Earlier in the week, I had the pleasure of photographing a very special dog named Sadie. She is currently in a foster home through PAWS of the Hudson Valley, Inc. And she is looking for her furever home. From all appearances (I think her ears give her away) she looks like a Basenji mix and it has been determined by the vet that she is approximately 9 months old. She adores carrots and is on a grain free diet. She prefers to be loved and spoiled as the only pet in the home. But her complete history and how she handles being around children is unknown.
When she first walked into the studio with her foster mom and PAWS representative, she was very leery of me. I let her sniff my hand and she barked. Wouldn't you? Being in a strange place with a strange person, not knowing what is in store for me, would make me bark certainly. So, I ignored her and let her get used to the studio space. After about 5 minutes of sniffing and scoping things out in the studio, Sadie began to warm up.
I sat on the floor with her and let her approach me. I find that if you ignore a pet and allow them to approach you on their own terms, the easier it is to gain their trust and work with them. Animals are instinctive. If they feel they are being threatened, they will respond accordingly. In my mind, should I be bitten by an unfamiliar animal it would be my own fault for not taking proper precautions. Common sense? Hello. I wish more people understood this. But I digress. Back to Sadie.
Once she became familiar with me, she was the sweetest and most loving little girl. Her kisses are very special. You can feel the love that she has to give but is unsure of the right people to give it to (I hear you Sadie and don't blame you in the least).
We shared some carrots, laughs, and captured a few amazing photos to help promote the adoption of Miss Sadie. She is a quick learner and ready to fill that special place in your heart, your mind, and your home.