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Angels Furever Foundation – Care. Heal. Rescue.

I have some very special people and animals to introduce today!

This year, all the food donations from the Dog & Cat Days of Summer photo sessions will benefit Angel’s Furever Foundation! AFF is a 501c3 organization that provides medical funds to homeless animals as well as taking in senior animals that need homes. They are particularly helpful to rural shelters who can’t afford medical procedures for their shelter animals, and elderly people who can no longer take care of their dog and need to surrender them due to health issues.

Angel’s Furever Foundation is run by four incredible ladies, with hearts of gold for dogs. When you speak with any one of those four ladies, they are full of uplifting stories of success where, had AFF not been involved, tragedy and heartbreak could have been the outcome.

Their very first rescue was a senior Cocker Spaniel, named Cleo, who’s family was being deployed to Germany. The family discovered their dog was Heartworm positive, meaning not only did she need expensive medical treatment, but she could not travel with them overseas or enter a new country with this condition. Angel’s Furever Foundation was able to bring Cleo into their rescue so that she didn’t have to be placed in a shelter. They started her Heartworm treatment and after she was declared Heartworm free, Cleo found her forever home with a family that spoils her and loves her so much. They have even sent updates to her family in Germany and they are so relieved that Cleo found the caring home she did.

And then there is four year old Angel; AFF’s namesake and inspiration. When the ladies first encountered Angel, she had a life-threatening heart murmur. I received a letter from Angel herself, telling her story,

“This is my (Angel’s) story through a dog’s eyes, interpreted by my un-furry mom. It seems like a long time ago (even in people months) that I ended up at the shelter with my friend. I still don’t know why, but sometimes things just happen, I guess. My friend was adopted pretty quickly, but for some reason I was in holding for a while. I didn’t know it, but I had a heart problem that was really bad. It was so bad that I could not be adopted and might have had heart failure at any time. Instead I had surgery and am now a foster failure which is much better. A lot of nice people helped pay for surgery and the vet school gave me awesome care and a discount.  I had no idea why I was tired and skinny before, but boy am I making up for lost time.  I can dig, bark and run in circles with best of them!

The people that helped me were worried about other dogs with stuff going on that a shelter or rescue could not pay for, so here I am as this foundation spokesdog asking for your help for other dogs like me. I am the one the really nice t-shirt you can get for donating!

My foundation’s people have already helped some furry friends with serious stuff like broken bones and a bad virus.  They have gone on to rescue and re-home senior dogs, too. It would be super if you could check out the website (www.angelsfureverfoundaton.org) and think about fostering or donating.”

Meet Angel’s Furever’s Adoptable Dogs!

Buster - 11 year old American Bulldog/Pit Mix - Angel's Furever Foundation

Buster – 11 year old American Bulldog/Pit Mix

Opal - 6 year old Shih Tzu - Angel's Furever Foundation

Opal – 6 year old Shih Tzu

Raleigh - 12 year old Lab Mix - Angel's Furever Foundation

Raleigh – 12 year old Lab Mix

Pixie - 11 year old Chihuahua - Angel's Furever Foundation

Pixie – 11 year old Chihuahua

 


Melissa McGee Photography will be accepting monetary donations for Angel’s Furever Foundation, as well as food donations, as part of our annual Dog & Cat Days of Summer event. Feel free to bring any donations with you to your Dog Days session, or just donate right on AFF’s website.

If you’d like to meet some of Angel’s Furever’s adoptable dogs, or just meet up with these amazing ladies, you can catch them this fall at several events:

Garage Sale benefitting Angel’s Furever Foundation in Lee’s Summit – September 9th

“Cool Treats N’ Furry Feets” Adoption event at Poppy’s in downtown Lee’s Summit – September 17th

“Dogtober Fest” in Blue Springs – October 22nd

If you’d like to get involved with Angel’s Furever Foundation, keep an eye on their Facebook page! For both short-term and long-term opportunities, that is the best place to find out how you can help. From finding out when they need fosters to help shelters overflowing with animals rescued from Hurricane Harvey to when they need a foster home for a local dog, it’s all there on their Facebook page.

And if you’d like to book a Dog & Cat Days of Summer Photo Session, to benefit Angel’s Furever Foundation, click here to book now!

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    Lucky Dog – Premier Dog Walking and Pet Sitting Services

    Lucky Dog

    Is your dog or cat a Lucky Dog? Do you get pictures of them sent to you while you are at work or away from home? If you had Lucky Dog, you could!

    Lucky Dog prides itself on caring for your pets like family. They tailor their reliable services to meet your pet’s specific needs and provide those services through their team of trustworthy dog walkers and pet sitters. Each member of their team has extensive experience in pet care. Lucky Dog clients receive the same pet care providers for each visit to ensure that strong bonds are developed with their pets and quality, consistent service is provided. They even provide photos and updates of your furry family members when they visit! How great is that?!

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    When founder Lauren Webb found herself working long hours and traveling, she knew she was unable to give her Boston Terrier, Simon, all the love and attention her deserved every day. Boom! Lucky Dog was born! Now, their team of six walkers and sitters can give you peace of mind knowing your furry loved ones are being taken care of (on time, every time!) by competent, and caring hands.

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    Stay in touch with Lucky Dog on their Facebook page, (if you’re a client, your pet may even show up there!) and if you’ve booked your session for Dog & Cat Days of Summer, you’ll see some goodies from Lucky Dog in your goodie bag!Lucky Dog-3

    To book your Dog & Cat Days of Summer photo session, click here!

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      Bark Happy – Discover the Dog-Friendly World Around You

      So, your phone is full of apps. But do you have any apps for your dog? Bark Happy is for both of you!

      Bark Happy lets you explore dog-friendly places and events, and connect with dog-owners near you! They even have Lost & Found alerts and deals right in the app. Want to know if the patio of that new restaurant downtown is dog-friendly? Check out the Bark Happy app. You can even just browse the map for your location to see what IS dog-friendly. How handy!

      Bark Happy KC events are always fun, super creative, and are usually loaded with goodies for you and your pet. A portion of the proceeds always goes to a local pet charity or shelter, too!

      For example, their upcoming Doggy Homecoming event on September 24th from 6-8pm. (Seriously, a Doggy Homecoming? How cute is that!) A portion of the proceeds will go to KC Pet Project. (Full disclosure: Melissa McGee Photography will be there taking photos.)

      The Doggy Homecoming event will take place in the Hayloft Event Space at the gorgeous new craft distillery, Lifted Spirits, in the east Crossroads. You NEED to go see this space, it is gorgeous! I had the pleasure of stopping by this past Saturday, and I just swooned.

      A ticket to Bark Happy’s Doggy Homecoming is $15 and is packed with goodies; check out this list:

      – FREE Dog Treats from BeCheeky Chic
      – FREE Tennis Ball from U-Wash Puppy

      – FREE Dog Treats from Beer Paws
      – FREE Dog Treats from PupCakery
      – FREE Dog Toys from Optimist Club
      – FREE Doggy Homecoming Pin Back Buttons from Simply Kitts Illustrations – FREE Coupon for $5 off Bath or 15% off Retail with BarkBayKC

      – FREE Treat Samples from Pet Wants
      – FREE Professional Photo Sessions (photos available for purchase with Melissa McGee Photography)
      – 20% off Discount to Simply Unique Designs
      – FUN Dog-Themed Cocktails available for purchase at Lifted Spirits
      – FUN Dog Crowning for Homecoming King and Queen
      – EXCITING Raffle Prize!

      It doesn’t end there…Doggy Homecoming will be at the gorgeous new craft distillery, Lifted Spirits, in the Crossroads. Swoon!

      HEADS UP: BarkHappy App users get 10% off their ticket price by using the promo code found inside the BarkHappy

      app! Look in the events section and find the Doggy Homecoming event. The promo code details are listed at the bottom.

      Get tickets now: https://KCDogHomecoming.eventbrite.com/

      This is a 21+ event, tickets are advance purchase only, and are limited in number, so don’t wait!Bark Happy Doggy Homecoming

      Want to book your Dog & Cat Days of Summer photo session right now? Click here!

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        Beer Paws – For the Love of Good Times with Good Dogs

        So, unless you just moved to the KC area, you’ve heard of Beer Paws. And everything about that name just begs for you to check them out, right? Dog treats from beer? Wha?? Trust me, it’s awesome.

        Beer Paws’ founder, Crystal Wiebe, talks about what Beer Paws is. “We work with your favorite breweries to create dog treats. This means that you and your dog really can share a “beer” together! To make our beer biscuits, we use the spent grains from the breweries (a high protein, high fiber ingredient) and add peanut butter, eggs and love. Our dog beer contains glucosamine and is a yummy liquid treat that dogs enjoy over their food, frozen as ice cubes or straight from the bowl.”

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        I have a 14 year old miniature schnauzer with health issues, and it is a daily struggle to get her to eat. So, I was intrigued when I heard Crystal’s story about her min pin, Scooby, and how Beer Paws’ Doggy Beer helped him. Crystal developed Doggy Beer back when her miniature pinscher, Scooby, was about 16 years old. The glucosamine was good for his joints, and the liquid treat poured over his food helped him eat better. He was around for about two more years! Rescues and other customers have often used their dog beer the same way – to help elderly dogs and those on a restricted diet eat better. They’ve even had a customer claim that dog beer helped when their dog was recovering from MERSA!

        I’ve been known to use their Beer Biscuits as treats during dog photo sessions, and their high protein and fiber content can also help keep your dog regular.

        Beer Paws Beer Biscuits

        You can get Beer Paws treats just about anywhere you shop for your pet, on their website at beerpaws.com, and now they are even available on Amazon!

        Beer Paws hit the big time last year, where they were represented at the Great American Beer Festival, and they will be headed back there this year as well! Beer Paws works with over 50 craft breweries in the Midwest, so chances are, if you are headed to a beer festival in the Midwest, Beer Paws will probably be there!

        Do your dogs love Beer Paws? What are their favorite Beer Paws products? Tell us in the comments, and share your pictures of your pups in their favorite Beer Paws gear!

        Beer Paws Gear

        And if you still need to book your Dog & Cat Days of Summer photo session, click here to book now!

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          Three Dog Bakery – The Original Bakery for Dogs!

          Three Dog Bakery

          Sigh. I love bakeries. They are always chock full of delicious goodies, and warm fuzzy memories. I love dogs, too. They bring warm fuzzies everywhere they go, right? Combine the two, and you get Three Dog Bakery!

          Their website sums it up perfectly, “Three Dog Bakery all started with a rescue pup named Gracie. She came to us with the strongest of hearts and the tenderest of tummies. Typical kibble wouldn’t cut it. So, we learned to bake. From that very first batch of wholesome, handmade treats we saw the true magic of dogged devotion.

          The healing. The happiness. The unshakeable, unbreakable bond that feeds the soul of both species. And, when all of that was too much to contain in one little kitchen, we opened the world’s first bakery for dogs –– stocked with healthy, drool-worthy treats. In fact, many consider ours to be the very best in the animal kingdom.

          Crafted from scratch in small batches, our highly-skilled pastry chefs use only simple, real ingredients. They slow bake each recipe to lock in all those luscious flavors and canine-loving nutrients.

          We’ve been making tails wag since 1989, and today our mission remains the same –– feed the souls of dogs and the people that love them. So, go ahead. Treat your dog to our artisan bites and don’t be afraid to bark about it.”

          Yes, you read that right. Pastry chefs. There is an actual chef in every store. Because dogs deserve chefs too, you know!

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          And just look how cute their pastries are! Definitely drool-worthy. I mean, for the dogs, right? 😉

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          Three Dog Bakery doesn’t just carry gorgeous pastries for dogs (and cats!) They have some seriously gorgeous pet accessories, also. I have been known to go into my local TDB to get bow ties, flowers, and all sorts of fun props for my pet photo sessions and events. I particularly love that they stay looking picture perfect through multiple photo sessions, and for several years, too!

          Speaking of dressing your pet up, are you taking your pet trick-or-treating this year? Well, you should, because Three Dog Bakery (Plaza location) is having their annual Growl-O-Ween Trick-or-Treating at Mill Creek Park on October 28th! Registration begins October 1st, so keep you eye on their Facebook page to get the info when it’s posted!

          They’ll have a costume contest with prizes for most original costume (large & small dog), best dog/owner duo, and the “Oh No You Didn’t!” costume award! There will be Tricks for Treats for dogs at dog-friendly Plaza shops after the costume contest. I can’t wait to see pictures from this event, it sounds like so much fun!

          If you need to book your Dog & Cat Days of Summer photo session, click here to book now!

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