Today I met Tonic, an English Bulldog in the care of Victoria Bulldog Society.
This girl has thankfully landed in the lap of someone who can help her and ensure she gets the medical care she needs... and yes, that includes a dental.
I fell in love the moment I saw her waddle down the grassy hill. She's almost 11 and pretty deaf so getting her to actually look at the camera was a bit of a challenge, but it was fun making sounds and confusing everyone at the park.
She was a bit drooly (see photo below) and a lot sweet.
I'm hoping she'll be part of a larger project in the new year (fingers crossed), so for now, I share these two images.
If you're interested in learning more about her, or donating to her care, you can visit their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/VictoriaBulldogSociety
for those times when you're needing to get back in the studio with a human, putz around and try out new lights, angles and work on your directing of humans, it's great to have a bronwyn in your life.
truth be told though, all i really did was tell her to fluff her hair every once in a while... she did all the rest.
thank you bronwyn!
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Norma, along with her husband Gord, were always ready to foster dogs and they were kind enough to let me into their home to photograph some of their charges - whether they were learning to experience love for the first time, they just needed a landing place, or had found their forever home... with them. They gave them a place to heal, decompress and be themselves.
I met them while being a volunteer photographer for the Victoria Humane Society back in 2014. They don't live far from me so I'd always think I was just 'popping over' to get some 'quick photos', but inevitably we'd end up talking gardens and art, but then back to the doggos and I'd be gone for a couple hours.
Norma passed away yesterday and I know her absence will be felt by her husband, family, friends, and all the animals she doted on and gave that unconditional love to. She was kind and gentle and had the best laugh.
Norma was pretty camera shy when I was there, but I did manage to get a couple photos she didn't 'hate'. ;)
Pictured below are just some of Norma + Gord's furry family:
Mollie, Tilly, Taffy, Angel, Simon, Paisley, Calli + Rosie
My condolences to her family + friends. May you rest in peace and love, Norma.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Victoria Humane Society.
More photos of those helped by VHS, here.
I'll add this one to #3 in my series of books titled Dogs With Their Eyes Closed
This is Morley, a former sled dog. She came into retirement back in April 2020 (as Splash) and hung out at a foster home to get her bearings and learn all that is new about living inside a home as a beloved member of a family. She got adopted recently and is finding all the comfy spots to hang out in her new home.
You can see more of my sled dog advocacy at: www.iwasasleddog.com
yesterday evening i went out into the garden...
in the dark
after the rain
... as one does.
on my way out i noticed the rain droplets on my office window...
after admiring the blueness of the sky, i went outside with camera in one hand, and a little LED solar powered light in the other, my aim was to capture the feel of the garden - that 'after the rain' feeling - water droplets hanging on vines and stems and the way the damp glistens on leaves,
sweet 100 tomatoes, grapes, sedum, quinoa, carrots, lemon balm, geranium, bean leaves, kale, the next-door neighbour's tree
it was warm out
the rain had stopped and the sky had cleared
the dogs came out
all images © wendy nesbitt
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