Philadelphia Pet Photographer || Stella Goes Camping || BG Productions Photography
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!! As a Philadelphia pet photographer I wanted to capture some of the Bully Love that is all around!
I have never met such a chill dog EVER! Stella was so relaxed. Even when we walked up to her humans- Kerrie and Mike. She just wagged her tail and smiled and she didnt stop being a love bug all night! Kerrie and Mike take Stella all over in their camper and she just loves it. I thought this was the perfect showcase for what great dogs pitties make. And she had a blast especially when the marshmallows and later Burger King hamburgers came out!!
Here is what Kerrie had wrote me about being part of this project!
Stella’s life didn’t use to be very good. She was kept in a cage for several years and used as a breeder dog. And then for whatever reason, in April 2014 those people turned her in to Phila Animal Care & Control. She wasn’t in very good shape . . . her tail & parts of her back were missing fur & had scabs, she was lethargic & had nasal discharge, her hind legs were very weak from not being out of her cage much & she couldn’t walk well, and she’s missing a good bit of teeth. Her rear feet are permanently pigeon-toed from being kept in a cage all that time. She was going to be put-down when a rescue group stepped in & saved her, and then Stella lived with a foster mom who nursed her back to health so that she could be adopted. In the 6 months since Stella joined our family, she has improved so much. She still can’t stand on just her hind legs, but she is getting around SO much better than when we first adopted her. We live out in the suburbs and take Stella for long walks in fields & woods, which have really strengthened her legs. When we first adopted her, Stella would compulsively lick/chew parts of her body, particularly her feet. The foster mom thought it was probably a neurotic reaction to living her life in a cage. We had to treat the ‘hot spots’ for maybe a month but eventually that issue completely went away and the areas that were bald from chewing have since grown hair back in. She is now a happy girl living a stress-free life. Stella spends her days with me (Kerrie) at my dog-friendly work at a landscaping company, and at night is glued to my husband Mike’s side on the couch.
Why do you want to be a part of this project?
Because I’m amazed by how awesome Stella is. She has every reason to hate humans for the way she was treated, and yet she adores everyone. We have taken her to our town’s Octoberfest, 93.3 WMMR’s Campout for Hunger, to a nursing home to visit an elderly relative, etc., and she happily greets everyone. We have had people ask us if she is a Service Dog, she is so friendly & well-behaved. Our families even invite her to holiday dinners. The neighborhood children are crazy about her. They don’t know any of the misconceptions about Pit Bulls – they just think she’s a great dog — and don’t hesitate to give her hugs & kisses when she is outside. And not only is Stella great with people, she also lives with 4 cat siblings.
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