October 25, 2012
The Humane Society of Sarasota County's Annual Halloween Festival was this past Saturday out at the Fairgrounds. Every year this event gets better and better and the turnout was awesome, despite all of the other festivities going on around town. I met such wonderful dogs and their people and saw a lot of familiar faces as well. The costumes were all so great. I know the judges had a hard time picking winners for the infamous costume contest.
Here is a little bit of the afternoon. If you would like to see all the photos from the day's activities, I have posted a full gallery HERE or go to http://goo.gl/dX0ge.
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For the second year in a row, the awesome HSSC volunteers put on a demonstration with some of the rescue dogs. They have been working working one on one with them improving training, manners, and agility skills. Both volunteers and dogs did an amazing job showing off their talents. Huge kudos to all of the HSSC's volunteers! You guys rock!
Last Saturday, March 24th, was the Annual Paws in Motion Walk-A-Thon to benefit the Humane Society of Manatee County. This is the second year in a row that I have covered the event for the HSMC in beautiful downtown Bradenton, and once again was fantastic turnout. So many of you raised money and came out on picture perfect Saturday morning to show your support. Bravo!
I'm still not sure it was the best idea to stand in front of everyone as the walk began. I sure got a lot of wet kisses as they passed me and certainly posed for an interesting perspective. And there off...
Almost as soon as it started, dogs and their people began to cross the finish line.
After the walk, the party was just getting started. There was plenty cooling off to do,
gossip to share,
kisses to give, butts to smell,
and libations to be had.
There was even a kissing booth and tricks to show off.
This super smart cookie was trained to throw the trash away. I wish I could teach Nyla to do that.
Many of the HSMC volunteers walked with some of the shelter's residents.
This is Starbux. His person, Daniel raised the most pledges for the event! Way to go Daniel! Starbux will be the official "spokes-dog" for next years event. He gets a special photo session with yours truly later in the week.
Here are all the many sweet faces I met throughout the morning. All of the images are available for purchase. If you are interested in purchasing a print, you can contact me HERE.
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LOVE. LAUGH. BARK.
As many of you know, I have a huge soft spot for shelter pets. So when Sarasota Magazine hired me to photograph a story they were working on for Sarasota Sheriff's Office Animal Services, it could not have been a more perfect match.
On the day I went out to Animal Services to take photographs, I met Robert Plunket, the author of the article. It was the first time I had been out there and I was able to tour the entire facility. I spent time with a few of the employees and volunteers, as well as, some of their fur babies up for adoption.
The article is currently running in the March issue. I highly recommend picking up a copy. You can also read the online version HERE. I hope it will help shed some much needed light to the many animals in need of our help.
Below are a few of my favorites that didn't make the article. You can see all of the animals the shelter has up for adoption HERE. If you are looking for that new family member please keep Sarasota Animal Services on your list of places to look.
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The Celebration of Pets was last Saturday, February 25, 2012. It was the second year in a row for the annual Pet Pages event. There was plenty to do and much fun had by all. Among the many activities where Dock Diving and Agility demonstrations, Lure Coursing, Dachshund Racing, and a 24 Weave Pole Challange.
I didn't have to venture far from my booth to check out all the fun and shenanigans. These pups came ready to party!
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This little one was getting plenty of attention showing his support for the Sarasota Veterinary Emergency Hospital.
Cesar Millan would be proud of this little peanut and her tiny backpack. Her owner said she always carries her own treats and poop bags.
What a spectacular day. I met so many new friends as well as some old friends that stopped by to say hello.