Photographing Dogs Who Help People Living With a Disability

As a photographer from Sydney Pet Photography I recently had the great pleasure of photographing a number of dogs and their trainers from Assistance Dogs Australia. All of the dogs go through a tailored training program designed to meet the specific requirements of their new owner. They are just the most fantastic dog models to work with. Here are some of the images of dogs and trainers from around the Sydney region:

 

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Each dog takes about two years to train. You can help by donating or volunteering your time. Why not give them a call? – 1800 688 364.

 

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Off-leash Dog Walking

Finding an off-leash dog walking area in the Sydney metropolitan area can be difficult. There aren’t many of them and that’s especially true if you live in the Sutherland Shire. Comparing the facilities available on a council by council basis and taking into account the physical area if each of them, the Sutherland Shire would definitely be down the bottom of the list by a very long way. I normally have to travel out of the shire to Hurstville, Rockdale, Kogarah or even Wollongong to get the space and facilities to run my German Shepherd any sort of long distance.

One of my favourite spots is Sharkey’s Beach down in Coledale.

Coledale is a small sea-side village approximately 18 kilometres north of Wollongong along the Princes Highway in New South Wales. It is part of the City of Wollongong and lies between Wombarra and Austinmer.

Coledale has several shops on the main road as well as a RSL club, public hall, fire station, private hospital and nursing home. Coledale’s shops include a newsagent, 2 cafe’s, video shop, hair dresser, pizza/fast food takeout and a bottle shop. Coledale also has a small public school with good views of Coledale beach.

Coledale has two sandy beaches: Coledale Beach to the north of the village which is patrolled during summer and Sharkey’s Beach to the south, a popular surfing spot and off-leash dog area.

Here’s a few shots taken last week of my dog Bess and a few friends she made along the beach.

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A Sucker For German Shepherd Dogs

As you may have guessed, I’ve got a soft spot for German Shepherd Dogs especially those in rescue shelters. I photographed Bonnie on Monday and she’s still available for adoption from Sydney Dogs and Cats Home (Phone: 02 9587 9611). Give the girls a ring or just drop in at 77 Edward Street, CARLTON, NSW.

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The German Shepherd Dog is known throughout the world for his loyalty, trustworthiness, intelligence and affinity for people. These qualities have helped make the German Shepherd Dog one of the most popular breeds of companion dog throughout the world. These attributes combined with the breeds’ well-balanced temperament, physical size, versatility and courage continue to make it the undisputed king of working dogs. In fact the breed is almost a canine version of a Swiss army knife.

 

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  • Denise Williams - June 15, 2016 - 11:45 AM

    She is just beautiful. We have a gorgeous German Shepherd and would happily recommend the breed to anyone looking for an intelligent friendly obedient affectionate loyal puppy.ReplyCancel

  • Christine Thelan - June 16, 2016 - 7:04 AM

    I have had 3 german shepherds ,best dogs ever.ReplyCancel

Buying a Rescue Dog

Purchasing a rescue dog is a big decision to make. This short article outlines some of the misconceptions associated with that decision and will hopefully encourage you to take that next step of visiting a rescue shelter. The images below are of dogs at The Sydney Dogs and Cats Home in Carlton, Sydney, NSW (Phone 02 9587 9611). Give the girls a ring or just pop in to see the animals.

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With shelters filling up and stray canines on the rise, adopting a rescue dog is the conscious choice to make. Adopting a rescue dog gives the dog a new lease on life, as without adoption many dogs in shelters face a grim future. Finding local rescue organizations is easy, as dog shelters are numerous and allow adoptions and there are many groups that specialize in re-homing dogs.

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Ask anyone who has adopted a rescue dog and you will hear overwhelmingly how glad they are to have taken that step. Rescue canines seem to know you saved them from doom and they become loyal friends.

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A common misconception is that rescue dogs are somehow broken and won’t make good pets. In truth, rescue dogs end up being rescue dogs for a variety of reasons. Their owners may have moved, and the new home may be unsuitable for dogs. Perhaps their previous owners had a child, and were unsure if it was a good idea to keep a large dog around a newborn baby.

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Maybe their owners decided that dog ownership wasn’t for them and decided to give up the dog or release it onto the street, or maybe their owners lost their jobs or found themselves unable to afford to care for their dog. In any case, you can’t simply assume that rescue dogs would be unfit for adoption or have bad behavior, whether directed towards their owners or towards other animals.

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Rescue canines are capable of being just as much of a lovable family pet as a dog reared from puppyhood. For those still leery of adopting a rescue pup with an unknown past, there are often opportunities to adopt puppies as well.

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There are many organizations that you can adopt rescue canines from. Shelters are always an option. Adopting a dog from a shelter means that you are potentially saving it from dying via lethal injection and are instead giving it a loving home. Other organizations exist, such as greyhound rescue organizations that specialize in re-homing greyhound racing dogs after they have become too old to race. In any case, adopting a rescue dog is a great alternative to purchasing a puppy in that you are giving a future to a dog that otherwise has none.

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You should bring an adopted rescue canine to the veterinarian as soon as possible. You may have access to vaccination papers and the dog’s medical history or you may not, depending on its previous owners. Many shelters vaccinate and spay or neuter all incoming dogs as a matter of course. A veterinarian will also likely want a fecal sample from the adopted dog in order to check for intestinal parasites, and may draw a blood sample to check for heartworms. A veterinarian can help you ascertain whether or not your adopted rescue dog has any outstanding health problems and can warn you about what problems are likely to occur in the future, depending on breed.

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  • Lisa Shaw - May 14, 2016 - 4:59 AM

    We rescued Albert a senior GSD on Anzac Day this year from AWL in Adelaide . He is our third rescue & absolutely adorable, loves people big and small & we feel blessed to be able to give him his family he so richly deserves in his twilight years. We love him to bits . He’s an angel sent from heaven . Why shop when you should adopt. I wish I could pop up a pic – rescue dogs are the BEST !ReplyCancel