Just like humans, dogs come in all shapes and sizes. Some are tiny, some are huge, some are tough, and some are gentle as lambs. They’re all perfect in their own way, but disabled pups often get the short end of the stick in the attention department.
Whether they were born with disabilities or have been injured later in life, each disabled doggo comes with their own unique story that makes them totally one-of-a-kind. Sadly, however, it’s hard to get these perfectly imperfect dogs adopted from shelters, both because people are clouded by ideas of having the “perfect dog” and by the fact that medical bills can be a financial concern. That’s why one photographer by the name of Alex Cearns has made it her mission to capture the one-in-a-million beauty of disabled doggos and compile those images into a book called “Perfect Imperfection – Dog Portraits of Resilience.”
In Cearns’ words, “One of my most passionate aims as an animal photographer is to capture the adorable subtleties that make all creatures precious and unique. I love every animal I have the privilege of photographing, but those perceived as different hold a special place in my heart. These are the canines who have lost a leg, been born without eyes, or are still showing the scars of former abuse.”
“Most animals with ‘afflictions’ don’t dwell on them,” she continued. “They adapt to their bodies without complaint and they survive with determination. They push on, always, wanting to be included and involved in everything as much as they can, and as much as an able-bodied pet does.”
“The tenacity of animals to overcome adversity never ceases to amaze me. They make the most out of life and from them I have learned so much about always seeing the positive in every situation and never giving up.”
How could anyone say no to these adorable faces? All dogs are deserving of love, no matter what skin they’re in. In fact, their disabilities just make them even stronger.
Since posting the images, lots of people have shared photos of their own disabled dogs and the amazing stories that come with them. These stories are just further proof that like any dog, a dog with a disability just wants to love the crap out of you unconditionally! They deserve the same from us.
Just look at their precious faces! I don’t know about you, but I want to give them all a big hug. Take a look at more photos from the amazing series down below.
COME TO OUR PARTY! I cried happy tears today when my advance copy of 'Perfect Imperfection – Dog portraits of resilience…
If you want more of these amazing pups in your life, be sure to check out Cearns’ book! Click here for more information. What she’s doing to spread the word about these resilient dogs is amazing.
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