Bethany Leisure

About Bethany & Wellspring Photography

I’m excited about how Wellspring Photography is growing and through that I am able to learn more as well as venture into new areas of photography. We now offer packages for any events in life, from as big as weddings and births to as small as your child’s first time making chocolate chip cookies. We are now even doing school photographs from preschool through high school, as well as family, pregnancy, and baby sessions. Any photography need you have, we would be honored and excited to fulfill it.

Here at Wellspring Photography we love photography and love capturing the important moments in life. Any moment worth remembering is worth photographing.

Archive: ‘Giving Back’

Therapy Dogs

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

I headed back out to Assistance Dogs of America Inc. in Swanton on Tuesday to get a few photos of some of the therapy dogs going through training with their new owners.

ADAI therapy dogs, although they are not service dogs, are highly trained and offer comfort and companionship to children in schools, persons in nursing homes and individuals with developmental disabilities, autism and Down’s Syndrome.

I recognized Brewster, Dwight, and Aaron from my trip out to ADAI before and was happy to see them responding so well to commands given by their new owners.

Here are some photos from the day…

This is Aaron, he was in training for the week with his new "parents" who are so excited to have him join their family. Here he is doing his ‘stay’ command, no problem for him; he’s one very laid back dog!

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Aaron waiting patiently for his turn.

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Aaron’s new owners; he will be a big help to their family:)


Next up is Brewster, that beautiful White-Golden Retriever.

His new "Mom" teaches kids who have Autism, she knows they will just adore him and so does she:)

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I had Brewster pose for me next to a new motorized wheel chair that was donated to ADAI.

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Next is Dwight, he kinda reminds me of a Muppet, he’s just too cute!

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Dwight is going to live with a school Principal and he will go with her every day to be a school therapy dog.

I bet the students are SO excited to meet him!


The trainer used Yogi to demonstrate the commands that the new owners need to know; here he is anxiously awaiting her next move…

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On my way out, I spotted that sweet little Wixey, I couldn’t resist those big brown eyes so I had to throw a ball for her for a little while.

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I’ll keep you posted on my future trips to ADAI, I know I’m looking forward to going again:)

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Assistance Dogs of America

Saturday, July 3rd, 2010


I’m so excited about my new volunteer project! I’ll be working with Assistance Dogs of America Inc. to capture images for their newsletter and new website. I headed out to their Swanton facility to meet the staff and dogs and to hear a little more about what they need me to do. 

Everyone I met was SO nice and the dogs were amazing. Of course I got some pics of them while I was there and I can’t wait to share more from each time I go to visit.

To learn more about ADAI check out their website, and in case you are looking to adopt a dog, not all of them make it through the entire Assistance Dog program so they adopt out the "Fabulous Flunkies"  to families. It’s a great way to get a sweet and well trained dog who may just have a hard time giving up chasing squirrels but would make a fantastic pet (chasing squirrels seems to be a favorite hobby of my 2 dogs:)

Here are a few photos I grabbed of some of the dogs who are in training…

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ADAI uses mostly Labs, Golden Retrievers, and mixes like Labradoodles & Goldendoodles. Every dog I met was well mannered and I had to restrain myself from wanting to take them all home, we already almost have a zoo!

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The most platinum blonde Golden Retriever I’ve ever seen:)


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Victor’s first time over the top:)


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Zeus napping after a training session.


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Love this guy, they told me he has one of the highest IQ’s of this group.


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Dwight the Labradoodle.


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This is Lydia, she just got back from the Puppy Prison Program and is ready for her evaluation:)


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I really wanted to take Wixey home with me, who could resist a face like that?

And last but not least, Sierra, one of two resident cats. She helps the dogs get used to being around felines (as well as making visitors feel right at home:)


Hope you all enjoyed the photos, I can’t wait to learn more about how ADAI trains the dogs, and I really can’t wait to see the dogs in action to witness how they change people’s lives. I may also have the opportunity to go to the prison to see how the Puppy Prison Program works and to get some photos of the inmates training the pups.

Please go check out the ADAI website, and if you are inspired to help there are many ways to do so. One thing you can do right now is to text  DOGS to 20222, by doing this you will contribute $5 to Assistance Dogs of America* see below for details.


 *A one time donation of $5 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. All charges are billed by and payable to your m,obile service provider. Service is available on most carriers. Donations are collected for the benefit of ADAI by the Mobile Giving Foundation and subject to terms found at  You can unsubscribe at anytime by replying STOP to short code 20222. Reply HELP to 20222 for help.


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