Pet Portraits for November

EMERGENCY ALERT! The Orange County Humane Society shelter is currently FULL. If you are considering adopting a pet, now is the time to take action and check out their animals!  They have dogs and cats of all ages, sizes, and colors, as well as rabbits, on occasion.  When the shelter reaches max capacity they are forced to turn away other healthy and adoptable unwanted animals to an unimaginable fate!The shelter is also always accepting donations of pet food, blankets, litter, cleaning supplies, and more. Check out their ongoing wish list if you are considering charity for the holiday season!Murdy has a snaggletooth smileThis is no place for a puppy to spend the winter!Lucky shows his fangs(L): Kobe (R): own rabbit's namesake!Prince is excited to be photographed!Jamie waits for a new owner

OC Humane Society (January)

trudySweet Trudy. I love this dog...she has a wee underbite.

polarLike many white cats, Polar is hard of hearing.

AxlePoor Axle, giving me the sad-eye

crunchy"Crunchy" tries to nab a toy

puppyThis pup didn't even have a name yet!

Double Stuff and Luie"Double Stuff" (like the oreo?) and Luie. Poor Luie was adopted and then returned to the shelter. How could they resist those huge eyes?

bearBear is a big, handsome tomcat

Dachschund Portraits

Colette's Catering event goddess Natalie was so taken with the portraits I've done for the Orange County Humane Society that she commissioned me to photograph her doxies 1-yr-old Piper and 2-yr-old Maggie for the holidays.

dachshundsSO cute.  Piper is a very dainty doggie who doesn't like spending a lot of time in the cool grass, so a wee little cushion was necessary.  I think they look like calendar models in this shot!  Weenie pin-ups!

good1072Avert your eyes before the cuteness melts them!!  Maggie giving Piper an affectionate nuzzle.

doggiesSilly-ears Maggie (L) and Little Miss Piper (R)

good1095Maggie is such a diva.  "I'm ready for my 8,000th close-up now!"

OC Humane Society: October


The Orange County Humane Society is up to their ears in bunnies!  I can personally testify that once you realize they are NOT like cats or dogs, rabbits make for excellent pets; they are quiet, low-maintenance (compared to a dog), and excellent for folks living in apartments or other small living quarters.  Do your research, however---rabbits need space to run and rooms with open cables and wires need to be bunnyproofed!

img_6812The lonely Natasha

img_6688Harley, striking a pose

img_7168Mocha II

img_6920Candie's eyes really are that pretty!

img_6895Mamacita is a shy lover of all humans.


img_6825Dewey the doxie; boy, did he ever work it for the camera!


OC Humane Society - August

"Pound Song" from Lady & the Tramp

Summer's here and so are more friendly faces from the Orange County Humane Society shelter, just a block up Newland from the beach!  The Humane Society is now also showcasing some of their dogs, cats, and rabbits at the Strand on 5th and PCH during the Huntington Beach Tuesday night street fair every week.  Check them out!


Bobby begs, "Please, pick me!"

VitaVita the curious cat!


img_3986-copyThe sleek Elvira

simonPoor Simon was living the good life until his owner died and no one would take him in :(

tweedleThis is either Tweedledee or Tweedledum...hard to say--they're twins, after all!

FridaFrida prefers the two-legged view!

dashThe handsome Dash

myraMyra couldn't resist the kitty toy!

indigoIf you're going to end a post with a smile, there's no smilier face than Indigo's! She just loves life!

Orange County Humane Society June pet photos

Hooray! Luminaire Images is the official photographer for the Orange County Humane Society, and it's time for some pics of their June wards!

Mowgli and Baloo are BFF's and are hoping to be adopted together. It's actually rather smart...just when you think you can't resist the cuteness of one, the other will appear and overpower you in a hailstorm of Pitiful Puppy Eyes!

Freckles aspires to be an American Idol

Snoopy's photo is dying to be captioned.  I kind of want to put a little thought bubble above his head that reads, "You want me to do what?"

Pluto has the worst story I've ever heard---on top of being a stray at a shelter to begin with (which obviously is bad enough), she was recently adopted by an elderly woman who was in a car crash while driving Pluto home from the shelter! The woman was paralyzed from the waist down for the rest of her life, and poor traumatized Pluto is now back at the shelter because her new owner can't care for her after the wreck! I'm not making that up. Pluto needs somebody to show her that car rides can be fun again!

Jumper likes to stand on his hind legs. Not everyone figures out there are ways around being a foot tall!

The weird thing about Tahoe is that he looks and acts JUST like Charlie from All Dogs Go to Heaven. He's got the same friendly grin and floppy Don Bluth, seriously! So there you have it...if you ever wanted a dog like the one from that movie, Tahoe is at the shelter and waiting for you.

I accidentally called Jack "Toto" while photographing him, I hope he wasn't insulted.

"Give me your best puppy face! Good dogs!!"

"Too much puppyface! TOO MUCH!!" (Deena really knew how to work it, doesn't this just break your heart??)

Cats and kittens are 25% off this month at the OCHS shelter---it's not too late to pick up this sweetheart on the cheap!

Seal ("named after Heidi Klum's husband," I was told), is a little cross-eyed. Not that Seal-the-celeb is cross-eyed, too.

[11] Humane Society images

More furry-faced goodness from the OC Humane Society! The OCHS will also be at the America's Family Pet Expo this weekend at the Orange County Fairgrounds. Stop by and see some of these sweetie pies yourself!


ochs-92-copyChance giving me the Bambi eyesochs-24Oscar models his wee doggie shirtochs-66-copyPoker only has one expression...SMILES!ochs-112-copyGoldie is an affectionate mama-dog with a litter of little ones who are all sure to find great homes...and you can see on her face that she hopes to do the same.ochs-78BABY PUPPEHS AHHHHHHH!!!ochs-73-copyOne of Goldie's pups, who probably has no need for adoption photos given that it's so flipping cute that it'll be snatched up immediately!ochs-125-copyPUPPEH LUURRRVVEEochs-138But wait! What about the kittehs! Sad kittyfaces :(ochs-156-copySweet Emma likes being petted, but she doesn't get a lot of that in the shelter.ochs-168-copySmithurs decided he wanted a kingly portrait.

Also, if you love pets and would like to get to know the ones at your own local shelter, why not contact them and volunteer? All of these photographs were taken by me for free to help these little guys get adopted sooner, so obviously you can donate more than money to the cause (though money is definitely helpful, too!).  See you at the Expo this weekend!

[15] Adoptable pet images

Once again, the Bambi-eyed fur-babies from the OC Humane Society. Lots of really adorable faces in this batch and über affectionate personalities--these little guys should be snatched up fast, I'd hurry over if you're looking for a new dog or cat!

SpringsteenDarling little Springsteen

CodyCody knows how to shake!RamseySaw lots of winning grins, but Ramsey had the best smile of the lot! And his stumpy little tail wouldn't stop wagging :DTootsieThe shelter named this pooch "Tootsie," but I called her "Quasimodo" because she just had this squinty, pinched look. SO CUTE.GiaGia was SO curious about my camera!ZenaZena with her pretty Zena faaaaaceCleoCleo, why so serious?TommyI SO WANTED TO TAKE TOMMY HOME!! He wanted hugs, hugs, and more hugs!SinatraThis photo of Sinatra makes me laugh every time I look at it. What a sillyface!Nameless"Nameless" the boxer puts on his best "adopt me" face.VeganVegan sporting the latest spring lineBUT WHAT ABOUT THE CATS?? Well...ZinniaInterested Zinnia is interested.HannahHannah is also interested. Cats. They are always so interested in everything.SammySammy is interested in looking gooooooood.

Like I said, there is a really great selection of pets at the shelter right time to waste if you're thinking about a new member of the family!