Tails Of Love Photography: Blog https://www.tailsoflovephoto.com/blog en-us (C) 2012 Tails of Love Photography jess@tailsoflovephoto.com (Tails Of Love Photography) Sat, 25 Feb 2012 01:12:00 GMT Sat, 25 Feb 2012 01:12:00 GMT https://www.tailsoflovephoto.com/img/s/v-5/u327696917-o500727564-50.jpg Tails Of Love Photography: Blog https://www.tailsoflovephoto.com/blog 75 83 Chicago's Favorite Pet Photographer https://www.tailsoflovephoto.com/blog/2011/10/chicagos-favorite-pet-photographer
I have a big favor to ask all of you. I am currently in the running for Chicago's Favorite Pet Photographer through Rovernight Network's Rover Ranking polls. Would you please go and vote for Tails of Love Photography? The poll only requires that you enter your name, email address, Photographer name (Tails of Love Photography), and market (Chicago).

If Tails of Love is the winner there will be a special gift for all of our Facebook fans (so make sure to like us too)!

Click HERE to go to the voting page. Then click on the camera to vote for Tails of Love!

Click HERE to visit our Facebook page.

Hugs & Wags, Jess
jess@tailsoflovephoto.com (Tails Of Love Photography) https://www.tailsoflovephoto.com/blog/2011/10/chicagos-favorite-pet-photographer Fri, 07 Oct 2011 12:12:00 GMT
Happy Birthday Maggie https://www.tailsoflovephoto.com/blog/2011/10/happy-birthday-maggie Today is my pups birthday.  Maggie is 7 years old.  She has brought so much joy to my life for the last 7 years.  Through good times and bad she has been the one constant thing in my life and has never ceased to bring a smile to my face.  I love her with all my heart and I love that she is so excited to see me every time I walk in through the door.

Now as most of you dog owners out there know, it's not all smiles and laughs (as an incident with my sister-in-law's puppy reminded me today).  So in honor of Maggie's 7th birthday, here are the top 7 things that have tested my love for her over the years:

7.  Having to chase Maggie around the neighborhood when she once got out of the yard by running straight through our fence while chasing a bunny.  The runner she approached looked terrified but Maggie sat right in front of him wagging her tail waiting for her chance to give him a kiss.

6.  Maggie is a hand (paw) holder.  Anytime we've had company over she wants to make sure they are paying the most amount of attention to her and she achieves this by making them hold her paws as we carry on conversations.

5.  Maggie hates the windshield wipers.  The first time I realized this I just picked her up from the vet and it was pouring.  I put the car in reverse, flipped on the wipers, and then suddenly had a 60 lb dog on my dash trying to get the wiper through the glass.  I had to take her back into the vet to see if they had any suggestions for me.  His direct quote..."Wow, in 21 years of working with animals, I've never seen that."  Leave it to my dog.  (We have made great strides in alleviating her fear.  She is still a bit uncomfortable with the wipers going but she doesn't feel the need to protect me from them anymore.)

4.  When she was a pup, Maggie once kept me up all night (on a work night) pulling my blanket off of me, biting my toes, trying to play.  I was very tired at work the next day but still managed to love her.  :)

3.  On above night, I tried locking her in the bathroom (with a bed) to get some sleep.  She ate a hole through the door.  That is a pretty big feat for a 10 week old 15 lb puppy.

2.  At the age of 6 months, Maggie ate a couch.  Well, she didn't really eat it per say, but she did dig on the bottom lining enough that when I came home from work and sat down, I fell straight through to the floor.

1.  When Maggie was three, she somehow found a needle and ate it.  I had no idea until she started getting sick late one night and we had to rush her to the pet ER in the middle of the night.  That was one long car ride with lots of stops.  They took an x-ray and saw the needle.  They had to do emergency surgery to remove it (along with the dust bunny it was wrapped up in).

Now, if you only knew those things about Maggie you'd probably ask why the heck I love her so much.  Well like I said before, she has been with me all the good times and bad throughout my life.  She never judges me or asks too many questions.  She loves unconditionally and always keeps life interesting.  She has made me laugh when I want to cry, smile when I want to scream, and keep going when I want to give up.  She cuddles me when I'm sick and reminds me that life is good.

It is hard to imagine anyone loving a dog any more than I love her. 

Hugs & Wags, Jess

P.S.  My sister-in-laws puppy seems to be fine.  I don't want anyone worrying about it since I sort of mentioned it in passing up above.  And just so you all can get a visual...this is Guinness with his brother Jack.

jess@tailsoflovephoto.com (Tails Of Love Photography) Maggie birthday https://www.tailsoflovephoto.com/blog/2011/10/happy-birthday-maggie Sat, 01 Oct 2011 14:33:00 GMT
Holiday Mini Session Special https://www.tailsoflovephoto.com/blog/2011/9/holiday-mini-session-special

Call or email to book today as there are only 16 available appointments!

Hugs & Wags, Jess
jess@tailsoflovephoto.com (Tails Of Love Photography) specials christmas holiday https://www.tailsoflovephoto.com/blog/2011/9/holiday-mini-session-special Mon, 12 Sep 2011 12:44:00 GMT
Rocky's Sneak Peak https://www.tailsoflovephoto.com/blog/2011/4/rockys-sneak-peak

Rocky is part of the Tails of Love Photography Furry Friends referral program.  He loved romping around the park chasing his ball (and me).  You will see much more of Rocky here very soon!

Hugs & Wags, Jess
jess@tailsoflovephoto.com (Tails Of Love Photography) https://www.tailsoflovephoto.com/blog/2011/4/rockys-sneak-peak Mon, 11 Apr 2011 19:26:00 GMT
Riley Sneak Peak https://www.tailsoflovephoto.com/blog/2011/4/riley-sneak-peak

Hugs & Wags, Jess
jess@tailsoflovephoto.com (Tails Of Love Photography) https://www.tailsoflovephoto.com/blog/2011/4/riley-sneak-peak Mon, 11 Apr 2011 19:18:00 GMT
2011 Chicagoland Pet Expo (in pictures) https://www.tailsoflovephoto.com/blog/2011/3/2011-chicagoland-pet-expo-in-pictures

These pups were so good and so sweet.  They were there for a couple days, just a few booths down at the Hope Pet Rescue.

These next couple are adoptable dogs from Midwest Labrador Retriever Rescue.

 This is Ears (and I'm sure you see why).  He was such a sweetheart and I really wanted to bring him home with me, but it just didn't work out.  He is available for adoption through Bombshell Bully Rescue.

Just a couple random shots of the crowd...

This pup is Jack and he happens to be my nephew.  He was nice enough to come "work" in my booth on Sunday, as you can see here.

This wonderful pup was at the Illinois Shorthair Rescue booth.   He would take that basket right out of someone's hand...it was pretty amazing.

Loved this poodle's style!

All in all, by the end of the weekend, most of the pups agreed:  It is hard work being cute!

Hugs & Wags, Jess
jess@tailsoflovephoto.com (Tails Of Love Photography) https://www.tailsoflovephoto.com/blog/2011/3/2011-chicagoland-pet-expo-in-pictures Wed, 30 Mar 2011 10:06:00 GMT
Puppies! Available for Adoption! https://www.tailsoflovephoto.com/blog/2011/3/puppies-available-for-adoption
These pups are now 8 weeks old and ready to find their forever homes, and so is Mama!  There are 4 boys and 2 girls.  They are playful, sweet, and very curious.  Would one of these pups make a perfect addition to your family?  Contact Dixie at 773-775-3428 for more information!

Hugs & Wags, Jess
jess@tailsoflovephoto.com (Tails Of Love Photography) https://www.tailsoflovephoto.com/blog/2011/3/puppies-available-for-adoption Tue, 29 Mar 2011 22:31:00 GMT
Turning Bad Newz Good! https://www.tailsoflovephoto.com/blog/2011/3/turning-bad-newz-good

Recently, a nonprofit group (Dogs Deserve Better) asked the question:

Do We Turn Vick's Bad Newz Kennel into the DDB Good Newz Rehab Center, or build in another location? 

People 'voted' with $1 donations for 15 days, and the overwhelming majority of votes said "DO IT!" In fact, 98% of those who voted felt that purchasing the former Vick property was a fitting tributes to the dogs who lived, fought, and died there. 

In order to make this happen they still need to raise more money...$500,000 more to be exact.  Every dollar that's given for DDB to buy this property sends dog abusers like Vick a message: We didn't like what you did and now we as a nation will show you how animals DESERVE to be treated.

Here are the ways we could get to $500,000:
1 Donor of $500,000
100 Donors of $5,000
1000 Donors of $500
10,000 Donors of $50
100,000 Donors of $5
So it's REALLY not that hard! Can you donate $5 and get 5 of your friends to donate $5? If each of us did that, we'd be there in ONE DAY!  Visit DDB for more info or to donate!
Or visit their ebay auction and shop for this wonderful cause. 

This Campaign has Gotten a LOT of National Media Attention to Date. Below are Some Links:

Vick's dogfighting property could become animal sanctuary

Should Michael Vick's Bad Newz Kennels Be Turned into a Rehab Center?

Vick's Dogfight Compound to Become Rehab Center?

Could Michael Vick's old dog fighting home become animal sanctuary?

From Torture To Sanctuary: Non-Profit Seeks To Convert Michael Vick’s Old House

If you aren't familiar with DDB, they are a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to freeing the chained dog, and bringing our 'best friend' into the home and family.  Find them on Facebook too!

Hugs & Wags, Jess
jess@tailsoflovephoto.com (Tails Of Love Photography) https://www.tailsoflovephoto.com/blog/2011/3/turning-bad-newz-good Wed, 02 Mar 2011 11:34:00 GMT
Chicagoland Family Pet Expo: March 18,19, & 20, 2011 https://www.tailsoflovephoto.com/blog/2011/2/chicagoland-family-pet-expo-march-1819

Make sure you stop by and visit our booth at the Chicagoland Family Pet Expo in March!  We'd love to meet you (or say hello again)!  We will have all kinds of fun stuff for you to see as well as a very special drawing!  Oh, and I have a stack of $1 off coupons so let me know if you'd like one!

For anyone who has never been to this expo, you really should plan on going!  There is so much fun stuff to see and do, as well as cute animals to pet and cuddle!   It is amazing so plan on spending a full day!

Hope to see you all there!

Hugs & Wags, Jess
jess@tailsoflovephoto.com (Tails Of Love Photography) https://www.tailsoflovephoto.com/blog/2011/2/chicagoland-family-pet-expo-march-1819 Fri, 25 Feb 2011 11:34:00 GMT
Missing my pup https://www.tailsoflovephoto.com/blog/2011/2/missing-my-pup
The worst part about being gone for that long is how much I miss my Maggie.  Of course I missed my husband too, but he joined me in Vegas.  Maggie on the other hand is still at Camp Run-a-Pup.  I know she is in great hands and she always enjoys her time there, but I am having doggy kiss withdrawal!  Maggie has been with me for 6 and a half years now and she is a big part of my life.  I am going to be leaving to pick her up in just a bit and can't wait to see her! 

And just because I love her so much, here is a picture of my baby girl:

Hugs & Wags, Jess
jess@tailsoflovephoto.com (Tails Of Love Photography) Maggie Pit Bull american staffordshire terrier https://www.tailsoflovephoto.com/blog/2011/2/missing-my-pup Wed, 23 Feb 2011 14:46:00 GMT
Snow, Snow, and More Snow (and a snowy contest)!! https://www.tailsoflovephoto.com/blog/2011/2/snow-snow-and-more-snow-and-snowy

I have had some crazy urges to run and jump into some of the big piles of snow but my adult brain took over reminding me how wet, cold and miserable I'd be.  One of the little girls who live next door to me was so restrained.  I let the dog out in the back yard only to find a big hole in a pile of snow near the fence separating our yards and one set of footprints leading out of our gate.  I only wish I had actually seen her jump off of their deck, over the 6 foot wooden fence into the snow pile in our yard.  That is a picture I wish I had gotten!

My pup Maggie has hated this and I can't blame her.  I know I wouldn't want to use the bathroom out there either.  It's cold!

So in the spirit of big snow and that "I can't wait for summer" attitude most Chicagoans are feeling right now, I'm having a contest!  Post a photo of your pup (or cat or any pet) loving or hating the snow.  The winner will receive a summertime pet photo session on a beach or other fun location and an 11x14 print (value of $240).

To enter, please post your favorite snowy photo and brief description on the Tails of Love facebook page.  

This contest is open to anyone in Chicago or Carbondale, IL (or a 30 mile radius of either) or willing to travel to one of those locations for the shoot.  This is a pet photography session, but as with all my sessions human family member are welcome in some of the photos.

The deadline to enter is February 19, 2011 and the winner will be chosen by the most likes (so tell you friends to like your photos!). 

If you have any questions about the contest please contact me the Tails of Love facebook page or email.

Hugs & Wags, Jess
jess@tailsoflovephoto.com (Tails Of Love Photography) chicago 2011 dog photographer winter contest snowy pet photography https://www.tailsoflovephoto.com/blog/2011/2/snow-snow-and-more-snow-and-snowy Fri, 04 Feb 2011 18:35:00 GMT
Freekibble! https://www.tailsoflovephoto.com/blog/2011/2/freekibble

 Today is a Daily Double for Freekibble, meaning they will donate 2X the amount of food.  All you have to do is click on their trivia question every day (there is a dog related one as well as a cat related one) and answer the question.  Right or wrong, they donate food to hungry shelter animals! 

Check out the Bow Wow and Meow questions today!  Sign up for a daily reminder so you don't miss a day of helping hungry animals!

If you haven't heard about Freekibble you should check it out!  It was started by an 11 year old girl from Oregon, Mimi Ausland.  She wanted to help feed hungry cats and dogs at her local shelter.  "There are 10's of thousands of dogs and cats in animal shelters across the country, all needing to be fed a good meal." So in April 2008, she launced Freekibble.

Per their website, "Freekibble.com's primary mission is to provide healthy, nutritious food to the dogs and cats at shelters who are working so hard to see that none of their animals go hungry - they need our help. Now, in addition to providing free kibble to the Humane Society of Central Oregon, Mimi and Freekibble are feeding many 1,000's of dogs and cats in shelters, rescues and through food-banks across the country... EVERYDAY!"

Hugs & Wags, Jess
jess@tailsoflovephoto.com (Tails Of Love Photography) https://www.tailsoflovephoto.com/blog/2011/2/freekibble Tue, 01 Feb 2011 10:29:00 GMT
Solomen Sneak Peak https://www.tailsoflovephoto.com/blog/2011/1/solomen-sneak-peak
Solomen, thanks for being such an easy (and cute) subject!

Hugs & Wags, Jess
jess@tailsoflovephoto.com (Tails Of Love Photography) https://www.tailsoflovephoto.com/blog/2011/1/solomen-sneak-peak Wed, 12 Jan 2011 18:56:00 GMT
Woody & Max Sneak Peak https://www.tailsoflovephoto.com/blog/2010/12/woody-max-sneak-peak

Hugs & Wags, Jess
jess@tailsoflovephoto.com (Tails Of Love Photography) https://www.tailsoflovephoto.com/blog/2010/12/woody-max-sneak-peak Wed, 22 Dec 2010 17:09:00 GMT
Hayden & Katie Sneak Peak https://www.tailsoflovephoto.com/blog/2010/12/hayden-katie-sneak-peak
Thanks to Hayden, Katie, and Laurie for a fun afternoon!

Hugs & Wags, Jess
jess@tailsoflovephoto.com (Tails Of Love Photography) https://www.tailsoflovephoto.com/blog/2010/12/hayden-katie-sneak-peak Tue, 07 Dec 2010 19:30:00 GMT
Handsome & Puck Sneak Peak https://www.tailsoflovephoto.com/blog/2010/12/handsome-puck-sneak-peak On Sunday, I met Marcy and her loveable pups, Handsome and Puck.  Handsome, a Goldendoodle, is so appropriately named…he is a very handsome boy and a complete love-bug even at 115lbs!  Puck, a Bichon Poo is equally handsome and sweet.  He even danced for me! Marcy, thanks for the opportunity to meet you and your wonderful boys!

Marcy is the owner of THE PAMPERED PAUSE (a luxury pet spa & retreat for dogs and cats) in Highland Park, IL.  THE PAMPERED PAUSE offers EXPERT ALL BREEDS GROOMING, Dental Care, Dog Walking, Pet Sitting Services, and also Pet Taxi Service.

Hugs & Wags, Jess
jess@tailsoflovephoto.com (Tails Of Love Photography) https://www.tailsoflovephoto.com/blog/2010/12/handsome-puck-sneak-peak Tue, 07 Dec 2010 09:04:00 GMT
Doozer, Snoopy, & Charlie Sneak Peak https://www.tailsoflovephoto.com/blog/2010/12/doozer-snoopy-charlie-sneak-peak  
I loved spending the morning with these sweet boys (and their mom & dad).

Hugs & Wags, Jess
jess@tailsoflovephoto.com (Tails Of Love Photography) https://www.tailsoflovephoto.com/blog/2010/12/doozer-snoopy-charlie-sneak-peak Mon, 06 Dec 2010 21:37:00 GMT
Black Friday Specials! https://www.tailsoflovephoto.com/blog/2010/11/black-friday-specials
Feel free to pass this on!  Tell your family and friends you want Tails of Love for a Holiday gift!

Buy Gift Cards online!  Email Jessica!

Hugs & Wags, Jess
jess@tailsoflovephoto.com (Tails Of Love Photography) specials black friday gift certificate https://www.tailsoflovephoto.com/blog/2010/11/black-friday-specials Tue, 23 Nov 2010 05:00:00 GMT
Onyx & Eboni Sneak Peak https://www.tailsoflovephoto.com/blog/2010/11/onyx-eboni-sneak-peak
Thanks Ericka, David, Onyx, and Eboni for spending a lovely day with me.

Hugs & Wags, Jess
jess@tailsoflovephoto.com (Tails Of Love Photography) https://www.tailsoflovephoto.com/blog/2010/11/onyx-eboni-sneak-peak Sun, 21 Nov 2010 21:39:00 GMT
Sullivan, Jasper, Fiona, and Charli Sneak Peak https://www.tailsoflovephoto.com/blog/2010/11/sullivan-jasper-fiona-and-charli-sneak

Hugs & Wags, Jess
jess@tailsoflovephoto.com (Tails Of Love Photography) https://www.tailsoflovephoto.com/blog/2010/11/sullivan-jasper-fiona-and-charli-sneak Sun, 21 Nov 2010 20:15:00 GMT