“…dreamers often lie in bed awake, while they do dream things true.” ~ Neville Goddard

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August 28th is a pretty special day for me, as it marks the day that Kirby passed 7 years ago. Boomer, my husband Ed and I will go down to Fish Creek Park tonight and leave flowers at the spot where we scattered some of his ashes. My heart was broken that day.

I have spent the past few years in a state of huge personal transformation and have realized that that experience was a large part of what I am intentionally creating today. A crossroads….finding and following my real joy. It shook me up. Led me on a path that woke me up. I am forever grateful to be pointed in the direction of joy. It hasn’t always been easy, as my mind sometimes tricks me and says that I am lost. But my heart knows the path and I am starting to see that it IS actually easy. When I just listen to my heart and follow my Bliss. I get that now. Follow your Bliss….it really is that simple.

It has been busy. We are moving and yesterday I did a final clean of our home and will be handing over the keys today. Another chapter closed. It was our first purchased house and we spent nine years there. It was Kirby’s first home that was *his* from the very beginning. No other doggie smells. All brand new….he was the first to lift his leg in the yard. I laid the sod in the rain after a 16 hour nursing night shift so that he could finally go out and explore his new space.

He died in my arms on the living room floor of that home. It is definitely hard to let go sometimes.

3 months after Kirby passed, we received the sweetest gift – Boomer. This house was also Boomer’s first home. I am sure he spent the first two years of his life feeling my guilt and sadness from the loss of Kirby. As I look at this sweet little boy, I know for certain he has been my healing agent. He is such a sweet, gentle and kind dog. I think we wore tracks all over the old neighbourhood together. So many walks….and memories. He is my always patient model; forever waiting for me to figure out my camera or flash settings, or always trying to hold the right pose. Love him – to bits.

So it was a *beaming me* looking at the photo of Boomer and I in the contributor section of the Modern Dog Magazine September Issue. More than just exposure and all that great stuff, this is confirmation for me….that following one’s heart IS bliss. That we can and do create our own reality by the thoughts we choose and the intentions we set. I am really excited and grateful to be a contributor for this magazine and am looking forward to upcoming features as well!

Seven years of Self discovery and following my heart. Always inspired in life by my sweet dogs and by my amazingly supportive husband. It has been an incredible ride. And based on my ever expanding vision board…there is so much more amazing stuff to come.

Grateful.

 

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 “To send a letter is a good way to go somewhere without moving anything but your heart.” ~ Phyllis Theroux

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Avenida Grower Direct in SE Calgary is now carrying Heeling Cards in their beautiful flower shop!  613, 12445 Lake Fraser Drive. Be sure to stop by and pick up some cards and flowers and support this lovely mom-daughter flower power team!

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Exciting news! I will be a contributor to Modern Dog Magazine this fall and some very sweet Calgary dogs will be among the spread! Won’t say much more, other than it was super fun to photograph and a bit of a change of focus from my general session style. I am looking forward to some similar future shooting endeavors as well. :) Make sure you get out and pick up your copy… it is on shelves September 1st! If you are interested in possible photo opportunities for your dog or cat, make sure you sign up to follow the blog and social media for info on upcoming casting calls!

 

~ Outtakes of Mr. Gibson – one of many cute models this past month. ~

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Other things going on…

Heeling Project on dog loss bereavement. View details here.

Now selling custom vet clinic and pet business wall decor on etsy! VIEW SHOP HERE!

Wholesale pet greeting and condolence cards via Heeling Cards™ or etsy shop link above.

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“Every single life is valuable in ways you can’t imagine. Every single life is a gift.”

~ Annie Kagan, The Afterlife of Billie Fingers

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Sweet old Sadie ….Letting the sun shine through! Posting up 3 personal favourites from this session. This old girl was a treat to photograph - Full of life, despite her years and ailments that plague her. Parents that love her dearly… life is good. Shine on Sadie, you are a gift!

 

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Other things going on…

Heeling Project on grieving the loss of a dog. View details here.

Now selling custom veterinary office decor and pet store decor on etsy! VIEW SHOP HERE!

Wholesale pet greeting and condolence cards via Heeling Cards™ or etsy shop link above.

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“Public Service Announcement”

Attention Calgary residents in the Sunnyside area! Please be on the lookout for this young pup who was last seen running around the neighbourhood….spreading big puppy joy and slobbery smooches. He will go by the name of Ted. If seen,  please approach and give him some big love, as he has some serious growing to do and a big exciting life to live!

 

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“Make joy and happiness the center of your world.” ~ Louise Hay

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This past month, a previous client of mine contacted me to see about getting maternity photos that incorporated their sweet pooch.:)Despite not being well versed in baby bump photography, I had a blast! Especially with incorporating Dakota; Lindsay and Jason’s beautiful and beloved 14 year old (and always the *first* ever baby for these two…) German Sheppard. This is why I love the people I shoot for….they are madly in love with their dogs! …and treat them as an important member of their family. Sharing a few of the Dakota inclusive faves of this session!

 

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Other things going on…

Heeling Project on grieving the loss of a pet. View details here.

Now selling custom veterinary office decor and pet business decor on etsy! VIEW SHOP HERE!

Wholesale dog and cat greeting and condolence cards via Heeling Cards™ or etsy shop link above.

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Hours. That is how long Maya could play in the river. And it is about the same amount of time that I could photograph her for too. The freedom and sheer joy that resonates out from a dog at play reminds me of the words and message of an all time favourite teacher….

“You are… joy, looking for a way to express. It’s not just that your purpose is joy, it is that you ARE joy. You are love and joy and freedom and clarity expressing. Energy-frolicking and eager.  That’s who you are.” ~ Esther Hicks

 

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Now selling Vet clinic wall decor on etsy! VIEW SHOP HERE!

Blank dog greeting cards for general notes and bereavement messages via Heeling Cards™ or etsy shop link above.

Heeling Project on dog loss bereavement. View details here.

 

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Year TWO… already! Really excited to have completed the second edition of the Calgary Dog Life Off-Leash Park Guide and bring the total to $15,000 raised for local rescue! It is a pretty great feeling. Again my fabulous designer Leah, of LeahKristina came through for me and worked her magic! Love that this project can raise money, promote local business and be a great free resource to dog folks all at the same time. Thanks to all the advertisers for supporting this and the clinics for supplying them to all those dog people out there in Calgary!

 

 We rise by lifting others.” ~ Robert Ingersoll

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Some other projects and products…

Heeling Project on grieving the loss of a pet. View details here.

Now selling Veterinary clinic and pet business wall prints and decor on etsy! VIEW SHOP HERE!

Dog and cat cards for condolence notes and messages via Heeling Cards™ or etsy shop link above.

 

 

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I am now offering custom veterinary clinic and pet business decor services! Some listings for prints have already been added to my new etsy shop (‘E’ link above), though most all photographs in the main site galleries are available for purchase in either prints or customized products as shown below. I love the concept of creating an ‘emotionally resonating’ space for people. Having spent many hours and days of my life in vet clinics and hospitals with my sweet boy Kirby, I know the anxiety and fear that one goes through while pacing in the waiting room. Silent visual cues that evoke connection, calmness, love and kindness are incredibly powerful in creating a comforting environment for clients. I love knowing that my photographs play a part in that for people.

Much thought goes into constructing the intention and feel of a clinic or pet business. If custom photos – of dogs being dogs - are on your list, please feel free to connect with me for a consultation!

 

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I LOVE my sweet boy Boomer.  And he, like every other beagle on the planet, loves food!  Occasionally we have lunch dates….and ice cream dates….and general eating together dates :)  Our new favourite is sushi car dates followed up by a long walk. I am not sure I want photos of that though….pretty messy. But oh, so good.

 

~ The Goodness of a Dairy Queen Peanut Butter Blizzard ~

 

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Heeling Project on pet loss bereavement. View details here.

 

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