Sunday, August 10, 2014

PINKY & OREO: foster puppies

OREO & PINKY: the Tail of 2 Sisters


I have recently become a foster "parent" with the Hawaiian Humane Society. 2 weeks ago I was given 2 female puppies, 12 week old Chihuahua-Terrier mixes. They were found as strays, and both have Demodex Mange (a non-contagious skin mite infection, also called Red Mange). In addition to the mange, they are underweight, and too small to undergo sterilization and adoption even if they did NOT have Mange. I was told to be prepared to have them for 3-6 weeks, depending on how they responded to the twice-weekly medicated baths, medicine and care.


PINKY

I named the most "mange-y" pup "PINKY", as her skin was fully pink/red and discolored from the mite infection. She also reminded me of the character in the musical "grease", Pinky, the beauty school dropout with the misfit hair.


I almost couldn't bear to touch her; I have experienced a puppy with mange before (my own dog, Shooter) but he never had the open sores, scabs and severe hair loss that this brave little girl was experiencing. Initially I would wrap Pinky in a towel and rub behind her ears (where there were still patches of fur) to comfort her.


OREO
The other puppy, I named OREO for obvious reasons, including the white stripe down here forehead. She had touches of mange on her sweet face, and a little bit of pink-ness to her skin, but she was fighting the mange better than her sister.

Both puppies were quiet, but were easy to handle and took to attention and praise quite readily. We are now just past the 2 week mark of my care, and look at these girls now! It's hard to see in the pics, but they both have good fur growth, Pinky has lost the scabs and open sores and her pink skin is less apparent.




Being a foster parent to special-need pups is not easy; I didn't realize how small my house was until I had to section off part of the kitchen to keep the girls separate from Shooter, my other pets (the cat and bird), and to contain their puppy messes.  They have just started sleeping through the night and not barking when left alone. They now can go outside in the small "yard" I have for some exercise and play.






These little girls love people and visitors! Auntie Shelley even came by for a visit! 


Did you know that Foster parents and their friends get first consideration on adopting the foster animals?! Would YOU like to come meet these two cute girls? (No Pressure, wink wink) message me at kellibullock808@gmail.com for more information!

WHY DID I DECIDE TO FOSTER:
I knew that I wasn't the best candidate for volunteering AT the shelter, because I get too attached too easily and emotional around animals that I can't help, so I thought that FOSTERING would be a way that I could help out. The hardest part about being a foster parent, for me so far, is going into the Admissions office at the Hawaiian Humane Society. That is the office where the general public must go to surrender animals, turn in strays, and where foster volunteers pick up/drop off foster pets.  Both times I have visited this office I have witnessed people surrendering dogs and cats; good, sweet innocent PETS.  I have broken down crying, and even thinking about it now, makes me tear up. While I realize I should"walk a mile in their shoes" before judging, it is difficult to watch people just abandoning/surrendering their animals: paying the $25 fee and handing over a LIFE to the shelter, giving their PROBLEM away instead of finding solutions....but I can only imagine what would happen to those pets if the Hawaiian Humane Society did not have their open door surrender policy.

HOW YOU CAN HELP:
Here are some ideas if ways you can help your local shelter! (contact your local shelter for other ideas and details!)

  1. ADOPT DON'T SHOP! stop the madness with breeders and backyard breeders and perpetuating the pet overpopulation problem. 
  2. SPAY AND NEUTER YOUR ANIMALS!
  3. DONATE clean towels, sheets, fabric that can be used for bedding
  4. DONATE any used good leashes/collars/harnesses that your animals have outgrown
  5. CREATE "rope" toys out of strips of t-shirts, braided together into a rope toy; small ones for pups/toy breeds, thicker ones for big dogs
  6. BUY dog food/cat food/treats/toys on sale at the pet store (Safeway recently had food 50% off) and DONATE
  7. DROP OFF newspaper for bedding, cage liners
  8. VOLUNTEER with your kids to help clean cages, walk the dogs, pet the kitties, etc
  9. GIFTS: instead of gifts for yourself at bday parties, ask for food/toy/treat/supplies/money donations for the shelter


I urge everyone reading this blog to volunteer, foster or donate at their local shelter; any little bit helps and the joy that these animals bring is PRICELESS and IMMEASURABLE, and GOOD KARMA is the best kind..




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Thursday, June 19, 2014

2 WOMEN AND A BABY

Love and Family has many colors and combinations in today's society; there is no cookie-cutter version of what a family should look like anymore. And that is just wonderful; diversity makes our communities, our homes, stronger and more resilient. I wanted to share my friends' story.

I met Tee (Tanya) through mutual friends from paddling probably sometime in 2010. (photos courtesy of friends/facebook)


Later on, while photographing events around Honolulu for the newspaper and Honolulu Magazine, I would see her out with her girlfriend, Maylani. And although Maylani was shy, I managed to get a few cute shots of them together. (2011/2012)



Both ladies are dog lovers, and I almost adopted one of their rescue pups in 2013; alas it was not a good match, and I did not keep the pup.


But after that, I stayed in touch with Tee and Maylani, and was very happy when they announced they were engaged, and hāpai (pregnant)! I asked if they would be willing to do a a photo series with me, to document their journey into parenthood, and to share their story of finding a donor. Here is a post from their blog (www.808blog4wealth.com):



We began our first shoot at Lanikai Beach at Sunrise.... (January/February 2014)






   They brought their Dog Babies along for the photos; for the most part, the 6 pups cooperated. 







In February of 2014, Maylani and Tanya were married at the Queen Emma Summer Palace, in a loving, intimate ceremony with friends and family; I was honored to be a part of their beautiful day.









Baby Girl was coming soon,  so we met again in April to take some belly bump shots; the ladies were having a mini-staycation/babymoon at the Ko Olina resort, so we met at the Lagoon and we able to find some quiet spots amidst all the families and children enjoying the beach area.














A quick stop at a cute little baby Shower in May......

.....and then suddenly it was June, and Baby Girl arrived (one week early).....
Welcome to the world, 
Nawaipūnohukamakanamaikalani JosieAnn Trinity!
Family and friends stopped in to the Hospital to check on the mommies and baby; 
her Tutu (grandmother) could  not have been any prouder!




5 days later, I visited the new family at their home,
 and little Nawai (for short!) was the perfect model.






I asked Tee how they had created baby's name:

"I dreamt  '"Nawai"; Maylani dreamt "A gift, and bundle of joy"; and my good friend and Maylani's Kumu Hula (hula teacher) Ka'ilihiwa Vaughn, helped put the name together. She was driving through Punalu'u when she saw a low lying rainbow the morning baby was born(Pūnohu). Josie is Maylani's Mom's nickname, and Ann is from my Grandmother, my Mom's Mom, Annie. Trinity represents Maylani, myself and baby, and also the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Oh, and Pūnohu is my Great-Grandmother's maiden name on my Dad's side. Her name has great meaning. Lots of people are saying she's going to hate her name, we say she's going to love her name. It's original with so much meaning behind it."

The simple translation of her beautiful name is: 
Nawai=waters
Pūnohu=low rainbow
Kamakana=gift
Maikalani=heaven

Nawaipūnohukamakanamaikalani
"The waters of the Rainbow are a gift to us from Heaven"

I hoped to create a fun image with the lovely Hawaiian name;
I have used blocks before to spell baby's names, but never a name that had 28 letters!!
(we almost had enough A's and N's and with some creative layout of blocks, 
and post-editing, I was able to put the entire name together.)



The Mommies were surprised when I told them they would be in the photos too!




I am so excited for the future of this beautiful family, and can't wait to watch 
Nawai grow up! The next photo session we will add in all the Dog Keiki !!


Love is love, and never forget that it comes in all sizes and colors and combinations.

A happy family is but an earlier heaven. George Bernard Shaw

In every conceivable manner, the family is link to our past, bridge to our future.
Alex Haley

We are born of love; Love is our mother.  Rumi





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Thursday, January 2, 2014

WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR: HOLIDAY FAMILY PORTRAITS 2013

I had the pleasure of working with several different families during the holiday season of 2013. Each family was fun and sweet and they made each shoot very special! I have had the opportunity to watch several of these families grow, and capture the changes in the children over the months and years. I am honored to be a part of their lives.

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The Ng Family- Manoa Japanese Garden





Miss Sage-Hunakai Beach 










Farm Holiday card and family portraits, Hawaii 







The Hannum Family-Hawaii Loa Ridge park 

 



The Alivado Family-Waimanalo, Hawaii











The Schadel-Esmond Family-Kualoa Beach park 






The Kiesels-Waialae Beach Park 



The Garlin Family-Cromwells Beach






The Hara Family-Ala Moana Beach Park






Camden in the Garden-Manoa









I WISH YOU ALL A BEAUTIFUL NEW YEAR! HAU'OLI MAKAHIKI HOU!



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