Last month I thought I would do something a little different and fun, something to bring awareness to a controversial idea, I decided to do a little pit bull photo project. I know what you are thinking…but please at least bear with me as I stand up for the world’s most misunderstood breed of dog. I am a firm believer that a dog only behaves as good or bad he/she is raised. Period. If you hit your dog, there is a (very big) chance he/she could turn on you. If you raise a dog or even rescue a dog (depending on the situation the dog previously came from of course) and give it love, attention, discipline, companionship…I guarantee you, you will have a loyal partner…for as long as your dog lives. Obviously I cannot speak for every single dog in the world, but pit bulls, by nature are an absolutely easy-going, sensitive, loving breed.
I had such an awesome time photographing these three sweet pit bulls, all so different in their “walks of life” (hee hee) and all pretty different in age, size and color. One thing was the same though, they all LOVE to kiss! They practically knocked me over giving me so much love. My lovely friend, Shannon, has a huge heart for pit bulls. She actually has a little guy of her own, Buddy and she also fosters pit bulls. Shannon was so kind as to host our pit bull photo project in her cute little backyard. It was an awesome experience and I honestly wouldn’t mind doing this again.
Here they are, my pittie “models” for this session are: Buddy (black/white male), Bella (brindle female) and Ally (cream/white female), they did a fantastic job for me.
Sweet Ally is still in need of a good home, currently she lives with a family who simply doesn’t have the time to walk her and care for her the way they would like to (these dogs need either a good sized back yard and/or an owner who is willing to walk them daily). She is THE sweetest girl ever, her eyes tell a story and every time I would kneel down to her level to snap a photo she would come walking up to me and kiss my forehead. I wish I could take her home with me! Ally is about 6 years old and is good with children. She needs a good home, so if you are interested in her please contact me and I will pass your information along to my friend who is looking to adopt her out. She is coming from a loving family and needs to be re-homed to another loving family.
Oh yes, and she was an absolute camera hog. Seriously, she jumped in front of my lens every two seconds…hee hee! Such a sweet girl.
Buddy is so chill, he wasn’t too impressed with the photo session but he sure is a snuggler too. Every chance he could he was at my side giving me love. Shannon is so blessed to have such an awesome companion in him.
Bella had me laughing…she was definitely not a fan of the limelight, but I adore this one of her in her mom’s cool sunglasses! She’s pretty rad for a 13 year old, wouldn’t you say? Bella, you’re super cool.
I encourage you to not judge a book by it’s cover. Do some research, find the facts, hang out with a pit bull (or three) one day and just see how loving and sweet they are first-hand. I wasn’t nervous one bit going into this project because I have been around this breed and have friends with pitties and I know them for who they really are. If you would like more information on either fostering or adopting a pit bull, please check out the Orange County Pit Bull Rescue website. If you (or someone you know) is interested in adopting Ally, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.