Art from the Pit

Art from the Pit

Art from the Pit

Nope – this post has nothing to do with juicy tips from the trenches. Although it may end up being the first of many Art from the Pit posts. What the hay am I talking about?

I have a sweet and loving pit bull named Mojave. You can read a little about her story here. Despite her sweetness (no different than any other pit bull well-treated by humans), she has jaws of steel and enjoys crushing containers, cans, basketballs, wood…you name it. Pit bulls enjoy exercising those fat muscles in their heads and relish in the careful disassembly of most objects, and Mojave is no different. So I’ve decided to start photographing her ‘works of art’. It’s an aluminum cat food can today, but it could very well be a glass container tomorrow….

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Mojave

Three years and a month ago, I took on the biggest challenge of my life. While driving home from an extended photography trip in Southern Utah, I spotted a wandering dog on the southbound side of Interstate 15 about fifteen miles east of Baker, California (the southern gateway to Death Valley). Seeing that she was a pit bull, I knew she was a goner if I didn’t do anything, and I knew I wouldn’t sleep that night (or the next one, or the one after that….) if I just passed her by. As a cat-person, all I knew about pit bulls was what the news media projected (which any human owned by a pit bull will tell you is overblown nonsense; any breed can be trained for aggression and fighting). I was terrified of her, she was terrified of me, but after three and a half hours of effort, I got her in my truck – suffering no bites or ill feelings – and drove her three hours further to home.

Snap to today: this dog has changed my life. Like any pit bull, she is a willful handful and has required lots of discipline and a huge commitment, but she is a vibrant and smiling personality, is full of affection, and is spoiled absolutely rotten. Mojave has been on more adventures and stood on more mountaintops than most people ever will. For this pit bull, life is perfect, and like any doting parent would say about their child, I cannot imagine a day without her.

She is my photographic subject quite often, but rarely do I get something that really excites me. Like this one…
Mojave, amongst the oaks

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