Staff and volunteers of the Elmbrook Humane Society will be blogging about what's going on at the society, as well as other observations about life in Wisconsin.
The mission of the Elmbrook Humane Society is to promote the human-animal bond through adoption and education, to provide shelter to homeless animals, and to prevent animal cruelty and neglect. EBHS services the city of Brookfield, the villages of Butler, Chenequa, Elm Grove and Nashotah, and the towns of Brookfield and Delafield. EBHS shelters unwanted pets and strays, and rescues injured domestic animals and wildlife, provides resources for individuals with companion animals and provides Humane Education to schools and civic groups.
Visit our web site at www.EBHS.org.
When the Packers beat the Bears for a trip to Superbowl XLV, I jumped around the living room in pure joy. After I eventually calmed down, Stacey Kremel (SMK Photography) and I starting sending text messages to each other about photographing the adoptable dogs at EBHS in Packer gear.
A few days later, we were in the EBHS conference room with photography equipment and a wide variety of “green and gold.” It sounded like an easy idea at first. I mean, how hard is it to dress dogs, get them to sit still, and look at the camera? We had our squeaky toys and treats. We were ready.
Some of the dogs were clearly confused when I initially dressed them, but then didn’t seem to care after awhile. Stacey was quick with her Canon, but it took us about two hours to take pictures of six dogs. We had many escape artists and some dogs were very sleepy from their morning walks. When I left EBHS that day I was sweaty, my legs hurt, and completely covered in dog hair. But, in the back of my mind I knew these pictures were worth the effort.
Stacey had the pictures edited and ready for posting in record time. EBHS started sharing these pictures with Facebook friends, and before we knew it…the “Packer dogs” made the CBS 58 News, People Magazine’s website for animal lovers, and The Morning Blend.
We then found ourselves holding another photoshoot: The Packer “Pup” Rally at Spa Paw and Tail in New Berlin to help raise money for EBHS. It took a team of five to make this happen: Diana and Rachel greeted the Packer fans at the door; Stacey snapped the pictures; Syler was the print master; and I worked with the dogs (and humans). We appreciated the nice turnout and enjoyed talking with the dog owners.
Quite honestly, I couldn’t stop smiling during The Packer “Pup” Rally because when a dog is wearing a Cheesehead and Packer “bling”…it’s definitely a recipe for a good time!
But on a serious note, do you want to know what the best part of this entire project was? All but one of the “Packer dogs” from our initial photoshoot were adopted. They found homes, and this was our reward. We also got the chance to raise money for the animals at the shelter and had fun along the way.
My point is (and I do have one!) that if you have an idea that can help the animals at EBHS, feel free share it. You never knew where it can lead.