Project 52 Week 9 – No Place Like Home

The theme for week 9 of the Project 52 Pet Photographer’s blog circle is “no place like home”.

Home means different things to different folks but for many, home is our safe place… a place where we are accepted and loved.

This sense of “home” is as important to our pets as it is to ourselves but sadly, for the many shelter dogs, a home is not something they have recently known.

Lacie is home
The majority of dogs that end up at Animal Services, where I volunteer, enter as unclaimed strays. Some may have been living on the street for a while, some may have suddenly and unexpectedly found themselves lost and alone. All of them have their stories, many of which we will never know.

Every effort is made to find their families by every means we have. If no owner is found, (and I am so often amazed when no owner comes forward. Why is no one looking for this dog??) the dogs are vet checked and placed in our adoption program.

Lacie was one of these dogs. Four years ago she somehow found herself at the shelter, a timid little gal, unsure of her new surroundings. Happily, for all of us, we found each other and she became part of our family… our home became her home.

I still remember the day we brought her home. All of our crew lined up to meet the new girl. First came Sadie, then Coco and not far behind Bear, the man-cat, bursting with curiosity as he peeked around the corner.

Lacie was fortunate, her time at the shelter was short. For many of the dogs, this is not the case.

It is difficult to determine why some dogs are repeatedly overlooked for adoption. For some, it is that they are nervous, scared and present badly in their kennels. For others, they may simply be the wrong colour, too big, too vocal… but for most the “why” remains a mystery.

So they wait, some for days, some for months.

The good news is that eventually, they will find homes. The real joy comes when a long-timer, a dog you begin to think will never leave, ends up in the best possible home. It’s almost as if the wait, although long, has been necessary so that the very special someone, their perfect match, can find them and take them home.

And we are left smiling and marvelling at their good fortune as we wonder if maybe there really is a plan, maybe things do happen for a reason.

When these dogs leave through the front door with their new families for their new forever homes, it is indeed the best of times.

These are the days and the times when we know why we do what we do.

These are the days I get to delete the dog’s photos from the adoptable dogs album on our facebook page. Happy deletes!

But the reality is, the flow of lost and stray dogs entering the shelter is never-ending.

So we keep on doing what we can and try to remember the happy stories on the days that are hard.

Here are just some of this week’s faces, all hoping for forever homes and their own happy tales.

Aspen

Cashew

Chia

Goldie

Hudson

Moxie

Nutmeg

Timber

Jazz

So many great dogs needing good homes.

“For me a house or an apartment becomes a home when you add one set of four legs, a happy tail, and that indescribable measure of love that we call a dog.” ~ Roger Caras

Project 52 _______________________
This post is part of the Pet Photography Project 52 blog circle. To see what the next photographer is sharing for the weekly theme, “No Place Like Home”, visit Tracy Allard of Penny Whistle Photography fetching portraits in Coppell and surrounding communities in the Dallas – Fort Worth Metroplex Continue to click the link at the end of each post in the blog circle until you eventually find your way back here. Enjoy!

Related Links:
City of Winnipeg Animal Services
Winnipeg Animal Services – facebook page
Winnipeg Animal Services Petfinder page

Adopt a Shelter Dog

Here are the hopeful faces from today…

Bartholomew

Beau

Bennett

Jenna

Sadie

Sawyer

Titan

Toby

Sonny

“Money can buy you a fine dog, but only love can make him wag his tail.” ~ Kinky Friedman

Related Links:
City of Winnipeg Animal Services
Winnipeg Animal Services – facebook page
Winnipeg Animal Services Petfinder page

Training Day for Adira

Adira is a bubbly, happy girl who has been waiting for far too long at Animal Services for a forever family. She came to the shelter last August as an unclaimed stray and shortly after that, entered into the adoption program.

Adira is a wiggle bum… I can think of no better way to describe her. She is also a bouncy, strong gal with boundless energy. Although Adira loves attention and loves people, it is apparent that she has had little, if any previous training. She needs an experienced owner… someone with the knowledge, time and patience to teach her doggy manners and help her to reach her full potential.

Sadly, after 6 months, she still waits.

Being in a kennel environment takes its toll on these dogs, often the high energy ones and especially the ones that see the days turn into weeks, the weeks turn into months.

Enter Yury of PAW & ORDER Wpg. a dog trainer and behaviorist. He is donating his time and talent to help Adira and other dogs just like her.

I just happened to be on hand the day Yury came in to work with Adira.

On this day Yury had a special helper named Daisy. She came into W.A.S. with her “mom” to assist with Adira’s training. Miss Daisy is a gal who had been under the care of Animal Services for over a year before she found the perfect owner. She was much loved then, as she is now.

Adira has been showing signs of reactivity so the plan was for her and Daisy to walk together both as a training and an assessment strategy.

Both dogs did amazingly well.

It was awesome to visit with Daisy and witness her happy life.

And it is wonderful that Animal Services supports Yury and the idea of additional training to help dogs like Adira. I am so proud to be a member of their team.

“Understanding your dog and knowing how to control him, develop his potentials, and resolve behavior problems, emotional conflicts and frustrations are no less essential than love and respect.” ~ Michael W. Fox

Post Update:
Happy News – Adira has been adopted!

Related Links:
PAW & ORDER wpg
City of Winnipeg Animal Services
Winnipeg Animal Services – facebook page
Winnipeg Animal Services Petfinder page

Journey 2018 Day 365/365 – to all the dogs I have loved before…

These are some of the beautiful faces that I have had the joy to meet and photograph in 2018. Wishing you all happiness and forever love in 2019. You each own a piece of my heart.

The Pound Pups of 2018

“Do you ever look at your dogs and think… How did I get so lucky!”

Journey 2018 Day 364/365 – adopt a shelter dog

Emily

Moose

Nanook

Pearl

Stella

Zaci

“If you don’t own a dog, at least one, there is not necessarily anything wrong with you, but there may be something wrong with your life.” ~ Roger Caras

Related Links:
City of Winnipeg Animal Services
Winnipeg Animal Services – facebook page
Winnipeg Animal Services Petfinder page

Journey 2018 Day 354/365 – adopt a shelter dog

No matter what dog you may be looking for, chances are you will find it at your local shelter.

Here are the beautiful faces from today…

Holly

Marley

Nancy

Oden

Poppy

“It’s impossible,” said pride. “It’s risky,” said experience. “It’s pointless,” said reason. “Give it a try,” whispered the heart.

Related Links:
City of Winnipeg Animal Services
Winnipeg Animal Services – facebook page
Winnipeg Animal Services Petfinder page