Archive for June, 2010

Las Vegas Harley Davidson Pet Adoption

Posted in Adoption, Events, News on June 26, 2010 by vegasrockdog1

Whenever my favourite rescue the Las Vegas Hot Diggity Dachshund Club & Rescue attends an adoption event I always make a point of being there to support them. This was a particularly exciting event as it was an indoor adoption event and a first for Harley Davidson of Las Vegas. Armed with my new Flipcam I made my way down to the event to record what turned out to be a fantastic time. The staff were so friendly and there certainly was a lot of excitement. Barbara my beautiful friend and director of the LVHDDCR asked the organizer if it was possible to take pics and video of the weiners on one of the bikes. Our request was granted and I got some great video and pics. I truly hope Harley Davidson of Las Vegas do another adoption event during the Summer months as adoption events drop off during the high heat and they have such a rockin’ place in which to hold them. Here’s my short video highlighting Barbara and those cheeky little sausage dogs…enjoy!

Harley Davidson Pet Rescue Event Dachshund Style, posted with vodpod

Shine On Shine Pet Photos

Posted in Adoption, Celebrities, Charity, Funny, Magazines, News, Pet Photography, Rescues, Vegas on June 24, 2010 by vegasrockdog1

I was fortunate to meet and work with Grace Chon of Shine Pet Photos a couple of weeks ago. I got to meet Grace who was voted LA’s Top Pet Photographer through a friend who is a celebrity in the dog world herself and that is Laura Nativo. If you were a fan of CBS’ Greatest American Dog, you will definitely remember the handsome Preston Casanova the furry man in Laura’s life. It was Laura’s email about a Vegas casting for one of Grace’s projects that put me, my husband, and my dogs in front of her camera.


Grace’s project is currently under wraps and I shall update when the time is appropriate, however I wanted to share with you the experience of working with Grace. You know the old saying “Don’t work with children or animals”?, well in this instance Grace needs to keep working with animals as her work is not simply getting a dog to look at a camera, it is art, and it is art that is changing the lives of dogs and their owners.

My rescue dog Thornton was lucky to be cast for Grace’s shoot and what was exciting was the fact that we could choose a location that was personal to me and my dog.  My husband and my furry family are big fans of coffee shops that allow dogs on their patios. My absolute  favourite is Espresso Culture and Cuisine. Being British I miss the aesthetic of European coffee shops and Espresso satisfies that need for me with great design, superior service, and most of all exquisite coffees.

It was an 8am call which for any fashionista is a tall order to fill. I’d brought a few collar selections for Thornton as she is quite the fashionista herself and with Grace’s expertise the pink collar was to be the one. Our request to shoot inside was granted which thrilled us since their decor is fabulous and we were well into triple digit temps in Vegas.

I knew it would be a test for both of my dogs as Thornton was going to be in the shoot with Jim and myself and my Galaxy would be observing. Vanessa, Grace’s colleague on the project had the task of keeping Miss Galaxy comfortable and relaxed while we did our shoot. I have to tell you it didn’t feel like a shoot at all. We stepped away from giving commands and the “leash” was handed over to Grace who had a super sweet way of getting Miss Thornton to move the way she needed. Grace had my girl focused yet relaxed and Thornton was happy to please her. Similarly Vanessa was doing the same for Galaxy who warmed up to her in an instant. You would have thought that with the early morning coffee drinker traffic, hissing and popping coffee machines, music, and a stranger directing your dog; that a hope for the best approach would be adopted. Despite these many distractions it was easy to see how Grace has earned her reputation. Her aura and communication skills are off the chart….she had us all sucked into her world including the staff and regulars who were super buzzed about that a shoot as unusual as this was happening in their neighbourhood coffee shop…and coffee probably played a part in the buzz too.

I have to say I was proud of both of my dogs as it had to be challenging for them and I was relieved that we didn’t have any embarassing moments that would ban me from my home away from home…ha ha. We got to look in the camera at some of the shots and we were amazed. Grace’s photography is of a level that is real, real life settings, real life emotions, and the capture of the very real personalities and souls . The goal isn’t to get all parties in the shoot to look at the camera at once and snap away; it’s to capture a moment in time that will leave a lasting impression and showcase the unique personality of your pet that you would recognize in an instant. Contrived is in no way a part of Grace’s work. We were honoured to have had this experience with her…personally it was the highlight of my year.

Grace’s work goes beyond the camera as she also zooms in on pet rescue and flashes a light on an ever growing problem. She takes her weekends to take head shots of rescue dogs in various rescues known as her “Extreme Dog Makeovers“. These photographs are powerful in getting the dogs adopted….her Extreme Dog Makeovers are responsible for many adoptions and fairy tale endings for both dog and owner.

If there was a way to describe GRACE  it  would be:

Gifted + Rare + Artistic + Compassionate + Engaging!

Please pay a visit to Grace’s site and see the full scope of her company Shine Pet Photos and her blog is certainly worth subscribing to if you are in love with dogs, rescue or photography.

http://www.shinepetphotos.com

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http://www.twitter.com/shinepetphotos

Take Your Dog To Work Day! Photo Contest

Posted in Adoption, Charity, Contest, Donations on June 17, 2010 by vegasrockdog1

Our dogs make us happy and relaxed and productive so why not take your dog to work and reap the benefits for both you and your dog?

Friday, June 25th is Take Your Dog To Work Day TM.

We want to raise awareness of the benefits of businesses opening their hearts to our furry friends in the work place and the importance of pet adoption.

So we are holding a simple photo contest and all you have to do is email us a photo of you and dog at work, or tweet your photo to us or post your photo on our Facebook fan page wall.

Contest closes Sunday, June 27th @ 5pm. If you can show us some Twitter retweet love we would truly appreciate it and please tell all of your friends.

Win Vegas Rock Dog gear!

Checkout some of the facts related to taking your dog to work and also pay a visit to www.takeyourdog.com for more info on how you can get involved and get your downloadable tip sheets compliments of Take Your Dog To Work Day TM below.

Introducing-Your-Pet-To-New-People

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Did You Know…

According to a recent survey conducted by The American Pet Products Manufacturers Association (APPMA), nearly one in five companies in the United States allow pets in the workplace.

The survey, which polled working Americans 18 years of age and over, showed some strikingly positive opinions towards pets in the workplace:

According to the survey:

  • 55 million Americans believe having pets in the workplace leads to a more creative environment
  • 53 million believe having pets in the workplace decreases absenteeism
  • 50 million believe having pets in the workplace helps co-workers get along better
  • 38 million believe having pets in the workplace creates a more productive work environment
  • 32 million believe having pets in the workplace decreases smoking in the workplace
  • 37 million believe having pets in the workplace helps improve the relationship between managers and their employees
  • And, 46 million people who bring their pets to the workplace work longer hours

Source: APPMA 2006 Survey

The Life of Riley!

Posted in Adoption, News, Tails of the Dog on June 12, 2010 by vegasrockdog1

I want to tell you about a special dog and a special family here in Las Vegas. Six months ago my husband found an abandoned puppy at McCarran Airport. He was under weight, dirty, yet incredibly friendly!

This was Riley when I first met him. We brought him home and went to work on getting him a bath, good food, and some exercise. Boy was he a lovely soul. As many of you know we have Galaxy and Thornton and we knew we would be overwhelmed with three dogs so finding him a great home was important.  We did find him a home with a friend who gave him back to us within two days citing his dogs did not like him. So on the recommendation of a friend we found another. We were very clear on when his shots needed to happen, on getting micro-chipped, diet, exercise, and most importantly was that they had to bring him back to us should they have any problems. Well thank goodness we made that last stipulation because he did come back to us a few weeks later. He didn’t come back in better shape though and we were heartbroken. The last thing I wanted for this wonderful dog was to be a boomerang…we needed him to be settled and loved. This is where my lovely friend Jill comes into the picture. Her family had lost a dog who he was a large dog so they were well equipped for a big dog. Jill, her husband, and their son came over to get to know Lucky as he had been named by one of the previous owners. Before we knew it there was a bond and Lucky was on his way to his new home. His name Lucky hadn’t really been working for him up until that point so it was time for a fresh start and a fresh name. Jill’s family has a military background so making him an official part of the family he was given a rank…non other than Private Riley Boddington Cantor.  His current rank today is Lance Corporal.  He was Private First Class when they got him, and then promoted to Lance Corporal when they got him fixed.  Only a special dog could handle a name like that!!!  As demonstrated below Riley has become quite the soccer player, and he’s a happy handsome boy!

Thank you Jill and John for changing his life.

So this story did end with Riley truly having a life of Riley!!!!!

Dogs Are In Our Heart!

Posted in Funny, Shop Vegas Rock Dog TM on June 11, 2010 by vegasrockdog1

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Harley Davidson Las Vegas Revs Up for Pet Adoption Day

Posted in Adoption, Charity, Donations, Events, Rescues with tags , on June 10, 2010 by vegasrockdog1

Another fantastic pet adoption event in Las Vegas to benefit many rescues in the Las Vegas area including my favourite the Las Vegas Hot Diggity Dachshund Club & Rescue. Please join Harley Davidson on a day where there’s going to be a lot of fun and dogs and cats alike can find their new forever homes.

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