Aline Smithson, Riley, modeling, Los Angeles, CA
Randy Karg, Shiner, Clarinda, IA
In honor of all the little insects that, despite our most innocent and gentle intentions, gave their lives to curious minds this summer.
Gina Kelly, Mister entertained, Simon bored, Minneapolis, MN
This is Tyler and his cat Percy. Tyler is 10 years old and completely blind after he had both of his eyes removed when he developed cancer in both of them when he was aged 3. He calls Percy his best friend, and Percy is gentle and patient with him, only getting agitated if he is locked out of Tyler’s room and can’t sleep in his bed with him.
Maggie was a constant companion for 17 years, often following me into my office in the morning and taking her place until closing time, when she sat at the door, waiting to be fed.
This image is one of a series I call Dog Park. The dog in the picture is my 12 year old constant companion, Lulu. I got her as a puppy from a shelter and we adore each other.
Cleo Schoeplein, Fig and Riley, Los Angeles, CA
Mike Whiteley, Hailey, Mission: Wolf, Colorado
Hailey is a Grey Wolf living at Mission: Wolf in Southern Colorado, a wolf sanctuary with about two dozen wolves mostly from captive breed wolves that cannot be released back into the wild. I have been there a few times to volunteer and help care for the wolves and I am always amazed in how their wildness transcends their breeding and cages.
In the summer of 2010 I found a puppy on the street in Watts. She was emaciated and near death. It was a long road but she made it through – the full story of her ordeal is here:
This is a pair of guard dogs at an art gallery in Bandon ,Oregon.
Monkey and Windsor in Boulder, Colorado on hike! Monkey is my daughter’s dog and Windsor is my son’s dog. They are sister and brother, little and big, one likes to cuddle and the other plays ball. They get along only because and not by choice. Food is often a bone of contention. I love my dogs because they teach me about tolerance, patience and life. Dog hair is a fact of life, stubborn behavior drives me crazy and they live and die. I thank all my pets in recent years: Brandy, Moose, Pickle, Molly, Belle, Gunther and Tucky. Happy Thanksgiving blessings!
Donna Rosser, Sadie on the Sofa, Fayetteville, GA
Sadie is a rescue from a local kill shelter. The shelter workers believed she was a good dog — so she was kept there for about a month before we found her. We call her the ‘monkey dog’ for the way she vocalizes to us and say that she has the personality of a 5 year old. Sadie likes to hunt for rabbits in the backyard — but she is also a couch potato. She is one of the best dogs I have ever had and I don’t think I have ever taken a bad photo of her.
Christine Anderson, Hurricane Sandy, North New Jersey
During the hurricane and following Nor’ Easter. My dog Reggie was not fearful of the storm and became the way I portrait how I experienced the storm and days after. I started to call her STORMTRACKER REGGIE when I started to to use pictures of Reggie to give online updates on the storm until I lost power…
Gus follows my mother around like a lovestruck teenager. Knowing he’s there, always watching over her, helps me sleep better at night.
We lost Mister Bo this year, this was my favorite picture of him that I took.
Bob Johnson, Frenzy, Ballona Wetlands, Marina del Rey, CA
Lost Sasha and Homer, my dogs, to old age, so I decided to adopt the wildlife in the Ballona wetlands as my playmates and photo subjects. Homer and Sasha were camera shy, but the Ballona residents are exceptionally cooperative.
Heidi Lender, Untitled, from the series Once Upon, Garzon, Uruguay
The Bubba….best friend, muse, my Cindy Crawford, road-tripping partner, bunny-hunter, bear-fighter and all around best little guy in the world.
Sheri Lynn Behr, 19 Year Old Crockett Keeping Warm After Hurricane Sandy, Edgewater, NJ
Carmelita was a husky-boxer mix puppy adopted from the shelter when she was 2 months old. At age 7 she was diagnosed with bone cancer and underwent surgery to remove her left arm. She also endured chemotherapy for 4 months after which she came back to her playful and energetic self. In July 2012 her cancer spread to her lungs and skin. She lost the fight on September 11th 2012. We miss her terribly and her absence feels more like a pestering presence that wont let go. The only consolation is that she is no longer in pain.
Michael was adopted from a shelter when he was just 6 weeks old. He’s one of the funniest cats I’ve ever met, always needing to enroll everyone in his games, especially “fetch” , “chase the kitties”, and “da bird”.
Jim Robertson, Lost But Found, Lexington, KY
Sharon Johnson-Tennant, Phoebe
Heather McKay Bowes, Catnap, Epsom, NH
Consuelo Mendez, Beluga my Cat, Caracas, Venezuela
Paul Matzner, Lucca in Lake, Milwaukee, WI
Lucca, our five year old golden-doodle loves the beach, eating raw meat, and being affectionate with us. He is a comfort and a joy.
Alaina Dall, Little Thief, San Diego, CA
“I doubt anyone will notice if one goes missing…”
Kevin Ooi, Stereotypical Indulgence, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
As shown here, Jewels was inquisitive and quite simply a wonderful cat.
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