Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Camera gear for sale

Dear Readers,

I find myself in financial straits and desperate times call for desperate measures.

Wootube and 365puppy have been great fun for me, and hopefully for you. But all good things must come to an end.

Maybe one of you wants to take up the gauntlet of providing fun posts and decent photos to the world. If so, I have a camera package for you!

Please email me for a complete list of the items I have available. I prefer to sell it as a package. The Food Lady needs to pay the rent :(

I will miss you all.

89 comments:

Zoom said...

Noooooo! Auction prints! Or something...selling all your gear will make rent for this month, maybe next (I have no idea how much your gear is worth or how much you have) but what then?

I've been in this position and had to sell my violin to make my car payment and it sucked. And I didn't even play it much anymore.

Good luck with getting the funds!

Anonymous said...

Add a pay pal tip jar!!

Anonymous said...

I'm voting for a paypal link. I'd gladly donate to keep reading your blog.

Redbirdie said...

Paypal! I vote for paypal. I can't imagine having no 3WAAW or Puppy365. I pay for other entertainment that is far less redeeming.

r0ssie said...

tip jar please!

Anonymous said...

YES! to the tip jar. You can't leave us!

Willow said...

I demand a paypal link.

LSH said...

Paypal link, please :)

CyborgSuzy said...

Can I also vote for a tipjar? I would be so sad to see you go! And to lose your camera equipment!

There must be another way...

Anonymous said...

I agree with the above suggestions - or take some ads for camera gear. ^_^.

Bev said...

Good idea Paypal link to all your photos Sheena many people would pay.. its worth a try

riosmom said...

No! You can't do this. I have no idea what you would sell your camera equipment for but I am sure there are enough people like me who would be willing to contribute towards an equal amount to have you keep your camera - and keep us happy with your pictures. There is a job out there somewhere for you and you don't want to have to start over buying camera equipment when you get that job. Please let us pay for the pleasure you bring us.

Put ads on your site. Charge to email us pictures. Write a bloody book. Hang in there!

saucy sal said...

tip jar / subscription service please! I can't afford camera gear, but I CAN afford a subscription to WooTube!

saucy sal said...

and PRINTS! I can afford to buy photos, even when i can't buy cameras!

Anonymous said...

Tip jar vote from Texas!

Samantha said...

Please consider the tip jar / subscription suggestions. I look forward to reading your blogs every day, and I would miss you and your dogs very much. What about getting more serious about pet photography and/or agility photography? I don't know how much you advertise that stuff, but put more links on your blog to let people know you do it. And, maybe you can make a FB page for your photography... If I was closer, I'd definitely arrange a photo shoot with you. Good luck, and I hope you can find a way to keep your blogs up and running.

Boots said...

I'd gladly pay to subscribe. Your blog is far more entertaining than any of the magazines I read.

-Boots' mom

Jennifer said...

I would happily pay to subscribe to your blogs. Please don't leave us Food Lady!

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Katharine Swan said...

Tip jar! I'll donate to the cause! Or at least, if you HAVE to sell the camera gear, buy a cheap point-and-shoot. I know the pictures won't be the same quality, but it'll still be the same Food Lady, so everyone will be laughing too hard to notice.

dognutmom said...

voting for PayPal tip jar here too ... would even do a subscription to this blog

Mary said...

Everyone else already said it, so I won't bother. Just know that I agree.

Nancy in WI said...

Oh no! I'm so sad--your blog is such a bright spot in the day. Good luck.

cinnamondog said...

I think you should give your readers a chance to subscribe. I already subscribe to a political blog/website and a White Sox fan website and I would certainly do a monthly subscription to Wootube. For goodness sake, even the New York Times is charging for website content now, and your stuff is far more engaging and pleasant than anything in the NYT on any given day!

Nala & Tanner said...

Everyone suggested a tip jar and I support that, but I think you should try to use your talents! You're Woo photos are great and you should be making money off them!?! just MHO

Give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day. Teach him to fish and he'll eat for a lifetime!?! Not exact but you get the drift!?!

Arwen said...

If the idea of donations makes you uncomfortable, why not set up a webshop for nice high-res download copies of your photos? I could do with some doggie desktop images.

Anonymous said...

pay pal please...i live near boston so i can't hire you to take pictures of my dog...or anything else...but I certainly can put something in the tip jar!!
i can't imagine not knowing what is up with the woofs and the woo and the food lady!!!

CharlieDog said...

TIP JAR

PLEASE don't leave us!!

Miriam M. Hughes said...

Ditto!

oslosmum said...

I must agree with all the others. Especially Zoom. I have been camera-less myself for similar reasons, and I was plunged into a sorry state, not being able to express myself creatively.

Your camera is your tool for what you do; just like other trades have their tools they cannot do their job without, camera is yours.

Interestingly, a la Katherine's comment, my partner has just traded in his expensive camera gear for a Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS1, which he is loving and says does virtually everything his old system did, at a wee fraction of the cost. Just a thought.

Listen to your readership, FL. They are wise.

Benny and Lily said...

Ditto...sell your great prints!!
Benny & Lily

jeninslo said...

Ditto! Tip jar! I'd tip, and I am notoriously cheap. Wootube is just that good.

slave2tehtink said...

Adding my voice to the chorus of people demanding a paypal button. I cannot afford camera gear nor do I have a use for it, but I can afford to show some love for a blog that has given me so much entertainment.

The time and work you have put into this blog is just that, *work*, Food Lady. There is no reason not to get paid for it when your readers are clamoring to be able to give you money, and no shame in letting us compensate you for the work you put in here.

Anonymous said...

No NO No!!! Don't go! I won't survive the withdrawal. Please find a way to stay.

narrow roads said...

I concur. This blog has saved me from the stresses of veterinary school on so, so, so many occasions that I can't imagine not having it. I would gladly subscribe.

Emma Rose said...

Do you have any idea how many people would LOVE to be able to capture shots like you do? You have a real talent. (It's not just good equipment, but of course that helps) Use your gift to sell copies of those awesome photos. You have a ton of fans out there waiting.

When I capture a shot I deem worthy of the Food Lady, I enlarge it and frame it! (Doesn't happen often because I don't have THE GIFT!)

Paypal please.

Sare said...

Please, try to find another way. Sheena, I think that is your name apologies if I have it wrong, you have inspired me not only with my own border collie but also to get back into photography. I would love to pay to subscribe to your blog. You get so many hits do advertisements on the blog or heck start a magazine or at least send some prints out they would for sure get published. Auction prints of other shots if you don't want to sell your dogs photos anything. You have such talent for photos and prose that I hope you can find away to keep it up.

Liza said...

I would happily subscribe to 3waaw and 365. Or put up a paypal tip jar. Please don't leave us!
Liza

Mindy said...

No! You can't let the economy beat you!! I know what I'm talking about. I lost my farm and all my horses and had to sell all my gear, harnesses, carts, halters, blankets, EVERYTHING. It's not really worth it in the end.

Camera and equipment could somehow make you money! It's time to get REALLY creative... Write a book and pepper it with your photos. There is a place called CreateSpace where you can go and publish your own books. I've published one and am in the process of publishing another with my Aunt. YOU MUST KEEP TRYING!!!

I love your blog and read it all the time.

Anonymous said...

Dear Sheena and readers,
I have met the Food Lady once. I behaved badly but Food Lady was understanding, compassionate, supportive, she listened, and talked me through a very difficult time. She gave from the heart.

On another occasion, remember 'Little Man', aka 'Journey', and he needed expensive surgery and Rescue needed help. I donated. A second opinion showed he did not need surgery after all. I received an email from Sheena explaining what had happened and would I like my donation back. I've worked in credit for many years, and not once have I seen this honesty.

Sheena, you give and give. You make people smile with your blog and pictures. Making people smile is a gift. Your Rescue has given me the best dog ever, Sprouts.

You are a wee slip of a thing, probably 2pounds heavier than Piper, but you are all heart, and you make a positive impact on the people you touch.

Please let me know how I can help you in return. I don't need camera equipment just 3W&AW and 365 Dexter. I'm for anything - paypal, tipjar (wotever that is), auction, buy a picture, screensavers, or wotever you can think of.

You are a gem, a rare find, let me help.

Veronica and Sprouts

Joe said...

Sheena you've got the seed of a great thing right here. If Dooce can make a living blogging about baby poop and cyber stalkers, you sure as hell can do the same thing here by expanding on what you've built.

Dog lovers are a generous and loyal bunch and you've got the talent to make this work. You're a wonderful writer and a great photographer. I'd hate to see you sell the very tools that have helped show the world who you are.

Listen to your current fan base and throw up a Paypal tip jar and some Google ads to help get you out of a pinch and then let's talk about taking you to the next level. One of your silent fans happens to be a professional web designer and he hereby volunteers his services (don't you Dave).

By the way does everyone know that Sheena is available for hire as a photographer for your diggers? Here's some work she did for me. Check out her photography site and give the girl a call.

Sheena, seriously, please let us help you.

Tatyana said...

Food Lady, please start selling prints or taking donations. Don't take the Woo away!

Anonymous said...

I concur, I check your blog daily and always enjoy the posts. It is not just your great photography, but the 'stories' you tell to go with the pics! There are not a lot of blogs I would pay for, but yours is one! Please keep the cameras going!
kristy

Heather said...

You have a faithful reader in me over here in Minnesota, and I'd miss you if you go. I'd be happy to subscribe your blogs if I could.

Sherri said...

Add me to the list of people who would purchase prints, contribute to a tip jar or subscribe to keep enjoying you and your dogs. I hope you'll at least consider it. I'd miss my TWAAW fix!

Anonymous said...

i am pretty sure saints needs another photoshoot sheena lots of new old animals to immortalize....bring your gear..a couple of days around here (maybe we can finally do a saints photobook!)and there is a good chunk of your rent. can you come this weekend?
carol
604-339-5144

Maria said...

Please don't go! My Aussie, Border Collie and Huskies would miss your blog as well! I HATE PayPal, but will break down and use my husband's account to keep your photos and commentary here.

Anonymous said...

I concur with everything that everyone here has said. I'd be so happy to subscribe, buy prints, paypal, anything!

You are a wonderful photographer and writer, and I don't think I could get through a week without my TWAAW fix.

Jen said...

Please don't take away Woo and crew.... please, please dont sell the equipment and take away a piece of joy in my life. I love your photography, your writing is great... and, I look forward to seeing what you and your dogs are going to do next. It's helped me through some pretty traumatic times around my place, working in rescue too. So, please, I'll subscribe, I'll donate, if I lived in BC, you better believe I would be making an app't for my dogs to have their photos done. But, please, find another way! We'll all help.

nickelsmum said...

I invite fans to contact me directly if you have ideas about how we can help keep Sheena online and blogging.

I have a feeling that finding her paid webspace for blogging will not be the hard part. The hard part will be finding a way for Sheena to avoid selling camera equipment. She needs a cash infusion, and she needs a day job if blogging and photography don't pay the bills.

But if you have some way to contribute, please email me. This could be as simple as server space, or as grand as becoming a fully sponsoring patron of the arts.

Email me: Greta, at nickelsmumATyahooDOTcom

By the way I am TERRIBLE at organizing and managing so I will be immediately looking for someone to take over this effort to make sure it doesn't slip between the cracks of my mind.

thus-sung said...

I would also donate for continued 3Woofsing.

Anonymous said...

Dear Food Lady
We 'member the day you all came to visit us at the 'farm' and took our pictures, and pictures of the piggies too. We will donate some of our treat money to keep you posting pics of our buddies Woo and Piper and Tweed. We like the way you make our mama laugh whenever she reads your blog.

Love, Charley, Sadie and Belle (and Oliver too but he didn't live wiv us when you came to visit).

McG said...

:( Please consider the tip jar idea. Consider it payment for a service. I can't BEGIN to tell you how much 3W brightens my days, being a lover of Border collies, photography, and your sense of humour. It really makes me wish I had the funds to buy your camera stuff and then give it right back!

At the very least - could you give us verbal updates? I love your writing style as much as your photos, Food Lady, you really know how to tell a tale and do it justice, and I just loved your recent post about Briggs and Tweed. Something to consider?

Best of luck, whatever happens. <3 All the best. Kiss Woo on the head for me. ...And Dexter on the ear.

Anonymous said...

Please don't go! Make a calendar, sell Woo-licked/Piper-fetched sticks on etsy ala Daily Coyote! Love your blog always entertaining

Caroline said...

Please don't give up on the blogs and your cameras Sheena-I got to walk with you a couple times at Bridgeman when Briggs had the doggles:) Since that time I have lost access to my heart dog of 9 years and your blogs help fill the hole in my heart a little, until I can have a dog of my own again. I am ready to help in any way...

Quinn said...

I'm a bit tight on money myself these days, but I'd be willing to do a paypal donation, no hesitation.

Really - you have 50-some people commenting here saying they'll donate. Even if we each donated only 2 bucks that's over 100 dollars right there, and I'm sure many people would give more, and I'm sure there's more than just 50 some people out there who would.

Jill said...

Sheena,
Do not go. Your pictures and words can go into the makings of a book. Others far less talented have done it, so I have full faith you could do it. Some of the funniest stuff I have ever red has come off of this site as has some of the most touching and heartfelt. There are countless ways we all can help you make this venue work for you. Believe me...if I were more talented and my dogs better behaved, I would be looking to do it. But I'm not and you are, so I'll do what I can to help you. If we need to start with a domain name, we'll start there...let's just get this party started people.

Jill @ www.donteattherocks.com which still doesn't work right sorry I suck.

Anonymous said...

Don't go!

Too bad I don't live in the area around your Vancouver, otherwise I'd have you take photos of my BC.

sakemartyr said...

your dogs & blog have touched all of us & we're all willing to support the woo fund... :)

Joe said...

Geez I meant to buy a few TDBCR calendars before the year began but it slipped my mind. I just bought three.

Anonymous said...

Say it ain't so!!!! Honestly, 3 Woofs & a Woo is something I look forward to every single day (I'll admit I'm addicted to the site)! Mr. Woo is one of my favourite dogs and I haven't even met him in person :-) The 365 Dexter blog is a bonus. I love your sense of humour and your photography is amazing. I think what you need is some shameless advertising - let us know how to hire you to take pics of our beloved beasts and I bet many of us would and could also pass on the information to others. I also like the idea of a subscription - I would definitely pay to make sure you continue making me laugh out loud every time I read your posts! Advertising revenue too - why not! Please please don't quit.

Jill said...

Sheena,
Do not go. With your wit, words and photos, you could do books. Some of the funniest and most heartfelt words I have read right here. Others far less talented have done it and I am confident you most certainly could. There are plenty of ways to have this venue that we all enjoy and in which you exceed make an income for you. If I were more talented with my photography and my dogs better behaved I would be doing. But since I am not and they aren't I'll do what I can to help you. We need a domain name. Let's get this party started people.

Jill @ www.donteattherocks.com which still doesn't work I suck.

Life in vet school said...

Seriously. I get way more enjoyment out of Wootube than I do out of many, many things that I happily pay for. I would gladly subscribe to the blog, I would love to buy prints, there has got to be a solution besides shutting this down.

RaisingRiver said...

I click on both your sites EVERY single day - sometimes more then once. I only have like 20 bookmarks. You are 2 of them. <3

BCxFour said...

Don't dump the camera equip. I would PAY you for photography instruction. What about offering sessions to people in your area to meet you at a dog/local park and give them lessons and tips on how to take better shots of their dogs? For that I would renew my passport and come to Canada. Srsly!

Tristan and Braun said...

Hey gal,

Please say you are kidding. Like... Really!

I don't know what else to say anymore than all that has already been said and I'm sure you know your situation better than any of us out here.

So I really don't know what to say. I'm sure you won't make such a heavy announcement unless the absolute need calls for it - coz' I know you love us your FANS - so maybe things are that dire that we need to go there, BUT I hope too with all my heart that this is just an early April Fool's joke or if not, then do seriously give all your fans' comments out here a real think.

Maybe it will not solve the "problem" in the long term, but likewise, selling your cameral equipment can only cover you that far as well. So maybe, really maybe, we can all work something out.

Give a shout out that this is all but just a joke! PLEASE! We will forgive you! *hugz*

RachelB said...

I, too, would happily contribute; I look at 3 Woofs & a Woo and 365 Days of Dex in Pix daily.

Anonymous said...

I too would happily contribute to a tip jar, paypal contribution.
Hang in there Food Lady xoxo

karron said...

Sheena - Food Lady, please do not sell your camera, your creative outlet. You allow people to hire you to take pictures of their dogs, why not let us, pay you, to take pictures of your dogs and tell us about their mis/adventures. A small subscription or a tip jar may just give you enough to keep you going and enable you to continue to do what you obviously love doing.
You help so many people and I dont think you actually realise that, so please let those people help you....

Debra Kay said...

Not the camera-tip jar, sell calendars-T-shirts on Cafe Press, woo poo on etsy-I'd buy some Woo Poo and Dexter Do~I seriously would.

julie said...

I may be pretty tight on money, and until today I have always refused to do (go/be/pay/work with?) PayPal, but I would immediately sign up for paying to be able to read your blog and watch your wonderful photographs if that would help you pay your rent!
But I also know quite a lot about pride and refusing help as long as you believe you can manage on your own, so I can understand if you don't like the tip jar ideas...

I still think you should find a way to sell your pictures, I know for sure that can't be hard because they are truly unique!
The same with your posts and captions. I may have discovered 3WAAW only half a year ago, but I'm terribly addicted. I even spent many nights reading back in time towards your first post and pics ever, laughing out loud only every minute or so. So I believe the book is a good, and definitely successful, idea!

I'm holding all my thumbs up and sending good vibes for a wonderful, rent-paying job! (And hoping/waiting for the tip-jar.)

BanditsBuddies said...

I vote PayPal - too much talent to toss out the door.

Cathy, Che and Jeepers said...

You have the best dog blog on the net, bar none. You should be able to make it pay for your rent. I, for one, would happily pay for the privilege of continuing to follow the adventures of the three woofs and a woo.

Mary said...

nickelsmum,

I think a tip jar thrown up immediately, as in today, would provide a pretty substantial cash infusion for the moment. I know that I would be willing to put down a fairly substantial sum (substantial for me, anyway) up front as patronage and then pay for a subscription to the site on top of that. So, I think that would be my solution - tip jar for the right now, and then subscription and ads once the ship has been more or less righted.

Sabrina said...

Dear Food Lady,

I haven't posted before but I have been a long time admirer of both you, your dogs, and you photos. I'd gladly pay a subscription fee, etc. and I hope that there isn't something more serious happening than a temporary financial hurdle.

Have you considered trying to sell some of your photos to Getty images? They then get the copyright and use the photos for stock photography, etc. Not ideal, I know (you would like to keep control of your images, I'm sure), but it might help you out in a pinch. I have friends who have made ~$500 per month selling photos and they aren't even great photographers! Its worth a shot...

Sabrina

Anonymous said...

I'm not even a regular reader, but I would add to your virtual Tip Jar to help you keep your equipment and your head above water. You are talented and inspired - you should not have to sacrifice the tools you use to express that.

Kilo said...

What they said!

Anonymous said...

I am in favor of the tip jar or subscription.I read your blogs daily at lunch at work. They brighten my day.

Best of luck to you and your pack.

Vicki,Daisy, & Devon

Redbirdie said...

I am really concerned that there is more going on than paying the rent and I really want to help in some way. If you have to go, I am really going to miss the best entertainment on the INTERNETZ.

B said...

I have money in my paypal account for you. Please don't stop blogging. :(

Kassie said...

Noo! Don't do this! I only just discovered 3Woofs a few months ago! I didn't even know about 365!

Please please put up a tipjar! Or a PayPal link! Or a calendar! Or sell prints! Or all of the above!

Your photos and stories are wonderful -- don't be cruel and make us all miss them! Listen to your fans and let us tip you!

Anonymous said...

Another vote here for a 'tip' jar. Your blog has been one of the most entertaining, insightful, hilarious and heartwarming ones I've ever read. It would be a pleasure to give a little back for what you share so freely!

Anonymous said...

No, just no! Everyone here wants to help you get through the current financial slump, please let us. Selling your stuff will only get you temporary cash anyway, let us Paypal you through this. You will recover, you always have!

Anonymous said...

I hope that things turn around and that you continue to do what you love -- because people certainly love what you do.

Sheri said...

I am a daily reader (I check multiple times a day to see if there is a new post, even if you just did one!) and would definitely support a subscription or paypal to support your blog (and you, and the pupsters!). I would miss terribly Woo, Piper, Tweed and Dexter if 3WAAW and 365 puppy were to go away. Please, please, let us help and I agree with a prior poster who said that putting up this blog is WORK so you should be paid for it. It is also your talent and like athletes and other people with talent (that I don't have!) they get paid for entertaining us with their talent. Please don't go away! I, too, would hire you to photograph my BC, but live in Colorado, and I remember how the nasty border guards are...

Tammy said...

NOOOOOOOOO!!!! I am a tightwad, but would definitely pony up money via a tip jar. There has to be a way to monetize this blog and the photography. Let us help.

Mary said...

Sheena -- GET THAT TIP JAR OUT!

If you don't post a paypal up, I'm half tempted to start one for you...

Brianna said...

I'd buy some prints from you. I'd love to have a few shots of Tweed in my house.

Paula said...

Oh, no! I'm just now seeing this. I hope things work out!! ((hugs))