In Category: Therapy Dog

I participate in a weekly photography project with many other pet photographers all over the world.  Each week we are challenged with a new topic.  The topic for this week's blog circle is 'repetition' or finding a way to use some sort of repeating element to add interest to our photos, whether it's an object, a pattern, or whatever else we can think of.  I began a very personal photography project last year that has the repeating element of a therapy vest!   I am working on a book called 'Hug Tails, Portraits of Therapy Pets.'  I am photographing these wonderful dogs and cats in my studio and 'at work.'  This week I had the pleasure of photographing Toby, Portia and Cara, all wearing that beautiful vest.  As much as the vest is a repeating element, I am striving for the images themselves be unique and reflective of the animals' hearts! This

JOY! My Project 52 begins this year with the most wonderful theme - JOY!  I named my business Share the Joy Photography in honor of the joy our pets bring into our lives, and most specifically the impact that therapy pets have on people who are sick, sad or facing the end of their lives. I bring my dog Julie (and soon Jack) to visit hospice  and hospital patients, kids who are coping with the loss of loved ones and nursery school children who have been traumatized in some way and at the tender ages of 2 to 5 already need dedicated therapy and intervention.   I see the joy in their faces when I arrive and the relief in their faces when they hug her neck.  Julie seems to know which ones can handle kisses and which just need her to be still.  She amazes me every visit we

This is my dog Julie. She is almost three and was just awarded her AKC Therapy Dog Title.  This title is awarded after 50 therapy dog visits, which we reached earlier this year.  She has been a therapy dog for over a year now with The Animal Rescue Foundation Pet Hug Pack and East Bay Humane Society PALS Program.  To become a Therapy Dog, Julie first had to pass the AKC Canine Good Citizen Test  and then was evaluated by the two groups she participates with.  We visit a therapeutic nursery school, hospice and hospital patients and work with young readers at a local library.  She loves doing this and so do I!