It’s time to announce our next NMDR VOLUNTEER of the QUARTER! We’d like to congratulate Tammy Robel. In her five years with NMDR, she has served as a wonderful foster mom, and taken thousands of photos of our dogs that have been seen and used in countless fashions. She is a spectacular photographer who can really capture the spirit of a dog and the feeling of a moment. In Tammy’s own words:
I had recently retired from the military and my daughter and I had been looking for some type of volunteer activity to help in dealing with a tragic loss. We first discovered NMDR at a Pet Expo in 2014 and after talking to the volunteers there, we immediately came home, watched the “I Breathe” video, cried, and immediately filled out our volunteer and foster applications. We began an amazing journey as a foster family and over the course of 4+ years, fostered 20 dogs. Each foster was a member of our family and treated as such while they learned the finer points of being a family member. Three of our fosters became foster failures, Shotzie, Conner, and August. I became very involved in adoption events and quickly realized I loved to take photos at the events. This is where my passion for photographing dogs started, and thankfully my own dogs are really good at letting me practice on them.
It takes a team of people to help prepare these precious dogs for life outside a cage as a family member. I feel truly blessed to have the opportunity to capture the emotions, sometimes very raw, and personalities of the dogs. Capturing their transition from a frightened, fearful, newly rescued puppy mill survivor to a happy, playful, or just one that is learning to trust humans can be some of the most emotional photos. It gives me great joy to be able to capture these moments so they can be shared with everyone with the hope that a sparkle in the eye will create that special connection with a future family.
Please enjoy this slideshow of some of Tammy’s favorite shots over the years, and join us in congratulating her for her award and thanking her for her service to NMDR.