Once in a rare while a project comes along thatÂ makes you realize how lucky you are to do what you do. I had one of these passion projects hit this summer when IÂ Â got to follow a German Shorthaired Pointer rescue named AbigailÂ and her litterÂ of puppies from birth to adoption.
An extremely pregnant AbigailÂ was found as a stray andÂ rescued from aÂ shelter by the good folks at Norcal GSP Rescue. The very next day Abigail had a litter of nine! Â Norcal GSP teamed up withÂ Pound Puppy RescueÂ (a group I’ve had the fortune of working with for a number of years)Â andÂ PPR agreed toÂ foster Abigail and handle the puppy adoptionsÂ once they were old enough. Then NorCal would be responsible for rehoming Abigail. I just love it when groups can work together like this.
Pound PuppyÂ foster parents Carrie and Hunter took in Abigail one day afterÂ she had the litter and I was contactedÂ to take shots of the newborns and momma. We decided that multiple visits would make the most sense so we could catch the different puppy stages and see them change.Â Carrie and Hunter kindly gave me a ton of access to Abby and her puppies andÂ I got to photograph themÂ at the ages of one week when their eyes weren’t even open, three weeks, and finallyÂ at six-weeks.
There was a lot of cuteness along the way but cuteness tempered with a bit a of heart break as not all the puppies survived and two of the nine succumbed to illness after two weeks.Â Â The story does end happily though and I’m pleased to report that as of now all puppies and mom are either in new homes or pending adoption.
It’s been an amazing, sometimes heart-wrenching experience that I’ve been really honored to be a part of and I’m happy to be able to share photos from it.Â Many, many thanks to Norcal GSP, Pound Puppy and especially Carrie and Hunter for letting me take over their den and back yard.
I’m still editing the shots from the last two visits so this will be the first of several posts. Â Be sure to check back to see the puppies at 3 weeks and 6 weeks.
Ilsa pretty could pretty much sleep anywhere
Powered by Facebook Comments