For today’s pup for the 12 Dogs of Christmas, we are featuring Tuffy the Lab – Rottweiler mix. He has the most beautiful eyes! Tuffy was rescued from an impound the day before he was scheduled to be euthanized – a Ruff Start Rescue volunteer saw hope in his eyes and just wasn’t able to leave him behind. He’s made huge progress since he was rescued from the impound! He currently needs a foster home and of course, a family to adopt him!
You’ve probably heard of “Black Dog Syndrome” before and here’s a perfect example of one reason why it exists. When they were trying to get Tuffy out of impound the rescue only had one image of him – the one below. It’s hard to see there’s a dog in there, much less a beautiful, sweet pup with amazing eyes! Black dogs are so hard to photograph in a dark shelter environment, especially if you aren’t using manual settings on a camera. Couple tips for black dogs – shoot without flash outdoors or by a window if possible and bump up the exposure (you might need to check your camera manual to figure out how to do that) – that way you’ll be able to see the detail of the dog and not just a shadow. I LOVE photographing black dogs – it is so rewarding to really capture their personality and beauty that is so frequently overlooked by potential adopters.
Ah, much better, Tuffy!
If you are interested in fostering or adopting Tuffy, please contact Ruff Start Rescue! His picture is also featured today on the Karin Newstrom Photography Facebook page!
Previously featured dogs:
First Dog of Christmas: Leila the Puggle
Second Dogs of Christmas: Bella and Herbie, the Pitties
Third Dogs of Christmas: Chip, Champ, and Kato – Lab mixes
Fourth Dog of Christmas: Lottie the Shepherd Mix
Fifth Dog of Christmas: Dart the Lab/Shar Pei
Sixth Dog of Christmas: Roux the Border Collie/Shepherd Mix