Shelley & Molly

These are a photos from a client's photoshoot of their 2 dogs, Molly and Shelley. This is a tough blog post to write, shortly after our photoshoot together, Shelley passed away. I wanted to share her pictures with you because she was so beautiful, even in her final days. Dogs give us so much love, we are all so blessed for the time we have with them. 

 Shelley and Molly were great friends.

Shelley and Molly were great friends.

 Shelley was a gentle soul.

Shelley was a gentle soul.

 Molly looking sweet with a little red flower in her hair.

Molly looking sweet with a little red flower in her hair.

 The bond we share with our dogs can never be broken. 

The bond we share with our dogs can never be broken. 

Leo

When Leo was found as a stray in a rural Illinois town near St. Louis, he was a little too skinny and had some scars.  Grafelman Farms is fostering him now and he is looking healthy and adorable! Here are some shots of Leo looking fabulous. If you would like to adopt this sweet little guy, email grafelmanfarmsrescue@yahoo.com or call (309) 267-3299 to begin the adoption process. 

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Kaia

Kaia is a 5 year old Alaskan Malamute who is the whole package...sweet, loving and beautiful. She is adoptable from TAPS Shelter in Pekin. Email tapsshelter.org for more info on Kaia.

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 Is that a smile?

Is that a smile?

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 Her mischievous look.

Her mischievous look.

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 Kaia showing her affectionate side.

Kaia showing her affectionate side.

Lorelai

A friend of mine lost her 17 year old black lab mix a few months ago. She was so in love with her dog and she and her husband were in a lot of emotional pain over the loss. But an amazing thing happened... they saw this post of Lorelai that I posted last week and something about Lorelai made my friend want to go meet her. Lorelai is now home with them and she is the most amazing dog. She's sweet and loving and she loves to have conversations. My friends now have this sweet baby in their lives and they are healing from the loss of their beloved Becca.

 Lorelai posing for the camera.

Lorelai posing for the camera.

 She looks like she might be a good hunting dog too!

She looks like she might be a good hunting dog too!

 I love how she lifts up her front paw when she sits.

I love how she lifts up her front paw when she sits.

 Her eyes are so amazing!

Her eyes are so amazing!

Letty

A Doberman who's had a rough past...

Letty is what they call a "Blue Doberman".  Before this photoshoot, I had never seen a blue doberman before. Her coat looks gray/blue in certain light and sometimes it looks light brown. Needless to say, she is a beautiful dog.  Not only is she beautiful on the outside, but she is beautiful on the inside too. She has had a difficult life that has not damaged her personality one bit.  Here's her story.... Her owners rescued her after she had been confiscated from a man who was hoarding over 100 animals in his home.  Letty has scars on her face and a chewed up ear because she had to protect herself and fight for food in the hoarder's house. Somehow Letty's personality did not become aggressive after living in this awful situation. She is probably one of the calmest, sweetest dogs I have ever met and I have met a lot of dogs! Letty is a good example to show that good dogs come from all different situations. You can adopt a dog that has had a terrible past and they can be the best dog in the world!   

 Look into those soulful eyes! Can't you just see her sweet personality shining through?

Look into those soulful eyes! Can't you just see her sweet personality shining through?

 I get to meet the coolest dogs and their people when I'm doing dog photography. Best. Job. Ever!

I get to meet the coolest dogs and their people when I'm doing dog photography. Best. Job. Ever!

 Letty enjoying a romp in the tall grass.

Letty enjoying a romp in the tall grass.

 "Thanks for reading my story! And remember....adopt, don't shop!"-Letty

"Thanks for reading my story! And remember....adopt, don't shop!"-Letty

Happy Halloween!

Who doesn't love to see dogs dressed up in costume!? Here are a few dog photos from a recent costume contest from a Camp Bow Wow Event. Camp Bow Wow is a brand new doggie day care that will be opening soon on Pioneer Parkway in Peoria, IL. So be sure to check them out! Anyway, on with the show!

 I wouldn't want to run into these two ferocious lions on the savannah!

I wouldn't want to run into these two ferocious lions on the savannah!

 Thing 1 and Thing 2 (Dr. Suess would be proud of this family!)

Thing 1 and Thing 2 (Dr. Suess would be proud of this family!)

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The costume contest. All the dogs looks so great!

 Jazzy's orange vest is the perfect accessory next to the pumpkins.

Jazzy's orange vest is the perfect accessory next to the pumpkins.

 Pugs always look so great dressed up! 

Pugs always look so great dressed up! 

 Shelby isn't dressed up, but wow what a gorgeous dog he is!!! I just had to throw his picture in here.

Shelby isn't dressed up, but wow what a gorgeous dog he is!!! I just had to throw his picture in here.

 Can this dog referee my kids' next T-Ball game?

Can this dog referee my kids' next T-Ball game?

 Cassie and Callie, cheering for Camp Bow Wow. They are the friendly faces at the new Camp Bow Wow location.

Cassie and Callie, cheering for Camp Bow Wow. They are the friendly faces at the new Camp Bow Wow location.

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Bella & Olive

Best friends for life!

Here are two dogs that know how to have a great time. They were both adopted by a very loving couple who cherish them.  Bella and Olive love to spend time in their backyard lounging around on their owners' patio furniture. Here are a few shots from my dog photography session with Bella and Olive! 

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Bella the Beagle

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Olive the Beagle mix

 Best Friends!

Best Friends!

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Andy

Here are some more shots of beautiful Andy. She was my favorite dog at the shelter this week. Whoever adopts her will be one lucky person! Andy is adoptable from TAPS email admin@tapsshelter.org for more info.

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Before and After

Take a look at the two pictures below. Which dog would you want to adopt?

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Before.

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After.

The two pictures above are taken of the same dog (Mr.Tank). A volunteer with a local rescue group took the first picture and I took the second picture.  Based on the pictures alone, which version of Tank would you want to take home? 

  • I know which dog I would choose!... The sweet eyed, wet nosed, lovable guy in the bottom picture!

Not long after this picture was shared on Facebook, Tank was adopted. He is just one of the many sweet dogs that have found homes with a little help from a good picture. You can help the dogs too when you share the pictures I post on social media. The more people we reach, the more dogs get adopted! Whoo hoo!

 "Share an Image, Save a Life".  

-Ava Kamm (Dog Anthology)

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It's a bird. It's a plane. No, it's Super Dog!

During my volunteer work with Paws Giving Independence, I had the opportunity to meet the amazing Daisy! She can pick up items and "hand" them over to people. However, I guess for a dog you wouldn't call it "handing it over", she "mouthes it over". Whatever you call it, isn't that incredible!?

Her handler (Emily) suffers from fainting spells and seizures. Not only can Daisy pick things up and bring them to Emily, but she can also get others' attention if Emily suffers from a fainting spell or a seizer.

Daisy is like a super hero to Emily. What a miracle! 

 Daisy holding keys in her mouth. Time to go for a ride!

Daisy holding keys in her mouth. Time to go for a ride!

 Daisy holding a remote control in her mouth, wow!

Daisy holding a remote control in her mouth, wow!

 Emily with her Super Dog!

Emily with her Super Dog!

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Chazzy

How a Dog can Change a Person's Life...

Chazzy was trained through Paws Giving Independence (PGI) and works at the Schramm Education Center in Pekin.

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All of the students that attend Schramm Education Center have significant cognitive, developmental and physical disabilities.   Many of the children love Chazzy and find comfort when Chazzy is present. But here is a story of one little 4 year old boy that has a special bond with Chazzy....
 "This little boy was initially very hesitant to interact with Chazzy and a little scared of him. As Chazzy spent more time in the classroom, the teacher reported that the student has become more verbal, he will ask to play with Chazzy, throw the ball to him, lay down beside him, pet him and blow bubbles to Chazzy (Chazzy loves popping bubbles).  This student's mom wrote a letter to the teacher telling her how her son used to be terrified of the next door neighbors dog; since Chazzy came into her son's life at school, he has been playing with the neighbor's dog and talking more when the dog is around. 
I could not have asked for a better match for our school than Chazzy.  He has such a calming demeanor, both students and staff have gained so much since he became part of our Schramm family.  Plus I am lucky to be able to take him home every day and have him be part of my family."- Story told by Sue H. (Chazzy's handler)

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The bond you share with your dog is important. Dog Anthology is dedicated to capturing the bond that we feel when we look at our dogs and to help people cherish the human animal bond that we are so lucky to experience. Because..... It's All About the Dogs.

 Chazzy with his handler, Sue.

Chazzy with his handler, Sue.

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On Dasher!

Dasher's entered the Paws Giving Independence program during Christmas time, which is how he got his name. And just like Santa's reindeer, Dasher is getting ready to help his people! 

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Dasher was rescued in Arkansas and brought to Illinois at 8 weeks of age.  Now Dasher is 9 months old and he is hard at work learning how to help people.

Hannah (Dasher's trainer) is a college student at Illinois State University and the President of Indy-pendence Service Dogs, a student organization on campus. Hannah has to train Dasher all while going to college. She says, "There is so much more to it than, 'that's so cool you get to bring a dog to class with you!' It actually takes upwards of 20-30 minutes longer to walk to class, so we can focus on proper walking, ignoring distractions, looking at crosswalks, taking the stairs one step at a time (literally), and working the handicap and elevator buttons. It is a constant training environment. Some things you would never notice, like a rogue plastic bag, or a squirrel become a distraction to a service puppy in training."  Although the work is hard and Hannah knows that she will one day have to give Dasher to someone in need of a service dog, she says it's worth it to have this unforgettable experience.
 


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Because..... It's All About the Dogs.

 "Look how much Hannah loves me!"- Dasher

"Look how much Hannah loves me!"- Dasher

 Dasher relaxing in the grass.

Dasher relaxing in the grass.

What does it take to train a service dog?...

Meet Jarvis, he has been in training through Paws Giving Independence since he was 7 months old.  He is almost 2 years old now and has been training full time for over a year to become a service dog.  So, are there any secrets to training a service dog? The secret is... time and hard work!

Jarvis and his handler, Laura, have been hard at work to make sure Jarvis is ready to help children with disabilities at Easterseals.
When I asked her what she likes best about training Jarvis she said,
"I can't say enough good things about my time with him and I am looking forward to seeing his success long term.  As much as I will miss him, seeing him go on to do something that is making someone else's life a little better is so much bigger than any sadness I have when saying goodbye."

 Jarvis tilting his head for the camera.

Jarvis tilting his head for the camera.

 Jarvis with Laura (his handler)

Jarvis with Laura (his handler)

 Jarvis looking so cute in a field of clover.

Jarvis looking so cute in a field of clover.

Dog Anthology is dedicated to helping people enjoy their dogs and cherish the human animal bond that we are so lucky to experience. That is why I also train dogs.  My wish is that everyone has a well trained dog that they can enjoy.  Dog photography is also a great way to cherish that bond.  Whether you are interested in a beautiful collection of dog photos to enjoy for years to come, or you are in search of a dog trainer to help you enjoy your best friend even more than you already do....You've come to the right place. 

Because..... It's All About the Dogs.

How Dogs Help Us....

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Meg works with kids who are separated from their families. Kids trust animals sometimes more than they trust people.  Meg is very sensitive to kids emotions and can sense when they are sad and will comfort them at just the right moments. She has gone to court with kids who have anxiety and has also been there for comfort during times that a child has to hear devastating news. Meg's handler, Jessica, has witnessed the love that the children feel for Meg. She says, "It cannot be described in words how much of a blessing this dog is to those who need her love so badly."

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 Meg with her handler, Jessica.

Meg with her handler, Jessica.

 Meg looking so sweet in a field of flowers.

Meg looking so sweet in a field of flowers.

Dog Anthology is dedicated to helping organizations such as Paws Giving Independence that rescue dogs in the Peoria area.  Please visit www.DogAnthology.com/help-shelter-dogs to learn more about how Dog Anthology helps shelter dogs in need.

Service Dogs are Amazing!

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Sampson... 

Sampson is a very special Golden Retriever that helps his handler (Joey) everyday. Joey is a non-traditional student in college studying Neuroscience and spends a great deal of time in a laboratory, where up until recently service dogs were denied entry. Sampson has been taught individualized skills, such as how to wear googles, and boots, and how to behave in a laboratory setting. Joey has been an advocate to change the departmental policy at the university. The university was denying access to all students with service dogs in many teaching laboratories. Ultimately, she and her first service dog were allowed in a Chemistry lab and a Biology lab in the university. She developed a national model for accommodating students with service dogs for other universities to follow. Sampson and Joey are now working with several influential departments to change a system-wide policy in all universities nation-wide.  

"With Sampson’s help I am independent, I can maneuver my environment and live a full and productive life. There is much work to be done, but because of all the committed volunteers at PGI, and Sampson being the incredible partner that he is, I can and will continue to move forward, go to school to complete my degree and hopefully change the landscape for other working service dog teams who follow in our footsteps."- Joey R.

Way to go Joey, Sampson and Paws Giving Independence!!!!!

-Ava Kamm (Dog Anthology)

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3 Dogs

Maddie, Lucy & Kinnick with their Parents (Shane & Anne)... 

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All three of these dogs have different personalities. I used different tricks for each one to try get their attention.  Maddie loves treats, Lucy likes the squeaky toy and Kinnick only really liked to look at his parents or other dogs walking by. You may be wondering...How did I get them all to look at the same time?  I kept making noises and dangling treats above my head until miraculously they all looked for a split second and drum roll please.................     I got the shot!

Scroll down to see Maddie, Lucy and Kinnick's individual portraits.

-Ava Kamm (Dog Anthology)

 Lucy looking so sweet in front of some pink flowers.

Lucy looking so sweet in front of some pink flowers.

 Madison waiting patiently for her much deserved treat.

Madison waiting patiently for her much deserved treat.

 Kinnick smiling for the camera.

Kinnick smiling for the camera.

Mavis

Mavis, English Setter Mix, 3 yrs, "Mavis has had a rough life. Her previous owners left her tied up outside all day and she is severely malnourished and emaciated. Thanks to TRAIN, she is now being fostered and brought back to health." (Mavis will be adoptable from TRAIN after she is healthy. Email trainrescue@gmail.com for more information about Mavis)