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Love a rescue dog made good story? Then you’re going to love today’s post from Erin King Photographer.
This is just one of the dogs and their story as featured in her new coffee table photobook – “From Lost to Loved” – which tells the heartwarming stories of Melbourne Rescue Dogs.
Read on to also find out how your rescue dog story can be featured too!
Meika the French Bulldog, was found on New Beginnings Animal Rescue Inc. by Ruby who followed a number of animal rescue sites. Ruby had been looking for a second dog to accompany her current dog, Jax, who had become withdrawn, sad and lonely after moving into a new home. Jax had spent his entire life with another dog and now he was all alone.
Ruby took Jax to meet Mieka, driving over 3 hours to meet her. As it turns out Meika didn’t really like Jax, but he was immediately smitten.
It was saddening and obvious that Mieka had been used as a breeding dog rather than a pet. She’d been mistreated – the fur rubbed away around her neck from a collar too small for her, she had excessive belly skin which all overlapped and stuck together and enlarged nipples from having multiple litters. Her feet were stained from where she had been anxiously chewing them. She was timid and very unsure.
After making sure Meika and Jax were compatible she came home. On the drive home, Mieka sat in the front seat and ignored Jax the whole way while Jax was basically grinning from ear to ear in the back.
Meika spent 6 weeks inside before Jax and her could be completely left unsupervised. She did not know how to play or act around Jax. The first time she played with Jax, her transformation was incredible. He was exceptionally patient and had transformed into a happy dog again with her around.
Mieka felt safe at home but it took her a long time to not be afraid every time she left the house. She could not cope being out of Ruby’s sight. It actually took several weeks for Meika to feel confident enough just to step off the back porch into the back yard. Even now she still needs to always stay close to Ruby.
Ruby says: “ Her physical appearance has changed as drastically as her personality. I can’t even really describe the little lost soul I adopted to the loving little girl I know now. She is happy and she is very loved. From the moment I took her home I have received endless love from her. I look at her and I am filled with love. I love her for what she has done for Jax and for trusting me 100% from day one. I became her person and I will continue to show her the life she deserved to have from the beginning. I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
Erin King Photographer’s new coffee table photobook – “From Lost to Loved” – tells the heartwarming stories of Melbourne Rescue Dogs. Each dog’s story is accompanied with photographs taken by Erin to capture the dog’s personalities and illustrate their new found happiness with loving families. The book is a fundraising project to help support two Australian based animal rescue groups Puppytales Rescue and Rehoming Inc and Gumtree Greys, so far raising $4000. You can read more about the project and purchase a copy of the book from Erin’s website HERE. 10% from every book sale is donated to the rescue groups.
After the success of Erin’s first book, she is now accepting applications for a second volume book – if you have a rescue dog with a special story to tell, you can apply to be featured HERE.
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