A Tennessee photographer was recently overcome with emotion during a photo shoot with a special child and her own one-eyed pit bull, Punk. On March 3, Jamie Muller, of J. Muller Photography, shared her experience on social media.
She explained that this session was special because Punk, a pit bull, doesn’t usually have the chance to interact with people – she wrote, “My dog went with me to a session today. Normal, right? My dogs attend my sessions regularly. Not this dog. Not Punk. My miniature Aussies, the ones everyone ooh’s and aah’s over, are usually the ones who go. Not my one-eyed Pit bull.”
Because Punk has just one eye…because he is large, and because he is a pit bull, people often shy away from him, a fact which breaks Muller’s heart.
She wrote of the first moment that the young girl, whose mother had given the go-ahead for a child/canine photo shoot, met Punk. Muller wrote:
“I heard them pull up. I put him back on his leash and he wagged his tail as they came closer. I held my breath and walked up to them. My dog met strangers today. Would they look at him weird because he has one eye? Would they shy away and be scared because of his size, because of his breed? Would she be scared of him and not want to be in the session with him?”
Adding the heartbreaking reality of past experiences:
“Would his feelings be hurt today, like many other days, because people didn’t want to be around him even though he so obviously was friendly and wanted to just be close to them? Would I spend another night giving him extra love and telling him how good of a boy he is because it breaks my heart too?”
This time, however, there would be no heartbreak…no hurt feelings and no fear. Muller described the sweet interaction between the little girl, and her dog:
“She asked about his eye. She thought he was cute. She laughed when he hit her with his wagging tail. She raced through the field and he so happily ran with her and watched over her while she picked flowers. He sat for her, he shook hands, he took treats so easily from her when she offered them. He posed for pictures, he watched her, he adored her.”
She proudly noted Punk’s response to the child – the touching interaction which was captured in beautiful images, ” Just look at the way he looks at her, see how he watches over her- a complete stranger.”
Muller was able to share her love for Punk with others – most importantly, she was able to show that pit bulls should not be feared. She wrote:
“It makes my heart so incredibly happy when someone allows Punk to show them that Pit bulls aren’t the stereotype they have. He is the sweetest, smartest, most loving dog you’ll ever meet. These pictures mean so much to me and I hope they impact someone else the same way they impacted me.”
Muller told Shelter Me that Punk is the “middle child” in her family of dogs. Punk is more than a sweet boy, with a big heart – he is also a protective hero. Muller told Shelter Me:
He’s saved his dog sister from coyote by taking on the coyotes, tackling them off of her then chasing them away.
J. Muller Photography website here.
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(Images courtesy of J. Muller Photography)
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