This week’s 52 Project theme is “newness.” I had to think long and hard about this one and, although I felt like I should be going out to shoot something new, my mind kept being drawn back to a project I did a while ago: Doberman rescue puppies.
I’ve been a photographer for a very long time. I’ve been an animal lover even longer. It took me a while to figure out how the two went together but not long after I finally did, something happened that put me on a new path of more than just running my business: helping homeless pets find homes through my art.
A few years back, I attended the San Diego Pet Expo and met some people at the Aztec Doberman Rescue booth. I signed up on their mailing list, expecting updates on their adoptable dogs, events, and so forth. One day, though, I received an urgent message that had been sent out to their entire list: a mama and her puppies at a high-kill shelter up north needed help. NOW. Another rescue could take the puppies but they couldn’t take Mama… and her time was up. Aztec was looking for someone who could take ALL the dogs so everyone could stay together and Mama wouldn’t be euthanized. I knew that Greg would have just about died if he came home from work one day and I had brought nearly a dozen new dogs into the house, so I did the next best thing: I first forwarded the email to all of my animal-loving friends and posted it on Facebook, then I emailed Aztec and said that if they could find the foster family, I would take photos of Mama and her puppies when they were ready to find their forever homes. Aztec accepted my offer and I got to photograph these wonderful puppies. Thanks to the hard work of Aztec and their supporters, each and every pup — and Mama, too — found a new home.
This was the first time I had photographed rescue animals (a new experience, if you will) and it really opened my eyes to the difference I could make with my camera.
Now, please head on over to Sharon Stokes’ (Pawprint Images) blog to see her take on the “newness” theme… and then follow the whole blog ring until you get back here!