PAWtriotic Photos Honor Veterans on 9/11


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.


“Atten-sit” taken at the Valley Forge Military Academy and College


Sea to Shining Sea

“Sea to Shining Sea” taken at Fort Mifflin

“On Hollowed Ground”

Rhett Cross (left) and “Warm Your Hearts” (right)

A 2012 calendar is also available.

“Defender of the Fort” taken at Fort Mifflin

“Dawn’s Memorial Daylight”



Stacey used the flag that draped her grandfather’s casket (who fought in WWI) for this photo titled “Amber Waves of Grain.”

“The Right to Bear Arms” taken at Valley Forge Military Academy and College

“Give me Liberty” (left) taken at Liberty Park shows the Statue of Liberty in the background.

“The Star” (right) taken at Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia. Notice the original 13 starred flag that Betsy Ross created.


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On the Anniversary of 9/11 A Renewed Commitment to the Constitution

For more coverage on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, click here.


All photos used with permission of Stacey P. Morgan

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Ann G.
Ann G.4 years ago

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

Elaine W.
Elaine W.4 years ago

Such a noble hound ;)

Dianne Marchie
Dianne Marchie4 years ago

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.

Heather O.
Heather O.4 years ago

Always nice to hear a heartwarming story. thx

Loretta P.
Loretta P.4 years ago

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.

Manuela C.
Manuela C.4 years ago

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

HELENE D.4 years ago

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!

rene davis
rene davis4 years ago

thank you.

Darla G.
Darla G.4 years ago

Wonderful photos! Thanks for the story.

Patsy W.
Patsy Webb4 years ago

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