We LOVE Dogs! Domesti-Pups & Our Booth at the Lincoln Lancaster Event Center! Images by Jason and Tonja

 

 

It was a Domesti-Pups Dog Diggity Event!

 

We sure had fun meeting everyone and seeing your fur kids!  What a great event!  Being there with everyone it truly was a fun filled weekend worth all of the work that goes into putting something like this together.

This past summer, I became the recipient of my first successor Service Dog.  My boy Luka now 14 years old is retired, he was my first Service Dog and one of the Domesti-Pups originals back in the day.  He came to me through a series of seemingly destined events.  We made quite the pair, so transitioning well, it has been hard.  You can read more about my journey which I haven’t shared much about on my other blog.  PINKDOBERMAN BLOG

This spring, I found out that Domesti-Pups had a dog for me.  It was welcome news to say the least.  I’d gone through a frustrating period of having to rely on other people to do basic things and I didn’t feel very independent.  My family and friends rallied around us and raised the funds to finish my partnership.

DOMESTI-PUPS
That is where the I LOVE MY DOG EXPO also helps.  This expo held every year for the past 6 years makes it possible for Domesti-Pups to provide the services that they do for people like me and those with epilepsy.  I have a Traumatic Brain Injury as a result of multiple concussions, and some other issues as well that effect my balance, concentration and abilities.  Domesti-Pups fills a niche in the Service Dog industry by training dogs that ultimately partner with those who have seizure disorders, as well as those with mobility issues.

Domesti-Pups also provides an even greater service to the community by training dogs that work as Reading Pups, Edu Pups, and Therapy Dogs.  These are the dogs that you may be familiar with in schools, hospitals, and long term care facilities.  These dogs and their handlers do community service regularly all over the metro area and beyond.

Believe it or not there is a great need for these dogs and others like them.  There certainly aren’t enough Service Dog training facilities that can consistently turn out such great companions and helpers!  Domesti-Pups is well worth your commitment support and donations.

It isn’t all that common to run into someone with one of the graduated Service Dogs.  The class I was in for example most of the recipients were from out of state.  Two of us were local.  It is a fantastic service that they provide and it is a specialty that is needed all across this great country of ours, and I am proud to have another one of the Domesti-Pups Service Dogs.

DUKE:
Let me tell you a little bit about Duke!  He’s my new partner.  He does many things that help me.  Of course Jason is still a main part of my life but Duke is able to take the minutia away and give both of us the freedom to be more independent.  Jason gets the peace of mind that I am not alone, and that I have help if I need it.   Duke walks beside me when I am outside or in new or busy places.  I get distracted and he keeps my feet on the floor.  He picks things up, so if I drop a lens cover, my cellular, or need something off of the ground he grabs it for me.  He also helps me up off of the floor, the more I do things the more tired I become.  It gets increasingly difficult to get myself up.  He also helps me around the house.  Which is handy!  I’ll be adding more about him on the Pink Doberman Blog.

PHOTOGRAPHY:
So a few years ago now Jason got a camera and was having a lot of fun with it, so much fun that he was starting to get asked to formally take pictures, around the same time I discovered that after working to hold a camera again that this was something that I not only enjoyed still, but was able to do.  So I took more classes online and kept improving.  I am not formally trained, and I learn where ever I go and what ever I do.  Soon… well it turned into more.  =D  I now take most of the people and pet pictures and Jason does most of the art.  We each have found our niche!

VOLUNTEERS:
Of course I have a great connection with our four legged friends.  I’ve had a dog from the earliest times in my life that I can remember.  I even had horses and a cow..  Love farm life.  Going through what I have gone through I really am so incredibly grateful to those who take their time to train these dogs.  It takes someone with patience and a gift for serving others.  My dog was trained at one of the prisons in the state.  His trainer was wonderful, and really cared about Duke.  They’d worked together for a long while, under the guidance of Domesti-Pups trainers.

These volunteers work regularly week in and week out with a purpose greater than themselves.  Your support of this organization means that they have the funds to drive to check out potential pups that have what it takes to finish this program.  The pups that they select are rare, they aren’t certain breeds, they are of certain personalities.  This means that they have to go out and search all leads to find the best dogs suited for this type of work.  All dogs just don’t want to work. They only want happy dogs!

OUR EMAIL LIST:
So this year, we were asked why we weren’t having a booth at the expo..   We’d never done a booth before, our photography business is pretty word of mouth and while we do like that, it was a great idea of a way to let more people know about us!  It also sounded fun!  So there we were!  It didn’t go off with out a few bumps..  namely the email subscriptions..  I messed up on the coding information that makes that work.. I didn’t get right, so no one really got signed up although they entered their information.  Boo.  This is now fixed and we’d love to invite you to sign up AGAIN!   Sign up here!!

OUR BOOTH:

A huge thank you to our friend Becky who helped us set up our booth on Friday!  I forgot to get a picture with her in it!  =(

Keenan and Nikki who help us with our photography, they hung out in our booth with us on Saturday!!

We also had the pleasure of having Hannah and Jake help us in our booth on Sunday!!

Our Booth at the I LOVE My Dog Expo

Images by Jason and Tonja Booth

Here we are, thanks Jason for taking the pictures!!

Everyone who came, let me just tell you we were in LOVE with your dogs!!  We had the opportunity to see so many different breeds!  You might think that an event like this would have fights or jumping dogs or lots of problems?  NOPE!  The dogs who were attending weren’t show dogs they were for the most part family dogs.  We loved seeing all of the pampered pooches and we couldn’t be more excited to see you in the future and spend time with your fur kids!  We know that YOU LOVE YOUR DOGS!!    We loved everyone who stopped by!  Thanks so much!!

I hope you get in touch!  We’d love to do a shoot for you too!

Blessings,

Tonja and Jason

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Karina Golembiewski - February 28, 2014 - 3:46 pm

Great expo! Glad to hear you got a new partner, Duke. He sounds amazing! I hope he continues to make your life easier. Best of luck!

Linda Tubbs - February 28, 2014 - 4:19 pm

Love your booth! So happy for you and Duke.

Lorena Gililland Turner - February 28, 2014 - 7:54 pm

What a cute booth! Duke sounds incredible…best wishes to both of you!

Elly Swerdlow - March 1, 2014 - 12:07 am

Your booth looks great and so happy for you and Duke!

Evo Bao - March 2, 2014 - 9:29 am

Awesome booth! Looks like everyone had fun, especially Duke!

I LOVE MY DOG EXPO ~ Jason and Tonja Nebraska Dog Photography

 

Images by Jason and Tonja Hazel Luka Duke Service Dog

Our family!

 

 

NEBRASKA~Ashland~Omaha~Lincoln

Hello, we were so excited to meet you!   What a great event the expo was!!  It was our first year, we were totally amazed at the diversity of dogs you brought through our booth!  We loved seeing how well behaved your fur kids were also!  WOW!  What a bunch of great people who care about their fur kids!  You can totally tell they were a part of your family.

We love our dogs!  Duke our newest and youngest, is my Service Dog.  He is a Domesti-Pups dog and was trained in Lincoln Nebraska.

Duke works with me while I do daily outings and photography sessions, he’s become an important member of our pack.  Jason and I also have two other dogs.  Luka who was my first Service Dog, and Hazel who is a Rocky Mountain Great Dane Rescue.  Actually all of our dogs were rescue dogs at one time or another.

We’d love to stay in touch and keep you informed about our photography and other things we are doing.  Please take a moment to fill out your information and be sure to check your email so you can confirm your subscription! Our sessions are custom designed for our clients pricing for our pet portrait sessions I will happily chat with you to figure out how we can best meet your needs. Give us a call at 402-417-4994 leave a message so we can get back to you. We have busy lives and are not always attached to our phones!

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You are our focus, portraiture is what we do and we’d love to create Legacy Images of you and your pack too!

Blessings,
Tonja

She is a Beautiful Baby!

 

She is a beauty, that is what we all say, 

It isn’t that often that you can’t turn away.

Blessings abound, and delight forms at her sounds, she coos and cuddles, and has all of the right snuggles.

Her bright eyes just shine, and she hardly ever whines, she is soft as can be, and smells like fresh baby.

Don’t miss out on this, the time goes by so fast, the tiny bits grow up, while the nights you stay up start slipping into a routine,

the next thing you know she is 16.

Big cuddles and snuggles, wiggles, tickles, and peek-A-boo’s, the time is so short, of course, this isn’t new news.

So take the time when you can to love her all up, she precious for sure, you can never get enough.

~T  <3

Written for baby Petra. 2013

Baby Petra Images by Jason and Tonja 2013

She drifts off in the arms of those who love her, only to wake up from the dream as she is graduating. Baby Petra a future full of dreams.

 

 

She wakes and sleeps, she cries and smiles,

her softness carries,

The nights are day the day is night,

the road winds in between,

The brave protector the beautiful glue,

the older one watches,

Acknowledgement in her breath.

T. <3

For Petra

 

 

Beautiful Baby Petra  First Portrait  Images by Jason and Tonja

Baby Beautiful drifting off in sugarplum land.

 

 

 

Her might is in her pint, her strength bellows in the night, grown from a seed she has been born, with dew drops on her feet.  ~T

 

 

Baby Beautiful all dressed up and no where to go, Images by Jason and Tonja 2013

All dressed up and no where to go.

 

 

She’s ran the race, now it is time to rest, another day awakens with the sun, she will laugh and run, with shiny shoes, and dance until she is done.~T

We just adore little Petra, she couldn’t be more perfect, 10 fingers 10 toes.
We are honored to have been her first photographers as well as her aunt and uncle!

Blessings,

Jason and Tonja

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Melissa Peedy Jaimes - December 9, 2013 - 8:05 pm

beautiful baby and such sweet images!

Kyle Henry - December 9, 2013 - 8:19 pm

Such a precious baby. Love the images and love the poetic words to compliment it!

Keely Julson - December 9, 2013 - 8:38 pm

such a cute baby girl! Love the poetry and images!

Nebraska Treasures!

 

 

 

 

Bright & Smiling

 

Two beautiful girls spent a day with their grandparents!  Grandma was sneaky and invited us over to take some pictures!

She likes to surprise her daughter and son in law.  What a glorious day it was, we arrived to the girls outside making the snow fall from a flowering tree.

Darling Girls

Nebraska girls at heart, they are full of love and independence all at the same time!  Time slips by quietly and soon they are headed out the door for bigger things.

There is nothing quite as nice as time spent with Grandparents who spoil you, love you, and dote on your every desire.

Days like this make for memories etched in their minds.  They will grow up, older and still have memories of their matching outfits and the kindness they shared one summer day.

Don’t blink.  For if you do the time will pass and life will be on to other dreams.  For now, memories are locked in images that will be forever able to tell their story.

Zoey Beautiful!!

Nebraska Beautiful! I am the big! Beautiful Nebraska Families

Nebraska Beautiful!

Nebraska Beautiful.. I am the little.

 

 

 

 

It is that moment when you reach for the phone to give us a call.  Don’t let the distractions of life stop you from preserving moments.  They are gone far to soon.

Blessings,

Tonja and Jason

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Fernanda, Wicked Smart Beauty!

 

 Wicked Smart Beauty!

 

 

It has been a while to say the least.  She was here last year and we created these gorgeous images.  Of course I’ve had them finished for a long time now, and somehow holding on to them without sharing them felt a little bit like she was still here.

I don’t know about you, but when the three pieces of your heart grow up, and live in different parts of the globe, holding onto a little bit of them makes life a little nicer.

However I just realized it has been forever and I should share her gorgeous images.  I probably should have a long time ago.

So apologetically I am sharing these gorgeous images now.

Life is funny, we have hosted three exchange students over the years, two of them are sisters.  We are equally proud of each of them, and we see ourselves represented in their lives in different ways.  We hold dear the memories of the time they were here, and the times that we get to visit them or they are able to visit us.  It is a beautiful world.

One of our beauties came to visit us after we had begun taking pictures.  We of course plan to capture each one of them when we see them next.  =D

Fernanda (The Baby)  came to visit.  She is an adjavagada or attorney, she is passionate, convicted, and energetic.

 

 

Images by Jason and Tonja, Fernanda, Rotary, Brazil

When you hold the secrets of life in your fingertips, you can dance among the stars.

 

 

 

Life is so sweet when what you do makes it a little bit better.   Fernanda is a champion of looking for the best option, creating the best outcome, and delivering what she does with everything she has.
Her determination and passion are contagious, you can’t help knowing that she makes a difference.

Fernanda, Images by Jason and Tonja, Brazilian Rotary

Wicked Smart Beauty

 

 

Where she walks her shoes leave her mark, others will know where she has been.   She sparkles when she talks about something, her enthusiasm is contagious, she is a fighter and a beautiful champion.  You can’t help but be better for knowing her and having her in your life you feel richer.

 

 

Fernanda  Images by Jason and Tonja  Brazilian Smart Beauty

Life in Law

She is engaged of course to a handsome and smart fella.  We couldn’t be happier for our girl.  She is making a difference one case at a time.

 

Blessings,   Tonja

 

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