I gotta admit, I’m a little sad about this post. On my recent visit to the shelter, I walked around talking to the staff about which dogs to photograph and came across “Murphy”. I knew that face immediately… I had photographed him as “Romeo” almost exactly one year ago. He was then about one year old and the most fun-loving dog I may have ever met. The playful pit bull shelter-dog photos soon graced my portfolio, my business cards, my Twitter and Facebook pages, and even a large canvas print for display. It was my mission to show the world how loving this little guy could be, when so many people are wary of shelter dogs and pit bulls.
A year later, Romeo’s owner has lost his home. I have to believe this as true, because Gary and I spent at least a half hour in the grass with him, and he has been well trained with commands and tricks. And he still ADORES his tennis balls, that’s for sure!
There is definitely an air of maturity around Murphy now. I imagine he made an incredible companion, and will again soon. It breaks my heart to see situations like this, and I hope Murphy never feels it was his fault.
Murphy is available and eager for ball tosses at the Animal Rescue League of Boston‘s Brewster branch. Stop by and say hello!