Bella

Bella is a four-year-old lab/pointer mix who was so much fun to photograph. She has so many facets to her personality: one moment she’s giddy and playful, the next serious and full of determination. In quiet moments, she looks so regal and majestic, and when she’s playing she’s all awkward limbs and elbows. (If you know her, don’t tell her dad since this is a surprise for the holidays!)

She is incredibly well-behaved, so responsive and eager to please. Bella was adopted through the Atlanta Humane Society and is another perfect example of what amazing dogs are just waiting in shelters to be rescued. Not only is she gentle and loving with her own people, she’s terrific when meeting new people and new dogs – you could take her anywhere! (Which certainly comes in handy when you’re trekking all over a busy park for a photo session. :p ) Thank you, Bella and Rachel, for a wonderful session!

December 8, 2014 - 12:23 am

Myboyzach - so cute, love the ones with the toy–it pops against her coat! Hope all is well with the kids!

Pauline & Stella

Pauline and Stella are quite the showstoppers – two of the most beautiful girls you’ll ever see. Pauline is a Border Collie mix with one blue eye and one brown eye, and giant bat ears. Stella is an Australian Cattle dog with a lovely salt-and-pepper coat and a sweet, shy smile. They’re both rescues (Pauline’s striking mix is of the many reasons I love mixed breeds!), and they hit the jackpot with their new family. Each arrived with some behavioral challenges, but their amazing family took the time and patience to work with them so that if you met them now, you’d never guess there was a time they weren’t perfect!

Stella almost seems like she has an on/off switch – she’s incredibly laid-back and calm and her favorite pastime is sunbathing on the porch…until you bring out one of her favorite toys. Her expression turns from relaxed to crazy-intense, and then she’s off – playing tug with her sister and zooming around the house. But as soon as the toy is gone, she’ll flop over for a nap on the hearth just like that! Pauline’s love is for people rather than toys. She always has to be where her humans are, and will snuggle under the blankets even if it’s way too warm for her because she doesn’t want to leave your side.

All that said, words will still not convey how gorgeous and sweet these girls are – so now I’ll let the pictures do that!

December 9, 2014 - 11:17 pm

Maureen Carroll - I love the photos! Leesia, you definitely captured the personalities of our furry children!

Elle

Elle is a dog after my own heart. Within a few minutes of meeting her, she rolled over on her back for a belly rub – the behavior that all three of my own dogs exhibited when we met them that clinched our choice to adopt them. Elle hit the jackpot when she was rescued by her mom, but her mom also seriously lucked out – this was her very first dog ever, and Elle is as perfect as they come. She is calm, gentle, affectionate, and just plain adorable. She never gets into trouble and hardly barks. (A trait I wish mine would learn, ha!)

She’s a five-to-six-year-old Jack Russell/Beagle mix who occasionally gets to go to work with her mom, where she charms everyone and pretty much makes their day. When she’s at home, she’s perched in the window looking for squirrels, or napping under the bed or burrowed in a pile of blankets.

I seriously wanted to dog-nap her!!

November 12, 2014 - 11:47 pm

illona - love them all!

November 12, 2014 - 4:11 pm

Mary Helen Hayes - These are awesome. Great photography (doesn’t hurt that the model is so dang cute).