Oreo, Loki & Simon

You will not believe me when I tell you this little 12-pound girl is 10 years old – but she is. Not only is Oreo deceptively young-looking, she looks like a chihuahua/JRT mix, but her recent DNA test came back with cocker/boston/beagle…but there has got to be some chihuahua in her! Two years ago, her previous owners dropped her off at the pound because she wasn’t getting along with their children. Lucky for Oreo, when her current owners found out, they rushed to pull her from animal control – they had known her for much of her life as her petsitters and bonded with her even then.

So it may have taken her eight years to find it, but Oreo is now finally in her perfect forever home. She now has her own perches in the window, spots on the bed and couch, and squirrels to chase in a beautiful backyard. But most importantly, she has doting parents who love her. Her big brother is Simon, a sweet 13-year-old boy who loves to give kisses, and the newest addition is 8-week-old Loki, a ridiculously fluffy ragdoll kitten, so of course I had to sneak in a few of the boys as well…

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It’s always fun to be able to get a genuine homecoming shot – Oreo’s mom came home in the middle of the session:

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October 31, 2011 - 2:00 pm

Sophie & Oscar » Dog Photographer Leesia Teh - […] and Oscar are the recent additions to Oreo and Loki‘s pack, whose sweet brother Simon passed away this year. They have filled the house again […]

May 20, 2011 - 4:09 pm

Cricket Beach - Oh my goodness, that sweet picture at the end is just adorable! Just makes me smile! Sweet babies!

April 18, 2011 - 7:02 pm

Sara Jane - LOVE that fat hiney shot at the end!

April 14, 2011 - 9:38 pm

Joni Solis - LOVE the photo on the bed!

I wish more people would contact their friends, family, and the public to try to re-home their pet(s) if they can not keep he or she or them any longer instead of dumping them at a kill shelter. I want to thank this dog’s new owner for saving her and loving her.

Adoptables

I took a week off to visit family out west, and when I came back refreshed and ready to get back to work, it turned all of that week’s sessions had to reschedule for various reasons – no tragedies or anything like that, thank goodness, but totally understandable surprises. Thanks to my wonderful clients, they all let me know well in advance so I was able to line up some volunteer time at Dekalb County Animal Services and Atlanta Pet Rescue & Adoption.

As always, I am overwhelmed with how many gorgeous and wonderful dogs and cats there are the shelters. I look at our kids and wonder how anyone could have ever, ever given them up.

This is just a tiny sampling from Dekalb – we photographed almost 60 dogs this time around, and more current adoptable’s photos can be seen if you click HERE:

Shadow, on the left, has a really heartbreaking story. He was surrendered because his owner is homeless and they were living in a car…when spring rolled around with this heat wave, he realized he couldn’t care for him anymore because it was too hot to leave him in the car. But Shadow’s owner was so responsible he kept up with his heartworm preventive, shots and had his neutered as well. It was devastating for him to realize that he could no longer care for him.

The lovely GSD on the right, ID40673, is pregnant and looks like she’s about to burst. When I met her she was definitely stressed and she needs to find rescue as soon as possible – please share her information with anyone you know who might be able to help.

Lastly, these 3-month-old puppies were just surrendered together and they are severely, terribly undersocialized. They quiver uncontrollably and are afraid of humans, but they are young enough that there’s a chance that whatever they experienced in their short lives can be turned around and they still have a chance at having happy lives. They need patient, loving homes, or for now, foster homes (via rescue) that can help these poor sweet pups.

Here are the sweethearts at Atlanta Pet Rescue & Adoption:

This is Clover, Major and Dash – Major was pulled from DCAS!

Tazzy was adopted a few hours after I left the shelter, but I just wanted to share this adorable face – such expressions!!

And because the cats always need attention too, I visited Good Mews last month and met some of their current residents awaiting adoption:

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April 10, 2011 - 3:26 pm

Pregnant GSD, Dekalb Co AS, Atlanta GA - German Shepherd Dog Forums - […] not be purebred, but the female appears to be… here's the link to the photographers photos….. Adoptables Dog Photographer Leesia Teh __________________ Maggie ****************** Tussle […]

April 8, 2011 - 4:03 pm

Cami - These get me every time. Wish I could rescue them all and give them homes. Beautiful photos!

April 8, 2011 - 9:39 am

Dana - Leesia, these images are just awesome. 60 dogs in one day? WOW! That’s incredible! I hope these animals all find their forever homes soon. It just tears me up to see so many wonderful animals without a warm bed of their own. Keep up the great work!

April 7, 2011 - 9:22 pm

Joni Solis - I tweeted and facebooked: Adorable #dogs #puppies #cats @ Atlanta GA #animalshelters – Adopt/Foster/Rescue/Share! #pet #photos by Leesia Teh http://ow.ly/4vGID

I too am always amazed and the lovely animals in the local animal shelters. Why buy when so many gorgeous pets are waiting for a home? The adoption option ROCKS!

I would want to take home Tazzy and a few others. I love all you do to help these homeless pets! I hope many people see these photos and fall in love and adopt!

April 7, 2011 - 8:10 pm

Jami - I knew I shouldn’t click on it if I didn’t want to cry. . . sigh.

April 7, 2011 - 2:31 pm

Bethany Giannini - Wow Leesia – you do fantastic work. The photos are very moving. How incredibly sad for the one gentleman who gave up his pet because of his unfortunate situation. All of us who are able to keep our pets and have the luxury of a home are lucky and should hug our own pets this evening. I hope someone adopts Shadow soon, especially after his previous owner went to such lengths to care for him – truly loved him.

Moby – 2 years old!

I’m sure many of you remember Moby, the handsome and crazy photogenic Bernese Mountain dog I photographed at eight weeks old and again at five months old. After our second session, he moved out of Atlanta so I wasn’t sure when I was going to get to see him again…now, a little over a year later, his parents brought him back for a visit and everything came together perfectly. The weather was gorgeous and Moby was playful and rambunctious as ever!

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Couldn’t help but include this hilarious outtake:

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March 31, 2011 - 6:43 pm

Bethany Giannini - Leesia these turned out fantastic!! Moby looks like a fun dog! The flowers and greenery makes for a great backdrop for his color.

March 31, 2011 - 1:32 pm

Brittany Graham - He is so beautiful!

March 31, 2011 - 11:29 am

Becky Caesar - Moby is a littermate of our Augie. From these wonderful pictures – I can see that the two are nearly twins! Such a beautiful day you guys obviously had.

Becky & Jim Caesar with Timber and Augie
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March 31, 2011 - 11:10 am

nick - Aww they do grow up so fast 🙂 Looks like a fun session!