Our visit with Santa Paws at the farm last Saturday was one of the best. It was truly magical.

One by one Santa Paws greeted all of the dogs, a rooster and even a little old kitty. It was as if he never even left the Pacific Northwest.

He is having too much fun in the sun though. Even on the hottest days, the jolly ol’ elf loved his new digs. Where does Santa Paws go when it’s hot you might ask? The pool of course. His rosy red cheeks are sporting the best tan ever. When you think about it, who wouldn’t trade in their boots and white fur trimmed coat for a pair of swimming trunks?

We have one day left with Santa Paws. We’ll be at Nature’s Pet Market Salem on Sunday, Oct. 1 from noon to 4 pm. That’s it. Then Santa is hopping in his sleigh and heading south. The best Santa Paws in the west won’t be in the Pacific Northwest again this year, he’s gonna be in the southwest.

Come see Santa Paws. Again, we encourage appointments. You can email Holly at holly@terrijacobson.com and book a time.

One of these is not like the others.

Boston terrier puppy

El Jefe, new love, new joy and a lifetime of happiness

Just a little over a year ago I had the pleasure of photographing Buddy, a very sweet Boston terrier. Buddy had recently been diagnosed with cancer and shortly after we took the photos, Buddy lost his battle. Hearts were broken almost beyond repair.

I have always believed that nothing heals the heart faster than bringing more joy, but it always has to be in the right time.

Enter little Jefe. The time was right and all of the stars aligned.

Meet the newest member of their family

This little guy is responsible for bringing joy back into the hearts of Sarah and Celso. Jefe just turned four months old and as soon as he got his last puppy shots, he was ready for an adventure with my camera.

Boston terrier puppy

Seriously, can this little guy get any cuter?

We returned to Wilsonville today to spend some time with Jefe. He’s everything and more than Sarah could have ever hoped for. She looked far and wide to find another Boston terrier. She did all the right things and when Jefe came into the world, they became a match made in heaven. Celso was a rockstar as he helped me move little Jefe throughout the park. We walked here and there, we stood on everything that looked like a safe platform and walked from one end of the park to the other.

I have no doubt that Jefe slept the afternoon away once we were done.

Boston terrier puppy

El Jefe. It means “the boss.”

Sweet little puppy, I wish for you many years of happiness and joy, many happy romps through the park, and a million toys. You are bringing Celso and Sarah a new love. Your tiny little paws will keep Buddy’s memory a happy and vibrant one as you build a whole new spot in the hearts of Celso and Sarah.

Santa Paws

One of these is not like the others

Can one jolly ol’ elf bring?

I don’t think I have ever enjoyed working with someone as much as I enjoy working with Santa Paws. The jolly ol’ elf is a genius in his own right.

*Insert here: Damn those warm southern winters for taking him away.

Santa Paws is always up for whatever I ask of him. And, he does it with a smile and a twinkle in his eye. His expressions are on the other side of priceless and I really believe he loves what he does.

Together we powered through a whole big bunch of pets last year. I was exhausted by the time our whirlwind tour was over. I experienced a whole range of emotions when he hopped in his sleigh to head for the deserts of the Southwest. I was sad, I knew how much I would miss him. I was happy for him, while we were shoveling our rare snow fall, he was swimming in the backyard pool. I was delighted that we had such a successful season. We were able to donate a nice chunk of change to three area non-profit pet organizations.

Santa Paws is almost always my biggest fundraiser. I think I need more time with Santa Paws.

We have just a couple of appointments left for Saturday, Sept. 23 at the farm. If you would like a unique photo of your pet with Santa Paws, email Holly at holly@terrijacobson.com soon.

And, your last chance to have a photo with the jolly ol’ elf is Sunday, Oct. 1 at Nature’s Pet Market Salem. We’ll be there from noon to 4 pm. Again, we encourage appointments. You can email Holly at holly@terrijacobson.com and book a time.

Unless by some minor miracle, this is it. Your last chance to get a portrait of your pet with the one and only Santa Paws.

Santa Paws

Gotta love Santa Paws

Is not like the others

There are a few perks to doing Santa Paws in September. For me, it seems like once mid-November arrives, I am running from one day to the next and I’m sure it’s that way for everyone.

Custom holiday cards will be available to order and they should be ready to no later than mid-October. Imagine how nice it would be to have holiday cards done early.

We have two available dates left.

Saturday, Sept. 23 is extra special. We will be at a farm in NE Salem and the weather looks like it is going to be spectacular. 70° and partly cloudy. Imagine having photos with Santa in a grassy field with blue skies behind. Seriously, it can’t get any better. We still have a few appointments left that day and we’ll be there from 10 am to 2 pm.

Sunday, Oct. 1 we’ll be back at Nature’s Pet Market Salem from noon to 4 pm. That is our very last day with Santa Paws and it’s the last time I will be doing photo sessions at a pet store in Salem this year. We still have appointments available for that day as well and will do our best to work in walk-ins.

If you’ve missed having photos with Santa Paws before, I’m afraid this is your last chance. Santa Paws has moved to the sunny Southwest.

Call Holly at 503-999-1926 or email her at holly@terrijacobson.com to book an appointment and get directions to the farm.

Santa Paws

One of these is not like the others   

And checking it twice.

I have it on good authority that the Jolly Ol’ Elf himself has made his way back to Oregon and he’s getting ready to meet all of the good little pets.

Last year in the spring, Santa Paws told me he was retiring to Arizona. He was ready for some fun in the sun.

I felt like he was breaking up with me.

I know in my heart of hearts there will never be a Santa Paws like him. This will be his last time as Santa Paws here in Oregon.

I would love nothing more than to send him off to the sunny Southwest with more love than he knows what to do with.

We have two available dates left.

Saturday, Sept. 23 is extra special. We will be at a farm in NE Salem and the weather looks like it is going to be spectacular. 70° and partly cloudy. Imagine having photos with Santa in a grassy field with blue skies behind. Seriously, it can’t get any better. We still have a few appointments left that day and we’ll be there from 10 am to 2 pm.

Sunday, Oct. 1 we’ll be back at Nature’s Pet Market Salem from noon to 4 pm. That is our very last day with Santa Paws and it’s the last time I will be doing photo sessions at a pet store in Salem this year. We still have appointments available for that day as well and will do our best to work in walk-ins.

If you’ve missed having photos with Santa Paws before, I’m afraid this is your last chance.

Call Holly at 503-999-1926 or email her at holly@terrijacobson.com to book an appointment and get directions to the farm.

We look forward to seeing everyone again this year.