Once in a rare while a project comes along that makes you realize how lucky you are to do what you do. I had one of these passion projects hit this summer when I got to follow a German Shorthaired Pointer rescue named Abigail and her litter of puppies from birth to adoption.
An extremely pregnant Abigail was found as a stray and rescued from a shelter by the good folks at Norcal GSP Rescue. The very next day Abigail had a litter of nine! Norcal GSP teamed up with Pound Puppy Rescue (a group I’ve had the fortune of working with for a number of years) and PPR agreed to foster Abigail and handle the puppy adoptions 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 Puppy foster parents Carrie and Hunter took in Abigail one day after she had the litter and I was contacted 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. Carrie and Hunter kindly gave me a ton of access to Abby and her puppies and I got to photograph them at the ages of one week when their eyes weren’t even open, three weeks, and finally 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. 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. 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. Be sure to check back to see the puppies at 3 weeks and 6 weeks.
Ilsa pretty could pretty much sleep anywhere
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