If you have seen my Instagram and Facebook posts lately, you might find yourself asking ‘What’s with all the animal photos?’. If you don’t see me on a regular basis, this post will fill you in.
If you know me at all, you know I love animals. I dreamed of becoming a vet or a marine biologist as a child and simply adore any animal willing let me pet them. Until recently, I had always had animals in my life (read more on the influence pets had in my life here) – cats, dogs, gerbils, iguanas, and even a blue crab. My family even took in local animals needing a helping hand, like the turtle that had been hit by a car and a baby bird that had been kicked out of its nest. Let’s just say my mom is a softie for animals, as am I. Through volunteering at a wildlife center in Waterloo, I was exposed to more birds, rodents and unique wild creatures (like porcupines and raccoons) than I had been exposed to previously and learned quite a bit about caring for them. But now due to allergies, I unfortunately can’t own any furry pets and have to find other ways to get my animal fix – photographing them is one option I definitely like.
The truth is I am working on putting a portfolio or animals together with a certain pet project in mind (no pun intended). My aim is to be able to approach the local shelters with an idea to increase the frequency and success of adoptions – I want to humanize adoption animals, giving them a little more personality and character through their profile photo (while giving them some attention and pets in the process). There are so many animals out there in need of a home waiting for a new family. Having been part of a family where we only adopted shelter animals (the only pet I have ever purchased from a pet shop is a fish), I think promoting the adoption process and how truly AWESOME each animal is, no matter the age, is a great concept.
I find it unbelievable that even after being abandoned by a human, animals are incredibly resilient and capable of love and affection for their new family. It might take a bit of time, but it is totally worth it! Our 5-year-old family dog would shrink back every time you went to pet her when she first came to our home when I was 11, but within a year, you could hug and even play fight with her because she understood that were not the type of humans that would hurt her. She only barked when someone approached the house, knew lots of tricks, loved bacon as much as we did and had a few quirks that made her unique (like herding you in a zig-zag pattern on walks – we were pretty sure she came from a farm). That’s the beauty of new furry additions – they are so full of character!
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I’m working my way through life in Canada and traveling when I can afford to explore beyond the border. Sharing my tips, trips, opinions and rants on life and travel in the meantime.