A couple of months ago, I was invited to be the photographer at a very special event in Raleigh, NC. The event took place on May 8th and was meant to raise awareness about puppy mills in our state and across the nation. I’m no activist but I have a lot of respect for people who feel so passionate about a cause and devote so much of their personal time and resources to things like this. I met a lot of really wonderful people and some really awesome dogs! Here are a few of the folks who stopped by my booth and had their pics taken:
This is Wally. He was the first one by and was immediately impressed with his habit of eating sticks which is just like my own dog, Lily. It was so comforting to know that Lily is not the only dog who does this!
This is Pooh Bear. What beautiful manner Pooh Bear had!! I really enjoyed meeting this pup a lot!
This is Renee and her dog, Deebo. They were my neighbors at the event. :)
This is Jet. Jet got his name because he was part of a litter of pups rescued in Kansas City. A bunch of pilots had donated their time and their planes to fly the pups to their new homes. So all the dogs got airplane themed names. :) Isn’t Jet handsome?
Now here was a girl who really touched my heart. She is Runa and, while she’s a little people-shy, she was a really sweet girl. She is actually available for adoption so if you’re interested in giving this lovely girl a safe and happy home, please follow this link and let them know I sent you! www.pawfectmatch.org
This tall drink of water is named, Jaxx. I have always had a soft place in my heart for Great Danes and there were some beauties at the event that day. Jaxx was SO good and I loved taking pics of him.
And finally, my hat is off to the parents of this brood. They have 3 boys AND 3 Great Danes!!!
Did you know that approximately 3500 pet stores in the US sell about 500,000 puppies a year? Most of them are supplied by puppy mills. If you want to read more about how terrible puppy mills really are I encourage you to go to the following sites. And the next time you think about getting a dog, be sure to check out your local rescues and shelters. There are SO many dogs there who would really love to come home with you!