Rescued Pit Bull Photography || A Very Special Pit bull Family || BG Productions
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!
Meet This PAWSOME Family!!
Heather and Kabirna are one of the most giving people we have ever met! Not only does this beautiful couple have special need pit bulls- they also have a cat, a Doberman, and 6 rescued Chihuahuas! WOW!!!! Their 5 bullies are awesome! Kafziel – Tripawd, rescued from California, Valak – Tripawd, no ears, rescued off the streets of Philly, Pyg – One-eyed partially deaf, rescued from California, Coven – Tripawd, bilateral FHO’s, rescued from Chester County SPCA, and Davey Joe – Cerebellar Abiotrophy, rescued from New York. They took to us right away! They were a bit worried it may take Coven a bit to warm up to us- especially Al since we can be a little more weary of men. But within minutes (seriously like 4 or less from our arrival) Coven brought Al one of his chewed up frisbees to play with. And from that moment on a beautiful friendship was born!! Me- while i loved all of them- I really loved Pyg- the white one with 1 eye!! She was such a snuggle bug! And of course how could you not love Davey Joe with his over balance walk and goofy smile!! so sweet!!
Make sure to read about each of these very special dogs! We volunteered to dog sit for a few hours so this couple can go out and enjoy a movie!! they dedicate their whole lives to helping and loving this super sweeties!
Here is what Heather wrote to us to be a part of the project….
Kafziel was rescued from California when he was young, he was everything a pit bull should be, then at 13 weeks old he broke his leg. After 2 orthopedic surgeries to try and correct it, the scary truth was to in fact to amputate it! We were devastated for this young healthy dog who loved to run and swim! How could he possibly do these things anymore? We never knew this one fateful issue would open up a whole new world for us and all those around us. After his amputation Kafziel was still the same pit bull we loved, and he still ran, still played fetch, still went swimming, everything he had done before, but without the pain, and so began our quest to save, educate, and advocate special needs pit bulls!
Pyg was next, at just 14 weeks old she was rescued out of the back of a truck before being taken to a shelter that would have no doubt euthanized her. She had bite wounds all over her face, a necrotic rotting eye, she was bleeding from her nose, she was covered in ticks, and she could not hear from her left ear. She was obviously used as a bait puppy, and every ounce of her spoke the truth about what a pit bull was. She had obviously been neglected, possibly tortured, chewed on and yet that tale wagged from the moment we brought her into our house. She had to have her eye removed, a migrating foxtail was pulled from her nose which left some damage and now she has a little snort, she still bears a huge scar across the top of her head from a terrible bite wound, but she is nothing but love.
After moving from California to Pennsylvania, we thought we were complete, 2 pit bulls were plenty, then Coven came along. A little 5 month old puppy who also had the unfortunate luck to land in the hands of an abuser. He had 3 out of 4 broken legs, his right elbow and both femoral heads on his back legs were broken, these breaks were at least 4 weeks old and he had drag marks on his feet where he had to drag himself around by his one good leg. His elbow fracture was too much to consider repairing so we amputated his right leg and he had bilateral FHO’s on the back, which is where they remove the femoral head (the socket part of the bone) on the back. He has recovered well from surgery and plays Frisbee, and swims and is the happiest guy when he is in his own element. He still has some trust issues with people, which no one can blame him, but he has overcome more than his share of orthopedic misfortunes.
Valak was pulled off the streets of Philly by animal control, he was emaciated at just 32 pounds, he is now 65, he had a mangled mess of infected ears that were shredded and abscessed and past the point of saving so they had to be removed. He was found only having 3 legs, but judging by his ears and scars he had obviously spent some time fighting whether it was for food, sport or only to survive we will never know. He definitely had some aggression and possession issues when we first decided to adopt him, but we were convinced that we may be his only shot at survival! We have worked tirelessly in training and at home to make him a functioning part of this family, and he has become just that! He is the sweetest boy with people even though he endured so much and now that we have learned his behavior he is doing so well with dogs and after 6 months of training he has now become a demo dog for the dog trainers at Passion for Paws who helped us through it all see that Valak could be a normal dog.
Last but not least there is Davey Joe. Davey is our most special case. He has been diagnosed with Cerebellar Abiotrophy which means the neurons in his cerebellum are dying off. This affects his balance and coordination. He lived his whole life in New York in a yard tied to a dog house. When animal control finally came to take him because of his neuro issues, he then spent 7 months in a shelter (Riverhead Animal Shelter) where he quickly became a favorite of the staff and volunteers. They tried very hard to get him adopted out and it wasn’t until one of them sent his video to Desperate Dogs of Long Island’s facebook that a wonderful rescue organization Mr. Bones & Co. decided to pull him and get him into a home. We emailed them and told them we had room for one more. No one knows how much time Davey has, but we were certain that we could make what time he did have incredible! Davey Joe has taught us so much, helped us understand even more what it is that we were meant to do on this earth.
Why do you want to be a part of this project? We want to be apart of this project to show people that Pit Bulls are wonderful dogs, and more so that special needs Pit Bulls need a home and love as well. We will always rescue bullies, but through all of our rescues and what we have learned we would like to show people against all odds these dogs are wonderful!
How can you help spread the project for advocacy? We like to think we lead by example, so many people think we are special and that we are doing something so great, when we feel that we have just taken a passion and a love for this breed and the handicap aspect of it and enriched our own lives. It is not so much what we have done for our dogs, but what they have done for us and others. We want to educate and advocate!
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