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Rewrite prom night: Why your dog makes the perfect dress-up date

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    My prom night sucked.

    Problem 1: It was 1988 and I was a fashion disaster. Pretty in Pink? No, more like a Pepto Bismol overdose.

    Problem 2: I took the only offer I got for a date. I should have stayed home.

    Problem 3: I hated high school and I should have stayed home.

    Counter-clockwise from bottom left: my then best friend whom I had to remove from my life, me, my date and my best friend’s boyfriend who four years earlier weirdly had been my first kiss

    I don’t know if it’s still true today (because #childfree) but when I was growing up, prom night held such promise. It was supposed to a magical evening filled with glitz, glamour and unforgettable moments.

    For many of us, though, that reality is best reserved for a John Hughes movie.

    A better date has four paws and a tail

    You might have rocked the shit out of prom night. Maybe you even avoided going to an after party at a barn and watching all the drunk townie girls drag their gowns through cow shit.

    Whatever. I’m not rolling my eyes at you, I’m still rolling my eyes at the drunk townie girls.

    Even you gals that had a great prom night, I can show you a better time. Wink, wink.

    Wait … not like that!

    Prom night with your dog.

    a woman embraces her dog at the Rocks of Sharon
    Jolene and Eena

    Why dress up with your dog?

    We’ve walked through the fires of hell to get here.

    We’ve had our hearts broken and maybe even broken a few.

    We’ve given trust and lost trust.

    Every time life hands us a raw deal, we rise from the ashes like the beautiful phoenixes we are.

    And every step of the way, our dogs have been there to comfort us, to support us, to love us.

    They are a better date in every sense of the word.

    My prom night with Bella


    1. Dogs bring no drama. They aren’t going to ditch you for someone else. They may side-eye your choice of blue eye shadow but they’ll still love you. They are loyal and devoted to you and you alone.

    2. Dogs bring the enthusiasm. Your dog is always thrilled to be part of whatever you’re doing. Because you’re doing it together.

    3. Dogs bring the respect. Our dogs aren’t going to have too many beers and then offer to drive us home.

    4. Dogs bring the love. Our dogs love us unconditionally. To them, we are the most important, most special human in the world.

    Tapenga and Sierra

    Into the Wild rewrites prom night

    Our dogs give us so much: loyalty, comfort, attention and love.

    All that and then, if we open ourselves to what they’re trying to tell us, they can show us who we are supposed to be, guide us onto the paths we are meant to follow.

    Were it not for Shep and Bella, I would be living a very different life than I am today. Would I be a marketing and communications executive somewhere in Calgary or Toronto? Who knows? But man, that sounds icky.

    Were it not for Ares, Jordan might never have found her way to her best life in the Pacific Northwest.

    Jordan and Ares and Peshastin State Park

    Were it not for Sam, Christine might never have found her courage.

    Christine and Sam near Plantes Ferry

    For all that they give us, we can reward them with their best lives, and we can honor that journey by immortalizing them with a photo session dedicated to their boundless love and affection.

    During an Into the Wild session, we find an epic location and an epic dress for you, and we create amazing memories of the way you and your dog love each other.

    Another reason to support Into the Wild

    I find it so very important to give back to the community that helps me build this experience at Big White Dog Photography.

    I volunteer as a photographer at the Companions Animal Center in Hayden, Idaho, and I know they’re still short of the money it took to build their new state-of-the-art facility at the end of Atlas Road.

    adoptable dog at the Companions Animal Center in Hayden, Idaho
    Ursula is ready to be adopted at the Companions Animal Center

    For every Into the Wild session booked, I’m donating $150 to the Companions Animal Center. If I can shoot 40 sessions, we will have raised $6,000 for the care of abandoned and surrendered animals throughout Coeur d’Alene and North Idaho.

    With the simple act of creating dog photos.

    Book your session now and become part of the Tails of Adventure Dogs and the Women Who Love Them photo book.


    Dogs. Adventure. Outdoors. These words set Angela's heart afire. Angela Schneider, an award-winning writer and dog photographer, documents the story of you and your dog and the adventures you take together. Your portraits will be a statement piece in your home, art that will make your friends and family beg to hear its story.

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