Tonight is our last night with the four foster puppies that we are fostering through the Chemung County SPCA. These are four of the dogs they transported up to the shelter from the south. We spent the evening playing outside for a while and I was able to capture some photos. Help me support the Chemung County SPCA by buying one of these prints from my website for prints at KRNaturalPhoto prints and I will donate 50% of the cost to the SPCA. Also join us at a fundraiser for the Chemung County SPCA on June 30th at Four Fights Distilling in Corning, NY. Thank you for all of your support.
I was able to get outside and take a few photographs of our new foster dog Sammy.
I also found the below about why we rescue dogs. I didn’t write it and there was no citation to it.
The Reason (to you from all your rescue dogs)
I would’ve died that day if not for you.
I would’ve given up on life if not for your kind eyes.
I would’ve used my teeth in fear if not for your gentle hands.
I would have left this life believing that all humans don’t care
Believing there is no such thing as fur that isn’t matted
skin that isn’t flea bitten
good food and enough of it
beds to sleep on
someone to love me
to show me I deserve love just because I exist.
Your kind eyes, your loving smile, your gentle hands
Your big heart saved me…
You saved me from the terror of the pound,
Soothing away the memories of my old life.
You have taught me what it means to be loved.
I have seen you do the same for other dogs like me.
I have heard you ask yourself in times of despair
Why you do it
When there is no more money, no more room, no more homes
You open your heart a little bigger, stretch the money a little tighter
Make just a little more room…to save one more like me.
I tell you with the gratitude and love that shines in my eyes
In the best way I know how
Reminding you why you go on trying.
I am the reason
The dogs before me are the reason
As are the ones who come after.
Our lives would’ve been wasted, our love never given
We would die if not for you ❤
I photograph A LOT of dogs. I mean a lot! I love doing it. I have come to think of it as something I was meant to do. Photographing dogs brings so much joy into my life. I love creating great photographs of my own dogs. But, I really love that I have found a way to put my talents to use for an even higher purpose.
As my photography career has developed, I have put my talents to use in a wide variety of situations. Several years ago my wife became involved at our local SPCA. At one point, a mutual friend of ours who worked at the shelter asked if I could take a few photographs of a dog there. I was happy to do it. I had never photographed a dog at a shelter before. I still remember him. His name was Bogart. He was a brown and white pit mix type dog. He was such a friendly dog.
I thought photographing Bogart at the shelter was just a one off. I was happy to help out and take some photos but I never really thought I would do it again. Little did I know what it would lead to.
Several years into my adventure in photographing shelter dogs this big hairy beast came galloping into my life. I love big dogs. When I first met Kira and took her outside to photograph, I really liked her. She was a gorgeous dog. She was super friendly and had a great personality. There had been plenty of other dogs at the shelter that I had photographed that I had liked but none of them was quite the fit for me that Kira was.
Still, I was not really looking for a dog. We had four at home already. I really liked Kira but I was sure she would find a great home through the shelter. When I shared her photos on social media I commented, that someone better go see her soon at the SPCA and adopt her before I do. After all, I couldn’t take every dog I photographed at the shelter home with me.
I never really mentioned Kira much to my wife. I certainly did not say anything about possibly adopting her. Little did I know my wife was busy falling for Kira as well. In her job at the shelter, my wife found herself often spending a lot of time with Kira. She found herself really enjoying Kira’s company. Kira is such a loving dog. I think she could make anyone fall in love with her.
Eventually my wife mentioned to me how much she liked Kira. I told her that I really liked Kira too. We have had five dogs most of the past eight years or so. It wasn’t a huge deal for us to take on a fifth dog. So after some discussion we decided we wanted to adopt Kira.
Shortly thereafter, we brought Kira home and introduced her to her new siblings Sierra, Buck, Mojo, and Brynn. Photographing shelter dogs has introduced me to a whole new world of dogs. It is a whole new way of relating to dogs. It is an experience like no other that leads to forming bonds like no other. If you have the opportunity to interact with a shelter dog in any capacity I highly recommend you take it. It will enhance your life in ways you never thought possible and it will enhance the life of that shelter dog in ways you couldn’t imagine.
Help me highlight the work the Chemung County SPCA does so others can find great friends like I did with Kira by supportin gmy project here: https://igg.me/at/ShelterDogsattheMuseum/x/13239346