Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Saturday, August 25, 2007
I've been volunteering at a local animal care center almost two months now, and it's completely changed my life. Not only do I feel that I am doing something 'bigger' and that I feel that my life is finally serving a 'purpose', but it's really enlightened and educated me on the overpopulation and neglect of animals. And the character of some people. When you see that one of our dogs has been shot in the side numerous times by a BB gun, or that two other dogs have been returned after being adopted because they "take up too much room", you really wonder about the human race. I can just be thankful that I know if a dog is 'lucky' enough to be taken in by our care center, the amount of love and care that they are given is phenomenal.
Our care center has so many good dogs, but sometimes you just make more of a connection with one. That is what happened to me with Roxy.
Roxy looked like a 'normal' dog on the outside. Just a 'mutt'. But once you took the time to walk her, sit with her, 'know' her, she captured your heart. I would go into her run, sit with her for awhile, and she would get as close to me as she could and look up at me every now and then. When I stopped petting her, she would raise her paw up as to shake my hand - I think this was her way of saying, "I need a little more love - don't leave yet." Roxy wasn't in our care long, but I remember wondering why she hadn't been adopted sooner. This is one of the sweetest dogs I've ever come across. And then finally, the day had come. Someone noticed just how special Roxy was. It was time for her to go HOME.
I took these pictures of Roxy the morning of the day she was adopted. Little did I know that this was the last time I was going to see her.
There are so many things that were 'odd' about this day. It was a Friday and I took the day off. I had nothing to do that day, but I had a day to use up and I decided to take Friday just a day or two before. I used it to go walk the dogs in the early morning and I decided to take my 'good' camera - another thing I don't usually do. Before I left for the morning, I decided to take Roxy and her roommate Benji in the play yard. I normally don't do that either, unless Al is with me. I truly believe "Someone" played a part in those events, and allowed me some extra time with her and coaxed me to bring my camera. :)
Almost everyone at the care center knew how much I loved Roxy. When I came back later that evening, Roxy's adoption was the first thing our director shared with me. I was happy and sad at the same time. My new friend Adele was there when it happened and she told me, "It was like she KNEW it was her time to go. She just sat up straight, played with them, and she just KNEW it was her day to be chosen." Adele is such a sweet lady and the way she told the story made me cry. Then Adele started crying. It was a funny sight - these two grown women crying over a dog being adopted. :)
I'm so happy that she has a 'real' home, but I can't say that I don't think about her still. I definitely do. I miss seeing her. She had such a sweet disposition and soul. I'm sure she still does. :) Miss you, Rox-Dog. Hope the rest of your life if full of unlimited chew toys and unconditional love.
Monday, August 20, 2007
I also love this shot of Jessica's heels. I love how the girl has a style all her own and is not afraid to put it out there for the world to see.
I believe that shoes can make a statement, and every so often, portray your mood. Brian IS a laid back kind of guy, an Jess is one of the lead singers of the band and has to be comfortable drawing attention, so I do believe the shoes they wore fit their personality.
Me? I'm more of a 'wears her her heart on her slee..', uh, SHOES, kind of girl.
Posted by kymberli q. at 11:27 PM
I've been going back and forth on whether or not to start a 'real' blog. There are a few blogs I read religiously and I've noticed that three of the bloggers that I LOVE, blend professonal and personal experiences. One of my goals in life is to become a professional in the field of photography and maybe this blog will be a good start in 'practicing' my newfound love of photography (thanks to my hubby) and making my vision 'public'. I couldn't decide whether to name the blog "A Life Worth Documenting" or "Live via Pixels". I chose "Life via Pixels" to be my 'starter blog'. Hopefully, I will achieve my goal and then I will name my professional blog and website "A Life Worth Documenting" (or something along those lines). Let's see where this new 'real' blog takes us...
Let's christen this puppy with one of my favorite photos of all time: