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Rescued British Bulldog Finds Love

Lesley O'Donnell - Monday, June 27, 2016


Vito is not sure what traumas Snookie suffered in the past but when she came to live with him she was extremely timid and anxious. Taking her into his care has meant devoting himself to improving the life of his adopted British Bulldog.


It took a long time for her to feel confident enough to come out of her crate in his presence. Initially she would only venture out of it during the dead of the night to feed from her bowl when she was certain Vito was sound asleep.


Happily Vito’s perseverance, love and patience has paid off and Snookie can now walk on a lead, meet other people and explore her neighbourhood without being petrified. Understandably she is now very loyal and affectionate with her rescuer and known to plant big sloppy kisses on his cheek. In turn she has taught him responsibility and brought him happiness.


These two now enjoy daytime outings to their local parks and spend their evenings curled up together on the couch. Domestic bliss for both of them!  

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 Snookie featured in my latest fund raising coffee table book featuring stories and photos of people and their pets. If you would like your pets to star in the fourth edition please register your interest here. I would love to have you on board!


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Border Collie Photographed at Home

Lesley O'Donnell - Tuesday, March 15, 2016


When I first met Dexter he was in his kennel on the verandah and I think his preference would have been to stay there and have a snooze. Afterall, he had just returned home from a vigorous run in the park.

This handsome dog is the first red and white Border Collie I have seen. My first impression of him was how perfectly his colouring complemented the tessellated tiles and tuck pointed bricks of his Victorian home. It was as if they were designed for each other. 

Photographing this gentle dog presented something of a challenge as Dexter was not too keen on being my subject. His inclination was to roll onto his back into a submissive pose and look up with pleading eyes hoping for a tummy rub. His ploy did work and he managed to elicit quite a few from both his owner Ann and from the old softy behind the camera.

I tried my usual tricks of using various noises to attract his attention but he was on to me after the first one. Intelligently he understood the game and despite my very best efforts, refused to respond further to my verbal and physical antics. Even offering him liver treats didn't rouse his interest.

Dexter is a rescued dog who came from an neglectful situation in Queensland to join a caring home in Melbourne. From his reactions to sudden movements, brooms and even cameras it would seem that he was abused as a puppy and it has taken him some time to develop trust in people.

He certainly adores Ann though and looks to her for guidance and queues to follow. He has a gentle personality and never barks or jumps up on people so is a pleasure to have around. He is a lucky dog to have found such a loving family to live with.


Dexter is a very smart dog and seems to understand specific words extremely well. He reacted with enthusiasm when Ann mentioned the names of his doggie friends that he meets in the park. I was intrigued that he seemed to understand individual names and respond differently to each of them. In the end it was his excitement over his buddies that brought out his diverse expressions. Fascinating!



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Pug Love - Pet Photography Melbourne

Lesley O'Donnell - Friday, August 15, 2014


People who love pugs ABSOLUTELY LOVE pugs! There is something about their cute little wrinkly faces, their curling tongues, corkscrew tails and pleading eyes that draw you into their souls.

Christel is no exception and after her previous two sadly died she adopted Abby and Lexi from Pug Rescue. She now volunteers with the organisation to help find loving families for other pugs needing caring homes.


She doesn’t mind that they shed copious amounts of hair requiring her to vacuum every day or that they require much of her time to keep them clean and healthy. For Christel the companionship they provide far outweighs their inconveniences. They just love to be with her and she, in turn, just loves to be with them. This is ideal as pugs are a breed who thrive on close human company.

At 5 years old, Abby is the older of the pugs and has a quiet and calm manner that matches her maturity. Lexi is only a year old and, as you might expect with a puppy, is much more lively in nature and can sometimes be described as playfully naughty.

Also part of this family is Chloe who is a 2 year old Chihuahua cross. She is a clever little dog and likes to stand up on her hind legs as if to prove it.


These three little rescued dogs have all found their slice of heaven with Christel and her husband Alec.


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Three Rescued Dogs Find Love

Lesley O'Donnell - Thursday, October 24, 2013


I have noticed with the kind caring souls who rescue animals that they often take more than one into their homes. Gayle is no exception and gave a home and her love and affection to these three little tackers.


Aged 14 the Miniature Fox Terrier is the oldest dog in this family. Not so drawn to affection Pip tends to be rather bossy and cranky with other canines and humans alike. She is very much her own being and not easily persuaded by others.


Ollie, a 7 year old Maltese cross, is the ratbag of the family who cleverly begs sitting upright on his hind legs. It is a trick that commands him attention and admiration. He also loves to snuggle down in comfort on the soft furnishings or in Gayle’s arms. 


Gayle described Kenny, the 11 year old Chihuahua cross, as a caring gentleman. He stepped into a very important role when her husband was dying of cancer as, unusually, he was allowed into intensive care to offer his support and comfort. Other patients also found consolation from the opportunity to pat and cuddle him. Sadly Kenny has recently lost his own battle with cancer. This dear wee dog will surely be missed by all who let him into their hearts.

Photographing these three dogs at their holiday house and later at the beach was great fun and I love these three photos of them featured on the back cover of their photo album.

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Melbourne Staffy Rescue

Lesley O'Donnell - Sunday, October 06, 2013

Boris is very lucky to have escaped euthanasia when he was rescued just in time from the pound by Staffords in Need and in turn by Carly with whom he now shares a happy life. With his engaging smile and striking brindle coat it is hard to imagine he was abandoned. Perhaps his first home was a misplacement with an owner who preferred a sedentary lifestyle. This would not be something Boris would be happy with.

After inclement weather thwarted several attempts to photograph Boris and Carly we finally met up at an inner city oval in Melbourne to record Boris running around with his frisbee, ball and tug-of-war toy. They are the favourite activities of this friendly and excitable Staffy cross. He also loves to run alongside Carly’s bike and to jump into puddles; the muddier the better. Such a boy thing to do!

Boris is indeed a busy boy and just loved tearing around in the open spaces, occasionally stopping for a cuddle before racing off to expend more of his boundless energy.

I couldn’t believe it when half way through the pet photography session the skies opened up and it bucketed down with rain. Luckily we could take cover in the grandstand and I just love these two photos that I took while we were sheltering there.

Staffords In Need commented on 10-Oct-2013 09:09 AM
ahhh stunning boy, so glad you now have the life you deserved..

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Melbourne Pet Photography - Love to Share

Lesley O'Donnell - Saturday, September 07, 2013

As a teenager Jessica volunteered at an animal rescue shelter. It was there that she fell in love with this German Shepherd who at the time was just eighteen months old. Her caring family decided she would be the perfect eighteenth birthday present for Jessica and there began a strong bond between a dog in need and a girl with love to share.

At the time Jazz was a dog who was scared of men in glasses and the smell of cigarettes. So one can only imagine the terrible time she endured in the past. I am so pleased that she was surrendered by her abuser and embraced into a caring home where she can live a happy life.

Now Jazz is a loving, intelligent, obedient and protective companion who loves to play with balls and go swimming, walking and camping with Jessica and her partner Ben and his young puppy Ace. 

Ace is also a German Shepherd and quite striking with his jet black coat. Although handsomely tall and much bigger in build than Jazz, he still has a playful puppy’s approach to life. He loves nothing more than playing in water so at the end of the shoot we indulged him and let him repeatedly fetch a ball from the river. He was in heaven!


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Lesley O'Donnell - Friday, August 19, 2011

Echo retrieves again and again and yet again

It is such a delight to watch the endless joy certain dogs experience from fetching, especially when in the water. I am sure we could learn something from them about how to surrender ourselves to the pure pleasure of having fun. They have it nailed.

From the moment we arrived at the beach Echo was excited and ready to play with her ball and retrieve sticks from the long stretches of sand and the water. She found it very hard to wait while we took other family photos and showed great excitement when she was finally freed from her lead.

Echo, a Labrador Kelpie cross was adopted as a puppy from Animal Aid and has brought much love and laughter to Natalie and Evan. She now has the important role of teaching her new sibling Betty the ropes (see the blog written on August 12th). Betty is attached to her like a shadow but Echo doesn’t seem to mind in the least.

Annie commented on 22-Aug-2011 01:09 PM
What white teeth he has too. Who gets tired first, bet it is the person throwing the stick! Great photo too. Keep it up your standard is high.

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True Companions

Lesley O'Donnell - Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Margaret and Xisca share a deep affection for each other

When she retired Margaret decided the time was right to adopt a lap dog into her family. Being a responsible person she made the decision to choose a dog that needed rehoming and went to Animal Aid in search of her new companion. At the time they had no suitable small dogs but Margaret did not return home alone.

Her heart was stolen by a young border collie who was so scared she couldn’t walk and of course Margaret couldn’t resist rescuing her and introducing her to a happier life. As you can see from this photo there is now a deep love shared between the two and they have become inseparable. 

Xisca loves to play with her ball and in doing so soon turned Margaret’s prized backyard into a dirt run. Nothing a few thousand dollars and brick paving couldn’t fix though! As you can see what she gives to Margaret is way more precious, in fact I would say it is priceless.

Annie commented on 19-Aug-2011 07:50 AM
Wow, what a lovely story and a very lucky dog. I am sure Margaret will have many happy years of love with her new friend and, maybe with a bit of luck, can teach it new tricks and good manners too. Dogs are lovely and very true to you too when treated right as Xisca will be.
Lesley commented on 30-Oct-2011 03:41 PM
Another divine photo Lesley ... it gives me goose bumps when pets and people 'find each other' through the shelter ... thanks for reflecting these relationships so beautifully
Anonymous commented on 12-Oct-2012 10:43 PM
Hi Lesley - Just wanted to let you know that Xisca passed away on 22 September, she was 15-1/2 years old, a wonderful life, we had many loving years and will always be thankful for your photos and the enjoyable day we spent with you last year. Next month mum will be turning 80 and we have reflected on the photos you have taken with much joy. cheers Marita

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Pet Photography - Second Chance

Lesley O'Donnell - Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Animal Aid photo of Arhcie’s wounds

Archie once featured on Animal Aid’s website as an abused dog in need of a special owner who would help him regain his confidence for life and trust in humans. When he arrived at Animal Aid he had a large cyst on his shoulder that required surgery as well as several other wounds on his back. It was suspected that they had been inflicted by an uncaring, intolerant and cruel human being. He was fearful of people, especially men, and reluctant to seek affection. Men in baseball caps and empty bottles still freak him out.

Through the match making program run by Animal Aid, Archie was given a second chance of finding a happy new life in a safe family home with loving new parents Roxanne and Sean. Interestingly Roxanne was also given a second chance at life in 1994 when she was the recipient of a double lung and heart transplant. In June she will represent Australia in athletics at the World Transplant Games in Sweden. Pet Shots Photography wish her all the best in her endeavours.

Archie is one of the many pets who are helping other dogs and cats in need of emergency care and rehoming. He will feature in the limited edition coffee table book Pet Shots Photography is publishing to help raise funds for Animal Aid rescues, rehoming and veterinary care.

If you and your pets would like to star in our book and help less fortunate animals just like Archie, please register your interest here.

Archie and Roxanne - happy and healthy together
Anne commented on 16-Mar-2011 05:24 PM
What a great story this is, both for Archie and Roxanne and it is just great to know that there are still great and kind people in the world. We wish both a long and happy life now that both have been helped, each in a different way. Quite a transformation for both, very heart warming.

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Animal Aid

Lesley O'Donnell - Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Pet Shots Photography is currently looking for people and pets of all kinds to feature in a limited edition coffee table book to raise funds for Animal Aid. The focus of the book is about the relationships between humans and their beloved pets and indeed between pets themselves.

You can see by the photo above that animals of different species often share great bonds and can be protective of and affectionate with each other.

Both Luca the domestic rat and Amy the Anotolian (Turkish Herding Dog) were rescued from situations where they were no longer desired by previous owners. Kerry, their doting owner can’t resist an animal in need and currently has three large dogs and five rats in her care. She even brought a dog in need back from a holiday in Port Douglas to re-home it with her Mum and Dad in Melbourne. That’s what I call devotion! 

If only everyone had a heart so ready to love and the ability to care unconditionally. 

Sadly this is not the case and many animals need to desperately find new homes. Animal Aid is one such organisation doing it’s best to find suitable accommodation for dogs and cats in need. They run a wonderful shelter in Coldstream, Victoria but are always looking for funds to support their noble work.

Through the book project Pet Shots Photography is aiming to raise at least $10,000 to donate to Animal Aid. 

If you and your pets can help this worthy cause and animals less fortunate please register here and we will contact you to discuss the details of project.

Thank you.


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