Please, please, play with me?? by Johanne Brunet

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Please, please, play with me?? by 

Sizing Information

Small 8.0" x 8.6"
Medium 12.0" x 12.9"
Large 16.0" x 17.2"
X large 20.0" x 21.5"


  • Superior quality silver halide prints
  • Archival quality Kodak Endura paper
  • Lustre: Professional photo paper with a fine grain pebble texture
  • Metallic: Glossy finish and metallic appearance to create images with exceptional visual interest and depth

Please meet Tuleo! He is one of the many pitbulls that I have had the pleasure of photographing at the shelter, but this one is very special!

Tuleo is a variation of the word Túlélő which means survivor in Hungarian. And a survivor, he definitely is!

He was found at the edge of a forest in a state of near starvation (see image below). He was so weak that when he saw the animal control people, he made a few steps in their direction as if realizing they were his last chance, then crumpled to the ground.

They brought him to the shelter, fed him, warmed him up, and made an appointment with the vet. He had pneumonia, but otherwise he was fine.

Two weeks later I made a shooting with him and I was amazed at his speedy recovery. Photographing him was far from easy because he was all over my sister and I to play, to get petted, to cuddle and to give us big wet kisses!

He has been made Pet of the Week for the second time in a row at the shelter in an effort to find him his well-deserved forever home.

Cities around here and people still have a prejudice against pitbulls, which is very sad, because they make wonderful pets when they have good owners.

Nikon D7000, Nikkor AF 50mm f/1.8D

Focal length 50mm, ISO-400, 1/60 sec. @ f/4

(A little oversharpened because it was originally intended for Facebook. The shot on the right was made by one of the shelter’s employee upon the dog’s arrival)

Featured in Paws N Claws on April 25, 2011

Featured in Charity for Animals on April 27, 2011

Featured in the Cute Mutts Group on May 18, 2011

Featured in the group APBT (American Pit Bull Terrier) lovers on June 10, 2011

All proceeds from the sales of this work will be donated to A.M.R. Animal Services and Boutique (sorry, French only)
However, their Facebook page is bilingual, and even mostly English, please click here to visit

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  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyalmost 4 years ago

    c’est une très belle photo! très beau chien c’est certain ;)

  • Merci Manon! Les pits sont les chiens les plus expressifs que j’ai eu à photographier; ils sont tout simplement magnifiques!

    – Johanne Brunet

  • Wanda Dumas
    Wanda Dumasalmost 4 years ago

    Awwww … what a great photo! I sure do hope he finds a wonderful family who is notafraid to adopt him.

  • Thank you Wanda!! It is very difficult to get pitbulls adopted around here, because most of the towns in the MRC have stupid regulations against them… :-( So they all come from the few towns that don’t prohibit them, but there are too many to get them all adopted in the same towns…

    – Johanne Brunet

  • Marie-Eve Boisclair
    Marie-Eve Bois...almost 4 years ago

    Quelle histoire, j’espère qu’il trouvera une famille aimante! Très belle photo!

  • Merci Marie-Eve! Tous travaillent très fort pour le faire adopter. Une bénévole du refuge, spécialiste du comportement canin, a annoncé hier qu’elle offrirait un cours d’éducation canine gratuit aux gens qui adopteraient Tuleo. Espérons que ça fonctionnera! :-)

    – Johanne Brunet

  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyalmost 4 years ago

    What a handsome fellow! Great shot, he looks so alive and healthy, it is difficult to believe it is the same dog! What a story!

  • Thank you Joanne! He really was a great model! I was as surprised as you when my sister came back with the dog in the “double-enclosure” that I had on my list of subjects for that day. I asked her the dog’s name and when she said Tuleo, I thought that she was kidding me! LOL!

    – Johanne Brunet

  • RichardKlos
    RichardKlosalmost 4 years ago

    Excellent capture! Congrats on the feature!

  • Thank you Richard! :-)

    – Johanne Brunet

  • HelenLewis
    HelenLewisalmost 4 years ago

    Tuleo is beautiful – and he has been through enough pain, I sincerely hope he gets the home he deserves!! This is a delightful portrait too!!

  • Thank you Helen! I heard that he spent the long weekend somewhere with a foster family, playing with kids and other doggies. I’m sure he had a great time, and I hope they’ll decide to adop him.

    – Johanne Brunet

  • Meg Hart
    Meg Hartalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture of this lovely boy Johanne!!…I do hope he finds the loving home he deserves.

  • Thank you Meg! I certainly hope so too! :-)

    – Johanne Brunet

  • Marie-Eve Boisclair
    Marie-Eve Bois...almost 4 years ago

    Congratulation! You’ve been FEATURED in Charity for Animals group 2011-04-27!

  • Thank you so much, Marie-Eve, I really appreciate it! :-)

    – Johanne Brunet

  • Wakanda
    Wakandaalmost 4 years ago

    Wow! great pics…Thumbs up!
    Tuleo has my heart…Will order it in.
    Sharing your tallent!

  • Thank you soooo much for your kind words, and especially for your purchase! All profits from this sale are going to AMR, Doing the happy dance here! :-)

    – Johanne Brunet

  • Elaine123
    Elaine123almost 4 years ago

    What a wonderful end to a sad story, as you know in Uk they are banned for keeping Pit bull,s for the simple reason people not all but a lot of them use the Pit bulls for fighting as they did or maybe still do the SBT, which I rescued one from the shelter, all our shelter are full of Staffordshire Bull terrier,s it is such a shame as they make wonderful pet,s :)

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