Pittie Party with Peace for Paws and Devoted Ohio

{by alexis}–I have written to you all many times before about how much I love our canine friends and the joys of pet adoption or rescue. So, it was a no-brainer when Devoted asked if I would be in a few photos at their pet adoption event last Saturday. They teamed up with Peace for Paws, a rescue group here in central Ohio, and held a lively event in the Gateway Alley outside their store, with live music, local vendors, and oodles of pitties!

The Devoted team always runs great events. In addition to Peace for Paws, they teamed up with some exceptionally talented photographers. Amy Clark Studios was there snapping the pups, as well as Jaclyn from Coley & Co Photography. Jaclyn worked with husband and I as we goofed off with the dogs. Look at these gorgeous photos she took!

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coley & co photography

snuggles

coley & co photography

snuggles

coley & co photography

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coley & co photography

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And look at those dogs! These were two of our favorites. So well-behaved, so friendly, and so mellow. Indiana Bones is many things, but I’m not sure anyone would describe him as MELLOW.

Oh, and do you love our shirts? We are wearing designs from Sugar Pie Tees. These Ohio-centric tees are available for all members of the family, from infant to adult, and are oh-so-soft. They will be PERFECT for tail-gates (yes, football starts again in just a few short weeks!). I wasn’t allowed to wear the Made In Ohio shirt, given that whole my-being-from-Michigan thing, but I found the heart-in-Ohio shirt to be quite appropriate! These shirts, as well as a whole truckload of others, are available at Devoted.

Once were done with the modeling portion of the event, we wandered around making new friends with all the adoptable pups. WHAT DOLLS.

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snuggles

snuggles

snuggles

Snuggles was a very special puppy. She was so calm, engaged, and just good-hearted. She let us, strangers, lead her around, pick her up, and was generous with the kisses. What is better than a patient and affectionate puppy! And did you see her manicure?

snuggles

snuggles

Ugh, that NOSE! She was so sweet. We milled around for a while, but always found ourselves back at Snuggles’ side. Basically, I want to keep her.

And then we met Layla. She and I had a pretty quick and natural connection. Another calm puppy, she was full of love.

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She investigated me for a little while, then I guess she made up her mind.

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layla

layla

layla

We were pretty fast friends. Can I we just take a moment to acknowledge WHAT A FUN DAY THIS IS? There’s more!

Brawny was a more reserved, shy pup. I tried to woo him, but he only had eyes for my husband. The only time I could get a good picture of his face was when he nestled up to husband’s legs.

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brawny

Look at that face! And that bow-tie (this dapper look brought to you by CollarDoos). I love this; it’s so sweet, and is a great illustration of the natural, automatic bond between dogs and people. They just want to be close to us. And who wouldn’t want to snuggle that sweet face. I will always remember one visit to the Franklin County Dog Shelter while we were looking for Indy: Some of the dogs in the stalls would press their entire bodies up to the doors, just so you could pet them. That’s how much they crave human touch and attention!

Some dogs were really just basking in all the attention. Check out Tyson: he looks like a centerfold!

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tyson

He’s loving the sun and all the “good boy”s!

Before we headed out, we got another picture of Emma. This one is a pretty good representation of her sweet disposition and happy attitude.

emma

emma

I mean, only good dogs put up with this! There were more dogs than just these we featured here, but you can blame my photography for any omissions.

We had so much fun talking with the fosters and getting to know the pups themselves. Rescue groups are always full of such fundamentally good people. You’ve got to tip your hat to folks who open their homes to dogs in need, and donate their time to help find forever  homes. Truly, we were thrilled we could help give these darlings the exposure, and I hope one or two of you readers is looking to adopt. You couldn’t go wrong with any of these dogs.

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