A few years ago, a Vet friend of mind convinced me that her work as a Vet was not just about caring for animals. She maintained that companion animals make a huge contribution to human happiness and wellbeing.
The point is that a civilized society treats its animals well and gains so much in return from their companionship.
Two people I most admire for their dedication to animal welfare, rescue and rehabilitation are my friends Debbie and Mike. Only two weeks ago I enjoyed several hours with them and their amazing family of rescue dogs and rabbits. We took some great pictures of the happy little band! The joy the animals bring to Debbie and Mike was so obvious and gave me a warm feeling for days afterwards. All is well with the world while there are people like Debbie and Mike around!
Here is Debbie's story about their pets:
"Delphi (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel) came from Lizzie's barn in Wales. She had been used for breeding and not been socialised with people which meant she arrived terrified of people, highly nervous and cowering. Now a happy girl! Elmo (Shi Tzu) we got since he was a pup.
Perry (rabbit) ended up coming to us aged 8 after being dumped in a rescue for the 2nd time! He had been terribly neglected, having been left in a hutch at the bottom of the garden and forgotten about. He had overgrown teeth sticking several inches out of his mouth which had left him in severe pain and had since had to endure bi-monthy dental procedures at the vets. He's now a happy little chappy enjoying the run of the house. He came from the cat and rabbit rescue at Sidlesham. Bertha and Sebastian (lop eared rabbits) are from the same rescue. They were dumped after the children got bored of them and couldn't be bothered anymore. Acquired as 2 singles we bonded them."
from top left, clockwise: Debbie and Mike, Elmo, Sebastian, Delphi, Perry, Bertha,
That's a whole lot of love given generously to those animals! And I know that Debbie and Mike feel they get that love back in spades from Delphi, Elmo, Bertha, Sebastian and Perry.
So it was with shock and sadness, that I learned yesterday (as I was preparing this blog) that Perry has died at the grand old age of 12 which is amazing for a rabbit. Understandably Debbie and Mike are heart-broken. Trying to console with positive words about how much happiness they brought to Perry in his latter years doesn't seem enough right now. I'm sure in time they will be able to see what a great job they did for him and bring a new happy life to another rescue rabbit.
So this blog is dedicated to fantastic people who adopt rescue animals, to Debbie and Mike in particular, and to express gratitude for having shared that day with them, and Perry, in what proved to be such a timely photoshoot.
It once again reminds me that photography is about three fundamentals - light, emotion and timing.