Is a universal expression of inspiration by pet photographer, Johnny McTaggart,and his perfectly imperfect mini-dachshund, Gabe.
Gabe’s Gang: A Celebration of Perfectly Imperfect Pooches, is a collection of photos and stories, in print book form and an online gallery, of pooches just like me, Gabe...pooches who are perfectly imperfect.
You see, I’m not like most dogs... I can’t walk with my back legs.
Please, don’t feel bad for me, or look at me with pity. I’m loving life and cherishing each day.
How did I get this way?
Well, more than nine years ago I got hurt and had to have surgery on my back (lots of my kind, dachshunds, unfortunately, have to deal with this problem). I healed, got around with a hitch in my get-up for a good long while, then hurt my back again a few years ago. There wasn’t any surgery to fix me this time, though, and so I can’t use my back legs too much anymore.
But that doesn’t stop me!
I get where I need to go with a little help from my daddy and mommy (who hold my backside up by my tail as I cruise along to where I need to go), or I just slide myself along the floor until I’m there!
I wake up each morning grateful for my imperfections...it’s who I am, and I’m proud of that...and there are lots of other pooches out there who aren’t perfect, yet they’re perfectly imperfect.
Let’s face it, we are all a collection of imperfections, whether we’re a dog or a cat or a lizard or even a human being, right?
The difference is, many two-leggers tend to focus on these imperfections and that just keeps them from living the life they deserve.
Gabe’s Gang: A Celebration of Perfectly Imperfect Pooches, tells the story in photographs and words, of lots of imperfect pooches like me.
Some might not walk so well. Others might have scars or wear the evidence of a terrible past on their face. Others might be blind or deaf or missing a leg or an eye. What’s not missing, what’s not scarred or damaged or broken, however, is our spirit.
And that’s why we started this crazy project - because we believe that there is so much to be learned from this spirit, this joy, and the hope and happiness in each pooch, in each story. And all I want to do is share this with all of you so you can see that life is about overcoming, appreciating and finding joy in every moment.
Gabe and John will travel the midwest, the country if we have to, photographing pooches who aren't put together perfectly, who perhaps can't walk (like Gabe), or have scars from years of mistreatment, missing limbs or eyes or teeth from a tough life or tough breaks. Yet, they all seem to find the joy in life and simply embrace each day. They overcome. We'll capture this joy, determination and personality in portriats and tell their story. We'll inspire with their spirit through an online gallery and a print book planned for 2013.
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