Rescue Dogs Wearing Fruit + Veg Accessories

Earlier this week, I spearheaded the most heartwarming and fun shoot I could have ever dreamed up. I somehow talked Los Angeles-based TV hostcookbook author, and veg enthusiast Laura Miller into coming to Napa and making her famed fruit and vegetable accessories to adorn local rescue dogs. She's awesome, lets just get that out of the way. The purpose of this collaborative shoot was two-fold: first and foremost to help find these babies their forever homes, and secondly to raise awareness about the huge number of unwanted older and hospice dogs that are in the system and the importance of fostering, adopting, and raising funds to support them.

I have worked closely with Napa Valley’s Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch (JARR) for more than a year now, and their focused work and mission is near and dear to my heart. The nonprofit recently purchased a 40-acre ranch with a vision to build Northern California's first rescue and sanctuary for both farm and companion animals (think Farm Sanctuary). JARR also provides transitional and permanent shelter, adoption and rescue services, humane education, animal advocacy, and is committed to ending animal hunger, cruelty, and overpopulation. Such insanely important work.

Now I'd like to introduce you to some of JARR's most eligible adoptable doggies. Spoiler alert: there's nothing cuter than dogs dressed up in fruit and veggies. To find out more about these (and other!) dapper guys and darling gals, please click over to JARR's website or contact Deassa directly. Please note: they are looking to pursue in-state (California) adoption possibilities only.

Meet Carmen. This sweet girl was a stray at the Napa shelter, and after pulling her it was discovered that she has terminal cancer. She is a cuddle bug and her foster mom cherishes every moment they have together. Carmen is considered a "Fospice" dog which means that she lives with a forever foster that cares for her for the remainder of her life. Her healthcare is paid for via JARR's Emergency Fund which is 100% reliant on private funds. 

Meet Carmen. This sweet girl was a stray at the Napa shelter, and after pulling her it was discovered that she has terminal cancer. She is a cuddle bug and her foster mom cherishes every moment they have together. Carmen is considered a "Fospice" dog which means that she lives with a forever foster that cares for her for the remainder of her life. Her healthcare is paid for via JARR's Emergency Fund which is 100% reliant on private funds. 

Meet Sally. She's between 8 and 10 years old and enjoys nothing more than a warm lap or a fluffy bed! She was adopted from a shelter in the Bay Area and then surrendered in the Valley when her owner moved to a place with no dogs allowed. Sally is very adaptable and gets along well with large and small dogs. We're sure she would be great friends with a cat too. Do you need a special someone? This is your girl!

Meet Sally. She's between 8 and 10 years old and enjoys nothing more than a warm lap or a fluffy bed! She was adopted from a shelter in the Bay Area and then surrendered in the Valley when her owner moved to a place with no dogs allowed. Sally is very adaptable and gets along well with large and small dogs. We're sure she would be great friends with a cat too. Do you need a special someone? This is your girl!

Meet Gunner. In August of 2014, Gunner's world was shaken apart. His family lost their housing in the big Napa earthquake. A week later they dropped him off at the local shelter for emergency boarding. Eight months later, after the family decided they could not find proper housing, we set our minds to find this smart, energetic, loyal, fun-loving, and inquisitive boy a new forever home. He would do best as an only dog. Gunner is a healthy, 65 pound, 5-year-old pittie mix. He is such a lover and is ready to wiggle his way into your heart!

Meet Gunner. In August of 2014, Gunner's world was shaken apart. His family lost their housing in the big Napa earthquake. A week later they dropped him off at the local shelter for emergency boarding. Eight months later, after the family decided they could not find proper housing, we set our minds to find this smart, energetic, loyal, fun-loving, and inquisitive boy a new forever home. He would do best as an only dog. Gunner is a healthy, 65 pound, 5-year-old pittie mix. He is such a lover and is ready to wiggle his way into your heart!

Meet Cinderella. She is 13 years old and happily living out her golden years in her forever home. She's just a diva and wanted to crash the photoshoot!

Meet Cinderella. She is 13 years old and happily living out her golden years in her forever home. She's just a diva and wanted to crash the photoshoot!

Meet Edgar. This little guy's 10 years young, and was at a Bay Area Shelter with the threat of euthanasia nearing due to his age, but the vet says he’s got a good 5 years ahead of him! He’s a wonderful dog who is devoted to his person and follows you everywhere. Edgar is great with other loving dogs and kids, and is house trained. He loves going on adventures in the car, on long walks, sitting in warm laps, and sleeping under the covers.

Meet Edgar. This little guy's 10 years young, and was at a Bay Area Shelter with the threat of euthanasia nearing due to his age, but the vet says he’s got a good 5 years ahead of him! He’s a wonderful dog who is devoted to his person and follows you everywhere. Edgar is great with other loving dogs and kids, and is house trained. He loves going on adventures in the car, on long walks, sitting in warm laps, and sleeping under the covers.

Meet Malachi. This playful 10-month-old German Shepherd/Doberman puppy was an owner surrender. Malachi gets along with other dogs, likes to ride in the car, sleeps all night in his crate, and is housebroken. He's only had a few days walking on-leash but is learning quickly! This sweet boy will need both physical exercise and mental stimulation. Did I mention he's very ball and treat motivated?

Meet Malachi. This playful 10-month-old German Shepherd/Doberman puppy was an owner surrender. Malachi gets along with other dogs, likes to ride in the car, sleeps all night in his crate, and is housebroken. He's only had a few days walking on-leash but is learning quickly! This sweet boy will need both physical exercise and mental stimulation. Did I mention he's very ball and treat motivated?

Meet Red Rooster. Are you ready for a good time? This active fella loves to play fetch and go for hikes. Red Rooster is very athletic and knows his basic commands. He enjoys walks and playtime with other canine friends. With proper introductions, he could learn to live with cats too! He is under 2 years old and is about 50 pounds. He can be a little shy at first but warms up quickly and can't wait to get a few kisses in! This sweet guy will make someone very very happy.

Meet Red Rooster. Are you ready for a good time? This active fella loves to play fetch and go for hikes. Red Rooster is very athletic and knows his basic commands. He enjoys walks and playtime with other canine friends. With proper introductions, he could learn to live with cats too! He is under 2 years old and is about 50 pounds. He can be a little shy at first but warms up quickly and can't wait to get a few kisses in! This sweet guy will make someone very very happy.

Meet Merry Ann. This sweet affectionate girl is between 8-10 years old. She weighs 60 pounds and doesn’t need much more than love and a soft bed. She runs to meet new people. She would enjoy being an only dog during her senior years, as she wants humans and her things all to herself. That doesn’t mean that she couldn’t live with a well-matched large dog! She is house and crate trained. Do you have a spot to let her live out her golden years?

Meet Merry Ann. This sweet affectionate girl is between 8-10 years old. She weighs 60 pounds and doesn’t need much more than love and a soft bed. She runs to meet new people. She would enjoy being an only dog during her senior years, as she wants humans and her things all to herself. That doesn’t mean that she couldn’t live with a well-matched large dog! She is house and crate trained. Do you have a spot to let her live out her golden years?

Meet Rose + Sally. Get ready for a tear jerker. These two amazing Lab girls made their way to safety with JARR in August 2015. They are presently in the loving care of a foster home receiving rehab, decompression, socialization, and exercise. They have endured a life no dog should. In their former lives, they lived outside in extreme heat and cold. They foraged for their own food. Both have been badly mistreated, but you would never know it. They are full of love, years of it! These gals are easy to be with: they love when you toss a ball and use both hands to pet them whenever possible. Silly Sally is about 12 and is the family clown. She has kidney disease and must be on a specific diet. Rose is about 10 years old with eyes that will hypnotize you into loving her in mere moments. She has arthritis and takes meds for pain and incontinence. They are a bonded pair; Sally is protective of her sister Rose. Their dream home is a FOSPICE situation where JARR would provide all food, medicine, and vet care. These girls are in desperate need of a gentle, compassionate, loving soul that is home often to spend time with them and dote on them. A home free of chaos and buckets of love, no other animals, a backyard with a solid fence, a cool lawn, and more love love love. They deserve the very best. We are grateful Rose & Sally are safe with JARR and that we were able to get them to a healthier state.  All they need now is you... :) Donate directly to JARR's senior programs here.

Meet Rose + Sally. Get ready for a tear jerker. These two amazing Lab girls made their way to safety with JARR in August 2015. They are presently in the loving care of a foster home receiving rehab, decompression, socialization, and exercise. They have endured a life no dog should. In their former lives, they lived outside in extreme heat and cold. They foraged for their own food. Both have been badly mistreated, but you would never know it. They are full of love, years of it! These gals are easy to be with: they love when you toss a ball and use both hands to pet them whenever possible. Silly Sally is about 12 and is the family clown. She has kidney disease and must be on a specific diet. Rose is about 10 years old with eyes that will hypnotize you into loving her in mere moments. She has arthritis and takes meds for pain and incontinence.

They are a bonded pair; Sally is protective of her sister Rose. Their dream home is a FOSPICE situation where JARR would provide all food, medicine, and vet care. These girls are in desperate need of a gentle, compassionate, loving soul that is home often to spend time with them and dote on them. A home free of chaos and buckets of love, no other animals, a backyard with a solid fence, a cool lawn, and more love love love. They deserve the very best. We are grateful Rose & Sally are safe with JARR and that we were able to get them to a healthier state.  All they need now is you... :) Donate directly to JARR's senior programs here.


Photography + Concept: Emma K. Morris
Costumes: Laura Miller
Styling: Laura Miller, Alex Healy, and Katie Miller
Special thanks to: Deassa Binstock and all the JARR foster parents
 

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