A photographer aims to change the way we see dogs that are labeled as “bully breeds” through a heartwarming photo project.
In 2012, photographer Douglas Sonders spearheaded a project called Not a Bully. This heartwarming project aims to change the perception of rescue dogs that have been unfairly labeled as bullies. There are 14 popular dog breeds under this bracket such as Boxers, Rottweilers and Pit Bulls. In essence, these dogs are labeled such because people believe that they are inherently mean, aggressive or even violent.
Sadly, shelters are crowded with loving bully breeds whose unfair stereotype severely limit their chances of ever finding a good home.
The Not a Bully project hopes to change all of that. Through these beautiful portraits that showcase these dogs, along with inspiring rescue stories, the project aims to educate the people on the fact that all rescue pets, no matter what breed, deserve a loving home.
Sonders’ inspiration for the project is a personal one. He himself has adopted his own rescue dog, a Pit Bull, black Labrador mix he named Emma. He recounts how Emma had been circulating the foster-care system for nine months and unable to find a permanent home because potential adopters had bee turned off by her “scary” appearance and pit-bull background.
It was after he had adopted Emma that he felt compelled to create the Not a Bully project, after realizing that photography was the perfect tool to show people what Emma and other pit bulls are really like.
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Photo Credit: Douglas Sonders via the Not a Bully Official Website
A girl decides to save a pitbull from imminent death after she finds the poor dog alone in a small, one-bedroom apartment trying to survive on meager cat food.
According to her, her “former friend” wanted to get rid of the dog anyway as their building did not allow pets. She took pity and brought the dog home, only to be given the best surprise later on!
Cali, the pit bull, gave birth to five adorable puppies right after she took her home.
If left in the small apartment without proper food and care, Cali and her puppies wouldn’t have survived a day on their own. But thanks to the girl who took Cali home with her, all the puppies were born happy and healthy and are now about to end up in happy homes!
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LA-based lifestyle photographer Grace Chon who specializes in animals has put together an incredibly cute and adorable series pf photographs showcasing her 10-month-old son Jasper and their 7-year-old rescue dog, Zoey.
Zoey was adoped by Chon in the US from an animal rescue team in Taiwan. Chon relates that Zoey was actually born in front of a shop in Taiwan, where the shop owner simply washed her and her siblings away into the gutter. Thankfully a passing schoolgirl saw the incident and rescued Zoey and her siblings.
The photos below show an adorable Jasper and his equally awesome-looking sidekick Zoey in matching hats, outfits and accessories.
Chon explained that she’s always dressed up her dogs in silly costumes and that after she had her baby, that’s when she started collecting hats for photos as well.
One day, I put one on Zoey and I had the epiphany that baby hats look ridiculously adorable on dogs too!
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Photo Credit: Grace Chon via Bored Panda