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canis major tom o’donoghue

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a DOG LOVER SINCE BIRTH

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When an animal has feelings that are delicate and refined, and when they can be further perfected by education, then it becomes worth of joining human society. To the highest degree the dog has all these inner qualities that merit human attention.

Comte de Buffon, HISTROIRE NATURELLE ,Vol.5 (Paris, 175)

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A photographical celebration of dog breeds which have fallen subject to social stigma, constantly appearing in the news. Their majestic, powerful traits often make them desirable as pets. The emergence of ‘status’ dogs has led to irresponsible ownership and breeding issues. Generally perceived as dangerous this collection of images serves as an investigation into the true nature of such animals, mostly of the ‘bull breed’ variety.

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To Heel -

A discipline command where the dog SITS OR stays close To the left side of the handler.

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dubz

cross breed

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Duke

STAFFY x Rhodesian Ridgeback

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Diesel StAffy x ?

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Freddy StAffy x ?

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Buddy

STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIER

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Zac

STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIER

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TARA

Staffy x Black labrador

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Louis

STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIER

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Rocky

STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIER

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Molly

STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIER

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George

STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIER

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Tilly BOXER

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Lola

BullTERRIER

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Daisy

English Bull TERRIER

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bobo

English Bull TERRIER

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Luke

English Bull TERRIER

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Tasha

English Bull TERRIER

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Lola

ROTWEILER

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Mabel Rotweiler

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Deefer

staffy x akita

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chucky sharpei

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just a staffy cross And on it goes, until one day, I’m no longer worth a dime Today is just another day - to me they’re all the same

The retail on an adult staff - not worth the waste of time.

I have the worst of genes you see, I bear the “Staffy” shame.

So what happens to a Staffy now? Do you really want to know?

The shame is in our numbers, there’s thousands with no home.

Do you care what will become of us, when we leave our final home?

Thousands just like me you’ll find, in kennels all alone. Have you ever thought to wonder, “Where is that Staffy now?” My mum was “just a Staffy”, my father - well who knows?

The “Staffy” has another name; he’s become a “stray” somehow.

Mum, too, became unwanted, as the last puppy goes.

Me, I was put into a car and driven far away

And then begins the process, of money-making deals

The door held open, I jumped out, I thought to run and play.

A life of “moving on” unfolds, who cares how the Staffy feels? If you have the cash to hand, the Staffy pup is yours But that pup is getting bigger now, just look at those big paws. You bought me for your image, thought I’d make you look more tough But you’ll find my boisterous nature has already got too much. If you had thought to train me, with kindness and with praise You would have had a faithful friend to share your darkest days. I would lay down my life for you, but you simply cannot see You make sure you get your money back on what you paid for me. And on it goes, until one day, I’m no longer worth a dime The retail on an adult staff - not worth the waste of time. So what happens to a Staffy now? Do you really want to know?

It was with joy and happy heart I turned to look for you You drove away with all my trust and a piece of my heart too. I wondered round for many days before I was brought here. Now I wait with heavy heart, trepidation and with fear. Seven days is all I have you see, seven days for you to claim The little dog that you threw out, for which you have no shame. This is my last goodbye now my seven days are up If only more thought had gone into the future of that pup As the needle empties to my veins I lay down with one last sigh I’m sorry I was born a Staffy, because it means that I must die.

Do you care what will become of us, when we leave our final home?

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Courtesy of www.whitehalldogrescue.com


“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated�.

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tom o’donoghue 2013

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