Well, Paul and his wife Deanne, my neighbors and friends who literally are the
ones I blame reason for my involvement in pet rescue, are now beginning this new year with the resolve of finally realizing Paul’s dream – pet photography. If you’ve ever met a man who can connect with animals in an indescribably awesome way, Paul’s the man. And he’s toting a camera to capture pets at their most natural, yet best moments.
Paul’s business is therefore appropriately named Purr Photography. Not that he’s slighting the doggies in the least – trust me, he adores dogs – but as team leaders for the cat sector of Almost Home Foundation, Paul and Deanne tend to to think in feline terms. You know how cats are – they take over your thought processes even! I’m thinking if CindyLu spent a week or two in their home, she’d have them straightened out very quickly, changing the business name to Yappy Day Photography or something like that. Remind me to keep her away from them!
When not snapping shots, Paul heads up the cat team for the rescue group. He and Deanne spend every waking hour, seven days a week, up to their ears in purrs and meows. Have a kitty you want the rescue to take in? Paul and Deanne will meet you or offer a host of resources you can try. Have a kitty your shelter hates to euthanize, but time’s running out? Deanne will respond with a YES to your email for help, or shed tears for not being able to. Want to offer to foster a cat in your home, or have a question or concern about the one you are fostering? Paul’s on the phone with you in no time. You can find them every Saturday at the Petsmart heading up the cats adoption events. You can also find them checking on the kitties spending a day in the Love-a-Pet Center at that store, on any given day of the week.
If you’re in a crowded area, and you suddenly hear a repeating cat’s meow – it’s probably yet another call for Paul on his cell. If you’re at a formal event, and you notice a guy dressed well, but wearing a tie with cats all over it – it’s probably Paul. But I swear, he loves dogs, too! He’s just under the influence of felines (and we all know how good they are at that kind thing!) when he’s not actually with his doggie friends. Ask Chester – when we first adopted him, it was Paul who suggested we consider him in the first place. Once he was home with us, he’d go crazy whenever he heard their car coming home, or the sound of the remote unlocking the car when they were leaving. And to this day, years later, Chester STILL runs to the door and windows when Paul pulls up in his drive! He just loves Paul so much. Chester may live here, but he’s Paul’s dog!
Here’s to two very special heroes working day and night on behalf of our homeless pets! Check out their site – and please become a fan on Facebook and Twitter! I’m so excited for him – way to go, Paul!
Rock it in 2011!!