Professional photographer, Steven Sable, has 13 tips for taking better photos of your dog. I really like the advice to stay at eye level or lower with your dog. Sable has two photographic series on rez dogs—Rez Dogs Biographies and Rez Dogs Scenarios. Most of the images are from the Navajo Reservation in Arizona, New Mexico, & Utah.
Don’t miss this previous post on taking creative canine photographs!
Rez Dogs is a great documentary about a very complex issue. Our dog, Saffron, was a stray on the Yakama Reservation in central Washington and because of her, I’ve tried to become more educated about Rez Dogs. This documentary wasn’t easy to watch, but I think it’s important to know what’s going on and to try to understand the issues. (via our good friend Holly & her 3 awesome Rez Dogs)
I think poverty is at the root of the problem and until that changes, Rez Dogs will have a hard life. An understandable distrust of outsiders doesn’t help either. Animal control services on reservation are often underfunded or non-existant. Can you imagine running a shelter with $300 dollars worth of supplies per year? This problem isn’t unique to Reservations either. Many places with over-taxed, crumbling, or non-existant municipal infrastructures have problems with stray dogs—Russia, Iraq, Mexico, India, Bulgaria, etc. Please click below to watch Rez Dogs.