Artist’s “Pet Project” will Support the Troops

Philadelphia, PA (August 10, 2011) –
Fine art photographer, patriot, pet-lover & advocate, Stacey P. Morgan, will launch a series of “PAWtriotic” greeting cards and a 2012 calendar on the 10th Anniversary of the 9-11 tragedy.  The cards feature Ms. Morgan’s 10-year-old dog, Delta, photographed saluting the American Flag at various historical locations.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit America’s VetDogs, a national not-for-profit organization based in Smithtown, NY.  America’s VetDogs places guide and service dogs with veterans with blindness, spinal cord injuries, hearing impairments, peripheral and central balance disorders, limb loss, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injuries (TBI).

“For Christmas 2009, I bought my dog, Delta, a beautiful hand-knit sweater with the American Flag on it.  In February 2010, I went door-to-door with my daughter as she sold Girl Scout cookies for the first time.  There was an option to buy a box and send it overseas to our servicemen through the USO.  I was so touched by that idea, I wondered what I could do, as a photographer, to support the troops,” said Ms. Morgan.

Ms. Morgan has been a professional photographer for over 30 years, shooting only in B&W and then hand-painting many of the images, giving her work a truly unique quality.  Delta has often served as photographic muse for Ms. Morgan.  A year ago in March, she took him to nearby Valley Forge Park dressed in the American Flag sweater.  That day “Warm Your Hearts”, one of the first cards in the series, showcases him sitting proudly in front of a log cabin encampment.  The image sparked the idea of creating a “PAWtriotic” card line and seemed the perfect way to carry out her plan to “give back” to the troops.

Over the past year the line of fine art images has grown.  Delta has done his duty posing for Ms. Morgan at numerous historical locations in the Philadelphia area including:  Valley Forge National Park, The Freedoms Foundation, Valley Forge Military Academy & College, Paoli Massacre, Philadelphia National Cemetery, Historic Fort Mifflin & Hospital and The Betsy Ross House.  Some other locations include The Statue of Liberty and Ground Zero in New York.  A trip to Washington, DC, is in Delta’s future to add The Capital, The Wall and other national treasures where the American Flag is always seen flying high.

“It is my hope that the PAWtriotic Series will bring exposure to the wonderful partnerships between dog and man that America’s VetDogs is creating for some of our war veterans and ignite a feeling of patriotism that the American Flag personifies”, said Ms. Morgan.

To learn more about Stacey P. Morgan or see other work visit www.stayMor.com.

About America’s Vet Dogs:
America’s VetDogs
® The Veteran’s K-9 Corps® was founded by the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind® in 2003 to expand its outreach to disabled veteran of all eras and active duty personnel.  In 2006, VetDogs became a separate 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization and has become the premier assistance dog school serving disabled veterans and the military.  For more information, please visit www.VetDogs.org.

In early September, stayMor.com photography launches www.2DOGstore.com, where the “PAWtriotic” cards and calendar will be available for purchase to support the troops.

Boxset of 10 Individual Linen 5x7 Cards & Envelopes (PAWtriotic Series) - $42.50/set
Boxset of 10 Identical Linen Note Cards & Envelopes
(9-11 Series) - $37.50/set
PAWtriotic 2012 Wall Calendar - $22.50/each
Higher resolution images, available upon request.)

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