Philadelphia pet photographer||BG Bully Family Session || Dublin and Soja||
As part of our ongoing personal work BG Bully Family Project we will be posting a selection of photos from each session.
We will also be donating 50% of Any sales that results from prints, wall art, or usb’s of full session to Pinups for Pitbulls to aid in the education of how Awesome these dogs are!! About the project….
We have a passion for rescue work and a passion for photographing people, places, and things and telling their story! So we are embarking on a personal project to help end the negative stereotypes of Bully Breed dogs!! We thought what better way then to show these beautiful dogs being loved on and loving the humans that saved them- especially those with children!! With the negative stereotypes people think these dogs aren’t good for homes with small kids! Well these families would disagree! We also wanted to showcase families that are also discriminated against and face stereotypes- people with tattoos! I LOVE photographing beautiful INK!!! and i LOVE LOVE dogs!! so follow along on our journey as we try to dispel a lot of myths!!
Meet Morgan, Carlos, Dublin, and Soja
What an great bully family!!! For this shoot we chose to go to the Willow Grove Cross Fit where Morgan and Carlos spend a great deal of their time.Carlos is a trainer there. And you guessed it, Dublin and Soja are right there with them working out (well lets face it- these furry kids would rather lay down! lol!) Once the class was over we just captured them doing their own thing. We did manage to get all 4 together is some great pics- all it took was a lot of treats and their grandma making some funny noises to get their attention!
It was cool shooting in the Cross Fit and we asked about the Travis Mansion Foundation that was on the back wall. So we wanted to share about what this awesome organization is doing as well.
So here is what Morgan had to say about her dogs and boyfriend….
Dublin is a 6 or 7 year old male Pit Bull mix. In December 2011 he rescued me, at least that’s how I see it! I was still living at home with my mother and getting ready to start my first full time job out of college but something was missing from my life! I went to the Lehigh County Humane Society with a picture in my mind of the type of dog I was looking for but Dublin captured my heart from the first wave of his paw! The “big dog” section of the shelter was full of mostly Pit Bull mixes and they are all barking and carrying on trying to get the potential adopters attention. As I walked down the row, Dublin was laying down very calm and quiet with his head perfectly between his paws. As soon as I stopped in front of his cage he sat up and waved at me and at that moment I knew he was meant for me. The shelter had very little information on him, not even his original name. They came in one morning in the Summer of 2011 and found him along with a few smaller dogs abandoned in one of their outdoor cages. In the surveillance video they can see the person walk up and simply leave him behind. He is my best friend, my cuddle buddy, my partner in crime, and my lap dog. Dublin teaches me every day what it means to truly appreciate what it is you have and to love unconditionally. He loves to spend his time napping on the bed or the couch or chewing on one of his toys. However, his favorite place to be is by my side. I like to say, he loves his humans. I knew that whoever was going to accept me in their life was going to have to accept my dog as well and I have found someone who probably loves Dublin more than me! These two have been inseparable from the start. You will be most likely to find them napping together on that couch or bed! He started taking Dublin to the gym with him and everyone of course fell in love with his beautiful face! He hangs out next to you while you squat or lounges on the couch.
In July of 2014 we caught wind of a Mastiff/Pit Bull litter at a foster home for Wags Rescue. I believe the words I used were “I’m just going to look at them”. Like that ever happens! There was one little girl left and the moment they brought her out of the house she claimed me just like Dublin did! (and she was sooooo soft!!) She was one of four born at the rescue. Their mom was a petite Pit who was at a kill shelter in North Carolina. She was on the list to be euthanized when one of the staffers started commenting that they believed she was pregnant but no one else believed it. Finally, when the vet did an evaluation prior to euthanizing her they found out that she in fact was pregnant! The Wags Foster drove all the way down to pick her along with another pregnant dog up to bring them back to Pennsylvania where she had her litter just a short time later. Soja is full blown puppy energy! She loves to run circles around the house, play tug of war with Dublin, and of course cuddle with me! Rawhides are her favorite toy and she “buries” them in the couches, beds, blankets, you name it she is trying to hid her bone there! She loves to follow her big brother around and do whatever he does. While he lays around at the gym she is right with him just watching the folks put the work in!
These two dogs have completed our life. They are my children and I treat them as such. I couldn’t imagine more loyal or loveable breed.
Why do you want to be a part of this project? I want to help people who may be scared or intimidated by these powerful dogs understand that they are sweet, loyal, loveable animals. Nothing upsets me more than when people recoil a little bit once I tell them they are petting to Pit Bull mix dogs while out on our walks. It is important to get the word out that it is not about the breed that makes a dog aggressive or dangerous, it is about how they are raised, socialized, and treated. So many of these dogs are passed by in the shelters so it is so important to show that even a rescued bully breed can make an excellent companion. I follow the group, Lehigh Valley Pit Bull Awareness, on Facebook. I’d like to get more involved in events with them.
And Please leave a comment saying your favorite photo and WHY and if they get at least 10 comments they will get the most popular one as a FREE 8×10 gift print! So show them some love and help them out!!
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