Ladies and gentleman, cats and dogs I’m happy to announce the winner of my holiday gratitude a.k.a. #thankpoop contest. I have to tell you it was no easy task. I was expecting a good number of entries but between facebook, twitter, instagram and email I was happily overwhelmed with the number of folks that participated on their pet’s behalf. In the end it was so very close between 4 or 5 of the scores of entries that I had to write names on paper scraps, fold them up and have my dog, Bizzy, pick the winner. I tried involving Jimmy Chew the cat as well but he was too busy cleaning himself or sleeping.
In the end, our grand prize winner, Emma, won the hearts of the entire staff here at Mark Rogers Photography. Emma and her mom will be receiving a signed copy of my book, Thanks for Picking Up My Poop: Everyday Gratitude from Dogs and I’ll be making a donation in their name for $50 to Pound Puppy Rescue.
Here’s Emma’s story:
Emma is wolfhound mix and graduate from Pound Puppy Rescue–a group I work with a lot. She was one of 52 dogs found living outdoors on a single property north of Sacramento, California. All of the dogs suffered from severe flea infestation, heartworm and were undersocialized. Emma had also survived distemper as a puppy and has permanently damaged teeth from that.
Putting it simply, this girl had been through the proverbial ringer when her new mom, Dallas, adopted her through Pound Puppy. I’ll let Dallas tell Emma’s story from here
At first Emma was very apprehensive about everyone but me, for over a year I had to walk her on leash only, a walk in town was terrifying to her, I never saw a dog get so low to the ground.
Going to a local doggy play date really started to bring Emma around, she was always comfortable and happy when other dogs were around and going to Olivet Kennel in Santa Rosa got her to come around to other people as well.
It’s been many years and now we have a long daily walk off leash in a neighboring vineyard that’s well off any roads and Emma hangs around in the living room with everyone even during loud busy holidays.
I just love this story. It’s a testament to the hard-working rescue groups and kind-hearted folks out there who help pets in need all over the country.
Thanks again, everyone, for sharing your pets’ touching photos and stories and please have a safe and gratitude-filled holiday season! Here are some more photos below of Emma taken by her mom
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