Being a huge animal lover, I consider myself very lucky to be able to photograph animals from two amazing animal rescue groups: Fur-Ever Homes Rescue and AARCS. I love that by getting a photograph that captures an animal's personality, that photograph can potentially help an animal find its own for-ever home. Gone are the days of those horrible "shelter photos" where the animal is cowering in a cage, ears down and wearing terrified look on their face. Instead, those photos have been replaced with animal rescue groups teaming up with fantastic pet photographers who donate their time and skills to presenting a beautiful new family member to the public.
I know for me, personally, I run into an issue when I walk into Fur-Ever Homes Rescue. And that issue is that I always manage to fall in love with the dog I'm about to photograph. In the month that I have been photographing for them, I think I have fallen in love with twenty or so dogs. Some of these dogs find homes right away, and others are still in the shelter and have been long before I've met them. Fur-Ever Homes has a shortage of foster homes, so many of their dogs remain at the shelter, waiting to be adopted or at the very least, fostered.
As a result, and because my husband has told me I can't bring home anymore animals, I've decided to devote one day a week to showcasing one of the lovely animals that Furever Reflections have been lucky enough to photograph. This week I'd love to introduce is Betsy, pictured below.
I don't know too much about Betsy's background. I do know she's only a year old and probably hasn't spent too much time in a loving home. She's such a sweet dog though, and I've begged my husband to let us foster her but I have yet to get my way. Betsy always wags her tail the moment I walk into Fur-Ever Home's facility and she has a never-ending supply of kisses waiting to greet me. Unless she has one of her toys, at which point she's not sure if she should drop the toy from her mouth or just keep it there and wag her tail like there is no tomorrow. She is fantastic on a leash and responds to her name. One thing I noticed while we were doing her photo was how gentle she was with us; we gave her treats and she put her paw on Ashley's hand and gently took the treat (as seen in the middle picture on the bottom row). Betsy's underbite just adds to her charm - it makes her a very memorable dog and she will steal your heart the moment you meet her.
If you are interested in meeting, adopting or even fostering Betsy, pop over to Fur-Ever Homes Rescue and fill out an application form. You won't regret it.