New Member of Hearts Speak; helping animals in need; pet photography by Tracy Bodeo

I wanted to announce that I have recently been accepted as a member of HeARTs Speak!  The vision of this organization is to unite the  individual efforts of animal artists and animal rescues into collective action for social change.   It is wonderful to be a part of a group of individuals who donate so much of their time to animals in need.  To learn more about this group, or to see other artists who are also members, please visit their website at http://www.heartsspeak.org/.

As many of you know, I am mom to 3 rescue dogs, 2 rabbits and even our 3 hamsters were rescues (found by a kind woman on the side of the road in a big tank along with 10 other hamsters)!  In the past while working for the Monmouth County Park System in NJ, I helped rescue and rehabilitate many birds, rabbits, squirrels, etc.,  that were unfortunate enough to become injured or orphaned in the area.  Since moving to Bethlehem I have also on occasion helped with the rescue & rehab of local wild animals in need and I have been a volunteer down at the Center for Animal Health and Welfare for the last year or so.  Most of my work there has been as a dog-walker, but my plans include photographing the animals at the Center with the hopes of showing the animals’ inner and outer beauty and thereby getting more potential pet parents down to the Center to adopt.  The Center for Animal Health and Welfare (formerly called the Northampton County SPCA) is a no-kill shelter located in Easton, PA and I encourage anyone who is considering getting a pet to check out the available animals at the Center or the animals at any one of our local shelters or those on www.petfinder.com .  Adoption saves lives and clears the way for other animals in need.  You can visit the Center’s website by clicking www.healthyanimalcenter.org

Also remember, if you who have adopted a pet (or will be in the future), you are entitled to a $25.00 gift card good for your first “Forever Fetching” pet portrait session or package at tracy bodeo photography.

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Charity event to benefit the Center for Animal Health and Welfare; pet portraits by tracy bodeo photography of Bethlehem, PA

“Forever Fetching Pet Portraits” by tracy bodeo photography will be coming to the AVH Veterinary Group in Pen Argyl, PA  on September 11th (1-5 pm) and 12th (10am-5pm) 2010 to participate in a fundraiser on behalf of the Center for Animal Health and Welfare.   We are very excited about this event and hoping for a big turn-out!  We are now taking appointments for pet portrait mini-sessions and our goal is to raise a big chunk of cash (and collect some dog food and cat litter as well)  for the Center.

There are 3 different packages to choose from (see below) and opportunities to upgrade each of them.  ALL proceeds go directly to the animals at the Center for Animal Health and Welfare.  This is a wonderful chance to be a part of a terrific cause.  There are a limited number of appointments available, so book your session today!  You can make your appointment for one of our Sept.11/12th Forever Fetching Pet Portrait mini-sessions by calling AVH at 610-863-7111.

Macro award-winning image “Green-Eyed Dragonfly”; nature photography by Tracy Bodeo

I was able to capture this interesting view of a dragonfly on a trip to Florida visiting with friends.  The image was taken in the natural area beyond their backyard where an alligator (or two) now resides.  Dragonflies are my favorite insects.  I love their delicate-looking wings and large eyes and the way they fly and can turn their heads.  They are also beautiful and come in a great variety of colors.  This “Green-Eyed Dragonfly” was hanging out on a branch in the wind and kept putting his wings down farther than I am used to seeing.  He seemed to be staring right at me!

I entered the image in the Hillcrest Camera Club’s monthly nature competition for June as well as in the flickr  “Wonderful World of Macro” insect-themed June competition.  The image received a second place in both!