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March 2021 | Monthly Selections

March. In like a lion, out like a … LION! Boy, it was a busy month (in a good way, of course)!

On a personal note, March marked the beginning of Roux’s training for his Olympic swimming career! He started lessons at Wag-N-Splash and he LOVES it - now he is so excited when he even hears the word “swim”! He loves his instructor ("Friend Molly") and he is tired after a swim – 5/5 recommend! I can’t wait to see him in my parents’ pool this summer. Quick video here (mp4) from his second lesson where the support vest came off and he was just paddling away. :)

You may have seen me post previously about our local shelter, Berkeley Animal Center, and the great work they are doing with such limited resources in an outdated shelter. In March, there were multiple community adoption events they pulled together – I went to two of them, I photo’d, I had fun! I’m really proud of what they are doing and so look forward to the new shelter’s grand opening this summer! I do have a current photo fundraiser to benefit the new shelter and I’ve added a couple more time slots on April 24 so act fast if you want to be a part of this offer. And big thanks, too, to the good people at Park Pets in Park Circle for donating goodie bags for all the pups who got adopted at last weekend’s event.  I know the families – and the shelter - all appreciated the sweet gesture. (Can we just take a moment to look at the new dog-ma's huge smile reflecting in dog-dad's glasses? <3)

Mid-March, we had a three-day weekend of sittings for the Lowcountry Dog Magazine model contest. I staged a [really cute!] reading room set and the contenders came to Pet Supplies Plus in Goose Creek for their sittings. Public voting is now open and runs through April 21 – you can vote for more than one dog, but you may only vote once. So many adorable contestants and really nice pet pawrents – it was a tiring weekend, but worth the effort. Each dog’s parent paid a $20 sitting fee – I spent a little over 40 hours on the project in total, but donated that time so the full sitting fee “bank” will be donated to Berkeley Animal Center and Dorchester Paws – this is in addition to the initial online entry fees ($5 per dog) that were then matched by the generous folks at Pet Supplies Plus – Goose Creek. By the time voting began, the project had raised close to $6,000 to be split across these two needy local shelters and I’m certainly happy to have been a part of it! And because the voting mechanism allows donations but doesn’t require them to vote, there is potential for extra funds to be raised for these shelters.

I had a very special session for a very special senior dog who was fulfilling his bucket list items. I met Bronson and his adoring people soon after his dog-ma called to say he had his final vet appointment scheduled. Bronson lived with a condition known as laryngeal paralysis and as it was worsening his people didn't want him to suffer. It's the hardest sacrifice to make and I know he was a deeply loved family member.

I also met up with sweet little Natty and her dog-ma to stroll the beach one blustery morning. Natty has been with her dog-ma since being rescued at six weeks old and she is a lovely and spry senior at almost 14 years! It was a nice quiet morning and I'm glad to have been able to document their beautiful bond for them.

We had a fantastic event at K9 Resorts – Mount Pleasant where clients could opt to have their pets participate in a more formal portrait sitting or one of the other fun options we had in the mix.  We have done these before and I always enjoy my days there – the dogs are great and the staff is amazing! We had more than 20 dogs participate so the next date is scheduled for April 12 for those who didn't reserve in time. If you are a client and your dog will be at daycare or in boarding there on April 12, sign them up before all the spaces are filled again!  Advance registration is required.

Shelter photos continued throughout the month for Charleston Animal Society as well as foster photos for Petey and Max of Berkeley Animal Center, both of whom have since been adopted! Year to date, I have had 147 adoptables in front of my lens across several different local groups. If you can adopt or foster, please do – there is never a shortage of homeless animals here and it truly is like emptying the ocean with a spoon.

April holds several client sessions, two photo event dates locally and prepping for my NoVA trip in early May! As a heads-up to CHS locals, I have made the tough call to NOT schedule outdoor sessions from July 1 – August 15. It’s simply too hot for the dogs and when their tongues appear five minutes into a session, they just don’t retract. Studio and mobile studio sessions will still be available as an option during this time.

Scroll to upcoming events – hope to see you and your pets out and about enjoying the fresh air! Happy spring and happy Easter!

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UPCOMING EVENTS & SCHEDULING NOTES

Ongoing: Adoptable Animal Photo Sessions.

 

April 24, 2021 | Photo fundraiser for Berkeley Animal Center. Download details.

May 1, 2021 | FidoFest at Mount Pleasant Towne Centre (come see us!)

May, 2021 | Spring photos - Northern VA. Fully booked!

May 20, 2021 |Guest photos at K9 Resorts Mount Pleasant (three session types available). Ask when you drop your dog off for daycare - advance registration required.

June 5, 2021 | Lowcountry Dog Days of Summer in Goose Creek.

June, 2021 | Berkeley Animal Center's new shelter opens!!!!!!

June 19, 2021 | Pet photos at Out of Hand, Mount Pleasant - watch for more info to post soon.

July, 2021 | Artist Display, City of Goose Creek. Theme: Berkeley County Rescue(d) Pets.

July 1 - August 15, 2021 | Client note: Studio and mobile studio sessions only.

October 10, 2021 | Woofstock 2021 at Hanahan Amphitheatre.

 

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