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Photo Contest: 2015 Austin German Shepherd Rescue Calendar


2015 Austin German Shepherd Rescue Calendar Theme: “German Shepherds Around Texas”

Deadline to Submit Photos:  August 31, 2014

Email Photos to: (also use this email for questions)



Image Specs:  All images submitted must be digital – no hard copies will be accepted. Minimum 300 dpi JPEGs and TIFs, with a minimum file size of 1.5MB (1500KB). Larger files preferred, with no limit to size (in fact, the bigger, the better). Because ours is a horizontal calendar, horizontal orientation is preferred, although vertical shots can sometimes work. ONLY horizontal photos will be considered for the cover.


  1. You may submit as many photos as you like.

  2. Photos may not include people.

  3. There may be more than one pet or animal in the photo, but at least one must be a German Shepherd.

  4. You must provide the name(s) of all pets in the photo, specifically identifying any German Shepherds.

  5. The photo subjects may be living or deceased.

  6. EACH photo submitted must include a 50-word blurb about the dog, the photo, and an explanation of how it ties into the “German Shepherds Around Texas” theme. If your photo is chosen for inclusion, this blurb will be included with the photo. Think about what you want to say, watch grammar and spelling, and please keep it to a concise 50 words or less.

  7. If your photo is chosen, you agree to allow AGSR to use it for promotional purposes of the calendar only.

  8. Include your contact information with each photo submission: Name of main contact, names of all owners, mailing address, phone number, and email address for the main contact.

  9. If the photo you are submitting was taken by someone other than yourself or an immediate family member, you must submit the name of the photographer and provide written confirmation that a) you own the rights to the photo, or b) the photographer agrees to allow the photo to appear in this calendar. AGSR does not pay for photos used in our calendars.

  10. The theme is pretty open to interpretation, but we strongly suggest being original with where you choose to take your German Shepherd, and if possible make it obvious in the photo that it was taken in Texas. Think about iconic signs, monuments, or statues that are well-known in Austin and around the Lone Star State. (Ideas: The Capitol building, fire departments—be sure to get the city name in the shot—Stevie Ray Vaughan and Lady Bird Lake, local hot spots and eateries, dog parks, even our famous Texas bluebonnets.) Be creative!

The Contest:
The AGSR judges will choose 13 photos: a “cover dog” plus 12 dogs to celebrate each month of the year. If your photo is picked for one of these slots, you will receive two free calendars, and of course, earn bragging rights til 2016! The 2015 AGSR Calendar will be available beginning mid-October through the AGSDR website,, as well as at our various rescue events around town. We look forward to seeing photos of your furry friends. Good luck and have fun!

Photo Tips:

Have your camera ready! Pets, like children, are unpredictable (and wiggly!), but you probably know your pet’s work or play routines pretty well. Keep your camera close to where the action

Thank you, Hudson!

Banner "Thank you Hudson from your furry friends"Dog food, treats and leashes

Hudson Taylor recently had his 8th birthday, and instead of presents he asked everyone that attended his party to bring something for the dogs at the Austin German Shepherd Rescue. His grandpa has a German Shepherd named Izzy that he adores and he wanted to give something to help out:) KXAN honored him on channel 36.

Two New Ways to Support Our Rescue and These Beautiful Dogs

  1. Shop online at Pet Rescue Rx, a pets before profits pharmacy. Shop online and profits from sales go to Austin German Shepherd Rescue. When you check out just start typing "Austin German Shepherd Rescue" and your purchase will benefit AGSDR!

  2. Subscribe to Rescue Me and $19.95 of the purchase price will go to AGSDR! This magazine is a great resource for dog lovers. When you subscribe you can type in the "Rescue ID" D195 or search for Austin German Shepherd Rescue.

Use Your Randall's Remarkable Card to Donate to AGSDR!

Everytime you use your card AGSDR gets 1% of the total grocery purchases but you must update your card with our number: 12145


Top Ten Reasons to Adopt an Older Dog

  1. Love and Loyalty!
    Chances are good that by adopting an older dog, you have rescued a wonderful, loving canine from an untimely, unfortunate and unwarranted death. An older dog can sense that he
    or she was saved and will be eternally loyal to his or her new “forever” family.
  2. Ease Of Transition
    Older dogs are mellow, relaxed and ready for a new home. They are past the puppy chewing and destruction stage and usually come with basic training.
  3.  No Huge Lifestyle Change
    You don't need to worry about puppy proofing your house and constant training. And older dogs let you get a good night's sleep!
  4. Stress Relief
    Studies have shown that animal companions can decrease blood pressure levels and reduce stress. Older dogs enjoy leisurely walks, which will encourage you to exercise for even a few minutes on your busiest days.
  5.  No Surprises
    Unlike puppies, older dogs are full grown and their personalities are completely developed. When you meet with your dog, you will know what kind of wonderful, loving canine he or she is and will always be.
  6. Doggie Wisdom
    Older canines have learned many of life's lessons. They know, for example, that shoes are for walking and bones are for chewing.
  7. Calmness
    Most senior dogs do not demand the time and attention that a younger dog does and are satisfied with casual walks and cuddling.
  8. Old Dog, New Tricks
    Older dogs can focus well because they've mellowed.
  9. Companionship For All
    Senior dogs make wonderful companions for everyone, especially senior people and busy professionals.
  10. Save A Life
    Senior dogs are often the first to be euthanized in area shelters. Passed over for cute and cuddly puppies, they often have little chance to be adopted.

Adapted from the Senior Dogs Project site.  To learn more about the pleasures of older dog adoption, please visit the Senior Dogs Project.

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