IGCA Rescue :: Pharaoh

Now that I’ve been working with shelters and rescue groups for nearly two years, I’ve unfortunately seen several cases of severe abuse and neglect. It’s an accepted part of the process. But Pharaoh’s story is just too heartbreaking for me to write about, so I’ll share what his foster mom said: “Every time I think I’ve seen the worst case, another one comes along.”

Pharaoh is an older gentleman that the IGCA pulled from a local shelter and put into a foster home. He has some trouble walking because he was so starved when they got him, he had lost most of his muscle mass. But after a couple weeks in a loving home, he’s gained back a lot of his weight and looks much much healthier! He’s such a sweet, affectionate guy I can’t imagine how anyone could do that to him. But now he’s in safe hands and looking for a new family!

Ellingsen Photography Italian Greyhound Rescue Adoptable Dog Orange County Pharaoh-1
Ellingsen Photography Italian Greyhound Rescue Adoptable Dog Orange County Pharaoh-3
Ellingsen Photography Italian Greyhound Rescue Adoptable Dog Orange County Pharaoh-2

Pharaoh isn’t up on the website yet, so if you’re interested you can contact Roxann, the local rep, at ub11214@yahoo.com. Or to see more pups available in California, click here. Here’s hoping he finds a new home soon!


Proud Mama

Ellingsen Photography Dante at the Pet Expo

I’m having a huge “proud mama” moment right now, after seeing Dante meet and greet with about, oh, two hundred people or so at the Pet Expo that we worked yesterday. I’ve taken him to parties and charity walks and other such gatherings with lots of people, but never this kind of setting where everyone came to us and we had to be social the entire time. As we made our way to the IGCA booth (in one of the giant buildings at the fairgrounds with a ton of other exhibitors and rescue organizations) he was a bit freaked out by the crowds and really clung to me when I picked him up to keep him from getting trampled. But once we got to our booth, where he could be off leash and play with the other Italian Greyhounds, he was back to his normal social self.

They had a little low fence between our table and the next so that people could easily come up and see the dogs, and Dante was right there, with his tail wagging, nearly the entire time. Everyone that came by was so sweet and just loved petting him and getting kisses. The only weird moment for me was when one woman picked him up while my head was turned, before I could stop her! Hey lady, if it’s not acceptable to go around picking up stranger’s children…

At any rate, it was wonderful to be able to chat with other IG parents and see Dante play, and to help the organization spread awareness about the breed. I wound up talking to a lot of young couples and families, and I hope I helped them decide on their future pet! The Expo was insanely packed, which is great, but it also meant I just barely had time to snap the photo on the left with my phone, and that was about it.

Dante was asleep by the time I pulled out of the parking lot (see the photo above), and my cheeks hurt from smiling, but I think we both went to bed feeling pretty great. Looking forward to next year!


Have A Sunny Weekend!

This is officially my new favorite photo of Dante, taken at our neighborhood park:

Ellingsen Photography Dante Afternoon Park Sun Flare

Just when I thought I couldn’t love my 50mm lens any more…  :)

Hope you guys have a wonderful weekend! Mine is all about the pets. I’ll be at the shelter tomorrow catching up on photos of adoptables, and then Sunday afternoon Dante and I will be working the IGCA booth at the America’s Family Pet Expo. Come by and say hi if you’re there!


IGCA Rescue :: Bennie

Before I tell you all about the cuteness that is Bennie, here’s a little story about the Italian Greyhound Club of America Rescue organization…

Way back in ancient times (circa 2008), my ex and I started the search for another Italian Greyhound. We knew we didn’t want to go to any pet stores (for these reasons) and getting one from a breeder is insanely expensive and pretty much pointless if you’re not going to show the dog. So after a little Googling, we found the IGCA has a fantastic rescue program that fosters the rescues in actual homes until they can be placed with a new family. The local area rep even comes to meet with you in person and make sure your home will be okay. Italian Greyhounds (or Iggies) aren’t your average pup in many ways, so I love that there’s an organization that helps facilitate proper adoptions of this awesome breed.

At any rate, at the time they didn’t have an Iggy that met our particular needs, and we wound up finding Dante soon after at the SBACC, thanks to a tip from a friend who volunteered there. Although we didn’t wind up going through them, the IGCA has always been at the back of my mind. I started my photography volunteering with the SBACC, and now that I’m in the groove with them it occurred to me that I might reach out to the local IGCA rep about doing the same for them.

So all that led to me taking a little road trip down to south Orange County earlier this month to spend some time with Bennie, a super affectionate little two-year-old. The IGCA saved him from a local shelter, and his foster mama was proud to report how much better he looks than when they first got him. He’s super playful (I’d forgotten how energetic they can be at that age!) but in typical greyhound fashion takes lots of naps too.

I love when dogs have color patches around their eyes, don’t you?

Ellingsen Photography IGCA Rescue Italian Greyhound Adoptable-Bennie
Ellingsen Photography IGCA Rescue Italian Greyhound Adoptable-Bennie

Bennie isn’t up on the website yet, so if you’re interested you can contact Roxann, the local rep, at ub11214@yahoo.com. To see more pups available in California, click here.

I can’t say enough about how excited I am to get to work with more Iggies this year. It was so weird, seeing all these oddly-colored Dantes running around! ;)