When my Polo Club volunteered at a local dog shelter, the College Garth Kennels in Hathern, near Loughborough, Leicestershire, I of course had to check with the staff if it was OK for me to take my camera along. As the dogs obviously had to wear harnesses for safety reasons and we were walking (rather than posing) I decided to go with some documentary style shots with minimal posing.
Furthermore, the rescue have their own regular photographer, who regularly posts updates and gorgeous studio portraits of the rescues on Facebook. They can be found under the name ‘The Love DOG Project’. I dare you to check it out and not consider adopting one of those adorable wet noses!
Our buddies for the afternoon were the gorgeous Tex and the adorable little Sheba. I loved getting to know both their unique personalities and was once again reminded for the reasons to consider adopting over shopping. As we left the premises, we had to walk on the side of a busy road to reach the footpath and open spaces. My friend and I had been paired off with Tex. As you can see he is a big boy and his commands were very basic. As a result, I must admit, I was cautious and aware of his strength when I took over leading him just before approaching the road. I was worried for nothing though, Tex walked heel like the perfect gentleman he is as soon as we were roadside.
The other girls were walking Sheba, a quirky little Border Terrier cross with heaps of personality. She was definitely more difficult to photograph than Tex as she was simply so busy trying to make friends with everyone!
I have not been able to find Tex among the dogs currently up for adoption, so it may be the case that he is either reserved already or still being assessed. Sheba, however, is ready to be rehomed either by herself or with a male dog.
If you are interested in adopting either of these two or another dog, give College Garth a call on 01509 842327.