Today I have a fun and exciting post to share with you all! Many of you remember seeing our Wag Team in the Tag UR It! Inc. movie trailer series. Well, the Wag Team has grown since then! You all know we are huge animal lovers. Out pets are our children and we love to include them in every aspect of our life!
Being the pet lovers we are, the Tag Team visited the OC Pet Expo last month. The Expo was amazing! Animal lovers are a special kind of people: kind, caring, and fun. There were thousands of visitors on the OC fair grounds that weekend. We had a very successful trip, including adopting 3 new kittens into our family! Penny, Priya, and Zazzy (anyone notice the Big Bang reference?) were pretty sick when they adopted them into our home but are surrounded by so much love with our family!
While we were looking through the hundreds of booths at the Expo, one booth caught our eye. We noticed a booth of absolutely stunning pet portraits! We recognized immediately that these photos were done by the same photographer who shot the very cool photos used by JustFoodForDogs. (Most of you will remember our past blog post about adopting Kaia from the wonderful people at JFFD) We have always loved their photos and went over to check out their booth.
This amazing booth belonged to Dogma Pet Portraits! Dave and Sylvaine, owners of Dogma Pet Portraits, are absolutely amazing! After meeting Dave at the Pet Expo, we set up our initial design appointment at their Costa Mesa studio. Sylvaine walked us through the photo process and introduced the dogs to the studio. She showed them the big white room where the photos are taken and flashed the cameras so they would not be scared on photo day. Our first appointment was for Scout and Cat. These are the 2 babies who have been with me since I was a kid in the house I grew up in. Scout is now 15 and I knew these would be photos I cherish forever! After having such a wonderful experience with Scout, we decided to bring our entire furry family into Dogma Pet Portraits studio at once for a big family shot! That means all 15 of us (5 dogs, 7 cats, and 3 Tag Team Members) in one photo!! Dave was AMAZING!! He did it!! The results speak for themselves! Check out the videos posted below to see our photos!!
If you are in the SoCal area, Dogma Pet Portraits is the best of the best! Dave has a very special way with animals and an eye for the perfect photo! He is truly a gift! Check out Dogma Pet Portraits at www.dogmapetportraits.com and be sure to “like” them on Facebook!
The Entire Wag Team!
Scout & Cat’s Photo Shoot
In case you missed our Wag Team movie trailer series, here is a taste! Stay tuned for the next episode in the series, the Wag Team will soon be in action again!
As all of our regular blog readers know, we are major pet lovers here at Tag UR It! inc.. I grew up in a family full of four legged brothers and sisters. From the age of 8, I spent my weekends volunteering in a local animal shelter. My mother rescued pets that may not have otherwise had a great chance at adoption. We had a wonderful home full of pets that included elderly cats and dogs, very large breed dogs that needed special care, and even a 3 legged coon-hound who was hit my a car and never taken to a vet by her previous owner. When I moved to California to join the Tag Team last year, Catheryn and I drove across country, 3000 miles, in a minivan with my 14 year old Scout and my 2 precious kitties. We have had scout since I was 10 years old and he is the best boy! Upon arriving here in California, my babies joined a big loving family of furry friends. As you have all seen in our fabulous YouTube Movie Trailer series, the Wag Team already consisted of Elphie, Martin, and Zoey. They are all the sweetest little loves you can imagine!! Catheryn and Heidi are the most amazing animal lovers and their furry babies are truly their children!
This week, a new little love has come into our lives. Here at Tag UR It! inc., we have adopted a beautiful little girl, now named Kaia. While checking out the Tag UR It! inc. Facebook page Wednesday evening, Catheryn came across the story of a brave little girl who had been in an animal shelter far too long. We are huge fans of JustFoodForDogs, based here in Newport Beach, CA. Our dogs all eat a diet of high quality, homemade, human grade food including fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and high quality meat with all the added nutrients a dog’s body needs. JustFoodForDogs makes fresh food daily in their Newport Beach location. Our babies love all of their food and treat recipes!! I have even started cooking my own dog food some of the time with their wonderful recipes!! The story Catheryn came across that brought Kaia into our lives was posted on JustFoodForDogs’ Facebook page on Wednesday night. Posted on their Facebook wall was the sweetest photo of a white, 11lb chihuahua mix with these beautiful big brown eyes. The amazing JustFoodForDogs team picked Kaia up from San Pedro animal shelter on December 26th. She had been there far too long, since early October. Andrea and Shawn have saved multiple dogs from bad situations, fixed them up, and found them their perfect forever homes. They are truly angels! They brought Kaia home, took her to the vet, gave her lots of loving, and nursed her back to health. Andrea posted the story of Kaia on the JustFoodForDogs page for the amazing community of dog lovers who like their page to see, hoping that her perfect forever family would be out there somewhere. Her story and photo captured our hearts and we knew she was meant to come home and become a cherished part of our family.
Now, we don’t know Kaia’s back story. We don’t know where she is from, how she ended up alone in the shelter, or what she has had to face in her 2 years of life. What we do know is that her life has not been easy. Kaia is the sweetest girl, still recovering from a life of emotional scars from an owner who did not take the responsibility of being a pet parent to heart. To see the fear in her eyes when an unfamiliar face approaches, afraid she may be hit, breaks my heart into pieces. One thing I know for sure, Kaia will have so much love surrounding her for the rest of her life, she will never have anything to worry about again. She is already starting to adjust to life in our loving family, full of furry brothers and sisters. As she slept soundly in my arms last night, I could not be happier that she is here in my life. I am completely in love with her already and so happy to know she will spend every night sleeping by my side for the rest of her life.
Pet ownership is a lifetime commitment. Pet adoption is a gift and a blessing, but only if you are ready for that commitment to care for and love that pet as you would your own child. There are so many pets out there looking for homes. This is the reason it is so important to have your pets spayed and neutered. So many of these sweet, innocent animals have lived through abuse that no living creature should ever have to endure and are looking for a second chance at a loving life. There is a great need for foster families to care for these animals while they recover and adjust to family life and an even greater need for adoptive families. If you are looking to bring a new fury family member into your home, check out your local animal shelter first! There are kittens and puppies, cats, and dogs all looking for loving families and forever homes in shelters nationwide. You can save a life.
Thank you so much to the amazing team at JustFoodForDogs for their amazing work and for rescuing this sweet girl and bringing her into our lives! Kaia will most definitely be in to JustFoodForDogs for visits and to pick up her favorite food and treats!!
Happy New Year from your Tag Team, including the newest Wag Team member, Kaia!!