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My friend Elissa Shoots Kittens and Paraplegic Puppies

elissa kissing dachshundThis is my friend Elissa. Yeah, she kisses dogs on the mouth. She does other weird things too, like shoot paraplegic dogs and little baby kittens. But it’s okay. She’s a photographer. And a dachshund rescuer. She rescues them and puts them in unspeakable costumes.

dachshund wig As you can see, Elissa has an evil streak. I have solid proof. Elissa is a dog rescuer, and Jack and I are dachshung frogcat rescuers. Because most of getting an animal re-homed hinges on the right person seeing that they’re available and adorable, we need constant photos taken of our winsome wee kitties.

Elissa takes most of them. You can see dozens on our bookshop FB page “Tales of the Lonesome Pine LLC.” She also did the official portraits of our staff cats Beulah and Val-Kyttie (on the right).

valkyttie suspicionbeulah Elissa has a way of getting to the core of the animals–or indeed of any photographic subject. She photographed the cover for the large print edition of Little Bookstore. She took my author photo. But the girl can just get silly, too. Because when I asked her to post “eye-catching, adorable” FB pics of our latest fosters, this is what she shot. Go ahead; post a caption. Everyone else did.

crotch kitten

I love Elissa; who couldn’t adore a woman who takes in a paralyzed dog and shoots it? (That’s her Queen Bee dachshund, Nellie, in the wings; that pic went viral on social media in 2012 as “Why you don’t just Euthanize a Special Needs Dog.”)

nellie wings

Still, she can be a little bit insane sometimes. Comes of being blonde, I suppose…

nell hound

Editor’s note: If you want to see more of Elissa’s animal photography, she has a page called Elp6n on Facebook.


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Caption Contest reminder

It’s the day before Thanksgiving. Is there anyone in America who isn’t making a list, checking it twice, and waaaaay too busy to read a long blog today? (Hi, readers outside the States not yet caught up in the holiday madness!) So, here is a reminder that the November Caption Contest closes Nov. 30. Leave a caption in Comments, and if you want to see what other people have left already, scroll back to its first posting on Nov. 14th. Winner receives a copy of Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap (which, by the way, is being published in Poland and Portugal!). I’m asking Heather Volk, Andrew Whalen, and Jack Beck to judge the entries. And remember, kids read this page sometimes…. HAPPY THANKSGIVING and as the season of holiday madness descends on us, whatever you celebrate, hope it is filled with joy, family and friends. And a little bit of random chaos, like this photo.


Filed under Big Stone Gap, folklore and ethnography, humor, publishing, small town USA, Uncategorized, VA