Animals

A Winter Mini Session!

After crazy meteorological reports, New York City was pretty much stopped at a halt today for Winter Storm Juno. With the lack of reliable public transportation, us Brooklynites were stuck home with only 6" of snow on the ground. Despite the predicament, I was inspired by the snowfall and had to take advantage of the lovely backdrop. Today I photographed my great friends Ashley and Brett in our neighborhood of South Slope Brooklyn. We walked along Green-Wood Cemetery with their pit mix Mason while enjoying the winter weather. Only two blocks from our shared block, we found beautiful scenic places to stop and take photos.

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Asha!

Sometimes, if you're lucky, in the wake of a tragedy something beautiful can unfold. A month (to the day) after Dottie's passing, a beautiful golden dog showed up in the front lawn of one of Dottie's supporters in Greenpoint Brooklyn. Megan, a passionate supporter of Dot's journey, came across the large bloodied pup laying in her front yard. Obviously injured; Megan knew that animal control wasn't an option. Moving quickly, she and her fiancee loaded the dog into their brand new car (that they literally got the day before!) and hauled to the nearest 24/7 vet. Knowing that Ashley would be a proactive contact, Megan got in touch with her right away. Within hours, Ashley was sharing the story of this dog with her network of fans from Dottie's Facebook page. Immediately, Ashley touch based with Kristin, a friend and neighbor that was originally interested in adopting Dottie. (Sadly, Dot wasn't able to be placed in Kristin's care as she didn't get along well with Kristin's pug, Fenway.)

As it turns out, the dog (Megan was calling her Grace at the time) had been hit by a car and suffered moderate abrasions.  When she was released from the hospital, Grace went straight to Kristin's home with her husband Joe, son Josiah, and Fenway. During the last ten days, Grace (renamed Asha, sanskrit for "Hope") settled into her new home flawlessly.

I decided I wanted to photograph Asha and her family (rescue family and forever home) to celebrate such a happy ending. It's been hard to comprehend the loss of Dottie, and Asha's story brings me some resolve, personally. All of the efforts from Dottie's rescue laid the path to saving Asha, and that in itself is a major inspiration to me.

To Megan and Tim for their swift compassion, to Kristin, Joe, Josiah and Fenway for opening their home to this lucky lady, to the Affrunti's for setting the stones and putting everything in motion, and most importantly, to Asha, who truly couldn't be luckier.

 

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Remembering Dottie

Writing and publishing this post is not easy for me. For those that haven't followed the story, I've been very active in supporting my close friends and neighbors Ashley and Brett Affrunti who found a dog on the streets of South Slope in the middle of a major snow storm back in February. This beautiful creature, Dottie, was terribly abused, emaciated and ill. During the 59 days they had her, the Affrunti's nursed Dottie back to health from incredibly trying ailments such as Lyme Disease, kidney failure and a huge gaping wound on her rear end. With the help of a supportive online community, they raised enough funds to treat all of these issues and bring awareness to Dottie's journey. Hundreds of people were involved in Dottie's recovery, rooting for her along the way. After 9 long weeks, Dottie was finally ready to be adopted. On her adoption day, I spent some time with the Affrunti's and Dot Face, taking some lovely photos before we went to bring her to her new home. When we arrived at her forever home, Dottie was clearly thrilled. The love in the air between the family and Dot was palatable.

Immediately after we left, an unimaginable tragedy took place where Dottie escaped the safety of her enclosed gate and was fatally struck by a car. A complete accident, the loss of Dottie's life deeply affected all of us involved.

The only comfort in Dottie's passing has come from the outpouring of support from the community. To know that those of us closest to Dot aren't the only ones remembering her legacy and mourning her loss truly has made a world of difference.

Ten days after her passing, the Affrunti's hosted a memorial in Dottie's honor at Prospect Park. Various local people that followed Dot's story showed up to remember her loving nature and journey. We lined two trees with photos of Dottie and hung Tibetan prayer flags. On the table stood Dottie's official portrait from the 66 Dogs Project along with homemade dog treats Ashley baked. Everything came together perfectly.

Looking back at the story of Dottie is both terribly sad and amazingly inspiring. Dottie represents all of the countless dogs that are put down every single day in our country that deserved loving homes. Her appreciative manner and calm demeanor are traits that are often forgotten about in bully breed dogs. Ashley and Brett Affrunti's unwavering care for Dottie throughout the 9 weeks she existed in their life is a testament to what a difference shelter, food, and a loving home can do for an animal in need. The unparalleled emotional and financial support from people in our community is like the old adage "It takes a village." And lastly, the love Dottie received from both the Affrunti's and her adoptive family is overwhelming. For a dog that may never have experienced love in the years leading up to her rescue, it is moving to realize Dottie felt all the love she truly deserved at the end of her life.

It's impossible for me to articulate the extent of love and care Dottie received from both the Affrunti's and the community during her 59 days in Brooklyn, I sincerely hope these photos are able to convey that which my words lack.

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Dottie Dog

For anyone that follows me on Facebook, you've probably read about the emaciated, wounded, all around neglected pup my friends found a week ago today in Park Slope. Being the compassionate people that they are, Ashley and Brett tried tirelessly to find a no-kill shelter to take in the dog. Unfortunately, due to the terrible snow NYC had received, all of the local rescues were unable to take her in. Knowing that if they surrendered her to Animal Control, she'd be put down, they quickly decided to bring Dottie to their veterinarian to have her condition accessed. From appearances only, once could see that she had a gaping wound the size of a silver dollar on her hip that was hindering her mobility, along with a mass on her front left paw, and evidence of being severely starved for a long period of time. Aside from that, it was clear that she had carried at least one litter of puppies within the not so distant past. Over the week that it's been since she was found, Dottie has received veterinary care four times. Knowing from the get-go that this was going to be costly, Ashley and Brett set up a GoFundMe account on Wednesday to receive assistance for the mounting vet bill. I took some cute photos of her to be shared on the funding site, along with her Facebook page. Within a day, they exceeded their goal of $5,000 from the generosity of people all over the world.

This Wednesday, Dottie will be spayed, she will have the dead tissue around her wound removed and be stitched up, and doctors will remove a foreign object embedded in her stomach wall. After her recovery, Ashley and Brett will accept applications for her adoption. Inquiries can be sent to helpdottienyc@yahoo.com

When I met her Monday night, I cried. I whispered in her ear, as she laid her head in my hands "today is the luckiest day of your life Dottie girl." Little did she know that Ashley and Brett were off getting her a dog crate, ready to bring her into their home without flinching. Thursday afternoon, when I saw the results of her fundraising, I cried again. This sad eyed, spotted, sweet creature has moved me so much. On top of whatever she's been through, the generosity of the public and Ashley and Brett's unwavering dedication to her have inspired me more than anything else I've experienced firsthand. To celebrate Dottie's new beginning, I took these photos of her Saturday.

 

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