Monday, October 17, 2011

Photographer Focuses on Pets with Disabilities

via - Photographer Carli Davidson - now Internet-famous for her portraits of dogs shaking off water - has a heartwarming project entitled Pets with Disabilities in which she uses portraits to tell the stories of happy dogs that have various handicaps.

"Duncan has a spinal disorder that many corgis are prone to. Even though he can’t use his hind legs he is still extremely active. He throws toys across the room for himself to fetch, and his favorite treat is whipped cream."

"Diego, the blind Chihuahua and Buddy Nixon. Diego uses Buddy as a seeing eye dog by following the tapping of his nails as he walks around new environments."

"Ramen Noodle lost both of his arms in separate accidents before he was two years old. Only three weeks after losing the second arm he was up and running on his hind legs. He also has a front wheelchair to get around outdoors, but prefers to walk on his own."

Carli Davidson is both an internationally recognized award winning photographer and an experienced animal trainer and caretaker. She is able to capture the innate personalities of her subjects using her professional understanding of animal behavior. Carli is a freelance photographer for the Oregon Zoo, and works regularly with domestic animals both commercially and personally for her fine art projects.

For more information on Carli Davidson, visit her website at

Images by Carli Davidson


  1. These iz fabyuluss imajiz an vurry inspirayshunulz. Wat a luvly bloggy post fur your birthday - a gift fur us! Thanks you *purrrrr* oh an herz wants a corgi now, why must they be so adorabulzlee cutes an smilee face? I disaproov.

  2. Very cool, and very cute photos. There were actually two cats recently at our shelter, one is hearing impaired, and the other acted as his hearing assistance cat. She would wake him up when there was food in the bowl or alert him to someone coming. It was kind of adorable. Luckily they both were adopted to the same home.

    Ramen Noodle is an inspiration for sure, and what a name!

  3. These are great photos! I actually took photos of a hearing impaired dog for a local shelter on Sunday. He was unbelievably sweet.

  4. Thanks for sharing this! We had seen Carlii's work before but it was good to be reminded of the good things she does and of the special people who love these special pets...