Adorable Foster Puppies Get Shown Off in Photo Shoot
Time to strike a pose!
Kelly Frankenburg spends her time taking photos of newborn babies at 11 Sixteen Photography in Richmond, Virginia. However, when three foster puppies came her way, she knew she had to give them a special photo shoot to help them get adopted. “I just thought it would be really cute, and I thought it would be good for the shelter to have nice pictures to help them get adopted,” Frankenburg told Inside Edition. Frankenburg and her husband Mark have been fostering animals from the Richmond Animal Care and Control. They decided to start fostering animals to help teach their two kids about “compassion and caring for living creatures.” The Frankenburg’s most recent foster includes 3 puppies and their mother, Mama Paris. “I had no idea that they were going to be so young. When we picked them up and they were only 2 weeks old and really sleepy, I thought they might pose just like newborn human babies do at two weeks old,” Frankenburg told People. Once the puppies, named Tito, Messi, and Love Bug, settled into their new environment, Frankenburg put together the ultimate photo shoot. She treated the pups just like newborn babies, styling the session in a similar fashion. “I kept a heater on to keep them warm during the shoot,” Frankenburg told People “They were easy to work with since they’re so sleepy. Mama dog followed me into the studio and kept an eye on the pup for about five minutes. I let her sniff and investigate the situation. I guess she approved, because she left the room and I found her asleep on the couch.” Frankenburg hopes the adorable photos will lead to forever homes for the tiny puppies. “My goal is to get these dogs adopted,” Frankenburg said to People. “If I can use my talents to showcase them in a way that catches the eye of a potential adopter, then I’ve done my job. Shelter dogs are just as good as breeder dogs, and I want to raise awareness for all these wonderful shelter animals who need good homes.” She continued, “I hope that people see my pictures and click on the shelter website, whether to adopt these dogs or maybe they see another animal they might be interested in.” While she waits for adoption inquires, Frankenburg is using the pups to teach her kids about responsibilities. Her older son is responsible for walking the dogs, while her 5-year-old daughter makes sure everything around the puppies is safe. “I want my children to respect animals and to learn responsibility,” Frankenburg explained to Inside Edition. “I grew up around animals, horses and dogs — and it teaches you so many good lessons.” If you are interested in learning more about the three foster puppies, check out Richmond Animal Care and Control here and see more pictures from the photo shoot here.