Life Change


There have been many changes in my life in the last 6 months. Realizations, love, loss, celebration, achievements, set backs and new friends and family. All of these steps have led me closer to who I will be for the rest of my life. Since I was young, I have wanted to travel.

There are many places on this list, but I have to start somewhere, so I booked my trip to Europe! September 28th, I am flying to Oslo, Norway and on December 23rd I am flying back to Boston from Madrid, Spain. I have posted on facebook, and I plan on using this blog for now as a means to keep friends and family update on my travel plans!

This trip will expand my view on life and force me to view the world through a wide angle lens so to speak. I plan on taking what I learn from this trip and allowing myself to grow into a better person. I hope to share my experience through photos, laughter with strangers, stories with friends and hugs for loved ones. Please wish me luck and if you would like to donate to my fund, feel free. I will not ask it of anyone that can not help. Please just know that I do appreciate any sort of help even if it just a tip or a name to look up!

You can donate here!  

 

Pet Art Idea


Well, since mid December I have been working at a Dog Hotel/Daycare.  I love this job for the simple fact that I am working with animals and not humans. Don’t get me wrong, they can get attitudes and have bad days just like us, but at the end of it all, I feed them and they (most of them anyway) are always willing to give a cuddle afterward.

During my time at the hotel I have photographed dogs that I like or find unique or ones that seem to like the camera.  I will be posting some here and was wondering if any of my readers (if any, since I am so random with my posts) could tell me what they(you) think of making work out of this idea…

I plan to paint some of the ones that have a nice composition or are just intriguing. If I can find work in New Hampshire (My boyfriend and I are moving there in less than 3 weeks) at a doggie daycare, I’d like to photograph peoples pets in their element, instead of in a strange studio with boring sheets.

I suppose the point/question is:

If I were to make prints of these or paint them, do you think people would buy them? Would you purchase something like that of your pet?

Please feel free to respond!

Comfort Dogs?!?


I saw an interesting photo, taken on Sept. 11 by Ira Block, chosen by the National Geographic as “Photo of the Day”. The photo’s caption described the use of the Golden Retriever as a “comfort dog”

The lesser known of New York’s canine heroes, comfort dogs, such as this golden retriever, help soothe those affected by the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Similar to search-and-rescue dogs, comfort dogs travel to disaster scenes to aid relief efforts. Studies show that people experience physiological changes—such as a drop in heart rate and blood pressure—when they pet animals.

Until now, I had no idea that dogs were involved in the emotional comforting of distressed humans. I thought this was so phenomenal, I had to share with the online public. It really is amazing how influential animals can be. This picture was, I thought, very moving. It is lightening to know that we as humans will always have someone beside us in times of such despair.