“They say that you don’t choose your dog, your dog chooses you,” said Lauren Sheldon. A photographer based in London, Sheldon is working on Rescue Me, a project exploring the benefits of rescuing pets by visiting the homes of people who have adopted their four-legged family members. Her photos capture beauty and stillness in the everyday. A container of dry dog food on the bench, a car out the front of a townhouse, a greyhound getting tummy rubs by two pairs of hands, a staffie-cross wearing a bandana and peering down a hallway.
By catching a glimpse of these families and happy hounds in their own environments, Sheldon hopes to raise awareness about pet adoption. “As a child I was a little scared of dogs. I’m ashamed to say that I had the typical misconceptions that dogs from shelters were all going to have behavioural problems. I couldn’t have been more wrong. In my experience dogs in shelters are no different to any other dog. During this project, I have seen this first hand.” Sheldon will exhibit her photos online and hopes to publish the project as a book.
A heartfelt thank you to all the photographers, artists, illustrators, and writers who trusted us, dived in, and brought us delight, grace, excitement, courage, wilderness, and wonder over the last five years. Their work not only reflects the bonds we share with our animal companions, it also celebrates their spirit.
None of this would be possible without our four-legged counterparts who sprinkle magic dust time and time again, and our readers, who embraced this kooky idea, rallied around us, and made this world theirs too. With friends like these, who needs nine lives?
February 5, 2019