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The story of a woman and her 11-year-old heart dog. It will be published as a limited-edition photography book to help rescue dogs.
The story of a woman and her 11-year-old heart dog. It will be published as a limited-edition photography book to help rescue dogs.
303 backers pledged $16,873 to help bring this project to life.

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Heart Dog - Photography Book

If this project is successful and I am able to sell any books, I will donate the proceeds to the foster dogs currently waiting for forever homes at Blisswood Ranch -- that were rescued by All Border Collie Rescue.

Quotes from the book

"I can never get my head around how anyone can abandon a dog that has given you ten plus years--its entire life. They can't choose us. We choose them."

"...I buried my face in her fur and placed my hand on her warm fluffy chest, her paws wrapped around it — I could let go of all those worries for that moment."

"...And I know I have my 'Heart Dog'— that once, or twice if you are very, very lucky, in a lifetime soul dog. It is almost cruel to be given such a gift, only for it to be taken away in such short years." 

About this book

I now count my life in dog years--the length of the life I've shared with my dog Jazzy. From puppy-hood to the latest hurdles I have had to face, she has challenged me, inspired me, and loved me in the way it sometimes seems only dogs can do. For her and through her, when my struggles clouded my own vision of our future, I picked up my camera and sought creativity's light. I do not know where I would be if she hadn't been there for me.

Jazzy was my door to understanding dogs--from their behavior, to their humor, to their love--and she was the guide-dog for a shy girl to community outreach--in search and rescue, as a therapy dog, and as a mentor for the foster dogs I take in, knowing I can help them as I did her. She has helped countless others, but the biggest recipient of her love, rescue, and companionship was me.

From the day she led me from that dark hole in my life and I grabbed the car keys and my old Nikon, our photographic journey started. With Jazzy and Cooper, my other retired search and rescue dog, we chased my quirky ideas and my dogs' innate humor through the art they so readily inspire in me.

This book highlights some of my favorite photographs of this adventure, and in it I tell my personal story--where I come from, how I met my future heart dog, and where our meeting took us.

Because it is difficult to find a publisher for photographic books, I need your help to make this happen. The raised funds will pay for the printing, editing, shipping, fees and promoting. If you are kind enough to help me make this project happen by pledging, you will receive a book, shirt, card, or all of the above. Most of the items are currently available only through Kickstarter. Please note that the delivery dates are estimate. I will do my best to ship as soon as I can!

Thank you for your support and for making it possible for my heart dog to live forever in these books.

Sample images of the items you will receive as a supporter.

The book - limited edition full-color book
The book - limited edition full-color book
A greeting card - "I'm always here when you need me" (Blank inside)
A greeting card - "I'm always here when you need me" (Blank inside)
A greeting card - "You will be in my prayers" (Blank inside)
A greeting card - "You will be in my prayers" (Blank inside)
Shirt - #GreyIsBeautiful (Pawthenticated by Jazzy and Cooper)
Shirt - #GreyIsBeautiful (Pawthenticated by Jazzy and Cooper)
Shirt - I love my heart dog #heartdogforever
Shirt - I love my heart dog #heartdogforever
Print - Jazzy in a tub
Print - Jazzy in a tub

Risks and challenges

I was hoping to get these printed before the 2014 year-end holidays. I am still aiming for it, but understand it could face delays due to the editing, printing, and shipping process. If this project is successful, I will do my best to get these books out to you as soon as I can!

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    *A CARD*
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    A greeting card. "You are in my prayers" with praying Jazzy on the front. Blank inside.
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    *A CARD*
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    *GREYISBEAUTIFUL SHIRT*
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    *2 BOOKS, 2 CARDS AND A SHIRT*
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    Both of the greeting cards.
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    Two signed copies of the books when they are available.
    Both of the greeting cards.
    Both of the black shirts. (#GreyIsBeautiful and "I love my heart dog") Available in S/M/L/XL
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    A 8 x 10 print of Jazzy in the bath tub,
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    These prints are perfect and humorous images to display in your guest bathroom.
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    Both of the greeting cards.
    Both of the black shirts. (#GreyIsBeautiful and "I love my heart dog") Available in S/M/L/XL
    A large canvas print from the book.
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