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SamTheCowdog

Guelph, Canada

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JB was rescued from an Ohio shelter and arrived covered in scabs from fleas and huge patches of hair loss. He was very distrustful and suspicious of people, despite being just a year old. When he met new people, he barked and backed off – never aggressive, but never trusting.

JB blossomed in foster care and nearly made his foster mom, a vet student, a failed foster. In the end, she remembered her job was to care for the next one the same way she cared about JB and let him go, as difficult as it may be.

She arranged for his new family to start the trial adoption during a break from final exam studies, and while waiting for them, she and I played with JB in the backyard. The transformation could truly be appreciated this day, as he played with outright vigour with Mel and I; and engaged in a good 5 minutes of “frapping” – random running and zooming all over the yard, in a pure expression of joy. He is a different dog, in just a few months – healthy and HAPPY.

In this photo, his new family had just pulled up and he went to see. I felt this shot captured the essence of the moment and of his story; he is bright and hopeful, waiting to see who is going to round the corner, not knowing it’s the beginning of his new life. Trepidation in his backwards glance at us for what seemed like reassurance and a thank you, before he walks through the door to the next chapter of his life, captured in the last moments of his time in rescue. I’d like to think he’s telling us he won’t forget us, for we will always remember him.

Here he is with his guardian angel, Mel, who fostered him and helped him learn to trust again.

When he came, he was cautious of everything. Now, he SMILES.

He tore around the yard as we waited for Sarah and Jason.

A handsome boy, posing with his new family…have a good life JB! XO

Feel free to contact me at SamTheCowdog@gmail.com for direct purchases.

NIKON D90
NIKON 18-200mm lens
Automatic settings
April 19, 2010
Guelph, Ontario, Canada

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