Friday, April 25, 2014

Rescue Dog from Taiwan befriends Baby from LA.

The story of Zoey and Jasper starts in Taiwan. Zoey and her siblings were born and immediately washed into a gutter. A student scooped up all the puppies and brought them to her home for safekeeping. How Zoey befriended a baby in L.A. is our feel good story.

Zoey was saved by a young girl.

The young girl who saved Zoey and her siblings had some rescue dogs of her own, and a mom fighting cancer. After a month of caring for the litter, she posted on a website pleading for help, and Joy, a volunteer with Animal Rescue Team, responded to the call.

Joy, the volunteer with Animal Rescue Team managed to find foster parents for all five of Zoey’s siblings and decided to foster Zoey herself because she was the runt and the sickliest. After moving to the United States with Zoey, a new job in China forced Joy to give up Zoey for adoption. 

Zoey found a new home with Grace and her baby boy.

It wasn’t long before Zoey found a loving home with Grace Chon, a commercial animal and lifestyle photographer in LA. Grace’s son Jasper, now 10-months old, quickly formed a special bond and Grace can’t help but capture their relationship on camera, a lot. That’s what a mother/animal lover/photographer would do instinctively.

Fast forward to an unlikely duo.

Meet Zoey and Jasper. Lifestyle photographer Grace Chon recently turned the camera on her 10-month-old Chinese-Korean baby Jasper and their 7-year-old rescue dog Zoey, putting them side by side in the most adorable portraits that will put a smile on your face and warm your heart.

Grace dressed up her two favorite models.

"I've always dressed up my dogs in silly costumes, so naturally when I had a baby I started collecting some hats for photos," Grace said. "One day, I put one on Zoey and I had the epiphany that baby hats look ridiculously adorable on dogs too! My sister had the brilliant idea of sitting them side by side in a photo. The response was immediate and I just kept going with it. I love my dogs fiercely (I'm a crazy dog lady through and through!) and it was really important to me that my dogs have a great relationship with Jasper. Zoey has exceeded my expectations as a big sister and I'm so glad I've found a fun activity that involves both of them!"

Zoey is shy, but not camera shy.

Though you wouldn't be able to tell in these photos, Zoey, the dog, is very shy. The story about how she came to live with Grace and her family is heartbreaking but comes with a happy ending. Zoey found a forever home with her new best friend Jasper and his loving Mom, Grace.

Zoey loves L.A.

"I went and picked up Zoey at LAX and the rest is history. She can be very afraid of new things, so I was surprised how much she took to wearing clothing. I know it sounds crazy, but I think it builds her confidence when she wears clothes. She does a happy dance when the props come out and she loves posing for the camera! Typically when I work with dogs I have to use a lot of treats to keep them motivated, but Zoey doesn't need any of that. She'll sit still very patiently and pose until we're done."

Jasper, the happiest baby ever.

Jasper, on the other hand isn’t shy at all; he radiates sheer joy. "Jasper is seriously the happiest baby ever," says Grace. "He's been smiling for photos since the day he was born. When he was younger and I would share photos of him, people would always ask if he was actually that happy or if I was just catching split second smiles. He actually is that happy! He's used to smiling when the camera comes out and loves photo time. The entire shoot takes less than 5-10 minutes (I shoot really, really fast!) so once we're done it's off to crawling and exploring again."

I thought I’d share this heartwarming story on a “Feel Good Friday”. I hope it brings a smile to your face too.

Nancy Burban 2014

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