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Raising funds to print the NEW photo book on Puppy Mill dogs & reprint my past photo books--on Deaf Dogs, Rescued Dogs & Pit Bulls

With a $20 pledge, get this adorable magnet of dogs from all 4 of Melissa's books!
With a $20 pledge, get this adorable magnet of dogs from all 4 of Melissa's books!

WHO AM I & WHAT ARE THE PHOTO BOOK PROJECTS?

I'm a photographer and author who has been traveling the country to photograph for a series of dog photo books called "The Photo Book Projects".

It all started when I wanted to help raise awareness about my deaf shelter dog Sadie (she's the cute black dog in the photo with me) Thousands of deaf dogs are put down for being deaf and it just doesn't have to happen. Then the project grew to include rescued dogs and raising awareness about shelter dogs, spaying and neutering, and then I met so many pit bulls through the project who were just fabulous dogs...and so the projects grew.

MY NEW BOOK ON PUPPY MILL DOGS

The next book, due out in November, is on Puppy Mill Survivors! I believe this is the most important book I have completed so far. It is 2012--there is no reason puppy mills should exist today! I feel strongly that the tide is turning and puppy mills will soon become a thing of the past. Things HAVE to change for the thousands of puppy mill dogs suffering daily with inadequate space, medical attention, social interaction, training and above all caring human interaction and love.  My aim is for this book to spread the word about these dogs, their plight and what must be done to change things. National press is the goal!

WHY AM I DOING THIS KICKSTARTER THING?

The past projects have been a huge success. I have a great group of supporters, many who have been with me from the start, and many who have joined along the way, who believe in what I am doing and hope, like me, that the projects will bring awareness to these issues and bring about change for these dogs for good!

However, I am running low on inventory for the first three books (Deaf Dogs, Rescued in America and Pit Bulls & Pit Bull Type Dogs), and the photo books are VERY expensive to print. So, I have started this fundraising project on Kickstarter to try to first raise money to print the Puppy Mill Survivors photo book and then, if there is extra money, reprint copies of the first three books on deaf dogs, rescued dogs and pit bulls.

WHAT DOES THE MONEY GO TO?

As you will see in the rewards, I will not only be using the $30,0000 to print the Puppy Mills photo book, but also be printing some other REALLY cool and cute items too, which I'm so excited about. I know increasing the project's product line beyond books, to now include desktop calendars, magnets and notecards & postcards, will expand the project's reach to touch and influence even more people with the project's messages of judging all dogs as individuals, treating dogs with compassion, never purchasing dogs from a pet store, the importance of spaying and neutering, etc. All of the products will showcase these gorgeous dogs, their stories and help show that rescued dogs make great pets!

WHAT WILL EXTRA MONEY GO TOWARDS?

If we get above $30,000, then I will be able to reprint copies of the first three books:

* Deaf Dogs

* Rescued in America

* and Pit Bulls & Pit Bull Type Dogs

* as well as print more copies of the Puppy Mill photo book and larger quantities of the calendars, magnets, notecards, postcards, etc...

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

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    If you donate $4, puppy mill dogs worldwide will thank you (you just have to close your eyes and imagine them giving you a collective hug)! Four is my lucky number. The Puppy Mill Survivor's book is the fourth book in the series. So $4 is the perfect amount to give a little, help a lot!

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    REFRIGERATOR MAGNET of the "deaf dogs, rescued dogs, pit bulls & puppy mill" image at the top of the page (add $5 for international--outside US--shipping)

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    * 8"x8" COLOR COLLAGE PRINT of all the dogs in the puppy mill photo book * AND 1 REFRIGERATOR MAGNET of the "deaf dogs, rescued dogs, pit bulls & puppy mill" image at the top of the page (add $5 for international--outside US--shipping)

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    * 1 SIGNED copy of the new PUPPY MILL SURVIVORS PHOTO BOOK * AND one 8"x8" COLOR COLLAGE PRINT of all the dogs in the puppy mill photo book * AND one REFRIGERATOR MAGNET of the "deaf dogs, rescued dogs, pit bulls & puppy mill" image at the top of the page (add $11 for international--outside US--shipping)

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    **NOTE: THIS IS THE ONLY REWARD THAT CONTAINS SPONSORSHIP - NO OTHER LEVELS DO** * SPONSORSHIP: Your name/family's name, or your dedication to your dog, or business name and biz website listed at the back of the book. * AND 1 SIGNED copy of the new PUPPY MILL SURVIVORS PHOTO BOOK * AND one 8"x8" COLOR COLLAGE PRINT of all the dogs in the puppy mill photo book * AND REFRIGERATOR MAGNET of the "deaf dogs, rescued dogs, pit bulls & puppy mill" image at the top of the page (add $11 for international--outside US--shipping)

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    FOUR SIGNED COPIES of Melissa's photo book DEAF DOGS. **NOTE: NO other reward levels are included in this reward - you just get 4 SIGNED COPIES and that is all** (add $35 for international--outside the US--shipping)

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    FOUR SIGNED COPIES of Melissa's photo book RESCUED IN AMERICA on former rescued/shelter dogs. **NOTE: NO other reward levels are included in this reward - you just get 4 SIGNED COPIES and that is all** (add $35 for international--outside the US--shipping)

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    * 1 DOGS OF THE PHOTO BOOKS DESKTOP CALENDAR (2013): The first desktop calendar for the photo book projects featuring over 50 dogs' photos from all 4 of the books * AND SIGNED COPY of the NEW PUPPY MILL SURVIVORS PHOTO BOOK * AND one 8"x8" COLOR COLLAGE PRINT of all the dogs in the puppy mill photo book * AND REFRIGERATOR MAGNET of the "deaf dogs, rescued dogs, pit bulls & puppy mill" image at the top of the page (add $15 for international--outside US--shipping)

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    FOUR SIGNED COPIES of Melissa's photo book PIT BULLS & PIT BULL TYPE DOGS. **NOTE: NO other reward levels are included in this reward - you just get 4 SIGNED COPIES and that is all** (add $35 for international--outside the US--shipping)

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    * NOTECARD & POSTCARD SETS: The first of postcards and notecards from the book, including the "Meet the Dog" series and "Portrait" series. Featuring a mix of 15 postcards and 15 notecards of dog images from all 4 of the books. * AND 1 DOGS OF THE PHOTO BOOKS DESKTOP CALENDAR (2013): The first desktop calendar for the photo book projects featuring over 50 dogs' photos from all 4 of the books * AND SIGNED copy of the new PUPPY MILL SURVIVORS PHOTO BOOK * AND one 8"x8" COLOR COLLAGE PRINT of all the dogs in the puppy mill photo book * AND 1 REFRIGERATOR MAGNET of the "deaf dogs, rescued dogs, pit bulls & puppy mill" image at the top of the page (add $22 for international--outside US--shipping)

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    FIVE SIGNED COPIES of the new PUPPY MILL PHOTO BOOK ONLY **NOTE: NO other reward levels are included in this reward - you just get 5 SIGNED COPIES and that is all** (add $35 for international--outside the US--shipping)

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    1 COMPLETE SWAG SET: * SIGNED COPIES OF EACH OF MELISSA'S OTHER BOOKS - ONE SIGNED COPY OF EACH BOOK (3 BOOKS TOTAL) (one copy of Deaf Dogs, Rescued in America and Pit Bulls & Pit Bull Type Dogs) * NOTECARD & POSTCARD SETS: The first of postcards and notecards from the book, including the "Meet the Dog" series and "Portrait" series. Featuring a mix of 15 postcards and 15 notecards of dog images from all 4 of the books. * AND 1 DOGS OF THE PHOTO BOOKS DESKTOP CALENDAR (2013): The first desktop calendar for the photo book projects featuring over 50 dogs' photos from all 4 of the books * AND 1 SIGNED COPY of the NEW PUPPY MILL SURVIVORS PHOTO BOOK * AND one 8"x8" COLOR COLLAGE PRINT of all the dogs in the Puppy Mill photo book * AND 1 REFRIGERATOR MAGNET of the "deaf dogs, rescued dogs, pit bulls & puppy mill" image at the top of the page (add $35 for international--outside US--shipping)

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    2 COMPLETE SWAG SETS: * SIGNED COPIES OF EACH OF MELISSA'S OTHER BOOKS - TWO SIGNED COPIES OF EACH BOOK (6 BOOKS TOTAL) (two copies of Deaf Dogs, Rescued in America and Pit Bulls & Pit Bull Type Dogs) * NOTECARD & POSTCARD SETS: The first of postcards and notecards from the book, including the "Meet the Dog" series and "Portrait" series. Featuring a mix of 30 postcards and 30 notecards of dog images from all 4 of the books. * AND 2 COPIES OF DOGS OF THE PHOTO BOOKS DESKTOP CALENDAR (2013): The first desktop calendar for the photo book projects featuring over 50 dogs' photos from all 4 of the books * AND TWO SIGNED COPIES of the NEW PUPPY MILL SURVIVORS PHOTO BOOK * AND TWO 8"x8" COLOR COLLAGE PRINTS of all the dogs in the Puppy Mill photo book* AND TWO REFRIGERATOR MAGNETS of the "deaf dogs, rescued dogs, pit bulls & puppy mill" image at the top of the page (add $60 for international--outside US--shipping)

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    BUSINESS PACKAGE SPONSORSHIP - Get your business ad or promotion mailed out in all of our mailings for this project. Limited to 2000 pieces only. (Must be printed and shipped to me ready for me to mail by November 1). (NOTE: This reward DOES NOT include any of the reward items listed in the other reward amounts).

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    * 1 COMPLETE SWAG SET PLUS A LIMITED EDITION PRINT of the "deaf dogs, rescued dogs, pit bull & puppy mill" image at the top of the page. Color. LUSTRE finish. 16"x20". Signed and numbered on the back by the photographer. PRINT IS LIMITED TO JUST 30 COPIES. (print is shipped rolled in tube without matting or framing) * This reward also includes ALL THE ITEMS LISTED BELOW OF 1 COMPLETE SWAG SET: * SIGNED COPIES OF EACH OF MELISSA'S OTHER BOOKS - ONE SIGNED COPY OF EACH BOOK (3 BOOKS TOTAL) (one copy of Deaf Dogs, Rescued in America and Pit Bulls & Pit Bull Type Dogs) * NOTECARD & POSTCARD SETS: The first of postcards and notecards from the book, including the "Meet the Dog" series and "Portrait" series. Featuring a mix of 15 postcards and 15 notecards of dog images from all 4 of the books. * AND DOGS OF THE PHOTO BOOKS DESKTOP CALENDAR (2013): The first desktop calendar for the photo book projects featuring over 50 dogs' photos from all 4 of the books dog * AND 1 SIGNED COPY of the NEW PUPPY MILL SURVIVORS PHOTO BOOK * AND one 8"x8" COLOR COLLAGE PRINT of all the dogs in the Puppy Mill photo book* AND 1 REFRIGERATOR MAGNET of the "deaf dogs, rescued dogs, pit bulls & puppy mill" image at the top of the page (add $39 for international--outside US--shipping)

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    * 2 COMPLETE SWAG SETS PLUS A LIMITED EDITION PRINT of the "deaf dogs, rescued dogs, pit bull & puppy mill" image at the top of the page. Color. METALLIC finish. 16"x20". Signed and numbered on the back by the photographer. PRINT IS LIMITED TO JUST 30 COPIES. (print is shipped rolled in tube without matting or framing) * This reward also includes ALL THE ITEMS LISTED BELOW OF 2 COMPLETE SWAG SETS: * SIGNED COPIES OF EACH OF MELISSA'S OTHER BOOKS - TWO SIGNED COPIES OF EACH BOOK (6 BOOKS TOTAL) (two copies of Deaf Dogs, Rescued in America and Pit Bulls & Pit Bull Type Dogs) * NOTECARD & POSTCARD SETS: The first of postcards and notecards from the book, including the "Meet the Dog" series and "Portrait" series. Featuring a mix of 30 postcards and 30 notecards of dog images from all 4 of the books. * AND 2 COPIES OF DOGS OF THE PHOTO BOOKS DESKTOP CALENDAR (2013): The first desktop calendar for the photo book projects featuring over 50 dogs' photos from all 4 of the books * AND TWO SIGNED COPIES of the NEW PUPPY MILL SURVIVORS PHOTO BOOK * AND TWO 8"x8" COLOR COLLAGE PRINTS of all the dogs in the Puppy Mill photo book* AND TWO REFRIGERATOR MAGNETS of the "deaf dogs, rescued dogs, pit bulls & puppy mill" image at the top of the page (add $69 for international--outside US--shipping)

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    3 COMPLETE SWAG SETS: * SIGNED COPIES OF EACH OF MELISSA'S OTHER BOOKS - THREE SIGNED COPIES OF EACH BOOK (9 BOOKS TOTAL) (3 copies of Deaf Dogs, Rescued in America and Pit Bulls & Pit Bull Type Dogs) * NOTECARD & POSTCARD SETS: The first of postcards and notecards from the book, including the "Meet the Dog" series and "Portrait" series. Featuring a mix of 45 postcards and 45 notecards of dog images from all 4 of the books. * AND THREE COPIES OF DOGS OF THE PHOTO BOOKS DESKTOP CALENDAR (2013): The first desktop calendar for the photo book projects featuring over 50 dogs' photos from all 4 of the books * AND THREE SIGNED COPIES of the NEW PUPPY MILL SURVIVORS PHOTO BOOK * AND THREE 8"x8" COLOR COLLAGE PRINTS of all the dogs in the Puppy Mill photo book* AND THREE REFRIGERATOR MAGNETS of the "deaf dogs, rescued dogs, pit bulls & puppy mill" image at the top of the page (add $75 for international--outside US--shipping)

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    * 3 COMPLETE SWAG SETS PLUS A LIMITED EDITION PRINT of the "deaf dogs, rescued dogs, pit bull & puppy mill" image at the top of the page. Color. GICLEE WATERCOLOR finish on textured fine art paper. 16"x20". Signed and numbered on the back by the photographer. PRINT IS LIMITED TO JUST 30 COPIES. (print is shipped rolled in tube without matting or framing) * This reward also includes ALL THE ITEMS LISTED BELOW OF 3 COMPLETE SWAG SETS: * SIGNED COPIES OF EACH OF MELISSA'S OTHER BOOKS - THREE SIGNED COPIES OF EACH BOOK (9 BOOKS TOTAL) (3 copies of Deaf Dogs, Rescued in America and Pit Bulls & Pit Bull Type Dogs) * NOTECARD & POSTCARD SETS: The first of postcards and notecards from the book, including the "Meet the Dog" series and "Portrait" series. Featuring a mix of 45 postcards and 45 notecards of dog images from all 4 of the books. * AND THREE COPIES OF DOGS OF THE PHOTO BOOKS DESKTOP CALENDAR (2013): The first desktop calendar for the photo book projects featuring over 50 dogs' photos from all 4 of the books * AND THREE SIGNED COPIES of the NEW PUPPY MILL SURVIVORS PHOTO BOOK * AND THREE 8"x8" COLOR COLLAGE PRINTS of all the dogs in the Puppy Mill photo book* AND THREE REFRIGERATOR MAGNETS of the "deaf dogs, rescued dogs, pit bulls & puppy mill" image at the top of the page (add $79 for international--outside US--shipping)

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