Dog Pound Photo Challenge: Skye - Dreamstime

“Skye” presented a bit of a photography challenge for me. Skye knew right away I was a stranger and didn’t fully trust me. But we had to make it work. She needed some good photos to post on the adoption websites.

Female gray and white bluenose American Pitbull Terrier Bulldog with pink nose outside on leash

Skye was surrendered to the animal shelter by her owner on December 3, 2019. Being in a new place and around new people, she was pretty freaked out and hand-shy. She didn’t trust anyone putting a leash on her and would turn her head to nip. But I let her alone that first day and gave her overnight to decompress.

Female gray and white bluenose American Pitbull Terrier Bulldog outside on leash

The next morning, I ignored Skye’s defensive barking and entered her kennel with a high, cheery voice and confidently sat down next to her. After a few minutes, she approached me to sniff. And after a few minutes more I had her leashed and headed out the door for photos! She seemed to do much better while outdoors with me. You could see a bit of that worried look in her photos, but eventually we got through the photo session with some decent shots.

Over the next week in the kennel, she began to get better. Treating her well and bringing her treats each day, I guess she began to realize we weren’t too bad. With an improved attitude, she would soon have her chance to make it to a new home!

Photo credits: William Wise.

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January 22, 2020


Lovely dog and expression captured nicely! A heartwarming story and hope she gets a good home!!

January 19, 2020


뭘 알아볼라고 하는가봐 공산주의자인지 ? 자유 민주주의 나라 사람인지?고기를 먹었는지 ? 김치를 먹었는지?면도하고 무슨 로션을 발랐는지?

January 16, 2020


Thanks Simon! God placed a love of animals within me from a young age. And as I've matured as a Christian, I truly feel God gifted me to be a steward over the creatures that come under my care. I pour all my God-given talents into the animal shelter photos. Thanks again for the comment and compliment. 

January 15, 2020


William, you have one of the best collection of dogs' pictures I have ever seen. I would like to see you dealing with some of these creatures. I think your heart wins them from the first look. I had a dog some years ago—actually it was my daughter's dog, but she was 11 years old at the time, so I ended up taking care of him—it was a fantastic experience. He became one of my best friend. At first I was a bit skeptical (like you with smart phones) but he winned my heart in no time. John Wesley used to pray for his horses, for he believed God takes care of men and beast (Psalms 36:6). Alleluia!!!!

January 14, 2020



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