My name is Melissa and I am the owner of Bella-Reed Photography. During the COVID-19 pandemic, I have been out of work with photography sessions. I am following the 'shelter-in-place' order and staying home to flatten the curve in the Philadelphia area. Also housebound with me are my 4 pitties: Bella Blue, Hershey, Pesto, and Nova Layne. Since we can't travel, I decided to bring the world to my dogs!
From Australia to NYC to Paris and India, my dogs have seen more landmarks in the last month than some people do in their lifetime!
I am also the founder of Bella-Reed Pit Bull Rescue in Southeastern PA and my organization has saved more than 450 pit bulls since we started in 2013. What better way to raise pit bull awareness than to see them in a positive light!
By putting my pups in these photos, I hope to not only spread a little laughter and happiness in these grim times but also to show the world that pitties aren't half as bad as the media portrays.
Visit Bella-Reed Photography on Facebook to see the series or check out the series on Instagram using the hashtag: #PitBullGlobeTrotters.
The crew does Six Flags!
L to R: Nova Layne, Hershey, Bella Blue, Pesto re-creating Mount Rushmore!
Nova Layne enjoying a gondola ride through the "streets" of Venice, Italy.
Bella Blue's first visit was to Australia!
Hershey catching snowflakes on his tongue while enjoying the Northern Light show in Alaska.
Nova enjoying yet ANOTHER boat ride in Italy! This time at Lake Braies, South Tyrol in Northern Italy.
Pesto decided to bring some water to the desert of Joshua Tree National Park, Cali!
Walking around exploring was Nova's favorite thing to do in Italy!
Hershey loved the Eiffel Tower so much, that he went back for seconds, but a few natives ruined the photo op for him.
Bella posing for an image at the Gateway of India in Mumbai.
Hershey smiling after seeing some zebras at Kruger National Park in Africa!
The rain doesn't stop Bella from posing for photos! Here she is at Times Square in NYC.
Bella photobombing Big Ben in London!
The North Pole
Pesto freezing for a photo op at the North Pole!
Bella finished her trip with some of Australia's native wildlife!
Well, it looks like it was Nova's turn to travel today. As you can see, he was super excited to try out the local cuisine.
Bella at the Leaning Tower of Pizza.
Today was going to be the last day for my dogs' virtual travels around the world, but of course, Bella wants to go to London tomorrow, so there's that.
But today, Hershey got to have some fun!
Bella making friends during her trip to Egypt.
Bella continues to social distance.
Bella, being the spoiled brat that she is, decided she wasn't done with her globe-trotting, so today she did a super quick visit to London. She rented a hotel for the day so she could get her beauty rest in between attractions and the view of the Tower of London was amazing!
Bella checking out Burren Way, Ireland. She's laying down here after hiking the trail.
Pesto in front of Diamond Head in Hawaii!
Hershey loving the view of Mt Fuji in Japan.
Bella has decided to take a trip and hire me to document it.
Nova got to visit the Colosseum! As you can see, he almost didn't make it into the photo with the self-timer he set!
Nova got a quick shot at Machu Picchu in Peru the other day!
Pesto being touristy in Barcelona, Spain!
Here's Bella Blue at Table Mountain.
Hershey ending his Paris visit at the Arc de Triomphe during sunset!
Nova Layne stopping for a photo op at Brandenburg Gate in Germany.
A photo-op for Bella in front of the Peggy's Cove lighthouse in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Pesto posing for a silly photo at the Space Needle skyscraper in Seattle, Washington!
During his trip to Paris, Hershey visited a few landmarks including the infamous Louvre Museum.
Bella decided she needed an 'up-close-and-personal' of the Tower of London, so she did a walk-around and met a new friend! She was kind of annoyed he paid her no attention though, the diva.
Bella does the Grand Canyon!
Pesto continues to explore!
Bella unwinds in the velvet sand!
We'll end the night with Pesto at the Rocky Mountains at sunset!
Nova checking out Acropolis in Athens!
He wasn't ready for his photo op when the self-timer went off as you can see.
Pesto enjoying the heat!
Pesto visited Haleakalā National Park for sunset.
He's pretty happy with his Hawaiian tour and hopes he can visit again soon!
Pesto couldn't visit Hawaii without paying his respects to those that died at Pearl Harbor.
Pesto stopping to take in the beauty of Cathedral Cove.
Ghost is one of my clients and he had a simple request that I was able to fill - to go to Acropolis in Athens!
This is a friend's dog, and a previous client, Ca$hew!
Ca$h's mom reached out and asked to send him on vacation somewhere in Canada. I picked a beautiful spot, don't ya think? This gorgeous view is Moraine Lake in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Kinda jealous of his vacay!
Pesto checking out Denali National Park in Alaska. So beautiful, I wish I was there now!
Nina's mom reached out and asked if I could send her to Antwerp, Belgium where she and her husband used to live! They lived right around the block from where this photo was taken. Nina was excited to see some of her parents' history before they adopted her.
Pesto checking out the windmill tour in Holland. He may have fallen asleep for this one.
Pesto decided that Bella wasn't going to get all the fun with traveling and it was his turn to go somewhere exotic today.
Nova clearly wasn't so happy having to climb Mount Everest in Nepal without the proper equipment.
The Dead Sea
Pesto enjoying a dip in the Dead Sea!
The beautiful Bella of Pawtraits.
My client Mash saw all the doggos going too far and away from lands and asked me to take him on vacation too! He went to his mom and dad's favorite place in Prague - the Astronomical Clock! Here he is pictured with it and photobombing an up-close photo of the clock. Typical Mash!
The North Pole
Pesto at the North Pole!
Grover, a client of mine, asked if I could send him off to a far-away land since all the dogs have recently been going on vacation in my photos and he was a bit jealous!
Here's Grover in Siem Reap, Cambodia by the beautiful ruins!
Here he is visiting the Eiffel Tower. He loved it so much, he went back to get another picture later on in the evening.