Scioto Audubon Family Photos, Part 1
In a not so distant past, I used to be a gamer I played an MMORPG and made a lot of long time friends, many of them I have met while traveling our great country. This weekend was a first for me; two of my gaming friends, came to visit ME! Seth, Noelle, their son Malachi, and yellow lab, Booker made the trip from Virginia to have family photos done.
How cool is that?
We had a grand time, visiting the Wright Patterson Airforce Base – Museum of the USAF, dinner at Schmidts Sausage Haus in German Village, as well as taking these avid readers to The Book Loft, where we almost stayed too long at and almost were too late to have dinner!
Thier last morning in Columbus, we drove to Scioto Audubon Metro park for their family photos. It was a gorgeous morning with yellow light filtering through the tall grasses.
As a child, I had an aussie, and she was the coolest dog. She was my best friend. I loved her so much. She, of course, stayed with my dad when I moved out and took care of him once my Sister and I were both gone. As I grew older and rescued my own dogs, I always had a special spot in my heart for Aussies. One day, I will rescue one for my own family.
I have volunteered for PetPromise.org for the last 2 years, and have loved every minute of photographing the dogs that have come into my studio. I feel bad that I don’t more time to photograph more animals for them.
This week on Facebook, I happened to come across another rescue I haven’t heard much about. It popped up in my “suggested” feed. (Thanks Facebook for stalking my life).
Speak for the Unspoken is a foster-based animal rescue based in Columbus, Ohio. The goal is to do what they can to put an end to careless breeding practices that overpopulate the streets and shelters. They believe that special needs dogs are capable of doing anything you wish as long as you provide proper training and patience.
I was hooked when is saw they had a couple of special needs Aussies in transport to Ohio. I knew I needed to photograph them. I knew that I just had to meet these sweet girls and be part of their life travels.
I was right.
Alexis came to the studio first with 5 puppies, and the mother to three of the puppies, Judy.
Alexis is deaf, but dont let that fool you. She was cute and sweet and explorative. She checked out all the puppies and we opted to let Judy out of the crate to hang out with her while I photographed the babies. Judy and Alexis explored the studio from top to bottom, sniffing and climbing and having a great time.
Like any aussie though, she is a jumper and when my assistant Barb left to let in Alexis sister in, She couldn’t contain her curiosity and jumped the tall gate at my door to go follow her. Fortunately there isn’t many places to explore in my building.
Enter Analie. She is a kinda and gentle soul who is blind and deaf. Her sweet face and calm demeanor make you want to snuggle her forever. She seems a bit fearless as she had no issues exploring my studio without assistance. She used her nose to explore and while she’s blind her optic nerves are still there and can notice light changes. This sweet girl will happily be your best cuddle bug.
If you would like more information on adopting, fostering, or donating to help out these girls get their furever home, check out SftU Facebook page, as well as their website.