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Last week Cathy and David suddenly lost their beautiful and beloved Great Dane, Morgan. One moment she was playing in the park, the next moment Cathy was cradling her in her arms. Many hearts are broken for Morgan’s family…mine included. We are all keeping her loved ones in our thoughts.

Morgan was as a gentle giant, that entertained thousands on her Facebook page with her daily adventures. She also used her stature to show her support for rescues such as Danes in Distress.

She was well-known in the Dane and dog community…because the statuesque Morgan was in fact a Guinness World Record Holder for being the Tallest Living Female Dog In The World!

She measured 38.6″ at her shoulders and weighed 207 lbs and she just turned 6 last month (FUN FACT: we shared a birthday).

Coincidentally, Morgan’s passing comes just over a month after Zeus, the Tallest Living Dog In The World left us. He was a few days shy of his sixth birthday. How incredible that these two gorgeous dogs met each other.

I was lucky to meet and photograph Morgan, her Yorkie sidekick Penny and family at Pet Valu in the spring. She was invited to tour Ontario as the “spokespet”, raising awareness for rescue during Pet Valu’s Pet Appreciation Month.

She signed many a massive pawtograph on her road trip!

Morgan’s momma says, “A Great Dane face is what captures your heart… their devotion to making you smile & laugh everyday holds it forever.”

I couldn’t agree more. Morgan, we will never forget how you made us smile.

Please head on over to Morgan’s Facebook page to leave some love for her family.


(photographed March 2014 at Pet Valu, Strathroy)

MORGAN  – September 9, 2008 – October 1, 2014 – Guinness World Record Holder “The Tallest Female Dog in the World Living”

Multi-talented…giving her pawtograph and sweet kisses at the same time.

The perfect height to get a treat at the counter.

Her gorgeous massive paws!

Morgan’s little pal, Penny.

“OH MY, what huge paws you have!”

Morgan was curious but gentle with the rescue puppies from PAWS UNITED DOG RESCUE

Puppy Paw vs. Adult Dane Paw

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  • October 9, 2014 - 12:47 pm

    Lindsay Flynn - Beautiful post. Thank you for this. Made me cry… I wish they could live forever….
    I’ve been thinking about Morgan and her family since she passed away and I know she’s watching from heaven above. I know that Scooby will help ease the pain.
    She’ll never be forgotten.. Until they meet again….


I spent a wonderful day at the beach with Jennifer and her fuzzy best friend, Liza. The love between them was an absolute joy to be around. We took in the gorgeous Toronto day by strolling the beach and fishing for rocks. Liza, a sweet gentle old bear of a gal (of 12 years young), with the soulful face of a wise wizard, had a lot to say when I didn’t throw the rocks fast enough. By the time we got back to their beach house, we had worn her out and she was ready to lounge. Well earned graceful lady. See at the beach again very soon.

scroll all the way down to see the 12×12 custom album I created for their session.


Check out the awesome 12×12 custom photo album I made for their time together (click here to fully enjoy in HD):

Best Friends – 12×12 Custom Photo Album from Marcia Leeder Photography on Vimeo.

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  • October 7, 2014 - 4:11 pm

    Patricia Lynn - Beautiful…

  • October 7, 2014 - 5:39 pm

    Tami Genge - So amazing. Beautiful. Very emotional photos.

  • October 10, 2014 - 3:29 am

    Judi Tomac - Oh you two ladies are wonderful together. What great memories to have


This handsome boy came to me while I was searching for my lost cat.

I answered a “FOUND ORANGE TABBY CAT” Craigslist ad without a photo. When I went to see for myself, the cat in question was not my cat at all (not even the right gender).

The woman told me how she found him. She heard him wailing in distress under a bridge. She let him know she was friendly and he came running to her.  With nobody else around or any homes in sight, she decided to take him in for the night. Unfortunately she hadn’t had any luck finding out where he lived by the time I answered her ad.

When I came to visit, he was hiding under her bed. As soon as I knelt down and coaxed him with soothing words, he poked his head out and pushed it into my hand for some scratches. It didn’t take long for him to come out from under the bed, use the litter box and have a bite to eat…right in front of me. Good boy.

Another cat was already established in her house and made it clear that she wasn’t a fan of having another feline visitor. So, I told her I would do my best to help find his home.

I had him checked right away for a microchip…no such luck…but I did find out he’s neutered.

From the look of his rough paws and dirty coat, I believed that he had been an outdoor cat for some time. Definitely not feral, but I had a feeling that he may have been lost for a long time or forgotten.

So I brought him home with me. I mean, he was the right colour and everything.;-)

After a few hisses exchanged with Archie (another male orange tabby) he settled in nicely. He didn’t bat an eye at my two dogs either, nor did they to him. It was incredible how quickly he was accepted into the pack. Within days they were laying on the bed together.

I started calling him Chester Copperpot (reference from one of my favourite movies).

He spent almost two months with us so I got to know him well. He has an easy-going personality. He is still learning to be more affectionate, but he allows me to pick him up and give him a little snuggle without a fight. He even lets me trim his nails without a fuss. He is vocal when he wants something (usually treats…he LOVES treats!) and rubs up against my legs every morning.

I let him outside in the backyard to enjoy the beautiful days. He always came back with a spring in his step when I called him (and shake the treat bag…have I mentioned he loves treats?!). I couldn’t deny that pleasure to a cat so used to the freedom of the outdoors and I truly hope he finds a home surrounded by backyards to explore.

While caring for him, I used social media, online ads and posters to find out if he had people out there missing him. SIDE NOTE: If you don’t know about the Helping Lost Pets database you should. After two months without any luck I knew it was time that I took the next step to find him a forever home, before I became even more attached to him. I was also hoping that my cat karma would help bring my girl home (still waiting).

I brought him to the wonderful people of Toronto Animal Services where they have kept me abreast of his care. They approximated his age to 7 years old and he is in great health. They took care of a broken tooth, so I know he is in better shape now than when he arrived.

Seriously folks, Chester is a catch! Get yourself down to TAS and meet him: FILE #A688919

Chester and Archie got along like brothers in no time. 

Chester is comfortable around dogs. THIS happened after only 4 days of staying with us. 

He loved sunning and stretching in the window. I hope he finds that joy again in a home very soon.

Go meet this sweet boy at TORONTO ANIMAL SERVICES right away. His TAS FILE #A688919

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Thank you to all of the dogs, cats and people that attended the Pet Valu Queensway anniversary celebration and my Pet Portrait Event on Saturday September 20, 2014. I hope you had as much fun as I did.

A huge thank you to everybody that donated…we raised $380 for the Etobicoke Humane Society.

Here are some of the gorgeous faces from that day.

I have also posted this on my Facebook page, so head on over, like it, find this image, tag yourself and share with your friends.


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Monday was a sad day for Bella’s family, as they said goodbye to their sweet and loveable girl. She was 12 years old.

I loved spending time with her in the spring of 2013…what a sweetheart…what a beauty. An older lady even then…she did a lot of lounging on her porch. I remember how much she loved her stuffed duck. She cracked us up when she rolled on her back.

Bella’s family shared some words about their lovely lady:

“She was the sweetest dog we ever knew! So obedient, so sweet, so gentle.

Bella was a member of the St John Ambulance therapy dog team and visited the Milton Hospital’s Cronic Care Unit weekly. In her rounds she spent many hours cheering up the staff and patients.

Bella was our granddaughter first best friend. We babysat her a few days each week and they were inseparable. She would refer to our house as “Grandma, Poppa and Bella’s”, it was never just Grandma and Poppa’s house.

We will miss our girl, but we will never forget her.” – Judy


Farewell bella Bella.


Bella  – April 6, 2002 – September 22, 2014

(photographed May 2013)

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  • September 29, 2014 - 6:30 pm

    Marianne Policelli Di Giulio - Feeling Bella’s family’s loss deeply. Old chocolate girls are the best. Bella lived up to her name. What an amazing face, with no doubt, a tale to tell. So glad Marcia captured that for you. Sincere condolences

  • September 29, 2014 - 7:43 pm

    Beverley McMullan-Kungl - I am so very sorry to hear of Bella’s passing and my deepest condolences to her family. There is nothing like the love of a beloved pet….Bella left knowing she was well loved.

  • September 30, 2014 - 5:22 am

    Josh Mnm Chapman - What a truly amazing animal, a perfect family member for the amazing Goss family! Sorry for your loss!