MAGGIE TEXTURES {Tools for Photographers} and a FREE Postcard Texture

Monday, July 19, 2010

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”
~ Anatole France

Pets touch our lives. Most of us have had at least one pet in our lifetimes. They hold an important spot in our lives & hearts. Last evening, a neighbor recalled her childhood pet, a White Collie. She remembered going to the vet to see her the last time. It brought tears to her eyes 65 years later. And many of us will have our 1 in a million pet – the one pet we share a bond & connection more unique than the others. Maggie May, my lab greyhound, is that for me. She is my one in a million.

Maggie May became critically ill July 4, 2010. She was diagnosed with acute pancreatitis. I almost lost her. She spent 2 days in veterinary emergency care and 4 days hospitalized at my vet after the holiday weekend. Maggie May came home & is recovering daily – her playful goofy nature is back. Her appetite is improving. What followed her home are huge vet bills (3K). My ability to pay these bills is directly tied to how many portrait sessions I book, and sales of my art and textures. At the present time, things are very slow & I cannot even make the payment plan.

I have created a special MAGGIE TEXTURE SET. The sales from this set will help me pay this bill. I am giving a freebie texture, and the cost of this TEXTURE SET is low to make it affordable. So please, no sharing! Please pass the word!! Also, if you don’t have the MODERNE TEXTURE SET, I am reducing the price to $20!! There is something for everyone in this set – traditional textures, backgrounds/frames & word/letter textures.

Maggie was in 2 homes & 2 shelters by age 1. She was the dog no one wanted. Maggie came home with me at age 1, enrolled in obedience training, & was loved. She ultimately went on to become a THERAPY DOG visiting heart patients in a local hospital. She has also graced many pet rescue fundraising calendars and small business logos & marketing pieces.

I had lost my 2 dogs (AGES 14 & 15) around the time my 2 ½ year divorce became final. My parents had passed prior to that. I had no family or support system. Enter Maggie. The irony is that twins ran in my family. I grew up believing I would have twins & I knew they would be girls. I picked out 2 names: Katie Grace & Maggie Jean. I saw Maggie at the shelter & knew in an instant she was meant to come in my life - & she came with her name! (For those who have read “The Art of Racing in the Rain” you will understand this!!) I adopted Maggie, & together we learned to trust & love & become confident – to live in the moment. The bond I share with Maggie is even more special since we volunteered together at the hospital. It was amazing to see how people responded to her & how much she helped them! I have always believed in volunteering & giving back/paying it forward. I want to help people. I actively participate in helping pet rescue organizations and to an organization for chronically ill/terminally ill children. And I have donated my art to raise money to help restore the Gulf Coast. I have always been the person rallying for a cause & helping. I am a private person, & I don’t like to ask for help. But Mags needs are bigger than I can handle, & even with the economy being so tough for everyone, it’s my hope enough people can help just a little bit by purchasing textures, art or sessions & we will overcome these tough circumstances.

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Beverly said...

oh, I so love this story of you and Maggie! and I love these textures!

Victoria Fatum said...

Love to you and your Maggie. My Cheyenne was just diagnosed with cancer last week. She has been my faithful companion for the last 12 years. To say it has been a rough week is putting it mildly.

Char said...

prayers to maggie as i hope she continues to get better and better.

i feel your pain as my kitty furbaby passed away last week after 17 years as my faithful companion.

Traci said...

Just ordered Maggie's textures! They're exactly what I've been looking for, too!
HUgs to you and Maggie!
Love your photography, too - I'll be back!

Susan said...

I identify with yours and Maggie's story, Joy. All of my animals are rescues, and I love them dearly. I just purchased the lovely texture set to help you and Maggie.

I'm not that far from you...I live in Marysville. Your photography is lovely. I found you through Char and I'm glad I did.

Cynthia Licenziato said...

Your photography is wonderful! :)

kate i said...

Your photography is just beautiful Joy...I can't wait to use your textures!

I'm so glad that Maggie is on the mend and continues to be such a joyful angel in your life.

(found you via Char!)

Anne said...

Joy, I love your story about how you and Maggie came to be! I did read "The Art of Racing in the Rain" and it is one of my most favorite stories ever.

I have purchased the Maggie Textures and hope that this small gesture will help....I, too, know how quickly the vet bill becomes GINORMOUS!

Take care...both of you.

Lisa Ceaser said...

I wish I could swing it right now, but we just put an expensive roof on our house. I did share the link on my FB page and retweeted. Hope that brings some shoppers! Best of luck!

Twiggs said...

Hello Joy :)This is an amazing and touching story... it's amazing how you kept so sensitive without being too... what's the word for this... too much sensitive, I think you'll understand! I love your story... the way you both help people and the way you feel about maggie... the role she has in your life... deeply touching! I would love to help... but I'm also striving with a very slow pace moment concerning financial issues. But I've also retweeted this link!! Hope it helps! Hugs, Twiggs