Friday, March 27, 2015

Issue #1: Nicole Begley

Nicole Begley (
Nicole's website:
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Hair of the Dog website:
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Nicole Begley has earned the prestigious Platinum Photographer of the Year designation from the Professional Photographers of America at the International Print Competition.  She is also a Certified Professional Photographer, CPP, based in Wexford, Pennsylvania and serving the Greater Pittsburgh Area, as well as Southwest Florida occasionally throughout the year.  Nicole specializes in expressive and modern pet, equine and family lifestyle photography.

Nicole Begley Photography was created in 2010 and it quickly became her full time job.  She was able to build a 6-figure photography business with no employees, traveling up to 10 weeks a year.  She is dedicated to helping other photographers achieve this too, and has set up Hair of the Dog.

The goal of Hair of the Dog is to create a resource that will allow more photographers to embrace the freedom of self-employment, live the life that they have imagined, and earn a profit to enable you to be financially secure today and tomorrow. Retreats, workshops, and mentoring are all available.

Zilla by Nicole Begley
Nicole wrote a story called "Perfectly Imperfect" for the first issue of the Paws For Charity Magazine. It tells the story of Bo and Zilla. To quote their owner "These are the kinds of dogs we adopt - the ones nobody else wantes - warts and all. To us, they're perfect!".
Bo by Nicole Begley
Click on the icon below to read Nicole's story on page 26. You can view and/or order a pdf copy or hard copy of the magazine.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Issue #1: My Old Dog Book

Laura T. Coffey and Lori Fusaro teamed up for an article called "My Old Dog" in the Paws For Charity Magazine. If you read the article, you'll find out the details about how their project got started.

Book Website:

Here's a little bit of info taken from My Old Dog Book's website about the book, writer Laura, and the project's photographer Lori:

MY OLD DOG: Rescued Pets with Remarkable Second Acts is due to be released by New World Library in September 2015. The book will share success stories that show how blissful retirement can be for older dogs who get rescued, and how life-changing senior dog adoption can be for the humans who do the rescuing.

Laura T. Coffey -
Laura T. Coffey is a self-avowed dog nut and a writer, editor, and producer for, the website of NBC’s TODAY Show. A journalist with more than two decades of experience, Laura has written and edited hundreds of high-profile human-interest stories for since 2008.
Hallmarks of Laura’s work are her authentic voice, her compassion, and her ability to get out of the way and let story subjects shine.

In recent years, Laura earned a first-place writing award from the Society for Features Journalism, headline-writing awards from the American Copy Editors Society, and a first-place writing award from the Dog Writers Association of America.
Before she started writing for, Laura worked as a reporter, columnist, and editor for (now, social issues editor at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, deputy business editor at The San Diego Union-Tribune (now U-T San Diego), managing editor of The Prague Post in the Czech Republic, a reporter and editor at the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce, a reporter at the Peninsula Clarion in Alaska, and a reporter and columnist for the St. Petersburg Times (now the Tampa Bay Times) in Florida.

Lori Fusaro -

Lori Fusaro is such a dedicated advocate for homeless animals that she’s been using her photographic skills to help them for more than a decade. Lori is a regular at overcrowded animal shelters in the Los Angeles area, where she’s donated hours of her time photographing dogs and cats to increase their chances of getting adopted. Lori works as a staff photographer at Best Friends Animal Society-Los Angeles and runs her own business, Fusaro Photography, whose clients include DreamWorks Studios, Paramount Pictures and many animal-rescue organizations, including BAD RAP, Guide Dogs for the Blind, K9 Connection, and Angel City Pit Bulls. She also serves on the advisory council for HeARTs Speak, a group that connects artists with the animal-welfare community.

Lori has an uncanny ability to capture the personality and spirit of each animal she photographs. Just like people, some dogs are goofy and gregarious, while others are shy and quiet — and a Lori photo immediately helps you to sense what a dog is like. It’s easy to see why Lori has been named Best Pet Photographer by Los Angeles HOTLIST for five consecutive years and has earned many other awards, including Top Portrait Photographer for 2008 and 2009 by FOX 11 Los Angeles KTTV-TV and 2010 Readers’ Choice Award Winner from Tails’ Pet Media Group.

You can read the "My Old Dog" article on pages 10-11 of our magazine. Click on the icon below to view and/or order a pdf or hard copy of the magazine.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Issue #1: Karen Weiler

Karen Weiler (

Karen Weiler is a pet doubt about it! I had the pleasure of meeting Karen in December 2013 when Blurb Books filmed a piece about the Paws For Charity Project in Toronto. Karen was the photographer featured in the film. You can view the two minute video here.

In our Paws For Charity Magazine, Karen writes about a "Full Circle" story...the story of Washburn. Washburn just happens to be the cover photo for our first issue!
Washburn - Paws For Charity Magazine Cover Photo by Posh Pets Photo
"Washburn" by Karen Wiler (
If you click on the icon below, you can view and/or order a PDF or hard copy of our magazine online. Karen's story starts on page 6.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Issue #1: Karen Neal

Artist Karen Neal
Karen Neal (


Karen is an artist in New Zealand, and has been involved with the Paws For Charity Project for a few years. She is an amazing person and artist, and I'm so happy to have her involved. She wrote about New Zealand's Kaimanawa horses in the Paws For Charity Magazine.

She is involved in helping many animal organizations, and here are details (in Karen's own words) about two of the groups that she helps:
"One is a animal shelter called HUHANZ, this stands for Helping You Help Animals (NZ). Here is their website…
They’ve done some pretty amazing things including helping the lost and abandoned animals from the Christchurch earthquake and re-homing all of them (they are a no kill shelter), saving Beagles from experimentation, and re-homing our wild horses (the Kaimanawa horses) and working closely with the second group I’d like to mention. I donate 5% of my pet portrait commissions to them every year because I feel they do such an incredible job. I have also donated an original painting of a Kaimanawa horse to raise funds for them.

The other group is the group that have helped to rheum a lot of our only wild horses here, the beautiful Kaimanawas. The Kaimanawas have had a sad history as they had been culled by our Dept of Conservation for many years as the numbers were out of control and they were destroying a lot of special vegetation where they were grazing. They’ve now set up a heritage group that along with Dept of Conservation, in the last few years have managed to re-home up to 90% of the horses when they muster them every 2 years. It’s a huge improvement and is constantly raising awareness about them. A lot of the volunteers take in these horses (often with foals), and train them ready to go to new homes. They make beautiful riding horses, and their nature seems to be incredibly gentle despite their wild start in life. There have been quite a few gracing the pony club paddocks around NZ now :)
It is probably better explained on their website…"

Artist Karen Neal with her painting Kaimanawa Dawn Spirit
Karen Neal holding her painting "Kaimanawa Dawn Spirit"
You can read the article Karen wrote by clicking on the arrow below to view and/or order a copy of the Paws For Charity magazine.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Issue #1: Jenna Harrison

Jenna Harrison (portrait by Brigham and Co.)
Website:Image All The Art 

Jenna Harrison contributed an article to the first issue of the Paws For Charity Magazine about choosing the appropriate background for your portrait commission. Jenna has lots of experience painting portraits! Here is some of her background information from her website:

"Imagine Art is owned and managed by Jenna Harrison (previously Jenna Wilke), an award-winning professional pet portrait artist based in Middletown, CT. She attended Paier College of Art and received a Bachelor's in Fine Art in 2012. Since graduating, she has perfected the art of animal portraiture through various mediums. Proficient in colored pencil, pastel, intaglio printmaking, as well as oil and acrylic paints, Jenna has a wide variety of skills that provide amazing options for her clients.

Jenna’s solo work focuses on the beauty that nature has to offer. She enjoys landscapes, trompe l’oeil still life paintings, and pet portraiture. Specializing in horse and dog portraits, she has gained a reputation for capturing the animal spirit in her art. Jenna’s attention to detail makes her sharp focus realism close to that of photography.

When she is not sitting in front of her easel, Jenna is busy spending time with her husband Adam, or practicing natural horsemanship with Caz, a white Azteca horse in Guilford, CT. Jenna is also Secretary of the Lower CT River Valley Horse Council."

Read Jenna's article by clicking on this link...go to page 20:

Friday, March 13, 2015

Issue #1: Jen Bergren

Jen Bergren (

Jen Bergren is a through and through animal lover, and donates her time in many ways. Here are just a few examples:
• Donating her time and talent photographing adoptable dogs for Aussie and Others Rescue San Diego since 2011. (It’s where her dog Tawny grew up). She has also donated her design services for printed materials to help spread the word about the rescue, and in 2013 she made and continues to update their website. She volunteers to help out at their adoption events whenever possible.
• Volunteers photography of adoptable pets for CoronadoCARES.
• Joining HeArts Speak, a fabulous organization of artists helping animals, whose mission is “to unite the individual efforts of animal artists and animal rescues into collective action for social change.”
• Volunteering her design services and a photo for an advertisement for San Diego Animal Support’s Big Dogs Rock adoption event, in the San Diego Union-Tribune.
• Donating photography to a pet charity art book, Paws for Charity!  (hey- that's us!)

Jen wrote an informational article about Double Merles in the first issue of the Paws For Charity Magazine. Click on the icon below to view and/or order a copy of the magazine in pdf or hard copy format.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Issue #1: Jeanne Taylor

Jeanne Taylor with Bandit  (
Facebook: Jeanne Taylor Photography/Pet Portraits

I'll let Jeanne tell you about herself:
 "I’m a dog girl, plain and simple. I have always loved animals of every sort and, really, some of my best friends have been dogs. They are, to me, the most amazing creatures and they completely inspire me in so many areas of my life.
Add to this that I have always been fascinated by how color, light, angles and shadows all come together to create a photo. Self-taught, I have read and studied volumes of technical textbooks and inspirational works, practiced and experimented, finally combining a passion for all things dog with this creative interest as a business venture in 2007/2008.
Over the years, I have acquired a soft spot for senior dogs and rescue animals. I spend about a third of my time working with different rescues either photographing adoptables or in other volunteer capacities. The rest of my time is devoted to client work, family and until 11/14/14, my own gorgeous senior dog, Bandit, who made it to eight days shy of his 16th birthday. He went with me everywhere and even often accompanied me to photo appointments. We miss him terribly but we take comfort in the thousands of photos of him accrued over a lifetime of love. As a promise to honor Bandit, I created a program in January 2015 called "Always With Me" ."

Jeanne writes about Bandit's Legacy - Always With Me in Issue #1 of the Paws For Charity Magazine. You can find her story on pages 22 and 23.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Issue #1: Hannah Michalski

Hannah Michalski, HeARTs Speak Director of Communications (
Hannah Michalski is a native New Zealander, HeARTs Speak's Director of Communications, and an unconditional appreciator of creatures great and small.

With over 500 members spanning 43 states and 13 countries, HeARTs Speak unites painters, photographers, sculptors, writers, graphic designers, and advocates who believe in the power of collaboration. By providing their time and professional services, pro-bono, to animal welfare organizations in their communities, they’re fueling life-saving causes and equipping homeless pets with unforgettable portraits; portraits that afford them the first impression their lives often depend on.


In the first issue of the Paws For Charity Magazine, Hannah writes about "What is a Photo Worth?", showcasing photography and stories from 3 of the HeARTs Speak members.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Issue 1: Dana Feagin

Dana Feagin -

Dana Feagin has been involved in the Paws For Charity Art Book in past years....and is now a contributor to the new Paws For Charity Magazine. She is a generous artist who supports many animal causes. Based on her art sales in 2014, over $2,000 was donated to Sanctuary One, the Jackson County Animal Shelter, and Equamore Horse Sanctuary. She also donated original art, prints, and other items featuring her animal art, valued at over $3,000,  to assist animal rescue groups and charities across the country with fundraising efforts. 

In our magazine, Dana writes about how she got "Out of the Rat Race" and into creating art full time. You can read her article on page 24 of the magazine: 

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Issue 1: Crystal Moody

Crystal Moody -
The best person to tell you about Crystal is herself! Here is some information from the "About" page on Crystal's website:

"I used to spend way too much time admiring others and not doing anything creative myself. I often found myself looking at cool stuff online wishing I was cool too. I looked at my four-year-old daughter’s drawings and I was completely amazed. What happened? I wanted to be more like her. So, I challenged myself and changed all that. In 2014 I made a drawing each day and took a photograph of it, usually with my breakfast. In 2015, I am doing a painting each day. 
My rules are simple: Choose one creative habit, Do it everyday, Share my effort/progress with others, and Reflect and make changes along the way.
My goal is to find and develop creative habits that work for me while sharing that experience with you. Please join me on this journey and make this YOUR year of creative habits. Sign up for my weekly newsletter here. If you have questions, contact me at I'd love to hear from you!"

You can read about several of Crystal's "Fursday Thursday" paintings on pages 8-9 of the March 2015 Issue of the Paws For Charity Magazine.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Issue #1: Cindy Brassfield

Cindy Brassfield - Brassfield Creatives 

Cindy is a self-taught artist residing in Tennessee with her husband, Ron, and three fur children, Willa, Annie and Tug. While painting is her first passion, she also feels strongly about canine rescue. She helps to support a special needs Springer Spaniel each month and tries to help with canine transports as much as possible. Cindy and her husband occasionally keeps an overnight rescue guest as well.
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You can read a Q&A about Cindy and her creative process on pages 12-13 of the March 2015 Issue of the Paws For Charity Magazine.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Issue #1: Alex Cearns

Alex Cearns - Houndstooth Studio

Leading Australian animal photographer Alex Cearns is the founder and creative director of award-winning HoundstoothStudio, and specialises in photographing all creatures great and small - from dogs, rabbits and ducklings, to reptiles, birds and all kinds of endangered wildlife, Alex loves how each animal has individual nuances of character which she describes as "… a joy to capture".

Alex wrote a story and supplied photographs about her experience with Free The Bears
a non-profit organisation working throughout Asia to protect, preserve and enrich the lives of bears.  Through the creation and on-going support of world-class sanctuaries for the placement of rescued bears, FTB supports government authorities in the battle against the illegal wildlife trade which poses the single greatest threat to Sun bears, Sloth bears and Moon bears as they are targeted by poachers to feed the demand for their bile and other body parts. Free the Bears also supports the protection of wild bear populations via numerous environmental educational initiatives, sustainable alternative-livelihood programs for impoverished families, Protected Area staff training courses, and ground-breaking conservation research programs that aid protective interventions in wild bear populations.

You can read Alex's story on pages 17-19 of the March 2015 Issue of the Paws For Charity Magazine.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Magazine - Issue #1

The first issue of the Paws For Charity Magazine is now available! Click on the icon below to view and/or order online through Blurb Books. You can order hard copies of the magazine, and pdf versions are also available if you want to avoid shipping costs.

I'd like to thank the following people and organizations for helping make my little dream come true: 

ACES - Another Chance for English Setters
Alex Cearns
Aussie Rescue San Diego & Friends
Avishai Avivi
Cindy Brassfield
Clara Jacob
Crystal Moody
Dana Aldis
Dana Feagin
FOTAS - Friends of the Animal Shelter
Free The Bears
Fur Kid Rescue
Hannah Michalski
HeARTs Speak
Jeanne Taylor
Jen Bergren
Jenna Harrison
Karen Middleton
Karen Neal
Karen Weiler
Laura T. Coffey
Lori Fusaro
Madelyn Caranci
Nicole Begley
Rescue One Springfield
Tom Myers
Valerie Bruder