Just in Time


“Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely for that one dog, the world will change forever.” – Karen Davison


Eight years ago, Gabbie, a pug-beagle mix, gave birth to a litter of puppies. An Indiana animal shelter planned to euthanize her as soon as the pups were weaned. But Janice Pope, owner of Ben Fur Pet Grooming in West Harrison, took Gabbie in as a foster.



Not long after, in walks Jodi to get her two dogs, Lexi and Annie, groomed. The groomer suggested Jodi take a look at her new foster dog. Jodi, literally, has had dogs all of her life. She even had a dog while in college — and her dog Lexi was a rescue.

What happens next? Jodi took Gabbie in — just as she had done for Lexi.

Jodi brought Gabbie into the studio. I asked why dogs were so special to her.

“I cannot imagine life without a dog!” she exclaimed. “They’re at the door to greet you. They’re happy to see you.

Then she laughed. “Who needs a therapist when you come home to that?”


Fast Friends


Their friendship was just meant to be.

One is 9 years old and the other is 84 (in dog years).

Maddie did not own a dog — and our dog Charlie was more than willing to be her “fill-in” pet. Maddie has been stopping by the studio to see Charlie, to do tricks with her, or just to give her a belly rub.

So, it seemed natural to get these two behind the camera — together.

Maddie had some great ideas for poses with Charlie. We not only took pictures of the two together but also some of Maddie by herself. And when I asked her which pictures were her favorites, she simply replied, “The ones with Charlie!”

Maddie says she wants to be a photographer when she grows up. She is very curious about what happens after you take the pictures. So, she will be back in the studio this summer to learn Photoshop and Lightroom techniques.


Charlie isn’t the only one who has gained a new friend.