MonthSeptember 2015

S.C.A.R.F. – Bud & Corby

I had the pleasure of spending an evening with these two amazing dogs, and their equally amazing human mom!  Meet Bud and Corby.  They are now Safe & Cozy Animal Rescue Friends, through the S.C.A.R.F. Project to raise money for Alaska Dog and Puppy Rescue.  They made an additional donation by matching the S.C.A.R.F. Project donation.  Thank you to Bud and Corby for a heartwarming evening.  Thank you to Liz for sharing your amazing dogs with me, for booking a session for a good cause, and for your additional donation.  Your family stole my heart!!

Here is their story as written by their human mom (Liz):

BUD – ADPR Alumni Buford Uhland Davis (John Travolta’s name in Urban Cowboy) was born (we think)June 2003. When he picked me at ADPR he was on his third home in 7 weeks. I did not want a male, a lab, or black dog. He was this little butter ball who rolled out of the box and landed at my feet, stood up, shook, and turned around planted his little duff right on my shoes, leaned against me looked up and said, ”Mama I’m ready to go home ”. That was all it took and we have been together ever since.

Corby – Sandy Corbett picked my son out as her soul mate in September of 2000. She is a mama’s girl until James walks in the room and she will not even look at me. She got smart real quick when she figured out I am the one with food.

In these puppy’s senior years I am their best friend. I remember their pain meds and food. I’m also the one who is patient when they need to sniff EVERY LEAF on the block.”  ~Lizabeth Spikes

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The S.C.A.R.F. Project

The Journey Photography is excited to announce The S.C.A.R.F. (Safe & Cozy Animal Rescue Friends) Project, which is near and dear to my heart. The S.C.A.R.F. Project is a fun and creative way to receive memorable photographs of your fur baby, while at the same time helping dogs in need. The S.C.A.R.F. Project is a fundraiser conceived from my love and compassion for animals. The scarf within this project symbolizes comfort, coziness and love.   The goal is to lend a hand to a paw and raise money to help foster rescue dogs.   Rescue dogs are not broken. They are just victims of unfortunate circumstances. Like every dog, they have hearts full of unconditional love and souls full of deep devotion. They just need a second chance. Money raised through this project will do just that, by providing them food, medical care, and a safe, cozy environment until a loving forever home can be found. Dogs rely on us…to protect…to be their voice…to be their hope. Join me in this journey to help rescue dogs get a second chance and to be their hope through the S.C.A.R.F. Project.

Here’s how it works: When you book a photo session of your dog with The Journey Photography’s S.C.A.R.F. Project, you will receive a special pricing package for $125. The Journey Photography will donate $50 of that cost to Alaska Dog and Puppy Rescue (ADPR). The package pricing includes the sitting fee, 12 digital images to share on social media.  Simply bring a scarf to your photo session. Any scarf will do; perhaps, it is the one you like to wear the most, one that has a special meaning or one you purchase just because it will look fabulous on your fur baby. We will take several photos with your dog wearing the scarf, as well as several without, all while capturing the unique personality of your fur baby. Your dog will be featured on The Journey Photography blog and FB page with a short story about your dog and our shoot, as well as recognition for him/her becoming a Safe & Cozy Animal Rescue Friend (S.C.A.R.F) and the donation to ADPR. You also have the option of ordering prints, canvases, and boutique items directly from The Journey Photography’s professional print lab. To book a session or you are interested in adding the human family to a few photos, please contact me for special pricing at 907.315.1791 or via email at
** Your photo session will take place at one of several locations in and around the Wasilla and Palmer, Alaska area. The S.C.A.R.F. Project ends on December 15, 2015, so don’t delay on booking your session.

The Journey Photography’s S.C.A.R.F Project is honored to be teamed up with Alaska Dog and Puppy Rescue (ADPR) for this fundraiser.  ADPR is a fantastic, all-volunteer organization here in the Mat-Su Valley and has played a vital role in rescuing and caring for dogs in need for several years now. 100% of the funds raised will be used to provide funding for food, vet bills, rehabilitation, training and a warm home volunteered through a kind foster parent while the dogs are waiting to be adopted.  If you are interested in adopting a dog or becoming a foster, I encourage you to contact Alaska Dog and Puppy Rescue.

I would like to thank everyone for reading and considering taking part in this worthy project.   I would also like to say “thank you” to Emily, Terrill, Julia and the entire staff of volunteers at ADPR, as well as the foster parents, for their dedication and hard work to ensure dogs in need are cared for, warm and safe.

In closing, I’d like to thank several folks for the support and encouragement they have given me in making this heartfelt project come to life:
*To Sugar for becoming our first model in S.C.A.R.F. project (pictured in this blog), and to her fur parents, Kim and Corey Jellison. A $50 dollar donation to ADPR will be made on your behalf!
*To my talented daughter, Chelsea, for her artwork on the S.C.A.R.F. logo, as well as my friend, Julie Northrop, for donating her time and talent toward the logo design/creation.
*To my friends Mikey Rager, Kerry Tobey, and Ashlee Schwark for their support and encouragement.
*And last but not least, my loving and devoted husband, Steve, and my beautiful daughter, Chelsea, for always believing in me and supporting my dreams.

I’m truly blessed to be surrounded by so many wonderful, amazing people.

Thank you again to everyone! I look forward to meeting you and your fur baby at your upcoming photo session as you join me on this journey for a worthy cause and make this project successful in helping dogs in need.


The Journey Photography by Cris

**Disclamer: The Journey Photography by Cris and Alaska Dog and Puppy Rescue are in no way affiliated. We are just two entities working together for a good cause and share in common the love and compassion for dogs.


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