I'm sorry for being MIA again. "LIFE" (or should I say work) has gotten the better of me... I haven't had time to write but I have been thinking about you. There are a few friends out there (you included) who deserve an update, I just haven't had time to sit down and do it. SORRY.
So, the latest news is that on Friday I photographed the World's Ugliest Dog contest for the 4th year in a row. It was awesome and I had a blast! Yet again, the AP got their press release out before the fair, so most of my photos yet again, did not make it out there into the mainstream media. Freakin' freakshow.
This event is very special to me because it is the true embodiment of the mission of Project DOG - to celebrate all dogs... and my Project DOG tagline fits in perfectly with this event - ALL DOGS ARE A WORK OF ART.
It's cool because this event brings all kinds of people together from around the country. Every year there are people who fly in from different states, this year we had North Carolina, Florida and Arizona represented.
You should really see these "ugly" dogs in person. From a distance, many of them look normal and not ugly at all, but for the purpose of this event, "ugly" is very subjective and you'd be surprised at what you see, and what pet parents consider "ugly". There were a few dogs with missing eyes, no fur, one dog was missing part of his top jaw, another was born with a severe spinal deformity, many had missing teeth, were overweight or had skin issues. Some of them were not ugly at all, and I don't understand how they even made it into the contest.
Anyway, I had a photo tent set up and I photographed all of the contestants against a white backdrop before the contest started. It's always so fun to meet everyone beforehand and get a preview of what's to come! This year was no different, and I definitely picked the winner and runner up out... it wasn't hard, OMG!
Here are some of my favorites...
What a scruff ball, a total scamp if I must say so myself! You can hardly find this boy's eyes through that mess of fur.
What is happening here? This poor girl was born with a spinal deformity, she has no neck, long legs and a really short spine. You should see her try to sit down, it is a long way down...
Sweepea Rambo was the first dog I photographed of the day. From a distance she looked cute but once she got up close, WOW.
Peanut was the winner. When she came into my tent I saw her black and white fur and thought, "oh, what a cute little black and white baby", she's not ugly. Then she turned her head towards me and I saw her teeth. OMG. I was seriously so startled and a momentarily frightened, I was NOT expecting that, whoa. I could not stop staring. I could not believe my eyes.
Ummm, this dog's name is Icky. Nuff said. He's super cute...
So as you can see, I had quite a fun time with these unique looking fur babies. I look forward to this event every year, it's always such a hoot (and I ate fried oreos and funnel cake afterwards, lol)!
It's been an exhausting weekend... having the World's Ugliest Dog contest all day Friday, then another event all day Saturday, I definitely am feeling physically exhausted and sore. Unfortunately now that the fun is over, I get to return to my other entrepreneurial ventures which aren't quite as entertaining (= heartburn, stress, high blood pressure).
Hope you had a great weekend.
ps. I wish I was still standing here...
(I went to Iceland 2 weeks ago. My dream vacation of a lifetime. Life-changing, inspiring, amazing.)