Nellie was adopted from Pet's Haven Animal Shelter - a gorgeous old soul who was dumped at the pound, matted and severely overweight. She has advanced arthritis, but she doesn't let that stop her from running and playing like a young pup when she's excited!
"Nellie brings so much joy to our lives. We LOVE coming home to her at the end of the day and waking up to her sleeping next to our bed. She is absolutely our first born and being her pawrents is our favourite role yet! We always say to each other that since adopting Nellie, our house has become a home."
Nelson is soaking up spoilt city lyf with his sister, Jemima, and their loving humans in Melbourne. He's a dog stuck in a cat's body -a happy-go-lucky boy who loves everyone and enjoys chasing ping pong balls!
Bert is a big sook who loves cuddles, tennis balls, water and most of all his people. He loves to be wherever his mama <3
Ruby was rescued from a puppy farm - she's an adorable little staffy with no sense or personal space who will always try to sneak in a sloppy kiss (or three!)
Her mission in life is to become best friends with every human she meets and her hobbies include tummy rubs and plotting revenge against all cats.
SCOUT AND CHIEF
"Scout is the most sweetest and smartest dog and is definitely a 'mummas boy'. Scout works with me as a therapy dog and helps support homeless kids with his cuddles and his unconditional positive regard. Scout and I love doing tricks together as well as agility training and comps together.
Chief is the ying to Scouts yang! He is mister attitude and definitely rules the roost at home. While he enjoys 'booping' Scout on the butt while he sleeps, Chief also has a sweet snuggle side and is a marshmallow underneath all of his big talk. They are the most fantastic family members and we love them so much." ~ Scout & Chief's human, Cassie
WILLIAM, MILO, MOLLY AND LILAH
One big rescued-pets loving family who I photographed for the Tails of Adoption book - from left to right, we've got Milo, William, Edwina, their hooman bro Sam, Lilah, Edward and Molly!
These animals have come from all walks of life and each have their own unique story, but they've got one thing in common - they all help fill their home with happiness and love!
"Summer is THE best thing that ever happened to me. I got her as a puppy and my mum and I both look after her (we're equally obsessed!). She is very timid, but at the same time inquisitive. She's my angel!" ~ Summer's human, Bianca
ZSA ZSA AND ROMEO
Zsa Zsa and Romeo are two adorable little pups with big personalities in their teeny bodies!
Hamish is a cheeky little rescued cat with a face that is impossible to resist!
Bella, aka Belly, was a beautiful soul who spent 15 happy years by the side of her beloved person. She patiently watched over her two human kids and loved her entire family dearly. She will be very, very missed.
Alfie is a cheeky, funny boy is has become his Mum’s sidekick. He was rescued from neglect and has since thrived with love.
Basil was adopted from Onyx Pet Rescue and is now living his best life as a little dog in the big city!
Durin was adopted from Best Friends Pet Rescue with a passion for swimming, ducks and climbing trees. He likes to pretend that he has all the energy in the world, but tends to conk out after a couple of hours of craziness.
Arlo is a 14 month old Beagle X who was found dumped in the middle of a dirt road as a tiny puppy. He's now all grown up and runs the house! Part dog, part mountain goat, Arlo enjoys climbing tables and eating anything he's not supposed to eat!
Clyde is a 13 year old Kelpie x Labrador. He is smitten with his furmum, and follows her all around the house. He prefers people over other dogs, love attention, cuddles and adventuring in the caravan with his Mum and Dad.
Polly didn't have the best start to life - if cats have nine lives, she has definitely already used up three! Abandoned in a box in a laneway, she was nursed back to health by Lort Smith. These days she has settled in beautifully with her new family - her important jobs include Traffic Supervisor of Camberwell Road, Manager of Strict 6AM Wake Up Calls and Keeper of all things squeaky.
CHRISTI, BOO AND ELIJAH
This trio of cuteness are all rescued pets; Boo (left) was found wandering the streets by the Lost Dogs Home. Christi (middle) was rescued from a backyard breeder and rehomed thanks to Pugs SOS. Elijah (right) was found by Pets Haven, trying to keep warm on an old fire: matted, starced and unable to walk due to severe malnutrition. These days all three furkids are spoilt, loved and happy.
Mallee was a stray doggo, adopted from SARG after being found wandering around a caravan park in NSW. She loves catching a frisbee and running with her Dad while he rides his bike.
Kelly, Delphine, Tauriel, Sadie and Gene
This big furry family love chasing, digging and being silly!
Seymour and Albus
Seymour and Albus are two rescued brothers thriving in their new animal-loving home. Seymour was adopted as a nervous wreck from Geelong Animal Rescue - he has since improved tremendously and loves a cheeky cuddle. Albus is a gorgeous big boy who was rescue by Pets Haven and became a foster failure, winning over his humans with his sweet soul and gentle nature.
Schnitzel embodies all the major characteristics of a part pug/part jack russell gal - she's totally psycho with endless energy, but at the same time loves nothing more than snuggling on the couch with her people while they watch TV. She's a total trooper, and has battled through cancer and muscular deterioration - neither has slowed down her lust for life!
Jax is a 3 year old Japanese Spitz, whose favourite thing to do is go on walks and sniff EVERYTHING. He has a cheeky personality and an adorable smile that brings so much happiness to his Mum's life.
BLANCO AND LOGAN
Blanco (right) is a a 9 year old Chihuahua who loves cuddling up on the couch with his hoomans and his new adopted brother, Logan. Logan (left) is a 4 year old Tibetan Spaniel who was rescued from a puppy farm, where he used to sleep in a yard with 63 other dogs. Now he's slowly getting used to sleeping on comfy surfaces, gaining more confidence and his funny, quirky little personality is starting to shine.
Lola is a sassy, funny, loving 2 year old chocolate lab. She loves to chase the ball and cuddle up with her furmama.
Mollie is a 10 year old miniature poodle who is absolutely adored by her people. She loves cuddles and when her Dad's pet chickens lay eggs, Mollie collects them and brings them inside to swap for a treat!
PEPPER AND CINDY
Cindy (right) is a typical Beagle - food driven, cheeky and smart as hell! She's an independent lady, but she loves a Sunday morning snuggle. Sadly, her sister Pepper (left) has passed away since our session. Pepper was a gorgeous girl who thought she was people. She was happy to lounge around on the couch, but also loved the chance to run and run at the park.
WINSTON, DUDLEY AND MURRAY
Winston, Dudley and Murray are three very loved and very adorable little boys (men!) with buckets of personality! They share their home with their feline sisters Molly, Audrey and Lily, plus the birds Fenton and Peaches AND their large chicken family who live in the backyard (their mums fit in there somewhere too!)
Xander is a 9 month old Great Dane cross who loves EVERY dog, big or small. He was adopted from Jedimals Animal Rescue, after being found on the side of the road with his mum in NSW. He was moved around between different foster families until he was finally adopted by his furmama, who loves him like crazy! He has become his shadow and the two are now inseparable.
ABBIE + TEISHA
Abbie and Teisha started life on puppy farms as breeders. They were handed over to Labrador Rescue at four years old and since then it's been a long, but hopeful journey for the girls as they gain confidence. They've become the best of friends and mean the absolute world to their Mum, who makes sure they get their beach walk everyday - rain, hail or shine!
GUS, BELLA + BRONSON
The trio of adorable pugginess were all adopted from Pug Rescue Victoria. Bella is a bossy, cheeky gal, crazy Gus is totally adored and Mr Bronson is the calm teddy bear of the family. They bring joy, love and laughter to their humans every single day!
Buddy is as stubborn as he is fluffy, but that floof is pretty darn cute so he gets forgiven! He's a happy little Corgi and what he lacks in leg length, he makes up in love (and ears!)
Frankie is a cheeky Whippet who loves to chase anything that moves (especially balls and birds - oops!) She's a curious little lady who runs the household.
MILO AND MIA
Milo is a 6 year old spoodle who lives with Mia, his 5 year old Havanese dog. They are totally adored by all the humans in their lives.
Mocha is a clever little lady who loves to sit in the passenger seat with the wind in her long black fur. She enjoys playing with balls and demanding that her Mum scratches her belly (at all times of the day and night!)
ROXIE AND ROOBARB
These sisters were adopted together from the Cat Protection Society, after being abandoned and left at the shelter. They've grown into sweet, confident girls - Roxie loves to jump on shoulders (leaping from the bed or a table!) and Roobarb adores her sister, kissing and cleaning her at every chance (but also enjoys polishing off Roxie's dinner!).
Saydee was adopted from the RSPCA at 9 months old. She's been blessed with irresistible puppy dog eyes that let her get away with almost anything (how could you say no?!)
Despite battling cancer, her happy smile never fades. She loves going for walks, anything that squeaks, being the centre of attention and just generally running amok!
LUNA AND SPIDER
Luna and Spider are two rescue puppers who live out in gorgeous Gippsland with their five chickens, five cats, blue tongue lizard, rainbow lorikeet and fish (oh, and their humans presumably fit in there somewhere too!)
Spider was a crazy boy in his youth, but he's settled beautifully into his senior years. His sister Luna has been working on her social anxieties since being adopted and has come leaps and bounds!
YOSHI, KOOPA, MAPLE AND KIRA
What a family! Yoshi, Koopa, Maple and Kira (from right to left) are all totally adored by the humans. Yoshi, the Japanese Spitz, is the spoilt one who would rather hang with people than pets. Koopa, the Border Collie, is the energetic smart boy with a brain full of tricks. Maple the chilled out bunny, wears a little bell around his neck so he can play with the others without getting stepped on. And finally the newest addition, rescue kitten Kira, is the snuggly one - she loves to get right up in your face and she adores her bunny brother.
Ollie and Major
Ollie and Major are two easy going brothers who love exploring, the beach and tumbling around with each other. They can be both super smart and super goofy at the same time - and that's what makes them so loveable!
Suzie is a 9 year old gal who is totally adored by her family.