Joy is having a Dog

Dogs are absolutely amazing companions. They bring such joy and love to our lives. Each of my dogs has provided me with these joyful moments!

Joy is keeping active

I have been blessed to have had very active dogs. They have kept me on my toes, from my escape artist Smokey to my never ending ball of energy- Midnight. If I wasn’t walking with Midnight, we were playing ball or frisbee, or swimming. He definitely kept me in shape.

Joy is socialization

Being an introvert, I have always found it hard to meet new people. When I am walking my dog though, it comes easier. Firstly, the people coming up to me ( or the dog) are generally dog people- that makes it easier to break into conversation and socialize. I have met some great people while out walking my dogs. It also led me to want to join a rescue, which brought more great dog people into my social circle.

Joy is emotional support

Smokey helped me through my awkward teenage years. He was a great listener to all my troubles. All of my dogs have provided me with something I needed at the time, whether it was emotional support, comfort, laughter or patience, they knew what I needed and supported me through it.

Joy is Creating memories

As we journey through life with our dog, they provide us with so much love and such support that it can become difficult to accept that time is slipping away from us. As they age it becomes even more important to create memories that will stay with us forever. Ways we can create memories:

  • Take a road trip together
  • A special play date together
  • A cuddling day at home
  • A photo session for everlasting memories of your time together

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Join the fun! This group of International Professional Pet Photographers bring you information on our weekly topics. While we focus on one broad subject, we may each have a different spin on it or provide you with additional information from our world of pet photography. Follow the next link to view how the next amazing photographer tackles this weeks challenge.  Follow each link at the end of each blog until you return to me. Then you have successfully completed our blog circle. Enjoy!

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Toronto pet photographer, Terri Jankelow, explores how family photos with dogs can bring joy into our lives.

Meet Tasha!

Tasha is around 3-4 years old and was found a stray in the city. She is deaf and working on learning hand signals.
She is crate trained, house broken, loves to play and cuddle. She is looking for an active home with older kids. She rides well in the car and seems to like to other dogs, A meet and greet is required with any other dogs in the home.

Please contact Friends of Second Chance.

Friends of Second Chance Canine Adoption Shelter
6660 E. Seneca Turnpike
Jamesville, NY 13078

Capture your journey with your pet. Nancy Kieffer is a pet and nature photographer serving  Central New York, the Adirondacks and Beyond.  Capture how you share your life with your pet! It may be a vacation adventure or curled up on the couch. Travel assignments welcomed.

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Tails of the World Project

I have joined forces with 65 other photographers from all over the world to raise money for animal rescues.

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Celebrating Joy and Gratitude

Nancy Kieffer

Join me in celebrating a season of thanks, exploring gratitude practices, and embracing joyful living. Explore the profound connections with family, friends, and furbabies that make life truly enriching. This Black Friday, consider an alternative – spending the day in joy and gratitude. Come share your thankful moments with us as we navigate the beauty of grateful living.

Lessons from a Senior Dog

Nancy Kieffer

Working as a pet photographer as well as volunteering in a rescue, I have been blessed with getting to know a number of senior dogs. While I lost my Midnight at a young age, I was very fortunate to have Shamus with me for many years. Shamus was my clown, but boy did he know how to live! His wisdom grew as the years pressed on. I learned that each day spent with my senior dog was a lesson on the importance of living in the present, cherishing our bond and embracing our everlasting friendship.