There are 250,000 stray dogs in Puerto Rico. Many of these dogs have been dumped at Dead Dog Beach, an isolated area located on the South-East coast. Locals call the strays ‘satos,’ and view them as a nuisance. Sadly, the dogs here live out their short lives filled with neglect and abuse. Photographer Sophie Gamand has traveled to Dead Dog Beach multiple times over a year and a half with Chrissy Beckles, founder of The Sato Project, an organization that provides food, fresh water, vet care and seeks to find new homes for these animals in New York. Gamand documents her experiences here in an attempt to raise awareness of the abuse and suffering of these neglected ‘satos.’
As a dog photographer in New York City, Gamand is used to photographing glossy, sleek, polished dog portraits in a studio setting. Her experience documenting Dead Dog Beach pushed her boundaries as a photographer. In America, dogs are considered members of the family. In Puerto Rico, Gamand explains, “I saw dogs that were so feral they never wagged their tail, never approached you and had organized themselves into packs in their battle for survival.” Her photographs are an honest portrayal of the lives of these dogs. We bear witness to timid, weak and starving animals, whose only hope for survival are organizations such as The Sato Project.
In the future, she hopes to return to Puerto Rico and other parts of the world with similar problems. Gamand notes that these dogs, despite everything they’ve been through, are proud animals. This series is a homage to them.
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Miss Piggy has always been a fashionable Muppet, so it’s no surprise when her real-life counterparts are the same way. The brother and sister duo Priscilla and Poppleton might just be mini pigs, but the pair certainly have an impressive wardrobe! Donning pearls, bow ties, hair accessories, and more, the two have an adorable Instagram that features their fashion choices and other cute activities. We see them sleeping together, “sipping” Starbucks, and enjoying time near the ocean.
Based in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, the year-round warm weather lends itself well to their colorful outfits as well as trips to “grandma and grandpa’s” farm. Priscilla and Poppleton seem to have big personalities and a lot of fun; so, it’s no surprise that they have a large following on Instagram and Facebook, where their fans can keep up with their lovable exploits and sartorial choices.
Priscilla and Poppleton Facebook page and Instagram
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“Ginny’s so smart she even does crossword puzzles! Although, when she realized the answers to the clues for the crossword had nothing to do with food or sleep she gave up. Ginny isn’t interested in something if it has nothing to do with food or sleep.”
The caption for the photo above and the photo itself pretty much sums up Ginny, a recently rescued Jack Russell terrier that has an extraordinary following on Instagram with over 300,000 fans. Between Ginny’s adorable antics in the photos and the captions written by her human, Chelsea Hope England, the duo have become celebrities among the dog-loving users of the popular photo-sharing app.
“There’s Olympic swimming, Ginny wants to know why there isn’t ‘Olympic standing in a paddling pool doing nothing’ as well? She doesn’t like swimming, but she would win gold for being lazy in a paddling pool.”
“We saw the ice cream man on the way home from our walk this afternoon; as far as Ginny’s concerned this is the best day ever.”
“Hey human, what’s your Netflix password? I want to log in and watch … something. Yeah okay, I want to log in and see if there are any shows about baconology on there. Don’t judge me human.”
“Ginny’s ready to practice her swimming with her doggles on! Although she doesn’t like swimming — it involves too much movement — she’ll probably just work on her belly flops.”
“I think it may take more than a warm towel and a snuggle with her teddy to cheer Ginny up after I took her for a walk in the rain again. She’s considering digging to Hawaii now so she can enjoy a bacontini on the beach.”
“Pretty sure if Ginny has a visible thought bubble this is what it would look like. Of course she thinks about other things … like sleeping and how cute she is.”
“Ginny has the worst poker face ever, she just looks too happy … although that could be because she’s seen food.”
“It took Ginny 14 hours to find a puddle to run through. She managed to stay clean for an entire 14 hours after her bath, that’s a personal record for Ginny.”
“It’s dangerous to go through Mondays without a Ginny high five, so Ginny’s handing them out now for you all!”
(Via: Mother Nature Network)