Dog Days of Summer - New Date!

by Charlene Morton

Because of scheduling conflicts and lots of folks being out of town, I've nailed down a new date for the Dog Days of Summer event as Saturday, July 18th! Half of the proceeds will benefit Middle Tennessee Treasures, and I am really excited about that. :) Call 615-962-7328 or e-mail me on the Contact Page to snag your slot and detailed info. Rain date is the following day - Sunday, July 19th. Talk soon!

Nashville Pet Expo

by Charlene Morton

My husband, Steven, and I moved to Middle Tennessee during late June last year, and I noticed advertising for the Nashville Pet Expo. We already had plans that weekend, but I put it on my calendar then for 2015. I signed up soon after, and lo and behold, it's almost here! 

This FREE event will be held from 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday, July 11th at the Nashville Fairgrounds Expo Center (inside...away from the "lovely" Middle Tennessee summer heat). This expo will be filled with vendors, exhibits, demonstrations, giveaways, contests/prizes and, of course, adoptable pets!

Please note that parking is $5 and that, for everyone's safety, all pets must be on a fixed lead or in a carrier with proof of age-appropriate vaccinations.

Don't forget -- Saturday, July 11th, from 10 am to 6 pm! Please stop by, say hello and check out some of my latest work and new products. See you soon!

Relay for Life Rutherford County

by Charlene Morton

I was honored to be part of Relay for Life Rutherford County on May 29th-30th. Peace Love Paws Photography took the second shift, 12am to 6am. I won't say it wasn't tiring and difficult, but I will say it was truly rewarding.

Games, music and food filled the, morning...including a 5am pancake/sausage breakfast! Over $20,000 was raised that night alone! 

Over $68,000 has been raised overall, and if you'd like to contribute, digital images are available for $5/download, a good portion of which goes back to Relay for Life. You can see the full galleries (6pm-12am and 12am-6am) can be viewed here

Remember. Hope. Celebrate. Fight Back.

The Amazing Tubbs

by Charlene Morton

I met Tubbs and his mom a while back through Bark for Life, and I fell in love. I found out pretty soon thereafter that Tubbs is extra special -- he's fighting canine cancer. 

Tubbs was getting a bath on Thanksgiving 2013 when his mom noticed one of his front wrists was a little larger than the other. She took him to the vet the next morning and was told that it was most likely Osteosarcoma, which the test confirmed. Tubbs and his family were referred to an Oncologist's office, and amputation was recommended; but, they just couldn't bring themselves to amputate the leg. They visited the University of Florida at Gainesville where a limb spare was performed, which included radiation and plating the leg. He came home and was doing well but just couldn't leave that particular leg alone. Tubbs did several rounds of chemo every three weeks for a period of time, but after a few months, the leg tissue began dying as a result of the radiation. The family decided in favor of amputation during June 2014.

Tubbs has done very well with three legs and is back to his normal life, including Safari Pet Resort's doggy day camp which he loves very much. In April 2015, a spot was discovered on Tubbs' lungs as a result of the cancer metastasizing. He is now receiving chemo treatments again in an attempt to prevent the new spot from increasing in size. The thing I love most about Tubbs is this: "He doesn't realize there is anything wrong with him, and we pray it stays this way. Our main goal through all of this was for Tubbs to get back to a normal life and to be happy. We feel we accomplished this goal." I believe you did, too, Mom. You can see Tubbs' full session here