Monday, December 17, 2007

it's getting close...

It's almost time...the PAWS for Charity crew (Julie, Char, Suzanne & Sara) will be making their annual donation to the Canadian Cancer Society - Breast Cancer Research at the end of the month.

This year, we'll also be presenting a cheque sent to us from Marie-Piere. She has made a generous donation on behalf of our Paws for Charity group. Pictured below is Marie-Piere with her new sidekick Sam, and the awesome painting of "Sir Shamrock" in the background (by Doodle Dogs).

We had a great year! We'd like to thank all of our customers for buying our Paws for Charity products. Stay tuned for the final result.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Bark & Fitz Ottawa
You can now pick up your own copy of the perPETual 2 year calendar at their location in Westboro on Richmond Rd.


Monday, November 19, 2007

Photos from a Fan

Paws for Charity clothing is not just for people! Introducing Sam wearing her Paws for Charity nightshirt...You can purchase clothing for yourself...or your dog...with our Paws for Charity logo (in pink or in black and white or even just plain black print without the round circle) Full proceeds are donated to breast cancer research.Thanks Sam! You look truly fetching!

Friday, November 9, 2007

Calendar Review
"Hi Sue - Just wanted to let you know that the calendars arrived last week & they are gorgeous. I ordered one for myself and another for a Christmas gift. ~ Erin, New Brunswick"

Thanks Erin, Have fun with them and enjoy the photos!

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Calendars are in!

The calendars are ready and are available through my web site under the buy section. Proceeds from the sales of the calendars will be going towards our PAWS for Charity fundraising efforts.


Sunday, September 16, 2007

PAWS for Charity Chilly Sweaters

Fall is here and October is Breast Cancer Month. And although Breast Cancer effects women, here at PAWS for Charity we understand the important role our male counterparts play in our lifes. For that reason Chilly Dogs is now offering their amazing PAWS for Charity Sweaters in Ocean Blue.
To show his support, our new logo is embroidered on the right rear side of each Sweater. These Sweaters are cozy warm and perfect for fall morning walks. Order one today on the Chilly Dogs web site.
Julie owner of Chilly Dogs generously donates $10 from the sale of her Paws for Charity Chilly Sweaters to breast cancer research.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

perPETual Calendar

perPETual calendar update:

After an eventful summer of learning about pre-press and designing, I am very happy to say my perPETual calendar is in the final stages of production and ready to be printed soon. This calendar will boast a wonderful collection of images have taken over the past three years.

This 2 year calendar will last for a long time and can be started at any point of the year, without being tied down to a specific year. One year is dedicated to all breed photos and the second year dedicated to greyhounds. What a great gift for that hard to buy for person who loves their dog. Or use it like they do in Holland....they keep perpetual calendars in their bathrooms! They put down everyone's bithdays and this way they never forget!

All the while you will be helping raise money for PAWS for charity as a portion of the sales of this calendar will be going to our cause. For all of you who have pre-ordered, I will be in touch soon to give you the great news that your calendar is READY!

To see more of my dog photography please visit or check out my URBAN dog photog blog. Remember that Christmas is coming fast and calendars and gift certificates are a great present under the tree. (I cannot believe I just said Christmas! LOL!)


Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Article: The Power of Blogs

Our Paws for Charity project was featured in a recent article about the power of blogs. A big thank you to Sherri Garrity of Make It Count Communications for including us in her article.


If you're looking for a way to engage your audiences, reach thousands of people, promote your vision in an interactive way, and do so quickly and inexpensively, the blog is an incredibly powerful communications tool. Non-profit organizations and individuals are beginning to use them for mission driven and philanthropic pursuits.

Sara Harley of The
Barking Biscuit and three entrepreneurial friends in Ontario joined talent and forces to form the PAWS for Charity project to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society. Their blog launched earlier this year complements promotions in their own businesses (check out the Pink Ribbon Chilly Dog Sweater from Chilly Dogs shown here as an example). Like many who blog, Sara had no prior experience and underestimated the reach it would have. The last 100 visitors to the site were from North America, UK, Europe and as far away as the United Arab Emirates. The success of the blog prompted her to start one for her own business.As more and more people link to their site, news of their efforts has spread.

The project was recently highlighted in the grassroots
Women Can Do Anything blog, another testament to using technology to unite people of common interests. The WCDA motto of Dream. Believe. Achieve. is a great motto for us all.

To read the full article click here. Thanks Sherri!

Friday, August 31, 2007

We'd love to see your photos

This is a photo of Snowy wearing a Pink Ribbon Chilly Sweater™ from Chilly Dogs.

Do you have a photo of your dog with one of our Paws for Charity products?

=>Maybe wearing a stunning collar from Around the Hounds?

=>Eating some Crunch for a Cure dog biscuits from The Barking Biscuit?

=>Wearing a pink or blue fleece Pink Ribbon Chilly Sweater from Chilly Dogs?

Email your photo to us! We'd be happy to share your photo with our blog readers, and we really love to see our customers enjoying our products!

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Our Logo

Our Paws for Charity logo was created by the design team of Monster Pilot.

Unusual business name, but a great team of designers. They very generously donated their time to create our logo.

If you ever need design work, contact Brian. I've worked with Monster Pilot on many, many projects and am always amazed at the number of choices they give me. The only problem is...with so much choice it's hard to decide on just one!

Julie from Chilly Dogs has added the Paws for Charity logo to her Paws for Charity Chilly Sweaters™ this year. The logo looks fabulous and is available on both the original pink sweater and the new blue fleece.

Julie contributes $10 to breast cancer research from each fleece sold.
And, of course, our logo is also available on our one inch button pins! If you'd like a pin, you can send an email, or order through Chilly Dogs or The Barking Biscuit websites. Pins are $3 each (including taxes and postage)to Canadian addresses, and $4 to U.S. addresses. Each additional pin is $2. $1 from each pin is donated.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Women Can Do Anything

We're very excited about an article about our PAWS for Charity project that's currently on the ezine Women Can Do Anything website. (

Working Better Together: PAWS for Charity
Written by Lorette C. Luzajic

Here's the link to take you directly to the article.

Dream. Believe. Achieve. – is the motto of Women Can Do Anything. A great motto for us all!

Monday, July 30, 2007

In Memory of Shamy

This stunning painting of Shamy was created by Kellie Oliphant-Burns of Doodle Dog Paintings.

Shamy had a birthday party last year and collected funds for our PAWS for Charity cause. He & his mom Marie-Piere raised $200 and donated it to breast cancer research on behalf of Paws for Charity.

Shamy recently passed away. In Marie-Piere's words "great dogs make everyone feel loved". I couldn't have said it better myself.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Blue is for boys - New Chilly Dog sweaters

Look what's new at Chilly Dogs!

Now the 4 legged boys in your life can support the PAWS for Charity cause by wearing a new BLUE Chilly Dogs Sweater.

The Paws for Charity Chilly Sweater™ is perfect for those breezy days when a full coat is just too much. It makes a great spring / fall jacket, car coat, kennel coat and can even be worn indoors on cold winter nights.

All Julie's sweaters are skillfully designed and manufactured here in Canada using Canadian materials. They are constructed of warm but lightweight 12oz non-pilling Canadian fleece.

And the new Ocean Blue colour is amazing!

You can check out all the details on the Chilly Dogs web site. Remember...Julie generously donates $10 from the sale of her Paws for Charity Chilly Sweaters to breast cancer research.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

More stunning collars from Around the Hounds

Some more stunning collars new for 2007...from Around the Hounds for our Paws for Charity project:

Awareness: HOPE & LOVE

In Char's words: "This beautiful Cotton with the words Hope and Love entertwined with the pink ribbon emblem against a pastel tie die background was just perfect for our 2007 campaign. Great for multiple hound owners to mix and match the linings for a beautiful support theme. Our hounds help us heals in ways we cannot describe but I think this collar say it best.
$5.00 of every collar sold will go to Breast Cancer research."

Head over to the Around the Hounds website to see these collars, as well as Char's other beautiful designs.

Monday, July 2, 2007

Our first t-shirt sale!

A big THANK YOU to Amanda...our first customer for our Cafe Press PAWS for Charity clothes. Amanda chose a baby doll t-shirt.

All kinds of different shirts are available in three different PAWS for Charity logo designs. And 100% of the proceeds are donated to charity! (breast cancer research)

Take a look, maybe you'll find something you'd like to have!
Pink spot logo: click here
Black spot logo: click here
Black & white logo: click here

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Dog Days of Cancer

I am so excited to announce that some of the portraits I have taken for the dog days of cancer project will be submitted to PhotoSensitive's project called The Cancer Project. PhotoSensitive is an incredible collection of photographers that since 1990 have produced images on social issues to raise public consciousness of critical issues around the world. With the amount of cancer taking hold of so many Canadians, it is so fitting that this group has taken on this project to create awareness in Canadians about cancer.

Within the last two months I have lost two friends to cancer with another uncle being diagnosed with colon cancer just last week. If there was ever a time for my photography to move someone to make a difference, it is now!

Triona & Riley were photographed for the project and are featured on the new Crunch for a Cure label. Riley was a huge support system for Triona while she battled breast cancer.

If you know someone who is going through treatment or has battled breast cancer with a loyal canine by their side and would be open to participating in this photo project please forward them my email

the URBAN dog photog

Monday, May 28, 2007

Tshirts you can buy - PAWS for Charity logo

Our PAWS for Charity logo is now available in 3 different designs on many different styles of tshirts and sweatshirts.

Whether you like the basic black, pink spot, or black spot, there's a tshirt that's just right for you or a friend.

All our shirts are available through the online store Cafe Press. And 100% of the proceeds are donated to charity...breast cancer research.

Here are the links to our online store for the 3 different designs:

For the pink spot PAWS for Charity:

For the black spot PAWS for Charity:

For the plain black PAWS for Charity:

Please support our cause and help make breast cancer history!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

NEW forum for Ottawa dog owners!

Just a heads up folks that I have started a new forum for YOU the dog owner and consumer in Ottawa. Fed up with not finding cool things for your dog, or are you always asking where did you get that dog coat? Check it out and post often as you want!

If there are businesses that you know about and the catgory is not available, send me an email and I will create a new category for that type of business. My hopes is that we can use it as a resource for all dog realated stuff in Ottawa and the Valley. I would LOVE to create a specific directory in print, but hey baby steps!


Monday, May 14, 2007

Pink Ribbon Chilly Sweaters from Chilly Dogs

This is Cinder modelling a Pink Ribbon Chilly Sweater™ from Chilly Dogs. As you can see, she's having a ball!

As we head into summer, it may seem like a strange time to purchase a fleece sweater. But Julie is busy right now trying to make enough Pink Ribbon Chilly Sweaters for every dog who wants one! Make sure you order early so you're not disappointed.

Chilly Dogs will donate $10.00 from every Pink Ribbon Sweater to help in the fight against breast cancer. Please help us make a difference.

Pair your Pink Ribbon Chilly Sweater with one of Around the Hounds beautiful collars, and your dog will make a real statement in the fight against breast cancer!

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Crunch for a Cure off to Japan

Our Crunch for a CureTM dog biscuits are taking a road trip!

I was contacted yesterday by a woman who arranged to come by and pick up some of our fund raising Crunch for a Cure biscuits to take to a friend in Japan.


Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Swarovski Ribbon & Think Pink collars

These stunning collars are new for 2007...from Around the Hounds for our Paws for Charity project.
Swarovski Ribbon & Think Pink
In Char's words:
"When I found the fabulous tiny pink ribbon cotton I knew it would be a perfect backdrop for my two new Awareness designs. The Swarovski Ribbon and the Think Pink collars came together beautifully. I felt truly inspired. What a wonderful way to show you care....$5.00 of every collar sold will be donated to the Canadian Cancer Society for Breast Cancer Research."

Head over to the Around the Hounds website to see these collars, as well as Char's other beautiful designs.

A Swarovski Ribbon collar is also up for auction on The Greyhound Supporter’s Spring Auction in support of Dr. Couto's visit to Ottawa on Saturday May 5th. Bids must be received by Friday, May 4th at 10:00PM.

For all you people attending the Greyhound Supporter's dinner on Saturday night, there will be a Paws for Charity basket available in the raffle draw. All our Pawsfor Charity items will be included in the basket...a value of over $100!

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

New postcard coming soon!

Just a quick note to show case the new Paws for charity post card! You can swing by Saturday April 28th to the Pet Lover' s Expo in Merrickville where I'll be displaying my photography, dog books and the Paws for charity Dog Days of Cancer project . I'll also have some really cute buttons that you can buy and help raise funds for Breast cancer research with the Canadian Cancer Society.


Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Daffodil Month

It's Daffodil Month at The Canadian Cancer Society. The four of us at PAWS for Charity decided to donate to The Canadian Cancer Society (Breast Cancer Research) since we have customers all over the country, and this charity has a national scope.

Here's a reminder of what the four of us are doing:

Julie Kelly at Chilly Dogs has designed a beautiful fleece Chilly Sweater. "Paws for Charity" is stitched in black across the shoulders. For a closer view of these beautiful sweaters, click here.

Char Harding at Around the Hounds has several gorgeous collars available. You really must go to her website to see them...they're stunning!

URBAN dog photog Sue Bird is working on a perPETtual will be available soon! This calendar will be awesome (I've had a sneak preview) and will have 2 years. The great thing about a perpetual calendar is that you don't have to wait until January to start using can use it for 2 full years no matter when you start.

At The Barking Biscuit, we have our Crunch for a Cure dog biscuits. Our biscuits are available in many retail stores, and also on our website. To take a closer look, click here.

And, lastly we have our PAWS for Charity button pins. They are available by sending an email, you can order them from The Barking Biscuit, or head down to Posh Paws in Manotick to buy some. (or if you're out in BC...take a drive to Barkside Pets in Fernie).

Please help us raise funds in the fight against breast cancer.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

PAWS for Charity buttons

Aren't these the cutest little buttons? You can have one!

We're selling our PAWS for Charity buttons to raise money for breast cancer research. Like all of our PAWS for Charity items, proceeds are donated to the Canadian Cancer Society - Breast Cancer Research.

You can have one of our 1 inch buttons! (or more if you want)

All you have to do is send me an email, and I'll send you payment instructions. Buttons are $3 each (including taxes and postage) If you want more than one button, each additional button is $2.

Send your email to OR

Friday, March 9, 2007

perPETual Calendar

A quick update from the dog photography world. It has been a great start to the season and things are really starting to get busy. It was during a meeting of the PAWS for charity team that the girls came up with the idea of a calendar, featuring great photography and raising money at the same time. A calendar has always been in the back of my head and I finally took the plunge. So here is one of the opening pages. I say "one of", because this is a unique calendar that offers two years. One year will offer all breed photos and the other year will be dedicated to Greyhounds. This calendar also is a perPETual calendar, which means it is not dedicted to any year in particular. So you can buy it anytime of the year or start it in amy month you want. It is currently in production and will be for sale soon on

Wednesday, March 7, 2007


This is part of our new PAWS for Charity logo...designed by Monster Pilot.
Soon we'll have some buttons (with the full logo!) available as part of this year's fundraising efforts for breast cancer research.

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Crunch for a Cure 2007

We are very proud to introduce you to Triona and Riley, who are featured on our newest release of Crunch for a Cure dog biscuits. The beautiful photos (front and back of the tag) were captured by Sue Bird.
Sue is putting together a collection of portraits showing the bond between dogs and their owners who have survived or are battling cancer. Triona agreed to let us feature a couple of her photos on our package. We think she and Riley are beautiful!
Last year's Crunch for a Cure campaign was such a success (we sold out in 3 months) that we doubled our printing order. Please help us sell twice as many bags this year! Twenty five per cent of Barking Biscuit proceeds will be donated to The Canadian Cancer Society. Crunch for a Cure dog biscuits can be purchased at many retail locations, or you can order them online at
This project is very special for mom died of breast cancer 25 years ago. I want to thank all our customers for helping me to make a difference in the fight against breast cancer. Keep those canines crunching!

Thursday, February 1, 2007

Pawty Time - Raising Funds for Paws for Charity

Meet Shamy and Marie-Piere. We'd like to give them a big "THANK YOU!"
Marie-Piere held a birthday "pawty" for Shamy's 12th birthday last November. The event was called "Shamfest" and forty guests and 8 dogs attended the party. Instead of gifts, the guests were asked to make a donation in the name of Paws for Charity. Everyone had a grand time, and Marie-Piere raised $200 for charity.
They're already making plans for this year's pawty. They're going to step it up a notch with an auction or other contests to raise even more money. A big paws up for Marie-Piere and Shamy!

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Crunch for a Cure 2006

I'm really excited about launching our second season of our Crunch for a Cure Barking Biscuits. I was thrilled with our package in 2006...superbly put together by Sue Bird. I thought there was no way Sue could top her results...but wait till you see our 2007 package! (sorry, you'll have to wait just a bit longer to see)
Before we launch our 2007 package, I'd just like to talk a bit about 2006...
The photo on our tag was of Betty and Sara-Belle. Betty is a friend of mine who was diagnosed with breast cancer a few years ago. She is a totally awesome lady and I admire her greatly. I don't know where she finds the time and energy to be involved in everything she does. She's devoted to her family, her community, and her work life. I'm so happy she agreed to appear on our first Crunch for a Cure package to raise funds for Breast Cancer Research (not everyone would want their photo on dog biscuits!) A big thank you to you Betty...I'll raise a glass of wine with you anytime.
Of course, our tag just wouldn't have been as classy as it was without Sue's involvement. Her photos are so awesome...I am forever grateful for her involvement with our project! I was awed and amazed at the photo shoot with Betty and Sara-Belle. Sue is a powerhouse of creativity and talent. Wait till you see what she put together for us for our 2007 package!
Till later,

Friday, January 19, 2007

Canadian Home & Country 2006

Canadian Home & Country magazine
October 2006

This was originally posted on my blog. Some of the products by the PAWS for Charity team were featured in the magazine Canadian Home & Country.

Way to go girls,


The Team

The Year of the dog in 2006 was a great year to launch the PAWS for Charity team. The four women team is an energetic mix of talent offering uniques dog related items that are helping raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society. Started late in the year, the team managed to raise $2200 in only three months. With 2007 ahead, the team hopes to raise more for breast cancer research within the Canadian Cancer Society.

Pictured at left is Char Harding of , Julie Kelly of and Sara Harley of Suzanne Bird of is behind the camera.

The Paws for charity team's products are available through their web sites and at preferred locations. The team plans to have their products at various events throughout the year. Keep posted for updates on where they will be throughout the year.

April is Daffodil month for the Canadian Cancer Society, keep posted for the official launch of the PAWS for Charity products that will be sold throughout 2007.

Till then....