Adoption Showcase : Megan's Rescue Efforts Society

A couple of weekends ago I got to spend the morning with the awesome volunteers from Megan's Rescue Efforts Society. If you are not aware of their work, I’d urge you to check out their website. You never know, the next addition to your family might be right there waiting for you.

Megan’s Rescue Efforts Society is a no-kill dog and cat rescue located in Calgary, Alberta.  Started in 2014 they are dedicated to helping animals that are neglected, abused and abandoned. They provide support to the First Nation Communities in our area, helping with vetting, food and rehoming of animals when needed, along with helping with animals across Canada. Fully run by volunteers they are reliant on donations.

We focused on 4 awesome dogs that sunny weekend morning so I’d love to showcase these pups for you in case any might be the perfect fit for your home.

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First up was Autumn - she’s a little over 3 years old, around 80 lbs and one gorgeous black lab mix. Megan says “she was transferred to us from a rescue in the Yukon. Autumn is looking for an active home that will get her out for walks or runs everyday. She is a very high energy dog that loves to play fetch all day long. We have now noticed that she is a great swimmer and LOVES the water! She needs a home without cats and other dogs. With some work and training we think she can live with dogs and have dogs friends. She loves to go for walks and is doing amazing meeting dogs on leash.”

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Next up - Phoenix. Still just a pup, a little over a year old, he’s a bull mastiff mix and expected to reach as much as 90 lbs when fully grown. Megan says “Phoenix is back in our care after being adopted out as a pup. This is at no fault of his own. His family returned him as they had some concerns with his re-activeness to their other dog and children. After taking him back into our care we realised this was due to his emaciated state. Now that he is being fed high quality food and getting back to a healthy weight we have noticed that he is not as reactive as we were told. He is still insecure around strangers and we are working on proper introductions with dogs. He has a lot of energy but also loves to cuddle up on the couch with you.

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He is a very loving happy pup that would make a great addition to a family with dog experience, no young children and willing to work with him.”

Then was Black Beauty. A 2.5 year old, around 55 lbs little shepherd lab mix cute bundle of fur. Megan says “she is from the First Nations Community that we work in. For those of you that know Blue a sweet Lab mix we adopted out a few years ago, this is her daughter. Black Beauty is a sweet girl that loves to be touched and be with people. She is a quieter dog that would like a quiet home. She is medium height at about 18 inches at the shoulder. She just needs someone to love her. “

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We saved Memphis until last as I was assured that this energetic beauty was going to be an absolute star for her photoshoot. Needless to say, she did not disappoint! One big cuddly shepherd mix she bounded around like a puppy. She’s around 2.5 years old, around 76lbs of pure excitable energy. Megan says “Memphis is from our G litter of pups. She was recently returned to us as her family was having a hard time keeping up with her shedding and it was starting to effect allergies in the home. She is house and kennel trained but showing some signs of separation anxiety therefore needs a family that is willing to work with her. She is a great walker and makes am amazing jogging partner as per one of our volunteer dog walkers that is a marathon runner. She is good with kids, cats and other dogs. She is working on greeting dogs properly on leash. She has no issues with dogs while on walks but like most dogs does not appreciate it when a dog walks straight into her face and is face to face while on leash, this can cause her to growl.

Her ideal home would not have other dogs and would be a home with minimum people and preferably a male in the home. We find that she is night and day with her anxiety when with men compared to women. She is much calmer with men.” I can confirm that last part. My biggest challenge trying to photograph this beautiful girl was getting her to stop sitting on my lap. As soon as I sat down to focus on her cute face, she took the invitation to come over and sit on me!’

If you would like any more information on any of these awesome pups, please contact Megan and her team through their website (https://www.megansrescueefforts.com/adoptions)


I put time aside every month to focus on adoption shoots. If you volunteer or run a rescue centre/shelter with dogs that would benefit from a photoshoot to showcase their awesomeness, please feel free to reach out to me.


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An Illustrated Skye

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You’d think that being a dog photographer is just all about playing with puppies. It turns out…running a photography business requires a whole bunch of business type tasks as well. I know, who knew right!

 

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I started this year knowing I wanted to get some incredible illustrations for my website, print materials and branding. I also knew I wanted to shop local and find another small business for the project. I did some research and came across “Art by Robyn Millar”. Right from her first reply to my email, I knew this was going to be a great fit. 

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Not only is Robyn’s art beautiful, but she’s also an absolute pleasure to work with. I sent over five of my favourite images I’ve taken of my girl, Skye, and Robyn got to work making me some incredible sketches that I now have framed in my studio, and you’ll find all throughout my website, and on various printed material.

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I'll let you search around my website to find as many of Robyn's illustrations as you can.

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If you haven’t seen Robyn’s work yet you just have to check her out. I’m all for promoting local businesses when they’re awesome…and Robyn is seriously awesome! She’s a Calgary based artist specialising in pet portraits and custom art, primarily working in acrylic paint but also some mixed media work (such as pen & watercolour, like Skye's sketches here.) 

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I’d encourage you to look around her website to check out all her work but since I’m a self-confessed dog nut, it’s her pet work that I think you just have to check out first! Simply follow this link to see a whole load of cute dogs, cats and other animals : robynmillar.com/Pet-Portraits/. 

She’s also a really great writer too so check out her blog while you’re there. Her latest blog post has a particularly gorgeous puppy…I’m just saying :) : http://robynmillar.com/skye-x-5/  AND   http://robynmillar.com/the-dog-with-a-bow-photography/


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Running for puppies

There's not too much that would motivate me to run - cycling, hiking, skiing for sure - but running has never been my thing! So when Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society - AARCS said they were entering a team in the Scotiabank Marathon Charity Challenge for AARCS...I had to decide whether puppies were a good enough reason to put myself through this.

The answer was YES! It turns out, having never had any motivation to run before, running for rescue puppies is the one thing that could make me take up running.

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Now for the cold hard facts though. The idea of running for AARCS sounded great in principle but I've never run in a single race like this in my life. Up to 7 weeks ago (when I started training for this) the most I've ever done is probably a 2KM jog with my own puppy (and even then she looks up at me every 10 seconds, hardly even breaking into a jog, with a face that says "is there any reason we're going so slowly!") 

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So I know this is going to be tough. Of the options available, I have for some reason (that I'm already starting to regret) opted to run the 10KM race.

In less than 2 weeks time I'm going to try to go from running 2KM with my dog to running 10KM in the Calgary Marathon.

I know we all get asked to sponsor friends and family numerous times each year, and I know you can't sponsor everyone. AARCS have a fundraising goal of $20,000.00 and every donation, no matter the size, will help us get closer to that figure! If you are able to help..the link below should take you straight to my section of the AARCS fundraising page:

https://bit.ly/2JuUqlo

Also feel free to tag any runners you know in this post...I need all the inspiration and tips I can get in my final 2 weeks of training!

Thanks for reading (Skye sends you a high five!) and wish me luck ! 

 

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What's in a name?

No two dogs are the same. Each come with their own individual personalities that make them the pup that you know and love. For such a unique character, any old name just won’t do.

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If you’re struggling for inspiration though, the guys over at rover.com compiled a survey of the most popular dogs names from 2017. They’ll even work out what your name would have been if you had been born a dog (mine is Sam in case you were wondering!) You can get your own dog name right here : https://www.rover.com/my-dog-name/?ref=blog

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But…your pup still needs their own perfect name. You’re gonna be calling it enough after all. As your new ball of fur chews on your favourite pair of shoes, steals that sausage left unattended, or conveniently loses her hearing at the sight of something far more interesting than you, you better make sure you’re happy calling that name at the top of your voice!

rover.com reveals that the top male names in 2017 were Max, Charlie, Cooper, Buddy, Jack, Rocky, Oliver, Bear, Duke, and Tucker. The female names you are most likely to hear at the dog park are Bella, Lucy, Daisy, Luna, Lola, Sadie, Molly, Maggie, Bailey and Sophie.

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44% of all dog names are actually human names too. Powerful woman are doing well with names like Oprah, Madonna and Katniss up 21%. Even the name Atwood rocketed up 200% following the Handmaid’s Tale. Game of Thrones gets a look in too with names such as Snow, Arya and Khalessi rising by 12%. And perhaps unsurprisingly Star Wars gets a 70% increase with Finn, Luke, Leia and Rey becoming the top Star Wars inspired names in the galaxy. On the more obscure side, the name “11” is up 166% following Stranger Things. Even favourite destinations are inspiring puppy parents with Sydney, Dallas, Rio, Phoenix and Savannah getting engraved on dog tags throughout the country. (The full article can be found at https://www.rover.com/blog/2017-top-100-dog-names/ if you want to read more!)

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Naming your pup after your favourite character from a film or show as big as Star Wars, Stranger Things, or Game of Thrones seems pretty safe. Those names should have staying-power for some time yet! 

If you’re looking for something a little different though…I have you covered. Here’s a few of the more unique names I came across while reading up on doggie names. Some are a little out there…but then you wanted a unique name right?!

The first may not actually be that unusual anymore. In 2016 I think it would have seemed pretty unique. With the release of Coco and the breakout hairless star, I’m guessing we’ll see a lot more Dante’s in 2018 though.

How about…Pixel, Raven, Alize, Bismark, Aspen, Caspian, Buga, Gizmo, Capo, Erebus, Juniper, Mojo, Odin, Mac, Weston, Zeke, Lupin, Casper, Nyla, Hashtag, Melon, Romo, Maui, Kahuna, Tonka, Zazu, Rafael, Noodle, Bucky, Saroshi, Kai, Blue, Yogi, Deion, Raisin, Nacho, Raider, Collette, Reno, Catia, Scout or Moose.

If your pup has a name that you think might be truly one-of-a-kind, post it here in the comments. I’d love to see your creativity!

Pictures in this post are dogs currently looking for a new name (and a new home!) at Cochrane and Area Humane Society!