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Victory: Photography Project — 36

“Every once in a while a dog enters your life and changes everything.” ~Unknown

Beginning in January of this year, I began a weekly photography project with my muse, Victory!  I will continue to share this project on the blog!  I have also been documenting Victory’s milestones so to speak each month — you can read these here!  I think that it is fun to document all of Victory’s changes, while preserving fleeting moments and memories.

Over the weekend, I had a photo shoot for my long-term dog photography project at Great Falls Park, and Doug and Victory came along too!  We had never been to Great Falls Park (we visited the Virginia side); it was very pretty and the falls were gorgeous!  Victory had a great time!  Below are a few images capturing our outing together!

Happy Friday!

 

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2014 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge

Anyone who has been following this blog knows that we are strong supporters of dog and animal rescue!  The ASPCA recently contacted me to share the results of its recent challenge entitled, the “ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge.”  The $100K Challenge is a contest in which 50 shelters across the country competed their own records at saving animals’ lives.  Throughout the months of June, July, and August 2014, each competing shelter was required to save more dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens than each shelter previously did during the same three months during the preceding year in 2013.  A total of 68,000 animal (dog and cat) lives’ were saved during this challenge — an increase of 17,000 animals’ lives saved in 2013!

After three months, the ASPCA has concluded the ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge and the winners were recently announced!  The ASPCA and Rachael Ray awarded grant prizes to 12 shelters who went above and beyond their duties, including:

$100K Grand Prize and Best in Division 5 Winner: Central California SPCA, Fresno, California

$25K Community Engagement Prize Winner: Kansas City Pet Project located in Kansas City, Missouri

Second Place Overall: City of Stockton Animal Services located in Stockton, California

Division 1 Winner: Angels of Assisi located in Roanoke, Virginia

Division 2 Winner: Clay County Animal Care and Control located in Green Cove Springs, Florida

Division 3 Winner: South Pines Animal Shelter located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Division 4 Winner: Foothills Animal Shelter located in Golden, Colorado

A BIG THANK YOU to all the shelters who participated in this challenge and for each shelter’s continued commitment to help animals!

Pictured below are several photographs, courtesy of the ASPCA, showing the Grand Prize winner of this challenge!  You can also view the video about this year’s ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K challenge here!

 

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Please consider Biscuit’s successful rescue story and Victory’s successful rescue story and consider rescuing an animal today!  Your life will be forever positively changed!

Happy Wednesday!

Mutts Matter Rescue, Inc. — Part XV — Rescue dogs in need of forever homes

I am excited about a long-term Dog Photography Project that I am working on with the Baltimore Animal Rescue Care Shelter (BARCS) as well as some local dog rescue organizations, including the Mutts Matter Rescue, Inc.  I hope to share further information in the future.  Using the following links, you can view Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V, Part VI, Part VII, Part VIII, Part IX and X, Part XI, Part XIIPart XIII, and Part XIV.

For now, I can share some color photographs of these doggies pictured below in the hopes that they receive furever homes!  If you are interested in adopting (or fostering in some cases) any of these dogs pictured below, please contact Mutts Matter Rescue, Inc. for further information.  Please consider dog rescue! Biscuit’s rescue story illustrates that we can make a positive difference and impact in one dog’s life.

At this point, almost all of the images for Part 1 of this project have been photographed!  I have photographed nearly 90 dogs, to date!  I have been working on this project for going on two years!  Part 2 of this project is also under way!  I can’t wait to share this project upon its completion!

 

Below is a brief description of the dogs in the order they are pictured below.

1.Delilah — is a female 8 year old poodle, who is absolutely adorable and very, very sweet.  Delilah is in need of a furever home!  

2. Clooney — is a male 2 year old pug.  Clooney is absolutely adorable and just look at the tongue that sticks out of his mouth and he is in need of a furever home!

3. Dora — is a female 1 to 2 year old collie mix.  Dora is just darling, very sweet, and she if fully of puppy energy!  Dora is in need of a furever home!

If you want to adopt a rescue dog; donate money; and/or contribute your time to the Mutts Matter Rescue, Inc., please, contact Mutts Matter Rescue, Inc. via e-mail at melanie@muttsmaterrescue.com. To learn more, you can also visit the Mutts Matter Rescue, Inc.’s website.

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Snapshot: Honeymoon

Since we just celebrated our sixth wedding anniversary, and the blog was not in existence at the time we got married, I thought I would share some sights from our honeymoon.  We went on a three and a half week honeymoon to France, Monoco, and Israel!  It was wonderful!  Below is a snapshot of our honeymoon!

France

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Six Years In

Not only did we celebrate Victory’s Birthday this weekend, on Saturday we celebrated our six-year wedding anniversary!  It is difficult to believe six years ago around this time we were getting married!  Oh my goodness, the time is flying by!  To celebrate, we went to one of our favorite restaurants for dinner and Doug surprised me by sending me a beautiful bouquet of fall colored roses, pictured below!

I cannot imagine my life without Doug by my side — he makes everything better and he is the most supportive and patient person I have ever met — truly a gift!  I look forward to many, many, many more wonderful years together!  I am very grateful and fortunate because each day with you is truly a gift.  Happy Anniversary!

 

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Victory: Birthday Celebration!

This past Sunday, October 12, 2014, marked twelve months since we adopted our little Victory!  We decided to make October 12 Victory’s birthday — the day we went to Michigan and adopted our sweet girl  (We took the same approach with Biscuit’s birthday.)  Victory was likely one to two years old when we adopted her, per the Michigan Sheltie Rescue.  Thus, we are making October 12 her third birthday!

For Victory’s birthday we purchased some fun and colorful decorations and a party hat for Victory in honor of her birthday!  Doug made her sheltie shaped and bone shaped dog biscuits, and we lit a candle in the biscuits for her birthday (Doug made a wish and blew out the candle for Victory!)  Victory loved her birthday dog biscuits!  Victory looked adorable on her birthday!  Victory had a fun birthday and she enjoyed being over fed!  She tolerates all of my ideas very well!

For Victory’s birthday, we gave her some new toys — she loves to hoard and play with her toys!  Her Grandma and Grandpa in Michigan (my parents) gave her an adorable pink sweater (Victory looks good in pink!) to wear this fall along with a toy and a cookie treat!  Thank you!  Victory loved all of her gifts!  Below are some fun photos of Victory on her birthday!  Enjoy!

 

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Victory: 12 Months In

“Nobody can fully understand love unless they are owned by a dog.” ~Unknown

This past Sunday, October 12, 2014, marked twelve months since we adopted our little Victory!  To honor Victory’s one-year mark with us, we added her to the blog’s header!  You can read more about the previous months’ milestones here.  The time is just flying by and Victory is blossoming and it is difficult to believe that she has indeed been with us a full year now!

We decided to make October 12 Victory’s birthday — the day we went to Michigan and adopted our sweet girl, and we took the same approach with Biscuit for determining his birthday!  Victory was likely one to two years old when we adopted her last year.  Thus, we are making October 12 her third birthday, which we celebrated over the weekend!   Stay tuned — we are sharing more about Victory’s birthday celebration this week on the blog!

Reflecting on our first year together with Victory, Victory has really come a long way since we adopted her and met her a year ago, as evidenced by the photographs below showing such a marked change in her physical appearance, not to mention her emotional growth.  She has grown in numerous ways and she continues to enrich our lives each day.  Her physical appearance has changed.  She has put on some weight; and her fur coat has come in and she looks stunning!  From an emotional perspective, she has much more confidence from when we first met her.  She went from being easily startled and staying put in one spot of the house to following us around our home.  When we take her to the dog park, she prefers to stick by our side, while mingling with other dogs!  Although, she has a mind of her own.  There are times that she ‘bucks’ on her leash while we are on our walks — insisting on going another way — back home!  However, once we get started, she finds her grove and she begins to smile!

She give us so much love.  Our night-time ritual will never be the same without our Victory running up and down between us and giving us kisses.  What is better than having your pup’s head next to yours on your pillow when you wake up each morning — this is what we wake up to each morning with our Victory!  We love coming home to see her and we love taking her on trips and adventures!  Vacationing to Quebec would not have been the same without our Victory!  We feel very blessed that Victory has entered our lives at just the right time.  We look forward to making many more memories with our Victory!

Below are some things that we learned about Victory this month:

  • She started following us around the house!  This is huge progress for Victory!  She used to be content staying in one spot of the house while we moved around, and now she is following us!  She has made great strides!  She wants to be included and not left out, which is positive!
  • She consistently loves to be under my desk when I work at the computer.  I love having her near by me while I work.  She usually takes a snooze by my feet while I work and seems to be quite content.  However, previously, when I tried putting her in my office while I worked, she ran out of the office to her ‘hut!’  Now, she spends more time outside of her ‘hut!’
  • She still loves to go for rides in the car and for outings.  She continues to travel very well, and we got really lucky in that respect.  We love taking her to dinner with us and to the dog park among other places where furry friends are permitted!
  • We are convinced that bedtime is her favorite time of day.  It is when she is very lively!  Doug says it is when her “pack” is all together!  She loves playing before bed and giving us tons of kisses and now she loves it when I put my hand in her mouth and she tries to catch my hand!  And yes, she still likes to Doug’s armpits — every night!  We are not sure of the attraction there!
  • Most of all, we think that Victory is getting more comfortable and she is gaining her confidence.  She is truly ‘coming out of her shell.’  We look forward to many making many more memories with our fur girl, Victory!  We really feel grateful that Victory entered our lives and we do believe that Biscuit sent her to us.  She has been a wonderful gift.  She is the perfect fit for us and we love her dearly.

The image on the left below was taken by Victory’s foster mom last October; the image on the right  below was taken by me on Sunday, marking her one year with us!  You can see such a positive change!  I hope that people realize how important dog rescue is and what a positive impact you can make in one dog’s life.  Please consider dog rescue!

If you have not already, be sure to check out the six month video, our second video, and our most recent video of our little Victory!  (Another video is coming soon marking Victory’s one year with us!)

Happy Tuesday!

 

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