Time Flies When You're Hanging With Dogs

Two years ago, in March, Ilana and I were working our corporate jobs at Hilton in Tampa and decided after a lot of deliberation to take a chance on ourselves. We have always LOVED (like on a crazy level) animals and knew that our calling in life was to work with them. It took a lot of courage, but we filed for a business license and soon after quit our jobs to put our whole hearts into the business we were so passionate about. 

Two years ago!? Looking back, we are filled with so much joy for making that choice to follow our dreams and put ourselves and our ideas out there. Here we are, two years later and finding success doing something we love everyday. Such an amazingly, indescribable feeling. 

March 2017 looks a little different than March 2015 in a very good way. Here's a look back at some of the highlights from a very busy, very fun month! 


FairyTail Weddings

Our Wedding Services are essentially the basis of our business. It is definitely what sets us a part from other pet sitting companies. We kept hearing from so many people that they wanted to include their dogs in their wedding day, but it was just too stressful. The idea to create a service to make it possible for couple's to include their best friends in their special day is where it all began!

This month we helped five different couples include their puppies in their weddings - each one totally unique and totally amazing!

Bubby, Shadow & Willie at Bird Island Lake Ranch

 
Photo by Marc Edwards Photographs

Photo by Marc Edwards Photographs

 

Wesley & Layla at The Postcard Inn

Dixie at The Lange Farm

This wedding was extra special to us. We were absolutely honored to be a part of the inspiring love story that is Melissa & Cameron. You may have heard Melissa Dohme's story - she has been through so much and remains to be one of the kindest, most genuine people we have ever met. 
When we found out that her and her hero wanted to include their baby Dixie in their wedding day, we instantly jumped on board. Donating our services to a couple so deserving, and being able to partake in their special day, filled our hearts! This day was absolutely beautiful!

Photos by Pezz Photo | Planning by RSBP Events


FairyTail Photo Shoots

When we started working with photographers for weddings, we discovered there was another great service that we could offer - helping to include pups in photo shoots! Clients want to include their dog in their engagement sessions, family photos, announcements etc., but the dog is only needed for short amount of time. We come along to help keep them entertained, cared for and to pose them for photos so clients can focus on having fun, the photographer can focus on capturing the perfect shot & the pup is happy, tired & smiling for photos!

Riley & Daisy

Some behind the scenes shots from this super fun lifestyle engagement session. Can't wait for their wedding in March!


FairyTail Pet Sitting

After creating our wedding services and starting our business, the pet sitting side of our services naturally fit right in. We've been pet sitting for friends and family for as long as we can remember, and found ourselves wondering what we would do if we didn't have each other or our family to watch our dogs when we were out of town. We wanted to offer an alternative to boarding with a more personalized service for those that wanted to keep their pet's in their own environment and provided with the same love & care that they receive from their families.

This month, we've watched tons of amazing dogs and cats (& one iguana!) with the help of our phenomenal team of pet sitters! Here are a few of our four-legged friends from March!

Loki 

Loki's parents were getting married on a sunny Friday afternoon. They had a low key wedding at the courthouse, but knew they would be busy all day so they asked us to spend time with and care for their furry best friend for the day! He's such a cutie!

Carmella, Jesse, Aiden & Sonny 

We LOVE watching this house full of quirky, incredibly sweet rescue pups. Their parents volunteer at the same shelter we do and took a fun vacation to Colorado so that we could watch their babies... or maybe it was the other way around?? Either way, we had a fun filled week with these four cuties! (Oh, and can't forget about their three chicks, too!!)


Mutt Mondays

Call us crazy, but our favorite day of the week is Monday!! That's because every Monday we volunteer at Suncoast Animal League, an incredible no kill, no time limit animal welfare organization that cares for domestic animals, as well as wildlife. 

Just look at all these sweet faces!!! Don't you want to kiss them all??!

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Beers & Paws For A Good Cause

One of the biggest highlights from this month was the fundraising event that we planned & hosted to raise money for Southeastern Guide Dogs, an organization that breeds, raises & trains guide dogs and provides them to visually impaired at no cost.

We are so proud to say that the event was an incredible success and we raised over $800 for the organization!!

 
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Bark in the Park

We partnered with Buddy Brew Coffee at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay's 30th Annual Bark in the Park at Curtis Hixon Park. There were SO.MANY.DOGS there of every shape & size!! The event was a huge success and we had the best time, especially since we were right next to the adoption tent - so much happy!

Dogs & Coffee - does it get any better than that!?


Personal Life

Ah, yes, while it may seem like we are always working, we do in fact have personal lives outside of FairyTails (though, when you own your own business the two really tend to blend together - no complaints!)

I (Kelly) bought a house!! The puppies are LOVING their new yard! We've found ourselves in the midst of quite the painting project, and are seriously so happy to have a place that we call 'home'!

 
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When Ilana is not working, she is planning her WEDDING! No official date set, but things are moving along (especially with the assistance of the freaking angel, Jennifer, from Bourbon and Blush!) We're really looking forward to enjoying the OTHER side of the wedding world :)  

 
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It's been a crazy month and a whirlwind of a couple years. Thank you to everyone who supports us and those who trust us with the care of their babies, we could never really express how grateful we are!

 
Photo by Ashlee Hamon Photography

Photo by Ashlee Hamon Photography

 

Some Luck for the Pups

It is always good to see a happy ending! I am sure many of you have heard about the dogs that were rescued from the meat farm in Korea. Fourteen of the rescued pups were brought to Tampa Bay’s Humane Society so that they could get the care and help that they need to find their furever homes. To bring some light into your life, we chose to follow up on some of the pups and see how they have progressed since their arrival.


Rosa

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After a short amount of time, it was discovered that Rosa, who is a Korean Jindo,  was pregnant. Rosa was very afraid of humans and would hide in the corner. After some time, the volunteers were able to get her to warm up a bit. Although there were not enormous leaps of improvement, there was enough to give hope that all would be okay. Miss Rosa gave birth to 6 babies, 5 males and 1 female. She still can be very nervous, but she and her pups are safe. Rosa will need a family with a lot of patience and love to help her along the way.


Banjo

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Banjo was first of the day to go to his furever home! Just two months after arriving, this sweet spirit was able to open his heart up and give life a second chance. Banjo was the first of three dogs to be adopted that day, along with Alphie and Annie. Banjo’s owner came 3 hours early just to make sure everything was situated properly for him. Here is a picture of Banjo with his new owner!       


Lucy & Reggie

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These two lucky pups were the first of 14 to go to their new happy homes. The two of them had a little bit of an easier time adjusting than some of the other Korean rescues. A volunteer and a staff member of Tampa Bay’s Humane Society adopted them, which were said to have bonded with the two quickly. There is a lot of positivity surrounding the two and their placements, as their owners have committed to the training and special care that they will require.

It is so wonderful to see an animal that has been through such torture and cruelty, live in a home filled with peace and solitude! This is Lucy in her new home.

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Tommy

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It is always a rewarding feeling when you can see a dog that has been through so much, make steps in the right direction. Tommy wanted nothing to do with any human interaction when he first arrived with all of the other Korean meat trade pups. According to volunteers and staff they would have to leave his cage open so he would come out on his own. Although he didn’t mind playing with other dogs in the yard, after almost a month of love, Tommy was curious and felt safe enough to sniff a friendly hand! This is HUGE! Tommy will have long road ahead, but just as there is with Rosa, there is hope.


Harry

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Harry is a perfect example of the progress that can be made through some love, dedication, and patience. The staff members explain how in just a week and a half Harry went from a scared and confused dog, to being excited to see his human friends. In that short amount of time, he now understands that humans will treat him nicely here.


There are still Korean pups that will need a forever home, like Harry.

Each dog will be available at a time when he/she is ready based on their needs and training. If you or someone you know is interesting in rescuing an animal in need, please reach out to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay or your local rescue. Many animals need to know that we care and we do not want to hurt but heal their hearts. If you are unable to adopt, there are still many ways to contribute. Look into volunteering your time or supplies here.

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