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We made a difference

By lobsterboy    
I just thought I would tell everyone a happy story. Every now and then I pop down to our local RSPCA kennels and take pictures of the dogs for posters. This time they asked me to take shots of the older dogs that they were having trouble re-homing.

Now this is not the easiest gig in the world, the dogs have been locked up in doggie prison for quite a while so as soon as they know they are going outside they get really excited and you need motor wind and a lot of spare cards to even get one shot with them in the frame usually. This time the only place I had to shoot them was in a clear concrete area and the only time was mid-day the glare of the concrete made my eyes hurt and meant a fair bit of exposure compensation was needed.oh and dogs only seem to come in black or white.

Anyway this lovely pair of dogs were some of my subjects in the latest session, Carrie is female and aged about 11, and a Solo is male and is aged about 5/6. They have always lived together and they are devoted to each other, although people had offered a home to Solo no one felt it fair to split them up. In fact after only a few minutes together you could see that Solo just wanted to be wherever Carrie was.

I created posters of this pair and other dogs and they were sent out to various places. Though the other dogs found homes, this pair were still without a home. So my wife had the idea to put them on The Oldies Club website. The following day someone phoned up to enquire about them and today they went off to a lovely new home in Norfolk.

It may not be technically a very good photobut it made a difference and thats all that matters sometimes.


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joolsb Plus
13 27.1k 38 Switzerland
9 Mar 2006 2:56AM
Great story!

No, it's not a great photo but that hardly matters, given the circs.

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So often you read about the negative side of photography, but this shows that photography can be used for great things, in terms of technical merit, this photo has greatly improved the lives of two dogs and their new owners - more than can be said of any of my photos.

B Rgds

conrad Plus
13 10.9k 116
9 Mar 2006 3:21AM
My daughter and her partner just "rescued" a dog with some "issues" from an animal shelter. The stories you hear when you enquire about some of the dogs - makes me want to get rich, buy a farm or a mansion and give all those sad cases a home. But, since I can't do that, it's good that there are people like you who help in finding these dogs a home. This pair is so sweet, they deserved to find a nice home. Well done! A click for what you did...

Goatsmilkuk 13 783
9 Mar 2006 4:39AM
Great story there, we have a rescue dog (Fleet) hes an old one but young at heart, we also have a rescue centre near by, I took a dog bed down the other day, I may also see if I can offer my services to help out too

stix Plus
13 924 87 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2006 4:40AM
You old softy.
lobsterboy Plus
14 14.9k 13 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2006 4:41AM
Go for it Stu - The hard bit is not bringing them all home with you!
lobsterboy Plus
14 14.9k 13 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2006 4:42AM
Oi Martin - less of the Old Smile
marlin Plus
14 90
9 Mar 2006 5:34AM
Good on you for that, I hope they enjoy each others company for many more years.
jeanie Plus
13 6.0k 6 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2006 5:48AM
What a wonderful tale and good on you and your wife for such support and devotion. So pleased to hear they are now rehomed together....

claret Plus
13 49 England
9 Mar 2006 5:57AM
Great story, Chris and well done on the happy ending.
tull Plus
14 181 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2006 8:10AM
Brilliant story Chris the photo maybe not the most technical excellent but it found them a new home for the rest of their lives so it could be one of your best if that makes sense!

lobsterboy Plus
14 14.9k 13 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2006 8:23AM
Thanks for all the comments folks - glad you understood what I was getting at.

Thanks for the mod too.
ValSaxby Plus
12 146 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2006 11:23AM
Wow, a beautiful story, well done to you for helping these guys out.
Kim Walton Plus
14 145 30 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2006 12:00PM
I love black and white images.
Need to get a good shot of my boxer.
lobsterboy Plus
14 14.9k 13 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2006 11:24AM
Thanks folks.
PatrickSmith Plus
13 1.2k 2 United States
13 Mar 2006 9:28AM
You did a really good job here. It really makes me want to adopt one. I'm serious.
lobsterboy Plus
14 14.9k 13 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2006 10:05AM
You won't regret it Smile
Sus Plus
13 3.2k 9 England
26 Mar 2006 10:35AM
You have it absolutely with your last sentance Chris. A photo can be a thing of aesthetic beauty to stir your soul, or it can stir compassion, hope, charity, action - you're right that the photos make all the difference on the dog rescue websites and they don't have to be technically fantastic portraits, they just have to show the character within - which this does.
26 Apr 2006 6:28AM
Apart from the stirring story I also think you did very well technically given the concrete ground/midday sun/black and white dogs. The lab's expression is to die for. Great story. Great pic.

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