Maggie and Mishka

Maggie and Mishka came up from Brighton to my London studio during the weekend. I’d read about their story on Instagram, in particular the harrowing treatment that Maggie had been subjected to in the past. She’s an ex-street dog from Lebanon who suffered so much cruelty but who’s now in such a loving home with her owner. ‘Her ear was cut off and she was shot in the face resulting in her going blind. She was left in this state for quite a while until a lovely woman saw her story and helped her get the help she needed. She has many bullets left in her body but they don’t affect her anymore. She is a very sweet and courageous dog who despite her past still loves all people. She’s the perfect example of what to be. She lives in the moment not in the past and always sees the good in humans.’

I’d read this before I met Maggie and she really is the most loving and forgiving dog, a special soul. During our time in the studio Maggie’s sweet and outgoing nature was pretty infectious. She’s a cuddle-monster and although blind will hunt down a treat in the most hidden of places. On a personal level Maggie also reminds me of a smaller version of my own rescue dog Ludo and certainly stole my heart in a similar way. Dogs can be so resilient and forgiving and I truly believe we have a lot to learn from them. In the case of Maggie this really shines through and there’s something about her character and portraits that is so tranquil and unique - what a special time.

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It was a kind hearted woman called Roxana that gave Maggie the chance to live life happily as she does now. She saw a post about a blind street dog and felt compelled to help. Having never met Maggs, she started the rescue process and contacted so many charities asking for help. All of which said no, until she found @wild_at_heart_foundation. Roxana was able to see past Maggie’s disabilities and abuse and knew she deserved a second chance at life, and along with The Wild at Heart Foundation found Maggie her new owner and happy home. I also can’t go referring to this shoot without mentioning her lovely sidekick Mishka. She’s a stunning rescue dog and a real treat to photograph. The pair of them play like any normal couple of dogs would, full of play and affection, and you can see how they are thriving in their safe, fun and loving home. Thanks so much for stopping by all of you! Go and follow @smartypaws_ for regular updates on Maggie and Mishka - it’s always guaranteed to lighten your day.

Here’s a small selection from the day and keep an eye out for some extras on my Instagram.

Alex x