November 26, 2020

Perfect Imperfection: Heartwarming Portraits Of Rescue Dogs Embracing Their Flaws

An award-winning photographer has dedicated a project to photographing adorable disabled dogs, cats, and even echidnas to show their resilience.

Alexandra Cearns (founder of Houndstooth studio), from Perth, curated Perfect Imperfection, which collates heart-warming snaps of pooches and felines living with disabilities.

The animal photographer, who owns the Houndstooth Studio, wanted to capture the beauty of rescued dogs living with issues such as blindness or missing limbs, who are now living happy lives with new owners.

Her work focuses on pets who have gone blind, lost a limb or an eye, or were born with other afflictions.

Cearns complied over 60 canine images into ‘Perfect Imperfection – Dog portraits of Resilience’, a book for everyone who loves dogs; fans of the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi, or of seeing the beauty in imperfection; and anyone who needs a hit of inspiration from an uplifting read.

Perfect Imperfection is published by Harper Collins Australia and available to buy now.

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#1 Aryah Who Was Crushed In The Womb As A Puppy

Alex Cearns

Alexandra Cearns, from Perth, curated Perfect Imperfection, which collates heart-warming snaps of pooches and felines living with a disability.

Alex was keen for her photographs to show how loving and adorable these pets are and to help them find new and loving homes.

“When I was a child, these puppies would have been euthanized when they were born or when they had a leg amputated or an eye removed,” Alex told InsideEdition.com.

“Things have changed. I hope people love these dogs as much as I do.”

#2 Mya Who Is Blind

Alex Cearns

#3 Bali Pip Who Was Suffering From Mange

Alex Cearns

Alex’s photographs tell the story of each animal’s difference and disability and show how despite everything they’ve been through, they haven’t let it stop them from wanting to enjoy life.

“I hope people see these animals and understand they’re worthy of the same love any other animal is worthy of,” Alex said.

“They’re happy, they’re fulfilled and they inspire all of us to push on, get on with it, live in the moment, be present, make the most of this life we have and the time we have, no matter how long that may be.”

#4 Dot Who Lost Her Eye

Alex Cearns

The photographer’s subjects include an adorable puppy named Pip, who was rescued from the streets of Bali. At the time, she had lost all of her fur due to mange, but today she’s healthy and living with a loving family. “Bali Pip was a natural and loved being in the spotlight. She was a cute, inquisitive and playful pup. Her images later went viral and people from all over the world fell in love with her,” recalls Cearns.

Other featured dogs include Raul the French bulldog, who takes partial paralysis in his stride, and Dotty, who lost her left eye due to melanoma. The uplifting series not only captures each canine’s unique beauty, but also his/her strong spirit and determination to survive, despite any afflictions. Cearns says, “They push on, always, wanting to be included and involved in everything as much as they can, and as much as an able-bodied pet does.”

#5 Jessie Who Loves Her Wheels

Alex Cearns

#6 Vegemite Who Lost An Eye

Alex Cearns

erfect Imperfection: Dog Portraits of Resilience and Love is available on March 19, 2018. With every sale, part of the proceeds will be donated to the Australian Animal Cancer Foundation to help them towards finding a cure for canine cancer. To pre-order your copy, head to the booktopia website.

#7 Bandit Who Was The Victim Of An Acid Attack

Alex Cearns

#8 Puppy Jakk Who Was Born With Malformed Front Legs

Alex Cearns

#9 Reuben And Keisha In Their Wheelchairs

Alex Cearns

#10 Penny’s Puppies Who Had Mange

Alex Cearns

#11 Lady Bug Who Is Blind

Alex Cearns

#12 Raul And His Wheels

Alex Cearns

#13 After constant eye issues, Scrappy had both his eyes removed

Alex Cearns

#14 Kitten Nimh had both eyes removed after complications from birth

Alex Cearns

#15 Oompah suffered from mange was rescued and adopted through the Dogs’ Refuge Home of WA

Alex Cearns

#16 Baby Goat from RSPCA WA who had a broken leg

Alex Cearns

#17 One eyed Louie

Alex Cearns

#18 3 legged greyhound Hannah, adopted through Greyhound Angels WA

Alex Cearns

#19 A blind kitten rescued and cared for by the Bali Animal Welfare Association

Alex Cearns

#20 Jack the one-eyed Pug

Alex Cearns

#21 Savannah, the beloved Rottweiler had a groundbreaking implant placed into the bone of her front left leg after having half amputated due to aggressive cancer. RIP

Alex Cearns

#22 Blind Mia from the Bali Animal Welfare Association

Alex Cearns

#23 Rupert the 3 legged rescue kitten

Alex Cearns

#24 Beloved pet Rowdy, who had her front leg removed due to an aggressive cancer. RIP

Alex Cearns

#25 A baby dove rescued by Todd and Kirsty Gogol, who required an eye and partial skull amputation due to an infection

Alex Cearns

#26 Spike the pink and grey Galah was rescued by Possum Valley Animal Sanctuary

Alex Cearns

#27 A 3 legged rescue puppy saved by the Bali Animal Welfare Association

Alex Cearns

#28 Rescue pooch Andie from Dogs’ Refuge Home of WA who had mange

Alex Cearns

#29 Barbara, a victim of abuse, who received head and skull injuries, rescued and adopted through RSPCA WA

Alex Cearns

#30 3 legged greyhound Hannah, adopted through Greyhound Angels WA

Alex Cearns