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Help Fight Canine Cancer | Smile For A Cure

Good Morning All!

Anyone who knows me personally, knows that I have been involved with working with animals since I was 17 years old. (Let’s just say that’s more than half of my life).  I’ve worn many a hat through the years as a vet tech, wildlife rehab assistant, groomer, pet sitter, and worked with K-9 Search and Rescue.  Throughout those years and through all of my jobs, I have had the pleasure to meet sooo many pets and animals (and the people who love and work with them).  The truth is, people who work in pet-related businesses really DO love their jobs – even when their jobs are hard.  They get attached to their furry clients and customers – it’s difficult NOT to.

Animals touch our hearts in ways we can’t always explain.  Pets benefit their owners physically, psychologically and socially. Here are a few facts:

Pets have been found to decrease loneliness in the elderly. Elderly people smile more when they interact with animals.
Pets can decrease your: Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, Triglycerides, Loneliness
Petting an animal can decrease your heart rate and relax you – but did you know that your pet is feeling the same thing?

This is the true, mutual Human-Animal Bond.

Unfortunately, there is another fact about dogs that not everyone knows – but those of us who have experienced it know it well. Dogs get cancer at about the same rate as humans do – (1 in 4 dogs will develop a tumor of some kind during his lifetime.) I lost my own beloved dog Max in 2007 from hepatic (liver) cancer.

For all that our canine companions do for us each day, they deserve our help.

This is why I will be participating in SMILE FOR A CURE.

Smile For A Cure:

Smile for a Cure was started by Nunthany Johnson, a dog lover and photographer from Winston-Salem, NC, in honor of her dog Max, who passed away from canine cancer in 2009. She is now joined by wonderful pet photographers all across the country in a national effort to support canine cancer research!  To learn more about Smile for a Cure, visit
from The National Canine Cancer Foundation

Please ‘LIKE’ Smile For A Cure on Facebook.

“The mission of Smile for a Cure is to unite pet photographers who are motivated to make a difference through their creative talents in the fight against canine cancer.”

How YOU Can Help:

During the months of August and September, my entire session fee for pet portraits and photography will be going directly to Smile For A Cure for The National Canine Cancer Foundation. You will be donating the session fee directly to them!

My goal is to book at least 3 sessions to help save more of our furry friends… Please take this opportunity to help fight canine cancer.  Every donation is another wagging tail.

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To book your Smile For A Cure Pet Photo Session, please email me at

CandidHams Photography