Monthly Archives: August 2012

You Oughta Be in Pictures

Saturday night was the Impression-a-Bull exhibit at the UltraViolet Gallery here in Nashville.  Local photographer and animal lover Amiee Stubbs joined forces with pit bull advocacy group, Nashville PITTIE, to shoot photos of Nashville pit bulls and their responsible owners, to show the public that there is more to “pit bulls” than the negative side that they might see in the media.

Photo by Amiee Stubbs Photography

Photo by Amiee Stubbs Photography

A total of 24 families took part in the exhibit.  They included State Representative and animal advocate Janis Sontany, teachers, nurses, dog trainers, lawyers, business owners and Tennessee Titan Michael Griffin.  Foster Dad and I got a big surprise when we walked in and saw that in addition to our family picture, Amiee had also chosen a picture of  Oscar to display in the exhibit.  Not that we can blame her – we might be a little biased,  but we think he is the most handsome man around.

Photo by Amiee Stubbs Photography

As for the “bad press” that pit bulls so often get, we were thrilled to see coverage for the event from three out of four major news networks in Nashville.

We even had a surprise little guest show up to support the project.

Photo by Amiee Stubbs Photography

She posted this adora-bull picture on her Facebook page…what she didn’t share was what the rest of us saw:

You know you’re a dog photographer if…

 Amiee is nothing if not dedicated!

Anything to get the shot!

If you missed the exhibit and would like to see all of Amiee’s beautiful photographs, here where it gets really cool – you can!  Amiee and Nashville PITTIE will put together all of the photos into an art book, available October 20th.  All proceeds from the book will go towards free spay/neuter programs for Nashville pit bulls.  If you’d like to donate to the project, you can do that here.  More information on how you can pre-order a copy still to come.

We couldn’t be happier with how our family photo turned out.  We decided to include Cooper in our photo because even though he’s a foster dog, he is a part of our family.  Just like all our foster dogs, even after he finds his furever home he will always have a place in our hearts.  And just maybe, his future People will meet him because of this exhibit?  Fingers and  paws crossed!   

Cooper is still looking for his furever home!  If it’s you, please fill out an application with Agape Animal Rescue.

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Friday Fun: Caption This

I thought I’d have a little fun today and share one my favorite pictures of Oscar.  This is pre-foster era, during his “mischievous” phase.  To this day every time I see this picture, I can’t help but giggle. 

I know what my caption says (and what I said when I walked in on this surprise!), now it’s your turn.  What do you think Oscar is saying?  Share your thoughts in the comments below, and I’ll share my favorite on Monday on our Facebook page.

Happy Weekend!

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Glitter & Glam 2012 Wrap Up

Well it’s been three weeks since Glitter & Glam, and I’ve procrastinated sharing the highlights long enough that I may now officially be called a slacker.  It’s not like we didn’t have other things going on to preoccupy us a bit, but still  – apologies!  Now, on with the goods…

Adoptable Agape dog, Radar, lovin’ on Kirsten

You guys, just…wow!  This was the first year I’ve been able to attend Agape Animal Rescue’s biggest fundraiser of the year, Glitter & Glam, and the event certainly did not disappoint.  We had a total freakin’ blast!  Some highlights from the night include:

A guest appearance by Animal Rescue Corps founder Scotlund Haisley.  We were only about a week into Operation Freedom Dogs at that point, and what we didn’t know that night was that Operation Freedom Part 2 was already in the works.  Scotlund spoke to the crowd about the work that ARC was doing, and how important Agape’s role as a placement partner is to them.  Later, he graced the runway and showed everyone that along with a heart of gold and love for animals, he also has some serious modeling chops. 

An appearance from celebridog Smiley from Operation Sweethearts.  There’s no doubt that Smiley was one of the most well-known and popular of this past February’s Sweethearts.  He graced the cover of local pet-lovers rag Nashville Paw magazine, and that precious underbite won the hearts of every dog lover in the city.  Smiley’s lucky Furever people shared with us the story of how Smiley became a part of their family (believe me, not a dry eye in the house). Later, a framed cover of Smiley’s edition of Nashville Paw was auctioned off…pawtographed by Smiley himself.

Dogs, dogs, dogs!  You guys, sooo many dogs!  Dogs in bow ties, dogs in tuxedos, dogs in tutus…I was in heaven. 

 

 

The photo booth.  I still cannot believe I went the whole night without getting in the photo booth.  A rookie mistake I will not make again.

Agape founder & Executive Director, Tanya Willis with Harmony Designs photographer, April Hollingsworth

Adoptable Olive with her foster people, Jen & Jason

Adoptable dogs take the stage.  Probably my favorite part of the evening was when three of Agape’s eligible pooches got to take the runway and tell their story.  Among them: Olive, an adorable puppy who my neighbor Jen and I liberated from a chain in our neighborhood; Junior, who I am absolutely in love with and am dying to share more about; and Radar, who just might have the best ears on the plant.

Adoptable Olive

Adoptable Junior

Adoptable Radar

All in all, and at the risk of sounding cheesy, it was a magical evening.  There’s just something about being in a room filled with animal lovers, with like-minded people willing to shell out their hard-earned cash so that dogs who might otherwise have never had a chance can find their way to their happy ending. 

Tamasine Singer (Middle Tennessee Pet Resource Center) and Jana Mendes (Nashville PITTIE)

ARC crew – with the next generation of animal rescuers

I know I brag on them all the time, but Agape Animal Rescue really does do amazing work. There’s a reason that they’re one of the most well-loved animal rescue organizations in Middle Tennessee, winning tons of “local favorite” awards (including Nashville Paw Reader’s Choice for Best Overall Rescue, and Best Fundraiser).  Since their beginning eight years ago, they’ve saved and rehomed over 500 dogs!  I am truly lucky and honored to be a member of the Agape family.

I can’t wait until Glitter & Glam 2013!

For more pictures, check out the Glitter & Glam Facebook page.

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Wordless Wednesday: Snuggle Buddies

If you’d like to add Cooper to your family, please fill out an adoption application with Agape Animal Rescue.

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