Pets, we love them, and we are their entire world.

March 09, 2024  •  Leave a Comment

I guess I have been hammering a bit on this but anyone who really knows me, knows that I love dogs. In fact I enjoy almost all pets but, I have had some real bonds over the years with some of the dogs that I had in my life. As I child, I remember what was really my first dog and his name was Sultan. I was to young to understand breeds, but I believe he was some type of shepard mix. I just remember he was big, and black, and was very affectionate towards me. Sadly, I learned that he was not very friendly to other people and I am pretty sure my parents had to put him down because he bite someone on a bike. I know he was strong and He would break his chain and chase people. I also had a dog as a teenager named taffy that a friend of mine I went to school with had to get rid of. As a teenager in school, I did not have the time to take care of her and she was given away on me. That had one hell of an impact on me as a young teenager, and to this day, the fact that she was given away still breaks my heart. I loved that dog, but apparently it did not matter. 

As an adult with kids of my own, I bought a golden lab for my son and he was a really sweet dog, but my sone never really bonded with the dog the way I had hoped he would. 

Our second dog was our first boston terrior and we were hooked. Abbey, was a gift for my Daughters, and as far as part of the family she was adored. She lived a good long life and it took us a while to get over her when she passed away. I even shed some tears when we had to put her down. I think that is what my point of this post is. Although I have some great photos of Abbey, I never really took those special photos to show just how beautiful she was. I knew that this was a bad call on my part and decided that moving forward, I would take the time to capture compositions so I would always have the special memory of these loved companions. 

Something I don't know if anyone ever really knew was, as like minds associate I had several friends who also had a real love for dogs and they would go to a shelter and adopt. Seeing on media outlets all the press on shelter pets it really had me thinking, and I suggested to my friends that we should start reaching out to shelters and doing impactful photos to help get some of these homeless babies adopted. 

Everyone loved the idea but when it came time to put the work in, as usual no one wanted to get their hands dirty. I did however do some on my own and it was pretty well received. Then a short time later, Here comes Dog Breath Photography, and Kalie Greer was doing exactly what I wanted to do. Thank God. I was at first pissed, because Nat Geo picked up on this and they were doing a show that kind of covered what Dog Breath Photography was doing. I pointed this out to my friends and they were like in shock to see that something came out of this. Honestly, I am very happy to know that people out there care and Kalie Greer is an amazing person who has given her heart and soul to her cause. 

In short what I am putting out here is if you have a pet and you love that pet, capture the memories. Once they are gone don't have the regret of never having a portrait done of your beloved baby. 

I want to share with you a couple of images that I took a while ago when I made the decision to start doing pet photography. 

CARLYCARLYPET PHOTOGRAPHER HELPS ANIMIAL SHELTERS INCREASE ADAPTIONS THROUGH VISUAL ARTS Carly stayCarly stayBuffalo Metro Area Pet Photographer helps shelter animals fine forever homes.

I really don't know if people know this is what my thing is. 

If not please help me spread the word. I want to make sure that anyone who loves their dog thinks about have the lasting memory because take it from me. Once the cross the rainbow bridge all you will have is the memories. I for one regret not doing this for some of my furry companions, and I would like to let everyone know, don't make the same mistake I made. 

LEXI  and LOLALEXI and LOLARescue dogs and the people that save them hold a special place in my heart as you get to watch a transformation take place. Trust, overcoming fear, and an unbreakable bond. Love them. You are their whole world, and a dog is the only thing that will love you more that it loves itself. 

Hope to see some of you reading reaching out. LETS DO THIS!!! 

Sarg


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