Personality | A Pet Photo Essay

Copper’s Story

We rescued our plothound-beagle mix dog, Copper, about 2 years ago from a no kill shelter near Greenville, SC. We searched for a dog for almost 3 months, finding Copper at our last shelter visit 90 miles from home. I’m a little embarrassed to say that is wasn’t love at first sight. If I’m honest we thought he looked a little homely hunkered down in the back of the cage. With his color we thought he was an older dog and we were on the search for a puppy. After spending some time with several other dogs at the shelter and just not making the connection, this weird colored little beagle was our last choice.

Well, that all changed when we got him in a room to ourselves. The bond was almost immidiate. He was the only dog out of 6 shelter visits to come right up to my feet and lay down. We decided to chose him as an addition to our family because of his quirky personality and with the hopes that he would be like most beagles – a “sleeper.” So we paid our $45 for the adoption then another $100 for heart worm pills and took our new little friend home (after a quick pitstop at Chic-fil-a).

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Since I’m a photographer with no kids of my own to document, my camera naturally finds Copper in front of it almost daily. But he is fun to photograph because he’s got such a little personality, which brings me to the purpose of this post. I’ve been documenting the many personalities of our little dog for about 2 years now. So I consider this post sort of a photo essay on the different emotions and unique personality of our dog.

Cheeky

 Reflective

Awkward

Hungry

Sleepy

Bored

Not Hungry

Squirrel

Another Squirrel

Feeling Sickly – Ear Infection

Sleepy

Ashamed

Happy

Loving

Nosey

Cranky

Playful

Sad

Wet Squirrel

Being a Diva

Contemplative

Protector

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