Wanna liven up your Saturday night? Like comedy? Love animals?

Bark on the Boardwalk

Good news, you have been chosen! Click over to the Lincoln Center and get your hands on tickets to the funniest night of the year.

Choice City Comedy Nite presents Bark on the Boardwalk. Enjoy magic acts, yummy food, my super fun photo set and some great items up for auction.

This is the biggest fundraiser of the year for Animal House Rescue and Grooming. 100% of the proceeds go straight to helping our four legged friends.

Tickets are limited to 300 and are on sale through tomorrow, Wednesday, April 8th.

At the event be sure to upload all your fun photos and tag with #BarkOnTheBoardwalk.

See you there!



Pocket Pet Pictures

Guinea pet photographer, Fort Collins, Colorado

Apple the Guinea Pig Silver Paw Studio

Wouldn’t it be fun to look back in ten years of your little ones cradling their beloved pet? Or look up at your walls to see your furry family member smiling down at you?

Pets aren’t relegated to just dogs and cats! Do you have pocket pets? Guinea pigs, mice, rats, and gerbils are very common animal companions. These furry critters deserve their moment of fame too! We can schedule a session highlighting your pet and your pet with you or your children.

In grade school I had a black gerbil who loved to nibble at the world map hanging on the wall behind her cage. One time she bit me and I dropped her. Poor thing suffered a bloody nose and I worried all day that I had caused some kind of brain damage. We played very carefully after that.

As a teenager I had a pair of mice named Cecil & Beany. A friend named them after a cartoon show I had never seen but the names stayed anyway.

I never had guinea pigs but loved hearing their little squeals whenever I visited one.

Big, little, wavy hair, black & white, and red. These little guys sport quite a variety of looks.

Apple is the name of this little girl. She a seven month old Abyssinian guinea pig. Baby carrots kept her happy while I snapped away. After a few minutes her mom suggested using the toy piano I have for visiting kids. Apple stole the spotlight and should have a promising career on broadway! She even flashed her biggest gpig smile. So cute right?

Do you have a pocket pet? Or a bird? How about a reptile? Professional portraits of your pocket or exotic pets can be a keepsake and a stunning art piece. Call me for a session on your location or at my home studio.


Animal Control Ride Along

Do you know what Animal Control does every day?

Working in the veterinary field for nearly 15 years I thought I had a pretty good idea.

Riding around town with Officer Quinn shed light on many more responsibilities.

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Larimer County Animal Control

While patrolling the city and responding to dispatch calls I peppered Officer Quinn with my usual curiosity. Here are some cool things I learned.

Did you know the Animal Control team came up with the Call of Doody-Brown Ops campaign? There are posters in veterinary offices, signs on trails, and even this cute video.  As the video says, “An ounce of pet waste is home to about 23 million unhealthy bacteria.” Ew. Please answer the call of Doody.

My daughter once found an opossum hanging out in her garbage can, what a fright first thing in the morning! So, what about wild animals? The quick answer is “anything smaller than a coyote.” If it’s bigger then the call is passed on to another agency better equipped to handle it. It could be a national parks ranger or the state wildlife agency.

Are we on our own after hours? Our dedicated Animal Control officers are ready to help you 24 hours a day! Dispatch and trucks are manned from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. Night hours are covered by the on-call officer. That’s service!

As most people know Animal Control enforces state and local animal laws and ordinances.

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Larimer County Animal Control

We spent part of the morning patrolling local parks. For everyone’s safety please keep your dog on a leash! From my personal experience not everyone at a park or on a trail is comfortable around dogs, no matter how nice your dog is.

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Larimer County Animal Control

Recent harsh winter weather can be dangerous for your pets. Gates can blow open letting curious noses sniff their way into the unknown. Animal Control officers will help find your pet’s way home. While on my ride-along a concerned citizen spied a little pug wandering around her neighborhood. She questioned the neighbors but couldn’t find her home. Upon arrival we immediately scanned her for a microchip and quickly checked her over all health. No microchip registered so we loaded her in the warm truck to take back to the humane society.

We checked-in on a woman who had been bitten by a dog while walking a local popular trail. She described the dog and the location so our next stop we patrolled that area in the hopes of finding the dog. Scanning the area for a while we decided to head to the next stop. Officer Quinn marked the trail with the dispatch crew and will patrol that area twice a day for the next two weeks.

Office Quinn warned me that our patrol would be pretty quiet with such cold winter weather.

Warm summer months find everyone and their dog outside enjoying our great state. That is when Animal Control receives the most calls. Active animals tend to wander off or get injured. Visitors may not know local ordinances. Small wildlife are out and about too and may need medical or safety intervention.

So my next ride-along adventure will be late spring, right before the busy time.

All of the staff were very welcoming to me. They are a fun crew who are serious about the humane treatment of our companion and wild animal population.

I look forward to volunteering and learning even more. If you want to know more about how Animal Control serves our community check out their webpage here.


Foster Dog Family Photos

Animal House Rescue and Grooming is a small facility doing big things for the dogs of our community and surrounding shelters. Volunteers are a huge reason Animal House is so successful in placing dogs in fur-ever homes.
One day this fall I met Steve Inman. He saw me photographing dogs at the shelter and mentioned scheduling his dog Jake for a photo session. Steve volunteers as a foster dog home and wanted me to photograph his foster dogs as part of his family too.
We picked a date for after the holidays and I came over with my full studio set up.

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Steve and Jake Silver Paw Studio

We started with images of just Steve and then added Jake his black Australian shepherd. When Jake looked up at Steve I could see the loving connection between the two. Jake has been Steve’s buddy through thick and thin and I could see it in their eyes.

Kiara and Kovu, Steve and Jake’s foster dogs, had their moment of fame too. They proved to be pretty squirmy and and fairly disinterested in anything but Steve.  But, we managed to bribe them into the set for several handsome images.

Wrangling everyone together for the grand finale really put Steve’s arm reach and balancing powers to the test! We managed to set Kiara & Kovu on one side and Jake on the the other with Steve trying to wrap his arms around everyone. The collage below tells the story pretty well.

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Steve and Jake Silver Paw Studio

Steve’s dedication to his foster charges is exemplary. When he is on the road the first stop after the airport is to pick them up at the shelter. They have grown and learned so much by being in a loving home environment.
Just this week Kiara & Kovu were matched with a permanent home! I have to think that all the time they spent with Steve and Jake were a major contribution to their adoption.
It is such an honor to work with a passionate animal advocate. Thank you Steve & Jake for all you do for our furry community!


Awkward Christmas Card

Meany Family Silver Paw Studio

Meany Family Silver Paw Studio

Katie contacted me with an idea to create an Awkward Family Photo Christmas card.

So we met over coffee and planned our shenanigans. Floating heads, elf hats, ugly sweaters, and a laser light background were all on the list.

Katie scoured the city and found Cali, the border collie mix, and Mowgli her new kitty, colorful Christmas outfits for the occasion.

Everyone behaved well for the photo session at their house. Mowgli squirmed a bit and wandered away a couple of times but overall looked fabulous. Cali was eager to please for the whole session. We did manage to get one photo of the three of them together.

I created four different options for the Christmas cards. After some deliberation Katie decided on this card with the black background and cross stitch font.

As their Christmas card says, “Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animal.”

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Meany Family Christmas Card

Merry Awkward Christmas everyone!


Hawk the Hero

My voicemail message on December 2nd went something like this: “Hi this is Bill. We are standing in Wagz pet store in Old Town looking at your display. We are in town for a few days and wondered if we could schedule a session for our dog.”

Hawk is an 11 year old German Shepherd very special to not only Bill and Lois but the entire County of Clinton in Iowa.

Hawk is a certified Search and Rescue Dog, police dog, and therapy dog. He and his brothers, Strider and Deker, work cases such as robbery, drowning, missing children, and cold cases to name just a few.

During Hawk’s normal swim at the local dog therapy pool Bill noticed Hawk’s nose bleeding. After exams and testing the veterinarian diagnosed Hawk with a cancer in his snout. The Halls jumped on-line to research their treatment options. Colorado State University (CSU) offered a three day treatment instead of several weeks. Everyone loaded into the truck for the 850 mile trip from Iowa.

Once in Fort Collins they checked in at CSU where they realized he could have permanent scaring, he may not react well to anesthesia, or the treatment may not be 100% effective. That’s when they decided to call me. “This could be his last professional portrait,” said a choked up Bill.

Of course we immediately scheduled a session that afternoon at a local park. We chose this setting as it represented terrain he would typically work in. At least one of the images will be on his official Sheriff’s office trading cards in the near future.

Hawk Search and Rescue Hero

Hawk Search and Rescue Hero

Hawk did fantastic. He had no idea he was even ill. The setting sun made him glow next to the river and in the field. His badge shone proudly nestled in his brown and black fur.

We met the next day while Hawk underwent his first treatment. They told me all about his job, the cases he’s worked, and the amazing community they live, work & volunteer in.

Bill and Lois are truly inspiring. Their enthusiasm for the dogs and their work knows no bounds. I could have sat chatting with them all evening. I feel so blessed to have worked with such a magnificent family.

I am happy to report that Hawk breezed through his treatments and the drive home with absolutely no upsets!

Hawk will be returning for a recheck at CSU this spring and we have already planned to meet up. Be watching for future updates!

Click here for a video from 2012 showcasing Hawk with Bill and Lois as a Hy-Vee Hero.


Papillon Partners

The Papillon is “One of the oldest of the toy spaniels, it derives its name from its characteristic butterfly like look of the long and fringed hair on the ears,” Wikipedia.

Poppy could almost flutter through her Pacific Northwest country acreage. In contrast is her brother, Cholo, with short wispy hair adorning his ears.

Introducing Poppy Silver Paw Studio

Poppy the Papillon

Poppy is a new member of the Hosey household. After a two year battle with heart disease Cholo’s older sister, little Jewel, passed away this summer. Being an only child did not suit Cholo so along came Poppy.

Papillon, dog photographer, Fort Collins, CO

Cholo is a big brother Silver Paw Studio

Poppy loves her new country home and regularly explores while everyone is tending to plants and chores on nice days. She adjusted quickly to her doting retired pup parents. Her space on the bed is claimed, she settles in on a lap for afternoon naps, and eagerly inhales her gourmet meals. Meeting her new brother went so smoothly I would think she had been a fixture of the family for years.

Being a new addition we didn’t know how she would do in a photo studio set up at home. We had nothing to worry about, a few tasty treats had her sitting pretty in every image. She even sat patiently next to her squirmy brother.

Welcome Poppy!

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Cholo & Poppy Papillons

Do you have a new addition to your furry, feathered, or fuzzy family? Why should human babies have all the limelight? Consider a photography session to announce your new arrival! We can even design announcement cards.


Rawls Family Shihtzu Sweety

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Rawls Family

Have you ever bought a new car and suddenly noticed that model all over town?

I think that is what it’s like with animal lovers. Somehow we are attuned to each other. Maybe it’s the “Wag More, Bark Less” bracelet, or the pet lovers license plates, or the “Wipe Your Paws” welcome mat. For me it’s the way someone lights up when you mention animals.

When I met Ashley at a business event I wore my Monique Renee Photography polo shirt (parent company of Silver Paw Studio). The moment I mentioned pet photography her eyes lit up and for the next 20 minutes we swapped pet stories. The story of Miss Bliss instantly tugged at my heart.

Spring of this year Ashley found Miss Bliss at Animal House Rescue here in Fort Collins. She fell in love with the little special needs shihtzu and whisked her home to her boyfriend Mike and Maltese Rambo.

Everyone knew Miss Bliss came with a liver issue and had her on special medication. But Miss Bliss kept feeling worse so Ashley took her in for an MRI. Bleak news of a liver shunt made it clear that she would have only months left in her new family.

Ashley and Mike showered her with love, attention, and medical care. During her photo session she wore the cutest little skirt diaper. When they had to work long days “grandma” would spoil the dogs. Rambo taught Miss Bliss the joy of carrots as treats.

By October she had taken a turn for the worse and wasn’t expected to make it through the weekend. We canceled the photo session and held our breath for her to perk up. She bounced back for a few days so we scheduled for November 7th. Unfortunately by November 5th she completely lost her sight and Ashley and Mike made the difficult decision to let her go. We all arranged our schedules to photograph her that night.

I set up my studio in the entry of their home and gently curled Miss Bliss on a fluffy pillow and soft blanket. Rambo sat next to her for a couple images and at the end the whole family sat together. She enjoyed one last carrot and lots of loves from everyone.

Two weeks later I met with Ashley to show her all the images. She chose this nice trio to display in her home. Everyone is adjusting to the absence of Miss Bliss but she will never be forgotten.

As Silver Paw Studio I offer a special portrait session for hospice care pets. The Family Jewel Session is tailored especially for elderly or infirmed pets generally near the end of their life. As a pet lover I know every moment is cherished from puppy hood through the golden years. Please call me if you have a pet you would like one last portrait session with.


Free Halloween Pet Portraits

Join me this Thursday & Friday for Free Halloween Pet photos!

Digital images will be available to share on Facebook. 5×7 printed images are available for a $15 donation to the Food Bank of Larimer County.

Our non-spooky fall themed photo booth will be at Friendship Hospital for Animals located at 1103 Oak Park Drive just south of Harmony on Lemay.

Bring your pet by for a photo (you can be in the photo too!) , a goody bag, and help out the Food Bank of Larimer County.

Thursday & Friday, October 30th & 31st from 10:00 to 2:00.

Look for the sign for Monique Renee Photography, Silver Paw’s parent company!

See you there!

Halloween Pet Portraits Poster

Free Halloween Pet Portraits!



Canine Massage Fort Collins

Devon Divine K9 Massage Silver Paw Studio

Divine K9 Massage

In my search for businesses to work with in our community Devon’s business intrigued me. Dog massage? Is that a thing?  I had to meet her. Between clients and projects we met over lunch in Fort Collins.

When I think of massage I think of humans laying face down on a table while the palm of the masseuse firmly kneads knots out of your muscles. Since I have a very elderly dog with painful arthritis I wondered how massage worked. Her answer surprised me, “a light touch”.

Devon came to my house with her massage table and set up in the living room. She wrote information in his chart and carefully felt him all over. While lightly assessing him she noted his weight loss, slightly swollen glands, and a lump near his ribs. Our veterinarian has noted all these ailments but Devon’s concern prompted me to email Dr. Smith with an update. Even though Papy is nearly deaf she talked him through each step, comforting him and encouraging him. He did very well and I think secretly liked being “up on the furniture”. She left me with a specific area that I could gently work on at home and assurance that everything is tracked in his chart for future reference.

Her work enthralled me so much I forgot to snap even a cell phone image! But, I did have an opportunity for photos a few weeks before Papy’s massage. She and Kalia, her Alaskan Malamute, met me at Legacy Park for a photo session. We chose to stay near the river and utilize the bridge, riverside, sunflowers, and the open field. Kalia posed regally for all of her images. Only once did she try to suddenly explore an interesting critter in the field. I always suggest images of the owner / pet parent with their pet. The love Devon has for Kalia shines through in the pictures of the two of them together. In Devon’s words “Only a Mamma and her girl can have this kind of bond.” I especially love the image of Devon’s face framed by Kalia’s ears.

Teaming up with local businesses who are passionate about animals and their work is so rewarding. Devon’s compassion and giving spirit are inspiring; I look forward to working with her and watching her business thrive in the years to come.

Devon is a certified Canine Massage Therapist through The Lang Institute for Canine Massage and is also a Certified Veterinary Assistant through Front Range Community College. You can reach her at her business Divine K9 Massage.

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