Did you know that dogs are really four-legged, furry humans? At least, in my mind they are. I don't think I fully comprehended the love and loyalty of a dog until my dog, Newt, came into my life. He's my rescue, although he actually rescued me. 

Growing up, I was always around animals. My Grandpa had hunting dogs (redbone, blue tick  and black and tan hounds) that were used for bear, coon and coyote hunting. My grandma had a St. Bernard and huskies through the years too. All the dogs were acclimated to Wisconsin's four seasons, so they slept outside year round. Don't be concerned, as they all had dog houses and plenty of straw to keep them warm. Grandma also had birds and a couple aquariums for us grandkids to enjoy. There were plenty of stray farm cats too. I even had a pet raccoon for a while, but that's another blog. =)

I have felt many times in my life that the Lord has given me a gift to be a voice for the voiceless. Maybe that's why he created me to be a bold, courageous and adventurous woman. A couple months back, I was approached by a friend who is part of a dog rescue organization. They were looking for a photographer to do updated photos of the dogs for their website. I don't promote myself a pet photographer, but I figured that if a good photo gave a dog a better chance for adoption, then I'm all in. The organization has told me that I've been a blessing to them. In all honesty, it's the dogs who have blessed me. Dogs awaiting adoption only want someone to love them and to give love in return. I have found that they are the most loyal dogs out there. 

PSA: If you are interested in adopting a dog, please visit your local humane association. If you love dogs and cannot adopt, then go volunteer to play or walk them. Volunteers are always needed! Remember to keep your pet spayed or neutered to help control the pet population.

I caught this on camera and thought you'd get a laugh out of it. I know I did.

I've made some new friends in the process too. This sweet woman is Laura and she's such a blessing to these dogs and animal welfare. She's a true gift from above!

When I finished photographing the dogs, I made my way into the feline area. There were so many cats that needed adopted, so I decided to photograph them as well. They have such beautiful markings!