Thursday, July 19, 2012
My Career Has Gone To The Dogs (and Cats)
As I talked about yesterday, seeing the article about the photographer and the Death Row dogs was one step towards a decision I made. The other reason is these two dogs, Heidi and Teddy. Both are my friend's dogs and both came from a local animal rescue non-profit called Lost Angels. Heidi (the red one) was a stray mom with pups, all the puppies had found homes but Heidi was scheduled to be put down until my friends decided to take her. She's now a happy extremely intelligent dog. Recently they adopted Teddy (the white one) who was a much older dog, no one seemed to know for sure, maybe between 10-12 years old. Teddy was abandoned by a family because they were moving, or something ridiculous. He soon joined in with his new family, never causing any trouble, even with the other two cats. I kind of became attached to Teddy, he was like walking a small tank that became winded every now and then. The photos I took of him became a small hit on Facebook. Sadly Teddy only lived a couple of months before dying of a fatal cancer. But he was a really happy dog up until his last week.
Part three of my decision came from looking at the Lost Angels posts on Facebook. Almost every day there was a new dog or cat that had been abandoned or found almost dying somewhere. Photos are posted in hopes of finding homes for them. But often those photos were blurry, poorly lit, and worse, 'red eye' demon looking animals from using a camera phone flash. I can do better than this, I thought.
So, no, I'm not going to become a pet photographer, but I did volunteer to take photos for free of the adoptable dogs and cats from Lost Angels in hopes that maybe better, cuter pictures of these guys will help get them adopted. This Saturday will be my first attempt, so we'll see how it goes!
See the Lost Angels Animal Rescue website by clicking here.