A week or so ago, I had the privilege of photographing Riki for Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary here in the Sacramento area. He was so curious as we wandered around his foster’s apartment complex and snapped some photos for his adoption page. He didn’t even care about the geese and ducks by the pond!
A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of photographing foster dog, Chance, in Yorba Linda. Chance may be one of the most photogenic dogs I’ve had the privilege of working with so far. While his high-contrast black and white fur made for a challenge (gotta make sure both colors pop in photos!), he was all smiles no matter how many different backgrounds and poses we tried.
Fun Facts About Chance
Chance enjoys car rides, walks, and jumping onto his pillow bed.
He loves to go to the park and the vet (what a winner!) to see all of his human friends.
He spends most of his day snuggling with his foster parents and taking naps. Or he spends time exploring his big backyard.
Great with people and dog savvy kids.
Knows commands like sit, down, come, place, and crate!
Chance is between 5-6 years old.
Chance is still learning how to walk peacefully on a leash and how to get along with other pets. His foster mom believes with patience and consistency he will do well with furry friends down the road, but he should be the only dog in the house for now.
“At the end of the day, this boy is a beautiful soul and is so deserving of a loving and kind family after the hard life he has had,” says foster mom Chelsey Haardt. “Chance wants to be the best dog ever and deserves a family that will continue to bring out the best in him!”
A couple of weekends ago, I had the pleasure of working with Phoenix and her foster mom Helena with 4Life Rescue.
4Life Rescue is a nonprofit run by volunteers dedicated to providing care and resources to animals in need. They offer adoption, education, training, and rehabilitation services to ensure that unwanted and neglected animals are safe and receive the life-long care they require and deserve. A worthy cause if I’ve ever heard one!
I met up with Helena and Phoenix early in the morning at a local park. Phoenix was a little shy, so I didn’t force any greetings — I have my own shy pup at home and am shy myself. I know what it’s like to need to warm up to people!
As we walked along the trails, Helena shared all the ways she’s been working with Phoenix to get her confidence built up like visiting local parks and other public places. Phoenix was clearly thrilled to be out, smiling as she walked along. We stopped in a couple of areas to snap some photos for 4Life before letting Phoenix stretch her legs and run and play with Helena. Phoenix really came to life running around a small gated area where she was free to be herself. She even came up for pets!
Phoenix is 8 1/2 years old, turning 9 on June 11. This sweetheart loves getting outside for walks in the park, but she prefers to avoid crowds! She spends her days lounging and shadowing her humans. Phoenix would do best with mellow and respectful dogs and kids; she previously lived with two kids and another dog.