Internationally recognized pet photographer Carli Davidson is known for her often humorous animal portraits, and her unique portfolio of work ranges from heart-warming People and Pets to her amazing portfolio "Shake", a hilarious series of dogs photgraphed shaking it out with flappy cheeks and airborne wads of drool.
Davidson's newest aww-inspiring Pets with Disabilities Project, proves that "…your pet is beautiful no matter how many limbs it has." Recently, we were lucky enough to sit down with Carli to discuss her inspiration for this wonderful project – here are a few notes from our interview.
The Daily Treat: Why did you start this series?
Davidson: My idea for the series stared about two years ago when I was walking along Canon Beach here in Oregon with some friends. There was this totally beautiful German shepherd in a wheelchair playing fetch with its owner. It was so happy, a dog doing what dogs do, totally undeterred by its disability. I felt inspired by the whole scenario. The owner made this choice out of love, to do a little extra work every day to make sure his friend was happy and comfortable.
I thought a lot about this pair in the following weeks, and decided I wanted to create project showcasing differently abled pets and telling their stories in order to show the world that they are happy, thriving companions. They are not sad, they are not in pain, and the owners and animals continue to be a great value to one another.
[Click here to see our slideshow of Carli's entire portfolio of Differently Abled Pets]
The Daily Treat: Where do these darling dogs come from?
Davidson: All of these dogs are from Portland Oregon. It’s pretty amazing how many are living here! I just started asking around on Facebook for models, and now I have people approaching me pretty regularly. Word of mouth is a powerful tool.
The Daily Treat: Can you share their stories (one or more)?
Davidson: Every one of their stories is totally amazing, but I can’t really share their stories in detail since this is a work in progress.
The Daily Treat: What do you hope others will get out of this collection?
Davidson: I really hope what people take away from these stories is information to make decisions for their own pets, an appreciation for the resilience of all animals, and ultimately a sense of normalcy from the photos and stories. Technology continues to advance at a rapid rate, and our relationship and compassion towards animals continues to evolve. I think this book is simply following a natural path towards a greater acceptance of these pets.
[Pictured Above: Ramen Noodle (Poodle) lost both of his arms in separate accidents before he was two years old. Only three weeks after losing the second arm he was up and running on his hind legs. He also has a front wheelchair to get around outdoors, but prefers to walk on his own.]
Little man Rue (French bulldog) is paralyzed from the waist down due to a spinal disorder. He is a very active and happy dog nonetheless. Little Man lives with his owner and another French bulldog, Sweet Pea.
Diego, the blind Chihuahua and Buddy Nixon. Diego uses Buddy as a seeing eye dog by following the tapping of his nails as he walks around new environments.
[Click here to see our slideshow of Carli's current portfolio of Differently Abled Pets]