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PAWtriotic Photos Honor Veterans on 9/11

PAWtriotic Photos Honor Veterans on 9/11
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The busy lives of parents… Stacey P. Morgan is a single mom of twin girls who was inspired to create a series of patriotic photos when helping her daughter to sell Girl Scout cookies last year.  Where’s the connection, you may ask?  Well, the Girl Scout cookie drive was offering the option to buy a box of cookies and have them sent to service people overseas through the USO (United Service Organizations).

Stacey – a professional photographer – decided to create what she dubbed a PAWtriotic series of cards and calendars.  It will be released on the tenth anniversary of September 11th.

Her intent is to donate a portion of the sales to a group called America’s Vet Dogs (AVD).  This group trains service dogs to help disabled veterans.  The cost is free to any active duty or retired veteran and is funded entirely by donations.  That is why Stacey chose AVD as the recipient of donations from her PAWtriotic series.

With her faithful 11-year-old Hungarian Viszula dog Delta as the model, she set out to various historic and military sites throughout the country to take the photos.  Stacey prefers mornings and by looking at the photos you can see why.  The lighting and the mist make for some enthralling views.

Some of the historic sites Tracey chose to photograph Delta at are the Valley Forge Military Academy and College, Freedom’s Foundation, the Betsy Ross House, Independence Hall, Fort Mifflin, Liberty State Park and of course Ground Zero in New York.  Watch the video below; it is remarkable!

Stacey has a different approach to photography.  She has always shot in black and white and then adds color to the finished photo by hand.  Recently having gone digital, she converts the photos to black and white and then uses her color by hand technique. You can’t argue with the results; they are beautiful!

Her titles are quite creative as well.  From “Atten-sit” to “Rhett Cross” the messages are clearly understood.  And as a photographer who specializes in animals you’ve got to love the valediction in her email signature – “Wag On!”

Enjoy the slideshow of some of the PAWtriotic series and if you are so inclined, visit her website 2Dog Store to be part of this wonderful project.  Follow PAWtriotic on its Facebook page.

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All photos used with permission of Stacey P. Morgan

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8:21PM PDT on Sep 28, 2011

Betsey Ross did not actually sew the first flag, that is a myth.

http://www.usflag.org/about.betsy.ross.html

8:04AM PDT on Sep 25, 2011

Such a noble hound ;)

9:47AM PDT on Sep 21, 2011

Stace is a very patriotic,caring individual.To care so much about remembering 911 in this creative way and to donate a portion of the proceeds to America's Vets Dogs is very heartfelt.

10:08AM PDT on Sep 17, 2011

Always nice to hear a heartwarming story. thx

10:28AM PDT on Sep 12, 2011

Awesome story and photos. Thanks for sharing. To Helene D. and Margarita A. maybe you and I relate differently to this. 9/11 was on MY soil. Have you never heard of a search and rescue dog? This honors the many search & rescue dogs who searched for victims at the wreckage site of the twin towers. These dogs where heroic in this respect as much as their handlers. I believe this is a tribute to them. The 9/11 attacks were not a war; but murder of almost 3000 innocent people which then started a war on terrorism.

4:41AM PDT on Sep 12, 2011

That's a great dog! Awesome photos, too.

4:35AM PDT on Sep 12, 2011

You must be american to like those photos, we would never do such photos in Europe....strange to me.........dogs are only dogs, not patriots! and the war is always a bad thing!

9:08PM PDT on Sep 11, 2011

thank you.

7:27PM PDT on Sep 11, 2011

Wonderful photos! Thanks for the story.

6:50PM PDT on Sep 11, 2011

This is great, I loved the pics!!! And its so sweet to honor the memorial!

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