Laos : my first dog
When I started taking dog photos, I never thought of having my own dog. I think it’s like everything, you have to feel ready. When I got 21, I decided to adopt a shelter dog. Yes, but why in a refuge? Here’s the reason.
Why adopt a shelter dog?
I did not need or want a purebred dog, but I wanted to help a dog in need. I volunteered in a shelter for a while, I discovered another world. The world of abandoned, mistreated dogs, now locked up like culprits. In my opinion there are no bad dogs, only bad “owners”. It always revolted me.
I simply wanted a dog adapted to my lifestyle, and of course the crush. So after several weeks of research and questioning, I found Laos.
So I went to his shelter after finding his photo on facebook. At first I was not sure, because I had a big crush on another dog at the start of my research but the request had not been successful. Despite everything, I reach him, he intrigues me.
His history ? None, he arrived in the pound a few months ago without identification, so we knew nothing about him or his past, it was just him and his sweet eyes. We went walking for a few minutes. At the end of the walk, I decide to take him home, impossible for me to leave him behind bars again. A decision that I have never regretted.
Of course, that doesn’t mean it was such an easy dog.
I got to know him, without knowing what could have happened to him, and how someone could have abandoned a dog like him. The first days were complicated, it’s normal, it’s a hypersensitive dog and is slightly fearful. Sometimes I did not understand his reactions, but with patience, he gave me his confidence and no longer reacted as if I was going to hurt him.
Our first adventures
A few weeks later, a relationship of trust is slowly, but surely, established. This dog would give everything to anyone, he asks for affection as soon as he can.
I think the easiest thing with him is to travel. Ride for several hours, he is so quiet, sometimes he even falls asleep. I will never tire of taking him everywhere with me, exploring new places, exploring nature, together.
With him, I discovered the magnificent Dune du Pilat. Located on the edge of the Landes de Gascogne forest massif on the Silver Coast at the entrance to the Arcachon basin, in France, it is the highest dune in Europe. Laos only thought of one thing: to catch the seagulls flying over the dune, just above our heads.
But one of our most beautiful trips of 2018 remains the Alps. Breathtaking landscapes and magnificent hikes at sunrise, I remember meeting a superb ibex only a few meters away with Laos right next to me, a moment that nature gave to both of us. A purely magical moment!
Today I no longer count them, but each trip is a story from which I always have beautiful memories, partly thanks to it. Because that is also why I was looking for a dog: to help me move, on my own I preferred to do nothing.
My muse in photography
To succeed in photographing Laos, you have to respect several points: the sweetness and the reward, until then nothing special, but I insist on the sweetness, Laos is always very sensitive. He loves when you flatter him while he poses, he becomes really enthusiastic, more than with food!
When he feels comfortable, he becomes a perfect model. I love to photograph him in unusual landscapes, he’s my favorite subject …
If you’ve read my About, you already know that Laos is a fan of water. One paw in and he is a completely different dog, he becomes much more playful, he loves to swim and jumps in almost any lake or river. In fact, this dog was truly the gem that I expected.
Now you know that shelter dogs are also amazing dogs, they can learn a lot and give you as much love as a dog from a breeder. No animal should end up behind bars where they spend half their life because of an irresponsible person.
If you are looking for a dog to adopt, there is a lot of associations and shelters in all regions. You can even find your happiness abroad, such as in Spain or Romania for example. Keep in mind that they all have so much love to give.