Great Spirit Bear: An Adoption Story

One year ago this month I met Bear. He had been rescued by Buddy’s Bully Rescue (BBR) and was being fostered by a kind woman named Ashley in her home. I had met Camellia, the founder of BBR, when I photographed another rescue dog, Tank. When she contacted me about Bear's situation, I was thrilled to be able to help another pup in need. Many adoption profiles have dark, blurry cell phone pictures that make it very hard to see the pup clearly and feel a connection. Feeling that connection is the KEY to someone making the decision to come meet the pup instead of just scrolling to the next profile.

Helping pups in need is something I feel very strongly about. I love that I can make a real difference in the lives of these dogs and their new families. In the past I've worked at jobs where I didn't see myself making any significant change in the world. But now that I've found where I belong (behind the camera, with a cute pup on the other side!) I can affect real and positive change in the lives of others. I can help a dog leave a shelter or foster home, and I can help a family bring home the furry love of their lives.

© Wet Nose Images 2014

© Wet Nose Images 2014

Bear had been in his foster home with Ashley since May and it was now September. This sweet boy loved his foster family but was still waiting for his forever family to find him. Only 3 applications had come in for him during almost 4 months in foster, but for whatever reason, he didn’t go home with any of them. Camellia asked me to do his portraits in September so I went to visit him and Ashley one beautiful evening!

© Wet Nose Images 2014

© Wet Nose Images 2014

This handsome boy was so excited to see us! He was so full of life and boundless energy. We played in the backyard, did some posing, and some rounds of fetch. Always keeping him interested and happy, which will show through in his images for potential adopters to see. I like to capture a variety of images - some head shots to show his beautiful eyes and smile, some sitting poses, and some full body poses so that potential adopters can see his size and stature.

 

Bear napping with his foster brother, Hershey.

Bear napping with his foster brother, Hershey.

By the end of our session he was happy and tired, with his big, floppy tongue hanging out. We said our goodbye’s and I headed home to start editing.

A lovely woman in New Brunswick saw Bear’s photos online a little while later and fell in love with his sweet face. She traveled to Nova Scotia to meet Bear and knew that he had to come home with her. Bear was officially adopted on November 7th, 2014! About 5 months after being up for adoption, and just over a month after his photo shoot. I’m thrilled to have played a part in his adoption story and to have met this wonderful boy. Ashley and Brenda, who both love Bear very much, are still in contact with each other - Bear is lucky enough to have two moms!

 

Brenda has told me that Bear is very aware of her blood sugar levels, and knows when they’ve dropped. He stays by her side to make sure she’s okay. What a smart pup! She and her husband call him their Great Spirit Bear. These days he is loving life and has adjusted nicely to his new home and family. He loves going to the beach, playing frisbee, and herding his mum! In his down time, he enjoys ripping the stuffing from his toys and going nuts for ice cubes.

Bear - happy and finally home, with his mum.

Bear - happy and finally home, with his mum.