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Category Archives: HeARTs Speak

Ashley and Calamity Jane :: Saving Grace Project

Consider this my version of a throwback Thursday… this is another of the sessions we did in conjunction with Saving Grace Pitbull Rescue a few years ago.  All the volunteers I worked with were great, and every time I look at one of these galleries I think “no THIS one is my favorite.”  But this one really does rank up there.  I just love a strong willed dog, and Calamity Jane definitely fits the bill.

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Ashley is a runner and she chose Calamity as her rescue dog for this project because she liked to take Calamity Jane running with her to burn off some of her energy and she wanted that to come across in their session.

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Demi :: A Place for Us Greyhound Rescue

Monday morning I got to meet with some of the lovely folks that foster for the Midland/Odessa branch of A Place for Us Greyhound Rescue.  The Murphy’s are fostering a sweet thing by the name of Demi, who would love to go to a perfect forever home.  Unfortunately Ms. Demi doesn’t like to be left alone very much, but the Murphy’s say she does fantastic, as long as she has some canine siblings to keep her company. She is quite playful and oh so lovable, so if you feel like you might need some greyhound in your life, please contact A Place for Us!
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And I even managed to snag a few shots of two of Ms. Demi’s fabulous foster siblings :)

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Demi :: Sneak peek

Just a quick one from Monday’s mini session for A Place for Us Greyhound Rescue.  This is Demi and her foster brother Felix.

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Bobby & Yoda :: Saving Grace Pitbull Rescue

Its been so very long since I’ve done any actual photography.  And I miss it.  So I’ve emailed some local rescues to see if they are interested in a volunteer photographer.   And I’m going to finally get around to blogging some of the many sessions that never made it online previously.  Starting with Bobby and Yoda… blog1

Bobby and Yoda was another session we did for the Saving Grace Pitbull Project.  Bobby is a volunteer and Yoda was one of the adoptable pups that got her own session for the art show.  Each volunteer got to pick which dog they wanted to bring out, and its easy to see why Bobby chose Yoda.  The two of them clearly have a special relationship.

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Saving Grace Project :: Lauren and Sally

Lauren is a fellow pharmacist, and one of the amazing gals behind the scenes at Saving Grace.   She brought Sally out and we enjoyed some late afternoon sunshine while Sally got to stretch her legs and spend some quality time outside the kennel.

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Penny :: ISO forever home

This is Penny.  She is a terrier mix of some sort who was found running loose in the Littlefield area.   A kind-hearted soul picked her up and she is now being boarded in the hopes that she can find a wonderful forever home.  She just happens to be BFF’s with Cutter, who is also still in search of a home.  It would make all involved ecstatic if they were able to go to a good home together, but that’s not a requirement…

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They really don’t come much cuter than Penny…

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Naomi and Gimp :: Saving Grace Project

When we first started putting this project together, Naomi and Gimp were one of the first pit bull families that was mentioned as needing a photo shoot.  Naomi saw Gimp on Petfinder and talked her mom into going out to Saving Grace to visit her and from what I hear, it was love at first sight.  I asked her if she had to work hard to convince her mom to adopt a pit bull, but she said her mom was pretty open to the idea (if only more folks were like that!!)

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So why the name Gimp?  Because Gimp has a minor mobility problem.  One back leg doesn’t have a foot at all, and the other is sort of incomplete… Still, she gets along without too much trouble.

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And while she’s not to crazy about the camera, its pretty obvious that she’s madly in love with Naomi and her little sister.  And I’m fairly certain the feeling is mutual.

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Karen and Max :: Saving Grace Project

I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some awesome pitties in this project, and Max is no exception.  Like Quasi, Max is also getting on in years and would love someplace where he can relax and live out the rest of his life in leisure.

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Mallory and Quasi :: Saving Grace Project

Mallory is an awesome painter and a volunteer at Saving Grace Pit Bull Rescue.  We have teamed up for a personal project and I am so excited that Mallory (who is bee-yo-tiful) could be my first model.  She picked Quasi (short for Quasimodo) because she is so incredibly sweet and gentle.  Unfortunately, she has a facial deformity which means she isn’t the most visually appealing and so she continues to be passed over by potential adopters.  She is closing in on ten years old, and has spent more than 4 years living at the rescue where she gets loved on by all the volunteers (but its not the same as a real home).

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This next serious CRACKS me up.  Quasi was not interested in food, or toys, or squeaky noises.  The only thing that could capture her attention was my dying cat meows.  Obviously it was cracking Mallory up too.

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Cutter :: A Dash look-alike

Cutter is a sweet Anatolian (and/or Akbash).  If you’ve been around the Nizhoni blog for a while, you might remember Dash.  If so, imagine my surprise when I clicked on a link to a friend’s photo on facebook and found his twin, Cutter staring back at me.  Cutter is having some trouble finding a new forever home, so this afternoon we headed out to Littlefield to get some shots of him, in the hopes that some good pictures might help him win over some prospective adopters.

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This is John.  He’s currently boarding Cutter during his search for a loving family.  John likes Cutter a lot.  I’m pretty sure the feeling is mutual…

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Cutter is a big dog, and he’ll be even bigger when he gets up to his ideal weight.  But he is SO calm and sweet.  And so much like Dash it almost hurts.

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Seriously, isn’t he beautiful??

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I love this little tail curl.  Dash’s tail didn’t curl quite this much, but its about the only difference.  Other than that, they could be identical twins.

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So if you, or someone you know, is willing to take this gentle giant into your life, please please please give him a forever home!

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