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Friday, January 20, 2012

heart strings tugged | southern ontario pet photographer

Utterly overwhelmed. That's how I've been feeling with the huge outpouring of submissions to my little model call. To be more specific, the past two weeks have been filled with teary, heart-bursting, emotional "aww" moments with every email I opened.

I am so honoured that so many people opened their hearts to me and shared such amazing stories of perseverance, compassion and unconditional love. That so many of you have opened your homes to a dog in need is truly inspirational — you are all heroes.

This was never meant to be a competition - I was just hoping to find a volunteer to help me with a personal project. How could I possibly choose a dog based on which one has the best story, or which owner loves their pet the most? That's impossible! Every dog is a winner in my books. I don't want anyone to be disappointed or think their pooch didn't measure up. Every single entry blew me away ... I even considered having Chloe draw a name out of a hat, but wasn't sure if that would be considered cheating.

So after much consideration and several sleepless nights (seriously, it's been ridiculously hard), here are my model helpers — yep, I just couldn't decide so I chose TWO:  Husky Kyra and retriever Smiley (can't help but be happy when you say that name!). I'll be in touch to book your sessions!
Photos submitted by owners

In addition, I just had to pick two runner-ups who will also be getting something special. They are: Sweet old man Charlie and little Miss Maggie! Check your inboxes soon for a treat!
Photos submitted by owners

But wait, there's more. Because I really was so touched by each and every story, and because EVERY dog is special and deserves a photo shoot, I'm offering everyone else that entered $50 OFF a 2012 Happy Tails photo session.

Thank you everyone for volunteering your dearly-loved pets for me. I'll leave you with this heartfelt quote that epitomizes all of your beautiful four-leggers: "Dogs are miracles with paws."

Now go give your dog a belly rub and sing their praises!

~ Stacey

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