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.


Filed under animal rescue, Big Stone Gap, humor, small town USA, Uncategorized

4 responses to “My friend Elissa Shoots Kittens and Paraplegic Puppies

  1. Elissa, The Famous.

    This brought a tear to my eye. I’ve hit the big time! “Elissa featured in Wendy Welch’s Blog.” *insert jazz hands*

    But two of those dogs posted above aren’t mine (although one is a former foster – his owner shoots puppies too!). I’m not telling which ones. 🙂

  2. Elissa, The Famous.

    Oh, and shameless plug time:

    Our rescue is having a raffle to benefit some of these dogs, including a newly rescued parapalegic dachshund who needs her own cart. Visit us at and see our posted Raffle Fundraiser event.

  3. These cute creatures are far more special than the other feline and canine, only people with true caring hearts will do what Elissa did. She’s an inspiration.

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