Alberta woman using love of photography to help adoptable dogs


An Alberta woman is using her passion for photography, the power of social media and the beauty of the landscape in the Rockies to help shelter dogs find forever homes.

alberta woman using love of photography to help adoptable dogs Alberta woman using love of photography to help adoptable dogs


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This silly puppy’s name is Dar. He’s the last of his litter available to be adopted. I didn’t get to meet his siblings, but can only assume they were better looking than this guy (or maybe more skilled in some useful way). Not that he’s hideous; I’d say he’s actually relatively pretty ok looking. Average looking or not, the attention that one receives when one’s sidekick is a silly puppy is large in magnitude and frequent in occurrence. The kind of ridiculousness that Dar exudes is a high performing human attractant. It works across genders, ages, races, and moods. Moraine Lake is one of the busiest destinations in the Rockies, so even under siege of a winter storm, it was buzzing with humans. After a paddle (a nap in a floating vessel) Dar helped me work on my social skills on a day that I may have otherwise interacted with no more than three humans. If you know someone who would love some help meeting dog loving humans, tell them they can meet this lifelong sidekick @cochranehumane. Cochrane Humane opens at noon today if you want to meet Dar and co. #adoptable #sillypuppy Thank you so much Kelli Behrens for fueling another adoption adventure! Dar’s napping abilities were broadened and he seeded the thought of volunteering to more than a few thoughtful minds.

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This is Winter. He’s a happy 3.5 year old puppy who’s looking for love (and inadvertently, a home). I went into the AARCS shelter that day knowing I had a very special experience to share. I was headed to one of the most beautiful mountain lodges and wanted to bring a pup who would enjoy the trip and was in need of some odd adoption photos. Winter, with his gentle happy eyes and a coat with one of the coldest temperature ratings of all the available dog coats, looked made for the lodge. We packed food and headed for the mountains. After some sightseeing and skijoring (he was a perfect puller), Winter and I checked into Mount Engadine Lodge (@mountengadine) in Kananaskis. He explored our glamping tent, and once he realized it was a home base for the night, he truly relaxed. He met the staff and many guests as they passed by the cozy fireplace where we rested up before dinner. Winter loves playing outside. If there’s an opportunity to hang out with someone outside, Winter will jump at the chance. After getting 20-30cm of snow overnight, we went for a walk down the road (which was being used as a ski track before the plow came). We went into the main lodge to say good morning to everyone and get some coffee and breakfast. Winter and I felt right at home and wished we could have stayed longer. Alas, the outside world was expecting us to return, so this happy story had to pause. Winter is back at @aarcs waiting for the perfect person to continue his adventures with. Do you know someone who spends a lot of time outside who may be looking for a companion like Winter? Please let them know about him. #adoptable Winter and I never could have been prepared for how hospitable, cozy, and perfect our stay was at the lodge. Thank you so much @mountengadine for having us and being especially welcoming of Winter while he searches for his forever home.

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This dapper boy had a long journey (measured both in time and distance). After journeying for an undocumented ten years, Garrett came all the way from Mexico City to EJ Rescue in Airdrie. That is where this story begins. He was very lucky at EJ’s foster family doling department where he got Barb (@babslind) and her husband Bob as fosters in Calgary. Barb and I knew each other only on Instagram, but I got to meet her and Bob when they brought Garrett out to Canmore for a sleepover and some modern (strange) adoption exposure. Once Garrett was on Instagram, it was clear he’s a favorite; I received dozens of sweet messages about him. In the meantime, Jen @jennidall (who I also only knew through Instagram) moved quickly to show Garrett to her mother in Saskatchewan. Jen’s mother asked her to go meet Garrett and see if he would fit. Jen met Garrett (and his wonderful foster family) and saw that Garrett is as good as he looks. Jen’s mom went through the application process and EJ had someone in the prairies go do the home check to complete the adoption. Garrett is living in Calgary with Jen and her very funny dog Jud until Christmas when he gets a lift to Moose Jaw (his forever home) with Jen. Throughout this journey, you’d never see Garrett having a bad day. I got to meet Jen and Jud yesterday and see how happy Garrett continues to be. I’m sure the journey will only keep getting better for this guy. I wish there was a way to get his biography on paper; perhaps those tales are the reason for his smiles. #adopted Social media has so much potential to help awesome pups like Garrett unite with awesome families like Jen’s. If you want to help these pups using your camera and Instagram account, I wrote a supposedly helpful eGuide (download free from the link in my bio).

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Alberta woman using love of photography to help adoptable dogs

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