My new baby.

So, as most of you know, I am in love with animals.  I always have been, and I always will be.  When I was younger, if there wasn’t any kids to play with, I would just play with the nearest dog or cat for hours.  I have been anticipating the date where I can finally adopt a dog of my own.  I have been planning to adopt a boxer puppy the last couple of months, but I have always said to myself “when I see the perfect dog, I will just know.”

My boyfriend Macklin and I went to Wright-Way Rescue yesterday, my place of work, to take pictures and walk dogs.  Just a normal day to me. We do this when it’s nice out and feel like we need a “dog fix.”

When we got there, I went down the line of our kennel deciding to who take out first. I stopped at the end to find a beautiful dog named Lexi. They say it only takes .5 seconds to fall in love, and I’m pretty sure I just witnessed it for myself. I looked down at her to her beautiful spots, and I laughed out loud when I saw her grinning. Yes, literally grinning with teeth and all ( I’ve realized she does this when she is excited).

Macklin and I took her out of her cage, and she was calm as could be. The more time I spent with her, my heart was breaking.  I knew I couldn’t adopt for another month because of my housing situation, and I knew someone would snatch her up once they spent time with her.

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I decided to text my boss Christy to tell her my situation. I was just expecting her to say she was sorry. I left the shelter nearly with tears in my eyes. I decided I should just forget about her and focus my love for her to try and find her a good home. I know all animals will most likely find a good home, but I knew I could give her the life she deserved.

When I got home an hour later, I finally received a respond from my boss.  She said “If you really want her and are willing to help give her extra walks, we can hold her … You do so much for WWR.”  I was jumping up and down with excitement knowing I could actually have her.  I was so excited I went back again to spend more time with her.  She is just great.

She is being spayed today, so hopefully everything goes smoothly.  A veterinarian is going to look at her eye as well (you can see in the picture that it is hazy.) There is a good chance it’s just a “glass” or “cracked” eye, a common feature in Catahoulas, but just want to make sure! I think it’s beautiful. Wish me luck on this new journey and to find the patience this next month as I await her coming home with me 🙂

Name still hasn’t been picked out. Any name ideas? Contenders are: Juno, Dolly, and Mazie.

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What Cancer Cannot Do: 

Cancer is so limited…
It cannot cripple love.
It cannot shatter hope.
It cannot corrode faith.
It cannot eat away peace.
It cannot destroy confidence.
It cannot kill friendship.
It cannot shut out memories.
It cannot silence courage.
It cannot reduce eternal life.
It cannot quench the Spirit.


What Cancer Cannot Do

Today is one of the days where I feel so blessed with this job. Anne, one of my great friend’s moms, was diagnosed with cancer this past year. I was able to help them capture memories today, and we remembered all of the things cancer CANNOT do. It is so important to have pictures taken no matter what is happening in your life; these are the memories you will have forever.

Sassy at Wright-Way Rescue


I don’t think I mentioned my wonderful job on here yet! If you didn’t know, I work at Wright-Way Rescue, one of Illinois’ largest no-kill rescue shelter. I get to work with wonderful people and amazing animals. Oh, and I get to do what I do best and love. What’s not to like?

This is a video of a very sweet girl that is in our program. Macklin and I walked her when we volunteered last week, and she is just a gentle dog all around. I hope she gets adopted. I ideally would love for videography to help all dogs in our program get adopted.  A video and a professional image will do wonders for an adult dog.

Love how things are going!

This weekend.


I got so much done with my new website and business. Pricing sheets, logos, and web design — oh my! I like the direction life is going.. which is hopefully out west. The only problem in life right now is that I’m not prepared for school to start tomorrow, especially since I want to just start everything full time NOW! I will truck through.

Please visit Jacoby Photo + Design 🙂

Bring on the new clients of southern Illinois!