You can imagine how excited I was to get a session inquiry for a pug named George – and a rescued pug at that! George’s mom shares my love of rescue dogs and knew that even though she wanted a purebred puppy, rescue was still an option. Karma has repaid her tenfold with pretty much the most awesome dog ever! George somehow manages to be incredibly cuddly and playful without being high-maintenance. He can go from snoring like a man in his favorite spot to playing fetch in 0 to 60 – he’s happy to do whatever you ask.

George is ten years old now. He lost his sight in one eye when he was just four months old, and then two months later he was hit by a car…and that family that purchased him wanted to euthanize him instead of paying the $300 it would cost to put his leg in a cast. That turned out to be a blessing in disguise, as it led to him finding a much better family who loves him as every dog deserves to be loved. Now there has been and always will be a window in the sun, a welcoming lap, and hands to throw his favorite ball or rub his belly, whichever the moment calls for. ♥


Four years ago, Sammie was very lucky to be rescued by some kind neighbors who couldn’t stand seeing her chained up outside any longer. She was full of heartworms, wary and skittish from a lifetime of neglect. They treated her heartworms, put some much-needed weight on her, and showed her what a loving home was supposed to be – and now, of course, she is flourishing! She’s nine years old now and found a forever home with another neighbor who couldn’t say no to her sweet face even though her husband had allergies. (Like me, he’s taking allergy shots because what’s life without a dog? 🙂 )

Sammie is nine years old now and living the good life. She starts out her morning racing around the backyard like a puppy, then comes in and examines her stuffed toys to decide which one she’ll be carrying around that day. (Lambchop, of course!) Then she snoozes while waiting for Mom to stop for a meal break, at which point she lurks by the countertops hoping to sneak a taste of chicken or bison (her favorite).

I loved what a documentary feel this session took on, as Sammie had so many different activities and quirks to capture. It was so wonderful to see Sammie living the life she deserves after such a rough start. I love happy endings!


Get ready for some serious cuteness overload! I got to meet Hazel at 13 weeks old, and she is as insanely cute as you can imagine a Basset Hound puppy could be. She’s all soft wrinkles and floppy ears, with big doleful eyes and the sweetest personality to match. She’s already 20 pounds (I think people forget how big Bassets are – they’re usually around 50-60 pounds as adults) but picking her up is like trying to pick up jello – she’s so long and bendy and wiggly.

She’s a smart girl, already going to the door when she needs to go outside or going to sit by the stairs when she’s ready for a meal. She’s been very interested in her big brother Butters, who is being very patient and laid-back with this whole puppy invasion business. The most difficult thing about Hazel’s session was making sure I kept working instead of putting my camera down to play with this adorable ball of wrinkly mischief!