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.
We were able to spend part of the day Sunday at Fulkerson Winery supporting a local rescue, Rainbow of Hope.
Today was a day for the dogs. Up in Ithaca the Ithaca Dog Fest was going on. That means that the Reynolds clan is headed to Ithaca to enjoy some 4 legged companionship. The event did not disappoint.
We took Josie and Little Kira with us on this outing. We had such a good time. There were many dog related vendors there. There were also many different Shelters and Rescue groups there which is always great to see.
Best of all was all the dogs. So many dogs. And there were tons of people who wanted to love on Josie and Little Kira. They did not have any problem getting all of the loving they desired. Crowds of people just waiting to pet them. It is a dogs dream come true. After walking through he event we just went and sat in the shade under a tree. People continued to stop by and share their time with Josie and Kira. They can never get enough. There is always more love to go around.They are such good dogs. The make it easy.
Then after the Dog Fest broke up we headed over to the Ithaca Dog Park to get some off leash time. Dog park for Josie and Kira means time to lounge around. They are so funny. They rarely go much more than 10 feet from us. They just wanted to sprawl out and relax. They aren’t phased by the other dogs. They did actually try to play once, but couldn’t really seem to figure out how that worked. They did love the pools. And apparently they also love picnic tables.
There were also many other cute dogs there. No question about it it was a good day.
When your wife has a huge heart you end up babysitting someone’s five bottle feeding foster puppies so that they can go to a wedding.
So I took advantage of an opportunity to get some adorable photographs. It is hard to take a photo of these tiny puppies that isn’t cute. Adorable subjects make my job easy.
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 ❤
Josie decided to photobomb the mini portrait photo shoot I was having with Little Kira in our yard. I called Kira towards me because I wanted to get some photos of her in motion and Josie decided she would join in on the fun.
Sometimes I think that “taking photographs” of the dogs is just an excuse to “go play with dogs”. Photographing the dogs can be hard work but at the same time is fun and rewarding. I do try to play with the dogs and interact with them as much as possible because it is part of my mission as a photographer to show the dogs in as natural and comfortable pose as possible. Often when someone enters a shelter to look at the dogs, the dog they see in the kennel behind a fence isn’t the real dog whose there. The dog behind the fence is the scared nervous dog who is waiting to go home and anxiously awaiting their new human. This does not necessarily present the dog that will be the one at home with after being adopted. My mission is to go out and interact with a dog in a way that brings out their true personality. I want to photograph their true identity. Not their “Shelter Dog” identity behind a fence. That’s not who they are. If the dog likes toys I try to photograph them playing with toys. If they are an energetic dog and run around I try to photograph them running around. If they are a hound that likes to bark I portray that too. If they are a dog who is a little shy an nervous with new humans I try to go slow with them and let them get to know me and relax so I can photograph their true nature of how they will be after they get home with their new human and are more comfortable.
If you love shelter dogs please visit my IndieGoGO campaign and support it so we can help bring this exhibit featuring these great animals to the public and help raise awareness for shelter dogs: http://igg.me/at/ShelterDogsattheMuseum/x/13239346