Harley & Ava

Harley is a five-year-old Doberman who is very protective in her family, but also knows when a visitor is a friend – in other words, a perfect guard dog! She is always standing watch at the front windows, keeping track of all the passers-by and delivery trucks. When she’s not watching, she’ll sunbathe in those front windows and her ears will flick as she keeps track of all the activity with her eyes closed.

Ava is a one-year-old Morkie (Maltese + Yorkie) who has never met a stranger and loves to play – she wrestles with Harley like there’s no 80-pound difference between them and they play in the cutest way, Ava pawing Harley’s face while Harley gently wraps an arm around Ava.

Ava will run to the window if Harley alerts to something, but if she doesn’t find anything compelling she runs back to her people, where she loves being the center of attention. When Harley thinks the house is safe, she will retire to the family room and hop up on the couch to watch tv with her family. I love these two!

Baby & Harold

For anyone who has known the love of a rescue dog, Harold and Baby’s stories will turn you into a puddle. (So don’t say I didn’t warn you!) Baby is a senior Yorkie who was found by animal control wandering the streets, emaciated, with no teeth and no bottom jaw. He was also mostly blind and deaf. Luckily, the right woman saw him at the shelter and took him home so he could rest in a safe, comfortable place and enjoy the time he had left. Well, that was almost a year ago!

Now Baby’s a healthy weight, and still likes to explore. He doesn’t let his lack of teeth stop him from loving his food just as much as the next guy, and his tongue is always curled out in a perpetual smile that charms anyone who meets him.

Shih Tzu Harold, on the other hand, wasn’t found wandering the streets but instead was dropped off at animal control with terrible heartworms. He’s about twelve, so with his age, illness, and the fact that he was an owner surrender (dogs are generally not held as long at animal control facilities when the owners knowingly give them up, whereas dogs found as strays are held for a period to try and give their owners time to find them), he was put on the euthanasia list.

He was very lucky to have the same woman who saved Baby see him that day as well, and thanks to his new family, he’s now completed his heartworm treatment and is doing just fine. He loves tummy rubs and running around in the sunshine. Toward the end of our session, he got a case of the puppy zoomies! Seeing him run around with so much zest for life, knowing what might have been if not for all the rescue efforts in our community, made my day.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all those like Baby and Harold’s mom, who work tirelessly in the rescue community to save homeless dogs and cats. You are an inspiration to us all to do our part to better the lives (two-legged and four-legged!) around us.

June 25, 2015 - 9:20 pm

Carolyn Greenfeld Pederson - Thank you for sharing the story about these two special rescues. The woman who saved Baby and Harold must have a heart of pure gold! Your photographs are extraordinary.

Lily & Macy

Lily and Macy are two adorable Cavalier King Charles Spaniels – Lily is a seven-year-old Blenheim, and Macy is a five-year-old Tricolor. Lily is the official greeter, doling out kisses to visitors and always up for a snuggle. Macy is very sweet as well, but she reserves her kisses for only the chosen few (her mom and dad!) and loves to be the center of attention if toys are involved. Together, they make the perfect pair!

June 23, 2015 - 6:10 pm

Patrick Highsmith - That’s our girls…. You did a wonderful job capturing them and their personalities. Thank You!

June 16, 2015 - 7:19 pm

Sandy Thompson - OMG – Leesa you truly have captured Lily & Macy’s personality. The photos are awesome even if you don’t know these two. You are an amazing photographer and you had amazing subjects to photograph. I can’t wait to have another session with you for French Fry & Tater Tot!