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The DANCERS LOVE DOGS poster features Gelsey Kirkland's pointe shoe

This sweet story is about how a series of photographs became the poster images to represent DANCERS LOVE DOGS, an amazing non-profit that helps homeless dogs in shelters.


Founded in May 2012, by Brigitte Reeve-Taylor, the organization is a true labor of love - a very noble collaboration of dancers, dog lovers, and theaters in South Africa donate their time & energy to annual dance performances in Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Durban. One ticket pays for one sheltered dog's sterilization. Today, more than 10,000 sheltered dogs have been sterilized since the organization's foundation.


The photo series was inspired by a pair of magical pointe shoes worn by American prima ballerina, Gelsey Kirkland, in her historical 1978 performance of La Sylphide with American Ballet Theatre. Ms. Kirkland generously gifted her pair of pointe shoes to Vanessa in 1978. 


Gelsey Kirkland's pointe shoes are a gift that keeps on giving.

Brigette Reeve Taylor, Founder of DANCERS LOVE DOGS


Vivi test drives Kurgo's no-pull walking dog harness!

(click on photo for Vivi's review)

Forever Friends Golden Retriever Rescue Organization Invites You

Vivi's hi-five becomes the logo for Forever Friends ~ Golden Retriever Rescue

Vivi licenses her spring hat photo to Avanti Greeting Cards!

Vivi's Avanti Card
Vivi's Greeting Cards Sold Out!

Vivi licenses two photos to Golden Retriever Rescue for their Annual Fund Raising Event

Vivi's "House Chores Are Done!" appears in The Bark Magazine

Vivi's Poster for Dancers Love Dogs appears in Cesar's Way Magazine

Cesar's Way Magazine

Vivi licenses 4 photos to O'Hanlon Greeting Cards in UK, France, Switzerland, and Australia

Dog Marley by Vivi

Vivi's story, "Ballerina Dreams," is written up in Pawsh Magazine

The Ballet Paws, Pawsh Magazine

Vivi is the poster pup for Dancers Love Dogs, a non-profit organization helping homeless dogs in South Africa

Dancers Love Dogs logo

"Air Traffic Control, I Have To Catch My Jet" makes Flickr's Frontpage and reaches the Top Ten on in the Animal Category

Flickr's Frontpage

"Vivi In The Mist" Wins Recognition Award in Light Space Time Animals photography contest

Vivi in the Mist

"I Think I Love Her" is the kick off post for Zen Imagery

I Think I Love Her

Vivi's enchantment with miniatures is featured in UK Magazine, Dogs Today

Dogs Today Magazine, UK

Vivi's 150-page hard cover book is now for sale on Blurb.

The Very Vivi Book

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