The weekly theme of the Pet Photography 52 Week Project is released every Thursday morning, which for week 36 is "Happy". I was noodling on that when on Friday morning I headed over to Cane Rosso Rescue to photograph a new dog they had just received. When I met him, I found out his name was "Happy"; well that settled that. It was meant to be and Happy gets his 15 seconds of fame in my blog post (and I love a guy confident enough to wear eyeliner)!
Cane Rosso Rescue
I've written about Cane Rosso Rescue in the past, but we can never say too much about those doing great work in the rescue community. With the aim of supporting local dog rescue groups, creating a network of foster homes, and ultimately finding homes for abandoned or homeless dogs, Cane Rosso Rescue is a volunteer-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Dallas, Texas. Founded in March of 2014, when Jay Jerrier, owner of Dallas pizza restaurants, Cane Rosso and Zoli's NY Pizza Tavern, expanded his reach beyond the restaurant world, in order to help save the life of Walter, a Vizsla mix at a shelter in Arlington, TX. A longtime Vizsla and German Shorthaired Pointer owner, Jerrier and Cane Rosso Rescue have since helped find homes for over 300 dogs (and counting!).
Utilizing funds and a large following from Jerrier's restaurants, Cane Rosso Rescue focuses on providing transportation, foster care, veterinary treatment, and other essential needs for dogs in search of a new home. In addition to maintaining its own network of fosters and dogs, Cane Rosso Rescue seeks to support other DFW area dog rescue groups through its collaborative "Pups on the Patio" events, held in the spring and fall seasons at Cane Rosso locations, in which area rescue groups are given the opportunity to bring adoptable dogs to Cane Rosso's dog-friendly patios for an evening of fundraising, pet adoptions, and pizza.
Donations are accepted from patrons, in exchange for discounts and deals on food and drinks, and all donations are matched by Cane Rosso. Local dog rescue groups are encouraged to inquire about future Pups on the Patio nights via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. For all dog and adoption-related inquiries, please email email@example.com.
Happy was found as a stray and taken to the Harris County Animal Shelter in Houston. His time was up and one of their volunteers spotted him on "the list" and asked if Cane Rosso Rescue could take him. They had a foster lined up which unfortunately fell through at the last minute but with that sweet face, they couldn't resist and found a way to make it work and arranged for the 5 hour transport to get him to Dallas for the second chance he deserved. So far, they've learned he's great with other dogs, friendly, sweet, has lots of energy and knows a few basic commands. In general, he fits his name, which is why he got it.
Happy was just a *little* excited to get out of the shelter!
This wiggly guy became available for adoption on Wednesday, September 6th after his stray hold expired. After taking his picture I knelt down to pet him and got an immediate rollover to expose his belly for a rub - it worked. If you're in the Dallas - Fort Worth metroplex consider visiting the shelter to meet this handsome fella but in the meanwhile you can learn more about him on his Petango listing.
Tracy Allard of Penny Whistle Photography is a Certified Professional Photographer with the organization Professional Photographers of America; a designation held by fewer than 2,500 photographers nationwide and a hallmark of consistency, technical skill, artistry and professionalism. Penny Whistle specializes in both natural light and studio photography providing pet, couple and engagement, family and high school senior portraits as well as corporate headshots and commercial photography in her studio located in old town Carrollton as well as out on location in Coppell and surrounding communities in Dallas – Fort Worth, Texas.