I love being a dog photographer. I’ve had dogs since I was a kid, and still have several today. Anytime I get a chance to photograph dogs, I am honored, and lately I have been working for a group that deserves all of the attention they are getting. Gaining national attention is the story of Universal K9 and THe Animal Farm Foundation.
Universal K9 is a San Antonio based company that rehabilitates rescue dogs and trains them as working police dogs. Brad Croft, the founder of Universal K9 says that ANY dog with drive and a love for working can be a Police K9. He works with law enforcement agencies across the US to place his new recruits. Each dog that goes through his training is carefully evaluated. Not all are rescue dogs, some are traditional police breeds such as the German Shepherd Dog and the Belgians. But so many are mixed breeds, and a LOT are pit bulls or pit bull mix.
They are trained in drug and bomb detection, as well as human tracking. Most are rescued pit bulls, and with the help of the Animal Farm Foundation, police departments across the country are benefiting. Each dog has a unique story, and every one is a dog saved from being put down. Pit bulls are banned in several cities in the US, but Brad Croft of Universal K9 is hoping to change their image, one dog at a time. We are proud to be a partner of Universal K9 and Animal Farm Foundation. We made these images at a recent training graduation ceremony in San Antonio.
If you have a pet, especially a dog, that you’d like to have photographed, please give Ivey Photography an opportunity. I just lost my Staffordshire Bull Terrier of 13 years this past July, and I know I would regret having never taken his portrait. The few I have are priceless.