Beautiful Beasties is an international network of professional pet photographers, of which I am very privileged to be a part of. Within the network a group was formed for photographers who wanted to participate in a project, a 52 week project. Each week a theme is chosen and posted, then we all go out and take a photograph or series of photographs to fit the theme, then we all post onto our own websites and form a ring by linking all the websites. That means you can look at my images and then follow the links all over the world to see what other pet photographers are capturing.
The theme for week 16, chosen by Natalia & Bill from Petaluma, California, USA is “Bloopers” and their brief to us was…
“Working with animals, really anything can happen and to me, there is nothing more fun than something unexpected caught on camera such as a blooper or a funny outtake. So this week, go out and shoot something for yourself, it can be whatever you want, and your challenge will be to share that oh so imperfect yet perfectly timed mishap. Don’t aim for it, just let it happen. Have fun with it!”
hmmm, bloopers – just let it happen – ok, I can do that
I was photographing two very special rescue dogs over the weekend and lo-and-behold we had a wardrobe malfunction!! Perfect for this weeks theme…
You have to love a dog – especially a rescue dog – who can not only hold pose but hold eye contact as her sunglasses are sliding off her face!!
This beautiful girl is Pepper and I asked her Foster Mum – Colleen – from Puppy Love Rescue to share some of Pepper’s story so far, in Colleen’s words…
” Pepper was first seen by Puppy Love Rescue (PLR) when we did an adoptathon at Gosford Dog Paws (GDP) in December 2012. She was then 4 months old and suffering a terrible case of mange. He skin was hot and itchy, there were open infected scabs all over her body and as much as GDP wanted to help her they weren’t equipped for such a case that needed to have one on one care in a stress free environment.
So Pepper came home with me First stop was Dr Vicki Onus for medications and check up then off home for her first of many daily medicated baths.
Pepper fit instantly into the PLR pack of the Clark household. In fact, just after her first bath, Todd had put her into the crate to dry whilst he had a shower with the intention of introducing her to the dogs one by one when he was finished to limit the stress of new meet and greets.
Imagine his surprise then when he came out to find Pepper sitting on the lounge between the pack, flanked by Kari and Shadow who would prove to be Pepper’s best friends in the months to come. Turns out that between the pack of 5 they had managed to undo Pepper’s crate!
As the months passed, and Pepper’s skin did the dramatic change from mangy sore and bright red to this fabulous thick coat she sports now, Pepper gained confidence and started to be taught basic training, where she would sit for any treat or reward, even whilst distractions surrounded her in the form of the rest of the pack grabbing for attention. She learnt to walk on a lead and toilet trained easily. But the most impressive skill of Pepper’s is her ability to read the emotions of the people around her and react accordingly.
On the night we lost our big horse Hamish, I was rather distraught and came up to the house once the vet had left. All the dogs were doing their usual game of chase and tug-o-war. Todd made me a cuppa and I sat quietly on the lounge to drink it. Pepper came bounding into the house, sized up the situation and then very gently manoeuvred herself up onto the lounge next to me, sinking in between the side of the lounge and myself, and put her paws around me (much in a pose a child would do). She lifted her head up and started to gently lick my tears away. We always knew this little girl was special but in that moment alone she showed just how ‘In tune’ with humans she would become. (At this point it should be pointed out that the rest of my pack continued to play their chasings game!)
So now Pepper is looking for her forever home. She will need to be rehomed with another doggie friend as Pepper’s bursts of energy require another canine to keep up with her! She’s super sensitive to people and animals and will tailor her play to suit the energy levels of the other. She will need to be an indoor outdoor doggie and get loads of opportunity to play with others to keep her the wonderfully doggie friendly dog she is.
This is one little chunk of love I’m going to miss. “
It is truly amazing what some special loving care can mean to a dog’s health and wellbeing.
Now, don’t forget, this is a blog ring, so head over to Brentwood Pet Photographer, Kelly Coyle’s page to start this weeks ‘Blooper’ roll, I hope you enjoy 😉