Los Angeles Rescue Dog Photographer | Julius, from Bichon Rescue Brigade

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At the end of 2018, I was contacted by OPCA Shelter Network Alliance to take photos of a local dog named Julius, who was going to be featured in their annual Faces of Freedom publication. Julius is a senior Bichon Frise from Bichon Rescue Brigade in Orange, CA. However, Julius’ life wasn’t always filled with love and photography sessions.

In 2015, Julius was surrendered to the Riverside County Shelter by his former owners, who didn’t even share his name. Julius was adopted, but soon found himself back at the shelter. This time, he had a large, ulcerated tumor on his left elbow that was impairing his ability to walk. The tumor was infected and necrotic, and it had bite wounds on it from Julius trying to get rid of it himself. Due to the type and location of the tumor, removing it alone wouldn’t be enough; his leg needed to be amputated.

After his surgery, Julius adapted well to life as a tripawd. He was finally able to run and play pain-free without his tumor, even with only three legs. After nine long years, Julius finally found his forever home. Lynn and Gabriel actually own another tripawd named Cisco that they adopted prior to Julius. Today, Julius spends his days cuddling with his new family and playing with his friend, Cisco.

It is humbling and inspiring for me to see the resilience and strength of dogs that come from difficult pasts. Julius is so sweet and friendly, you would never guess the neglect he has experienced in his life. I love capturing the true personality and vivacity of these dogs so their special stories can be shared.

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If you would like to support OPCA and read Julius‘ full story (and many other stories like his), you can order your own copy of the 112-page, full-color 2018 Faces of Freedom publication here, while supplies last.