In a riverside concrete amphitheater in Dhaka, Bangladesh, a community of young street children live with their beloved stray dogs. Separated from their parents or orphaned in the slums of Dhaka, the boys forge a close-knit family with their adopted animals. This is Robindra Shorbod, a park where the kids gather and sell recyclable plastic containers for food, which they unfailingly share with their ten devoted canine companions, Tiger, Romeo, Bullet, Kula, Moti, Michael, Tom, Jax, Lalu, and Bagha.
While visiting Bangladesh, photographer Sam Edmonds met the boys through Obhoyaronno, an NGO committed to changing the wide-spread and horrific killing of street dogs that persists across the region. Dedicated to humane treatment, Obhoyaronno saves lives by spaying, neutering, and vaccinating animals before returning them to the exact location in which they were found. Among these are the the ten dogs living with the boys in Robindra, each bearing a small tear in the ear to signify that they are uninfected with rabies.
For Robindra Boys, Edmonds told the boys not to pose, allowing each to engage organically with the animal most dear to him. Against austere blackness, the tenderly illuminated pairs reach upwards in play, instinctively supporting each other’s weight as they stand center frame. With these familiar and cherishing embraces, dog and child hold fast to the exquisite union through which each are cared for with unceasing devotion. For more, visit Edmonds’ online print store and follow him on Instagram. To help the boys and their dogs, please visit Obhoyaronno.
(Via: Feature Shoot)
Within just a few days Sean Farley has absolutely smashed his Kickstarter goal, raising over ten times the amount for One Fast Cat – an exercise wheel for cats. With an increasing amount of us living in small city apartments with no outside area, Farley was inspired to create a product that helps our pets get their necessary daily exercise.
“The most important thing you can do to prevent boredom in your cat is to make sure their environment is stimulating. This means an environment with things to do – windows to look out of, things to watch, places to climb and safe toys to play with,” says Farley. “In nature cats would use their energy to hunt. That hunting requires short bursts of energy then they’d spend the rest of the time sleeping and grooming so they’ll be ready for the next hunt (grooming is important so prey won’t smell them coming). Without the need to hunt prey they need other outlets for that pent up energy… That’s why we came up with ‘One Fast Cat’ cat wheel.”
The wheel is 48 inches in diameter to protect the cat’s back and features a 10 inch running thread made from EVA foam, providing plenty of space for footing and preventing claws from catching. If you want to get your hands on one head over to the Kickstarter page and pledge $199 or more (approx. £115). Release is due for September, 2014.