Delaware Pet Photographer || Pit Bull Photography || BG Bully Project|| Meet Meri, Zac and Caleb

As part of our ongoing personal work BG Bully Family Project we will be posting a selection of photos from each session.  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!! As a Philadelphia pet photographer I wanted to capture some of the Bully Love that is all around!

Adorable family- both human and 4 legged!! I had such a great time meeting Meeting Meri, Zac, Caleb, Colette, (and Bella the Chihuahua) at their home in Wilmington, Delaware. One of the joys of being a Delaware pet photographer is getting to just hang out and capture folks in their homes just being themselves. Capturing families just hanging out with their bully breeds is an important aspect of the BG Bully Project. We just want to showcase what great family dogs pit bulls (and other bullies) can be if they are treated well. And seeing Colette with these two very energetic little boys was Awesome! It was actually Bella the Chihuahua I had to watch out for (all barking and seeming like she wanted to take my head off! lol) But even Bella wanted to be a part of the pictures so she hung around in the background and then wanted to take a seat in the boys room too! Meeting this family was also special to me because they moved here from Ohio and thats where I am originally from! Go Buckeyes!! lol

Here is what Meri had to say about being a part of the project…Colette was rescued by Response-A-Bull Rescue from BARCS (Baltimore) in January 2015. She was extremely emancipated, and recently recovered from having an embedded collar removed from her neck. She was clearly used for breeding & only maybe 2 years of age. I met Colette for the first time when I went for my volunteer orientation one Saturday morning in May. I immediately fell in love with her. Just her demeanor & her adorable face through the bars made my heart melt. Little did I know she would one day be my new family member.

My husband Ryan and I moved from Columbus, Ohio with our two sons & twos dogs, to Wilmington, De March 7th of 2015. Hershey was our 10.5 mutt, the first dog we ever owned together since she was 8 weeks old. Bella our Chihuahua is about 11 or 12, she was found stray by my coworkers about 8.5 years ago. The first time Hershey ever snapped at a child was about 8 years ago. We knew she had anxiety issues, but never did we ever think her life would be cut a little short due to violence. Hersh was my first baby, our Big Girl. To cut this story short in my 3 year olds life she snapped at him multiple times & made contact to his face 5 times. It was that 5th time that I knew I had to finally make the hardest decision of my life. Before we moved I made a visit to a behavioralist specialist at Ohio State University with Hershey. Determined to fix the problem & do everything I could to help her…… Obviously you can try everything under the sun, but some things cannot be helped. I still think of her daily & watch videos of her in disbelief that I had to put her down because she was too dangerous to children. You would have never thought that sweet Wheaten Terrier looking dog was so dangerous.

When I told my husband after Hershey’s passing that I wanted to bring home a Pit Bull he looked at me like I had lost my mind lol. At this point I had known Colette for 3 months. I just knew there was something special about her. I knew she would be amazing. She was the one dog at the shelter we would test questionable new pups with. She always attended adoption events & for some reason had become the shelters longest standing resident. After everything that happened with Hershey & the trauma from recovering from my sons bite on his face & losing Hersh, not only did my husband think I was nuts, but my neighbors did too. I didn’t care. My next night to the shelter I took her home & we never looked back. Over these past three months she has learned was a home is, what a couch is. She loves watching my sons play & take their baths. She loves playing with them & cuddling with them. My son Zac for weeks now has asked me if Colette could sleep with him. I kept saying no because I wasn’t sure how she would react out of routine. This past week I gave in & said yes. She will probably now sleep with him for the rest of her life 😊. She’s amazing. Even my husband loves her & will admit he can’t believe how good of a dog she is. She was truly a blessing for us & was my calm after the storm.

Why do you want to be a part of this project?

I feel our story perfectly shows it doesn’t matter what breed a dog is that makes it dangerous. Each dog is an individual just like people. Yes some have different breed traits, but with bully’s dangerous isn’t one of them. Yes they are strong & muscular, but they were made to be farm working dogs. They were also family nanny dogs while babies parents were out in the fields. They are truly wonderful family dogs & show their owners un ending devotion & love.

Check out their total cuteness…

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