The Lola Project, Part 1 / Rottie Empire Rescue / New York Animal Photographer
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Wednesday, July 02, 2014
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It's been a while since I've been able to do a blog from my personal project series! Wedding season is in full swing, and we are busy!

I couldn't wait any longer to share a little story about Lola.

This next series in our personal project features rescue group Rottie Empire Rescue who happens to be one of the first rescues we worked with. I love the people of RER and am so glad we have connected with them over the last few years! They really give more of themselves than most people I know, and wow, they leave me speechless. Undying love for animals!

Ed and I first connected with Rottie Empire Rescue a few years ago when we found a rottie along the riverbank of the highway between exits 29 & 30 of I90-West. The dog was magnificant. We considered taking him into our own home, but while he loved Ed to pieces he wasn't a fan of me! We called State Police and were told they had been trying to catch him for a while. He was brought to a local shelter and although I had contacted RER to consider fostering, he was quickly adopted through the shelter, which was great! Unfortunately though, what started as a happy story ended sadly because he had aggression issues. Our theory was that he was a stud dog, possibly abused and never really learned proper socialization. 

After that, we decided to offer our photo services to RER and from time to time, took photos of their adoptable dogs. We've gotten to know some of the great people who donate their time for Rottie Empire Rescue, and each person is so giving and their hearts for the animals they care for is so big!

One thing I love about Rottie Empire Rescue is that while they do rescue Rottweilers they are not a breed specific rescue. They are just dog specific! They see a dog in need, and say, let's do what it takes to find a foster and get that dog a home. In fact, that is how we got our third dog, Zipper - a Jack Russell mix. RER needed a foster, we took him in, and the rest is history. Zipper (fka Burger) was found tied to a pole at the Burger King in Cohoes, NY. Just left, abandoned, confused and scared to death! Heartbreaking.

I remember the first weekend we started fostering Zipper. He was scared and almost seemed frightened for his safety. He lashed out more than once during the first few weeks of fostering him and I remember us thinking that Zipper would never be like our other dogs - we won't be able to just kiss his face or cuddle with him, we would always have to be careful, etc., etc. I refused to accept that though and we worked all the time with Zipper, letting him see he could trust us and be comfortable with us! We visted a few potential adopters but none of them felt like the right home for Zipper. As it turned out, we were the right home for him, and I am proud to say became foster failures.

And today, I CAN do those things! I can cuddle him, and he wants me to be near his face - he even kisses me! He still has his moments, but hey, don't we all!? He has turned into an amazing dog - he just needed the right home and proper care and structure. RER: we love you for giving us the chance to make him part of our family! THANK YOU!

So now you know a little bit about our history with this amazing rescue group Rottie Empire Rescue.

Today, I am here to tell you about a beautiful dog named Lola, available for adoption through Rottie Empire Rescue.

Lola is a rescue that came from Texas. She was a stray they pulled from a shelter out there. She is an American Staffordshire/Lab mix, very skinny and underweight. Her ears are completely cut off and there is a rib that sticks out from her side that implies a possible old fracture. 

She is almost two years old and couldn't be any sweeter. She is being fostered by a wonderful family that has young children, a cat and a dog. And she does well with all of them!

Meet Lola...
pit bull, animal rescue, rescue dog

Here are some photos showing her ears, her thinness and the rib sticking out of her side. It looks like someone actually cropped her ears on their own, and obviously, did them way too short! Poor girl! More than likely someone just did it with scissors and with the intention of making her look mean.
I always wonder what the stories are behind the dogs that come in as strays. It amazes me that despite what they went through they are still so loving. Lola is a lover, for sure! Such a gentle dog.
pit bull, animal rescue, rescue dog

This photo was taken back at the end of May. I haven't seen Lola since, but am told she has been healthfully gaining her weight back! Look at those ribs!pit bull, animal rescue, rescue dog

And despite her past, she smiles! Happy to be safe and with people who love her.
pit bull, animal rescue, rescue dog

pit bull, animal rescue, rescue dog

pit bull, animal rescue, rescue dog

pit bull, animal rescue, rescue dog

Time to introduce you to Lola's foster family, Jessica and her husband Mike, their kids Cameron and Blake and their beautiful dog Ty!
Jessica and her family have fostered several dogs through Rottie Empire Rescue, and told me she has been fostering since 2012. 
When we first met Jessica she told me how much she loved Lola and would love to keep her but if she did, she wouldn't be able to foster more dogs. How admirable! She goes through the heartache of saying goodbye each time so she can help more.
She tells me: "I do shed tears from my attachment to them but I wouldn't be doing my job if I didn't love them like my own. As I always say, I'd rather cry because I gave them an amazing new home than cry because they are being euthanized in the shelter." (I just got chills typing this!) 
animal rescue family, family portrait

animal rescue family, rescue portraits

cute dog with his owner

jessica painter photography, albany portrait photographer

jessica painter photography, albany portrait photographer

jessica painter photography, albany portrait photographer

jessica painter photography, albany portrait photographer

Adorable kids!
jessica painter photography, albany portrait photographer

jessica painter photography, albany portrait photographer

Time to walk Lola! Did I mention that she does amazing with these kids? She would be the perfect family dog!
jessica painter photography, albany portrait photographer

jessica painter photography, albany portrait photographer

jessica painter photography, albany portrait photographer

jessica painter photography, albany portrait photographer

jessica painter photography, albany portrait photographer

jessica painter photography, albany portrait photographer

I'll end with these two... Lola insisted on a shot with her foster family! Please visit Rottie Empire Rescue for more information about this beautiful dog! She is waiting for her forever home, and deserves it! 
animal rescue family portrait

animal rescue family portrait

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Laurie Lippiello - What beautiful pictures. Such a wonderful story to hear that Lola is safe now. RER is the best rescue group. They go above and beyond what is expected of them for all the babies they rescue. Nothing but good wishes to the family that is fostering Lola.
Laura Inglis - Jessica, you and Ed are part of the RER family and we are so lucky to have you. Zipper is too! ;) Thank you for all that you do for RER and for all the other rescues/shelters. You both have amazing talent and even more amazing hearts! Thank you, thank you, thank you!