A few months ago, I had the pleasure of crossing paths with a company called Arm The Animals. Arm The Animals is not a non-profit organization, it is a regular apparel business that has made "giving back" a core goal of the company. The group consists of regular, down-to-earth people who love animals, care about the world around them and want to make a difference with their lives. They found out about my love for my dog, Walter and were kind enough to send me some dog mom swag.
If you know me, you know that I am a fairly new dog lover. I never grew up with dogs, in fact- I was sometimes scared of them. It wasn't until about a year and a half ago when my fiance, Brian and I decided to adopt a dog. At the time, I was staying with a friend, Nicole LeBris (@NicoleLeBris) a lot in NYC. She taught me the importance of loving and adopting unpopular breeds such as pitbulls, boxers and other poor reputation types. She recently lost her dog, Cali. The two of them taught me a lot about rescuing dogs. Through our online research, we came across this mini-pit named Walter. He's mini because he's 38 pounds, fully grown. How could you not love a dog named Walter? After a few months of figuring out our schedules, we were able to adopt him through Buffalo CARES- a nonprofit animal rescue in the Western NY area. Since then, I have become an advocate for adopting / rescuing animals. Walter is not only an incredible dog, but he is sweet, loving and gentle. He has completely broken the stereotypes of "pits" to us, our friends and families. Which just goes to show, there are no bad dogs- just bad owners.
I was beyond excited to shoot this pittie positive collaboration, with the help of my friends Ryan Kell (@SeekAxiom) and Katie Monacelli (@KatieMonacelli). All images are courtesy of them. This was Walter's first official photo shoot, aside from countless iPhone photo shoots and our engagement photo session (more on that later) and I couldn't be more grateful for such a great time! I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I do!