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.
#1 Aryah Who Was Crushed In The Womb As A Puppy
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
#3 Bali Pip Who Was Suffering From Mange
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
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
#6 Vegemite Who Lost An Eye
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.