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  • WELCOME!

    I'm glad you're here! I'm Heather.

    < - That's me over there, getting slobbered on by my boxer, Jessie. It's ok, I don't mind the slobber.

    I've been a professional photographer since 2002, and have always included the family pets when photographing families and kids. I've expanded on my love of all things furry by creating the Dedicated program for Police K9s / working dogs, and the Unconditional program for family pets.

    I have a deep respect for what animals add to our lives. They bring love, messes, joy, and chaos, each in their own unique way. Please take a look around and feel free to drop me a note as well. I'd love to hear from you :)

Boxer Bash

I spent a fun couple of hours today at the Boxer Bash, an annual event put on by Florida Boxer Rescue.  It’s pretty fun to have dozens of boxers in the same place!

Here’s a collage of highlights from the day. To view all of the images, click to watch the slideshow below the collage.

To order prints from this event, go to this link: Catch A Star Photography Shopping CartChoose Events > Boxer Bash. The password for this event is : boxerbash

*$5 from every print /product ordered by November 25th will be donated to Florida Boxer Rescue!*

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November 11, 2013 - 12:22 am

Pam - Thank you for taking such wonderful pictures at Boxer Bash

Bryx & Odin in action…and other fun demo shots!

So I’m a little *involved* in the K9 unit that my husband is a part of.  I’m sort of SSO K9 Paparazzi. I photograph the collectors cards of course, and now with our calendar fundraiser we have done pictures of the teams and the entire unit. I’ve set up mobile studios and I’ve shot them in action. I’ve been slobbered on by all of them.

But not everyone is as lucky as I am! In fact, some of the family members of our handlers really hadn’t seen the dogs in action before. So last week, they had a barbecue / demo to set up some training scenarios and show the families what these dogs can do! Everyone got to see drug odor detection work and agility work before relaxing with hotdogs, hamburgers, and an absolute ton of desserts.

Two new dogs have been added to the team recently, and we needed action shots for their collectors cards. Here’s Bryx:

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And Odin:

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Some other favorites from the evening….

A few of the handler

A few of the handler’s children watch the dogs do their work.

K9 Koa waits for his handler, Sgt. Sasse, to give him a command

K9 Koa waits for his handler, Sgt. Sasse, to give him a command

K9 Bryx searching for the odor of hidden narcotics

K9 Bryx searching for the odor of hidden narcotics

K9 Bryx with his reward

K9 Bryx with his reward

K9 Hiro walks along the top of a vehicle.

K9 Hiro walks along the top of a vehicle.

K9 Hiro pops out the end of the crawl tunnel.

K9 Hiro pops out the end of the crawl tunnel.

K9 Ryker on a bite sleeve

K9 Ryker on a bite sleeve

K9 Ryker gets all four paws involved in his bite.

K9 Ryker gets all four paws involved in his bite.

K9 Ryker is praised by his handler and removed from the bite.

K9 Ryker is praised by his handler and removed from the bite.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charlotte County FL retiring K9s

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From tracking down criminals to saving lives, these Charlotte County K9s are officially retired.

K9 Justice, Vader and Atlas will retire to their handlers’ homes for a well-deserved rest. Despite their ages, the four-legged workers still display eagerness to jump into a K9 patrol and head off to work.

Read their career highlights here.

I was lucky enough to photograph Vader and Atlas for their collectors cards…..wishing them a wonderful retirement! Thank you for your service!

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Retirement Fund for Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office K9s

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When a police K9 retires, most times the handler takes him home and gives him a great retirement as a much-loved family pet.

While all expenses for K9s are covered while they are working dogs, once they retire the handler also agrees to take over all expenses for food and medical care.

Given that these dogs work HARD for many years and are usually seniors when they retire, the handlers are often taking on quite an expense to give their K9s the retirement they deserve. In Sarasota County, FL, a fund has been created to help offset these costs and ensure a comfortable retirement for our K9 officers and their devoted handlers.

Anyone can donate to this fund, and their donation goes directly to these amazing dogs! Details in the comments on the video below.

PLEASE CLICK HERE to see the YouTube video!