A lot of the times when I look at my dogs, I secretly wish they could talk to me. Especially Maeby — I’d ask her what her life was like in Mexico, who her original family was, and why the heck she’s always digging through my garbage can like I don’t feed her enough!
But when I met Clancy, a beautiful 10 year old pitbull mix, I was grateful for once that dogs can’t talk. Because you see, Clancy was a pitbull used for dog fighting. And while we may never know what exactly happened in the earlier years of his life, the scars all over his face and his nearly non-existent ears tell us the horrors he’s endured.
Clancy was rescued by the amazing Lori of Downtown Dog Rescue. I photographed her dogs Maya and Yuki back in April, and she contacted me a few months ago when she rescued Clancy. At the time, Lori wasn’t sure if he could be rehabilitated. But many months later and with a lot of dedication and hard work, Clancy has become Lori’s new best friend.
I wasn’t sure what to expect that morning. I mean, a former fighting dog? Ears cut off so severely that they’re barely there? A dog so scary that Lori wasn’t even sure if she could rehabilitate and keep him? I knew she wouldn’t put me in grave danger but I’ll admit I was a bit nervous.
Until I met him.
Clancy is the sweetest, silliest, happiest guy ever. Like I said he’s 10, but he has the energy of a 2 year old dog. When I met him, I saw the sad reminders of his past. But I also saw hope, dedication, and most of all love. I fell in love with Clancy and his big giant head that day. I think you might too.
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