German Shepherds are cool dawgs. They are known for being easy to train, their loyalty, and make kick ass police dawgs.
Nate, a fellow downtowner rescues & rehabs germ shepz with the help of Westside German Shepherd Rescue to get them out of the LA animal shelter system & into good homes, where the deserve to be.
German Shepherds are not dumb- therefore owning one is not “a walk in the park”. These highly intelligent dawgs require mental stimulation and exercise- especially the younger ones. The OG’s are good at chilling, resting their hips and protecting babies.
To learn more about WSGSR click below.
I love last minute shoots with my muse Marci Miller. She always down and makes it super easy.
Cheers to downtown la homegurls and chiller afternoons!
Growing up in the Bay Area, I used to see homeless people and their pets on Telegraph Ave in Berkeley panhandling and just living. I used to get mad/sad for the pets. Why would people take on a pet if they don't have their basic raw needs met? It always perplexed me.
Years later as I learned more about people and their pets, I naturally became a fan of Cesar Millan. I love how he interacts with people and their pets, not only training the dog but most importantly the people who "manage" the dog as well. His technique of exercise, discipline, and love while walking dogs in downtown la has really helped me be more calm and assertive and most notably have control over the dog I was taking care of. I still get annoyed though in this heat. shiet.
I cant remember if I was watching an episode of Dog Whisperer ( which btw I dont like when people call me that- Im not a dog trainer, Im a lover and take care of them, I think people that call me that have no idea what a Dog Whisperer is anyways) or reading one of his books and he said something along the lines of; some homeless pets have a better life than a lot of "working" people. Which meant that dogs who have owners who work all day and all night are forced to stay at home with no interaction or exercise compared to a a dog who may be homeless but is with their pack all and night and most likely getting more exercise than a stay at home doggie. Made sense to me. Of course that does not apply to all "working" or "homeless" packs, but you get my drift.
I then thought about homeless people and pets in a different light. We all deserve love and as we all know dogs are ready to love us unconditionally.
I am certainly not for dogs being neglected, abused or bred for money- which I know can happen in a homeless or low income situation. I'm talking about the basic partnership/relationship between a pet and a human no matter what the human has materially. Dogs don't care about status or Chanel dog collars- they just want to be loved and give love. Some have to earn it (the big active ones), but ultimately aren't we all born just to give love and receive it?
The Pet Resource Center is a program that is apart of Downtown Dog Rescue, Inner City Law Center and LA Animal Services. This program offers free spay/neuter vouchers, license, supplies, and resources for homeless and their pets.
As a downtown resident I'm grateful for program like this, to help out my fellow "neighbors".
If you are in the LA area and have dog or cat supplies and food you would like to donate- message me so I can meet up with you to pick up and donate on your behalf.
The world is pretty fukin crazy right now and as a earthling and an observer, I feel its our part to help out where we see fitted and do our part in spreading love.
Thanks yall! xo
I met Celene while volunteering at Baldwin Animal Shelter about seven years ago. I thought Celene was about twenty something the way she carried herself-old soul for sure- she was seventeen.
Marco and Celene are high school sweethearts who are expecting their first human baby. Their first mammal baby is Juno- a sweet furry Baldwin Animal Shelter Alumni.
Im so grateful that I was able to capture their big day with all their friends and family :)
What a weekend here in downtown la!
Living right next to the LA Convention Center definitely has it perks- like all the amazing people watching when it comes that time of the year of the Anime Expo- basically Halloween for four days straight- but in the wretched heat.