Tuesday, May 31, 2016
If you follow me on Instagram or Snapchat (jraquel702), you might have noticed I took on a few more fosters. 4 to be exact. 4 more dogs? She must be crazy! Except these guys don't bark... They meow!
It's kitten season at the shelter which means that our cages overflow with nursing mothers or abandoned kittens that need help if they are going to survive. Now I'm primarily a dog person (if you couldn't tell) but I've been missing the presence of a cat ever since Sinatra passed away. I figured I could do my part and help out by fostering a litter. I have to say, it's been a totally different experience from fostering dogs but in a way it's a little simpler. My little guys were given to me around 5 weeks of age so they were already pretty self-efficient and using a litter box, eating canned and dry food, and starting to groom themselves. They still are a little stinky and sometimes miss the box and need an extra bath but for the most part they are really easy little guys. After day three of having them home, they already follow me around wherever I go or greet me at the kennel gate when I get home from work. I feel like Dany and her dragons.
As they have learned how to climb over the baby gate and I can't trust them alone with the dogs, they live in a large dog crate when they can't be supervised. When they are 8 weeks of age they will go back to the shelter to be vaccinated and adopted. This one little light gray girl though might just stay behind with us. She's definitely the ringleader, fearless and easy with the dogs. She's very affectionate and playful. Even Johnny said we could keep just one....
Consider fostering for your local shelter! It's a wonderful way of giving back and you can foster for as long as a few weeks to a few months. Fostering is one of my favorite parts of rescue and it's not limited to just dogs and cats. Find out more about fostering here and if you're in the Las Vegas area please check out how to foster with Animal Foundation.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
We just wrapped up Dogs Playing for Life workshops last week at the shelter. This week we had HeArt's Speak (which I'm proudly a member of) out here teaching some shelter photography workshops for those wanting to learn how to take photos and write better adoption bios. They also generously donated a camera and studio equipment for us to use, I don't always have to bring in my own camera now!
This is why the crickets have been chirping in my blog space, it's just been an incredibly draining few weeks. With all these workshops now wrapped up though, I can bring some attention back here and share some of the finer details. Here's just a glimpse of some of the photos I captured in the two days of the Exposure Project. I spent a little more time playing with the soft boxes and backdrop since studio lighting isn't something I'm accustomed to using. I also focused on the cats, it's a nice change of pace since I'm typically photographing dogs 90% of the time.
These guys are all still for adoption. However little Raquel below (we bonded over the shared name) has gone to her new home!
Friday, May 6, 2016
I put my extensions back in just in time for warmer weather and man I'm glad to have them back! Long hair and boho dresses go hand and hand together. Now that it's nearly summer, I'm in that stage of life where I'm refusing to wear pants. It's also festival season and although I may not be there in the flesh, I'm definitely there in spirit. I've never really been a hat person unless it was beanies but they are really growing on me lately, I'm letting out my inner Stevie Nicks.
I've got a busy week coming up at the shelter with the Humane Society conference in town. Lot's of workshops for Dogs Playing for Life, Compassion Fatigue, and the upcoming HeArts Speak photo workshop that I'll be a part of! I'm very excited even though I'm going to be a little tired old lady.
Who else is excited for summer?
Sunday, May 1, 2016
So I've never done a video for my blog before but I thought it would be an easier way to flip through my Bullet Journal and show you what I've done with it so far. I don't think you ever get use to the sound of your own voice honestly. Also don't mind the short pause on the Memories page, Johnny was walking through and I was making sure he wasn't lurking on my video! I also still have my collection pages, this is just a monthly view of April and upcoming May.
I hope you like what I've done. I'm always open to new ideas and suggestions!