In the wake of the television show, Four Corners, report on the prevalence of live baiting in greyhound racing, Alex Cearns teamed up with us and Greener Pastures Sanctuary in order to present Greyhounds in a better (and more realistic) light!
The immediate aftermath of the Four Corners report was a bit of a nightmare for some greyhound owners, and I had certainly been subjected to several offensive comments yelled at me from across the street referencing live baiting.
Thanks to Alex’s tenacity, the photos and story were picked up by PerthNow and the article went gangbusters on their Facebook page. Check it out!
Behind the scenes, it was a really hot day, but I know that Barbie & Mouse really enjoyed the shoot and the attention. The Greener Pastures bunnies, chicks, kitten and puppies were accommodated nicely in the studio and the bunnies and puppies in particular seemed very at home. The puppies were adorable big clods and were enjoying all the human attention.
The greyhounds went into the studio two at a time. The greyhounds and other animals had not met before. As you can see from the photos, Dottie & Lily did beautifully with their chicks and rabbits.
Barbie & Mouse had already had experience in Alex’s studio and Mouse in particular was a true professional (the fact that she is my dog did not bias my opinion at all). She is looking for her next modelling gig. Mouse and the pup really seemed to have a bond straight away and it made for some really cute shots.
When Barbie was first introduced to the little tortoiseshell kitten, the kitten made sure she knew who was boss by giving her a little love tap on the nose. Barbie almost got up and ran away, but I reassured her and she settled down again for the photo. Getting a dog and a kitten to look at the camera the the same time is no mean feat, but Alex was certainly up to the task along with Deb who was helping keep the little animals comfortable (and in line).
The results from this shoot were really more than we could have asked for, and hopefully it helped rebalance the public perception of greyhounds. A bit of perspective is what is needed – not all dogs get along with smaller animals but that is the same across all breeds. Hopefully greyhounds being unfairly stereotyped will end one day, but we are here, doing our best to open minds.