Photos for the Friends of Oakland Animal Services

I have been happy to help the Friends of Oakland Animal Services over the past couple of years with photos of rescued pets for their annual calendar and for auctions to raise funds for Oakland Animal Services.  This year I had the privilege of meeting two incredible rescue pets, their humans and learn their stories.  Meet Rosie and Herbie.

I met Rosie, a boxer/bull dog mix, on a sunny Sunday morning in her new home with her human, Jennifer.  Despite being injured and dumped over the fence at the shelter one evening and loosing her front leg, she is sweet, friendly and full of smiles.  I’ve said it before, dogs are so very resilient and we humans could learn some valuable lessons from them.  Her story isn’t unique, unfortunately, but it does reiterate for me that dogs are some of my favorite people and the people who rescue them ROCK!

Herbie - Friends of Oakland Animal Services 1

Herbie - Friends of Oakland Animal Services 2

Herbie - Friends of Oakland Animal Services 3

Cats can be tricky to photograph.  Unlike dogs, who you can generally get to sit for 30 seconds and look at the camera, cats take some finesse.  Herbie was so mellow and agreeable he was a joy to photograph.  And what a beautiful shade of grey he is.

The session was a first for me as I was serenaded by a live mandolin playing in the background.  The story there is that Herbie’s new family are musicians and they wanted a cat who would enjoy the mandolin, so they brought the instrument into the shelter and played it while meeting Herbie.  Herbie was agreeable and he found a new home off the streets.

Rosie - Friends of Oakland Animal Services 1

Rosie - Friends of Oakland Animal Services 2

Rosie - Friends of Oakland Animal Services 3

I highly recommend the FOAS if you want to help the many animals in Oakland that need the love of humans.

 

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A little dog with a BIG personality at Lake Merritt

I often wish that we humans had the resiliency of dogs. It really doesn’t take much to make a little dog happy; a walk, playing with a toy, a few treats, some affection and they are all smiles and waggily tails. I had the pleasure of photographing a dog just like this recently as we strolled along Lake Merritt in Oakland.

Little Dog Munji - Chickpea Photography 1

Little Dog Munji - Chickpea Photography 2

Little Munji may be a pint-sized Maltese & Yorkie mix, but she has a big happy, smile and sparkling personality. Especially given her circumstances. I knew before I met her that she is ill with what is most likely terminal cancer and is undergoing chemo treatments, but you would never know from her energy or her appetite for treats.

Little Dog Munji - Chickpea Photography 3

 

She was energetic, cooperative and even enthusiastic (although maybe that last part was just directed toward my treat bag!) during our time together and I completely enjoyed our session. I’m pretty sure she had fun too and I sincerely hope her humans enjoyed themselves as much as we did.

The rest of us humans can learn a lesson from Munji, enjoy your life and those simple little joys.

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