Paws for Oz – It’s a wrap!

Paws for Oz – It’s a wrap!

Five short months ago, the most pressing thing on my mind was the Australian Bushfires and Paws for Oz.

The videos of burnt, hungry, dehydrated and exhausted wildlife were keeping me up at night. What started as an idea that came to me at 4 a.m., in three short weeks was catapulted into a full blown international fundraiser – all with the help of my wine industry/animal loving friends, Jennifer Hart and Meg McGrath.

The idea was to bring together an international group of Pet Photographers – intense animal lovers by nature – under the banner of Paws for OzKnowing there is strength in numbers, our goal was to raise $10,000, which was later revised to $20,000 when we smashed the $10k goal!  All donations were made directly to established rescue Wildlife Victoria, to help with rescue and rehabilitation of koalas, wombats, kangaroos, dingoes, kookaburras and many more species.

The first phase of the fundraiser involved a silent auction in Niagara’s wine country. The wine community donated exceptional wines and experiences that locals were invited to bid on at the launch event in January. The auction raised almost $7000 for Wildlife Australia, a rather auspicious start to the fundraiser!

Phase two was the recruitment of pet photographers – ultimately twenty nine incredible pet photographers joined the cause, representing Canada, the US and Australia!

Go big or go home!

A massive shout out and THANK YOU to everyone who supported Paws for Oz, through donations, time, expertise and interest! Together we raised $20,753 and I’m incredibly proud of that achievement. Over $3,000 was raised was through Indigo Pet Photography alone. We received lovely notes of thanks and appreciation from Wildlife Victoria via email and social media. Not to brag, but we were the top fundraising team in the Australian Bushfire appeal on GoFundraise, where Wildlife Victoria was taking donations! Okay, yeah, totally wanted to brag about that!

On Instagram we encouraged our Paws for Oz photographers to tag their posts, please click here for an assortment of adorable images captured  –  including a few by yours truly!

I still have several sessions in Toronto that I’m very much looking forward to once restrictions are loosened. I imagine they will need to be outdoors sessions – in keeping with the 2020 theme of social distancing – and they will be lots of fun, of that I have no doubt.

Please take care and think happy thoughts! Give your beloved four–legged some extra lovin’ for being such a great isolation partner  🐶❤️💕

Cheers and wags,



Niagara Pet Photography: Muddy Paws Wine Festival

Niagara Pet Photography: Muddy Paws Wine Festival

Okay, so this might be a little like shutting the barn door after the horse has bolted, but the horse isn’t completely out of the barn just yet…

Whacha doing tomorrow? Need a little inspiration? hmmm, let’s see, it needs to be dog oriented (duh) and preferably it should involve a little wine and some nibbles. But we all know that isn’t likely going to happen…or IS IT? This is the inaugural year of The Muddy Paws Wine Festival! The creation of Featherstone Estate Winery and Vineland Estates Winery to fill a void in Niagara’s Wine Country. There is nothing dog friendly to do in Wine Country 🙁

That is until now!

The two wineries, located in the Twenty Valley and situated on the Twenty Mile Bench, are rolling out the red carpet to well behaved canines and their humans the weekend of July 25th and 26th. They’ve even signed a dog walking trail on the escarpment that links the two wineries together. Brilliant. Now you can have your wine and drink it too – cause your best friend will be at your side!

Come for wine, food, live music, walkies, demonstrations by Jane Book‘s agility dogs (amazing!) and meet the National Service Dog puppies (sweeeeet). There will be a small marketplace (I’ll be there) and 4 cool contests each day of the Festival. Indigo Pet Photography will be providing an AWESOME prize for the winners of the tallest/shortest dog contest! I’ll be raising money for the National Service Dogs through a raffle for an Indigo Experience photo session. And YES! I’ll have cameras on hand and I’ll be snapping some fun event pics and will post afterwards to my Indigo facebook page too!

Get all the info here and I sure hope we’ll see you there!

Don’t miss the cooling pool at Featherstone if you get too hot, just look for Jack:


Niagara Pet Photographer: Dog Day in the Park

Niagara Pet Photographer: Dog Day in the Park

Dog Day in the Park

Last Sunday I was at Dog Day in the Park at Coronation Park in Grimsby. It was the first event that I’ve attended to promote Indigo Pet Photography. I have to say, I was thrilled with the response to my work and the overall enthusiasm of everyone who attended the event. There was every imaginable type of dog from Chihuahua to Irish Wolf Hound! Not a single paw stepped out of line. It was amazing!

Organized by The Dog Spot in Grimsby in support of Lincoln County Humane Society, each of the vendors raised funds at their booth to benefit LCHS. Indigo Pet Photography raffled off a full Indigo Pet Photography experience, PLUS a $50 Fine Art Print credit, in return for a donation to the Humane Society of $5. A $245 value! Thirty-three wonderful dog lovers entered to win! Dog Spot owners Wes and Lisa’s little boy Emmett did the draw for me… Carma Pollack of Grimsby was the lucky winner.

Indigo Pet photography raised $165 toward the total $840 raised in just one day! Thank you to everyone who entered. Big shout out to Wes for organizing this event and I’m already looking forward to next year!

I have posted a number of random images from the day on my facebook page, so please head on over there for the rest of the photos, if you see your dog, please feel free to tag yourself and if I don’t have your dog’s name please add it in the comments! Below are a few more shots to wrap up the day’s activities.

p.s. The little white Westie mix, named Genie (ID #27918413 ) at the time of this post is available for adoption through Lincoln County Humane Society. Here is a link to her write up. I was captivated by her sweet little personality. I really have been dreaming of  Genie!

One last thing to note: I will be at the Muddy Paws Festival being put on by Vineland Estates Winery and Featherstone Estate Winery on July 25/26the weekend. More info to come!!