When my past client whose dogs I photographed contacted me about shooting their new furkid, I was excited, as I always am when working with past clients. What I didn’t know at that time was just how much of an honor it would be to both spend time with, and photograph this darling animal.
Totti is a former puppy mill producer. She was found abandoned in a small crate with several other min-pins in a park in Juanita, Washington. She spent the first 8-9 years of her life as a money-maker for a local (unknown) puppy mill breeder, and now, at 10(ish) years old, she can’t stand or sit without falling over, lost all but 2 teeth, has permanent rub marks on her nose, and has trouble walking. She has lived through unspeakable tragedy.
The HAPPY ending to the story is now she has a *wonderful* family who love her deeply, and spoil her madly with anything she ever wants. She is just the sweetest, tiniest little thing, and I felt so lucky I had the opportunity to photograph her. I brought two big pieces of string cheese to our shoot, which she devoured with her remaining two teeth. I get great joy looking at these photos of her, thinking of how safe and warm and loved she is now, and I hope these photos bring that same joy to her new family who love her. Totti you are a very special girl.
Check out Totti’s big smile in the image below.
Karen thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to photograph your precious girl, and also for giving her the love and companionship she has deserved all these years. I know how much you guys love her, and I think she feels the same way too. 🙂