Earlier in the week I had been at our local SPCA getting photos of some retired sled dogs coming in to the shelter - they were going to fill the remainder of kennels at the shelter. Max cap, if you will.
I've spent a lot of time, the last 2 1/2 years in fact, documenting animal care at the shelter. I have thousands of photos. In fact, I've created books for the photos and I'm creating another one right now. But it needed a finish. And while out on this walk, it came to me... I wanted to get a group photo of all the dogs at the shelter. But I needed humans to help with this. So on July 28th I sent a note to all of the shelter's dog walking volunteers asking for their help.
I had no idea if they could help, if they had time... I mean it's summer and a lot of volunteers had been coming in for extra shifts because the kennels were so full.
But in FOUR DAYS, it happened. We did it. We made history happen.
I can't thank the volunteers enough for stepping up. I can't thank Penny Stone enough for helping to make this happen. I can't thank the dogs enough - they don't know what I'm saying most of the time anyways!
And down the road when I look at this photo I will smile. Because I know that at this moment, ALL of the dogs in the shelter had someone next to them who loved them.
Here it is... fruition.
(I'm in the second one down!)