Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Donna Patterson

Donna Patterson
Therapy dog, Dakota, vacationing in Florida © Donna Patterson 
The death of Donna Patterson’s dog changed her entire life. She created a retail web site named after Maximus and, soon after, organized the Madison County (AL) Boxer Group. But her true passion  came when she started Petz Sitter, a professional pet sitting service, where she offered photography for her clients while also caring for the pets in their homes. She soon found her love of capturing a  pet within their own environment while showing their true personality.

Dakota, whose photo is featured in the 2012 Paws For Charity book, died this past June. He was Donna's little boy and also her therapy dog that attended nursing homes to brighten the residents' day. It was very sudden and a shock that her family will never get over. He had a vascular tumor on the right side of his brain that started to bleed which caused stroke like symptoms. He died on July 28th. Paws For Charity is honored to have featured Dakota in this year's book.

“This is my first participation for Paws For Charity and I’m very excited to find such a wonderful charitable cause. Since my whole life revolves around animals, it is only fitting to help them as much as possible.”
- Donna

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