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7 inspiring dogs from the 'Pets With Disabilities' project

By: Laura Moss on May 20, 2012, 5:47 p.m.
Rue, disabled French bulldog

Photo: Carli Davidson

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Special pets with special needs

Award-winning photographer Carli Davidson has always been an animal lover. An experienced animal trainer who volunteers at local shelters, Davidson has spent years working with abandoned cats and dogs, as well as doing regular photo shoots for the Oregon Zoo.

“I love photography, but it has never trumped my desire to work with animals. I started taking pictures of the animals I was working with 12 years ago and shortly thereafter refocused my photography career toward them," she says.

Davidson began her “Pets With Disabilities” series two years ago after seeing a wheelchair-bound German shepherd playing fetch with its owner on an Oregon beach.

“I thought a lot about this pair in the following weeks and decided I wanted to create a project showcasing these pets and telling their stories in order to show the world that they are happy, thriving companions. They are not sad, they are not in pain, and the owners and animals continue to be a great value to one another,” Davidson says.

Check out some of Davidson's photos and read the inspiring stories of her adorable canine subjects. Pictured left is Little Man Rue, a French bulldog paralyzed from the waist down due to a spinal disorder. (Text: Laura Moss)