The more people I meet, especially rescue dog owners, the more people I like. I’ve been pretty busy photographing mixed breed rescue dogs as part of a project I’m working on (it’s all a big secret at the moment, so I can’t reveal any more) and of course in the process I meet their owners.
There seems to be a theme with rescue dog owners, they are kind, compassionate, understanding and their lives revolve around making their dogs happy, which makes them my kind of people.
Meet Loki, also affectionately known as Mr Puff. Loki was adopted from Sandton SPCA in 2013 and has been spoilt rotten ever since. Loki’s favourite thing to do is bathe, he waits, not very patiently, by the bath whenever it’s being run so that he can go in and splash around in the water. Loki’s underbite is a hot topic of conversation and amuses everyone who meets him, but he doesn’t care. All he wants out of life is to have baths and eat iced doggy zoo biscuits.
Loki’s Mom is a passionate advocate of rescue dogs, she says, ‘Their little characters, their love and their pure happiness at being in a loving home is something I believe you only find in a shelter pet”. When I asked her why she likes mixed breed dogs in particular she told me, “Mix breed dogs are like ‘pimp my pup’ you get the best and most quirky traits of your dog’s fantastic mixed up heritage”. Loki is part Pomeranian, part dachshund and part fish. It doesn’t get much better than that.
Loki’s step-brother is Mr Billy, a happy go lucky kind of a guy who loves people. Mr Billy was part of a litter of 8 puppies born after their mom was rescued from an abusive home. He now enjoys living the high life with his Dad, who he loves to go running in the park with and always has to be touching. Mr Billy is a bit needy.
Mr Billy’s claim to fame is that he was still-born and only revived after being given mouth to mouth resuscitation.
Mr Billy’s Dad says that he chose to adopt a mixed breed rescue dog rather than buying one because, “we have too many shelters that are over crowded with wonderful dogs looking for homes, adoption was the only option for me”. He added that, “due to their diverse genetic mix, mixed breed dogs have fewer medical conditions and tend to love longer, I’d like to be with Mr Billy for as long as possible”.
Once the dogs had had enough of being photographed, Mom and Dad got a quick turn.
Have you got a rescue dog you’d like some great portraits of? Drop me a line to talk about commissioning your own styled portrait shoot.