to hold your hand, and Mona is the shyer, white-haired one.
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For the second year in a row, I’ve had the pleasure of working with the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board on a campaign about the importance of picking up after your dog. Improperly disposed-of waste (from the 100,000+ dogs that live in the Twin Cities) contaminates our lakes and rivers, leading to fish kills, algae blooms and water that’s unsafe for swimming. Far too many people do not pick up after their dogs in their own yards, on walks and while using off-leash recreation areas. The idea behind the campaign is to catch people’s attention, educate them about the problem, and encourage them to “Scoop the Poop.” This year they wanted to show a variety of real people with dogs out around town, with “bags of poop.” (We may have faked the poop for the benefit of our volunteers) You can find these up at kiosks in the Minneapolis parks system, inside Metro Transit buses and the light rail. I designed the posters and I may be biased, but I think they’re pretty great  :) I meant to blog this a long time ago, but things got away from me and I sort of forgot. Then yesterday, I was riding the bus to pick up my car from getting new brakes, and I was very excited to see one my posters out in the real world! Which kicked my butt into gear to post this blog for your viewing pleasure.
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And here’s an iPhone image of the one on the bus!
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Scrappy is a wiry, scruffy terrier mix who gets to spend his days at an amazing home on Lake of the Isles, where his mom dog-sits for the resident pups. I was really excited to see this place… it’s enormous and beautiful, and a perfect backdrop for a well-mannered old man.
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I’m so excited (giddy, really) to have been featured in the August issue of Professional Photographer Magazine, the official magazine of Professional Photographers of America! It’s a huge honor, and what might be even cooler is I’m in the same issue as the amazing William Wegman. (I have 5 of his books on my shelf as we speak) I subscribed to PPMag when I started my business in 2006, and an interview they ran with Amanda Jones was my first peek into pet photography. I have to say, I thought it was nuts that she only photographed dogs, (I assumed photographers only shot kids and families and weddings) but it definitely planted the seed for what was to come. I’ve been on the edge of my seat, waiting to receive my copies in the mail and they finally came this morning. Thank you PPMag for asking me to be a part of this issue! And thank you thank you thank you to all of you who allow me to do something I love every day. I’ve come a long way since this all began, and I can’t wait to see what’s ahead  :) *Update* It’s pretty tough to find these in stores, but for those interested you can purchase copies directly from the company by emailing cpearson@ppa.com  More info on their website here.
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