When we think of our dogs, we see them as perfect… no matter what. And sometimes perfect things come in what some would see as imperfect packages. Even though our dogs might be physically impaired, such as being born without eyes or legs, they are still perfect to us.
Award-winning animal photographer Alex Cearns thinks all the dogs he photographs are perfect. But the ones with “imperfections” are extra special to him. That’s why he has compiled a book titled Perfect Imperfection: Dog Portraits of Resilience and Love which showcases these unique dogs.
“I love every animal I have the privilege of photographing. But those perceived as different hold a special place in my heart. These are the canines who have lost a leg, been born without eyes, or are still showing the scars of former abuse,” Cearns told
Some proceeds from the book will be donated to the Australian Animal Cancer Foundation. The photos of these animals are truly inspiring. You can get a sneak peek of them in the slideshow below.
Here Are 12 Inspiring Photos Of Resilient Dogs With Perfect Imperfections:
1) Bali Pip
“Bali Pip was a natural and loved being in the spotlight. She was a cute, inquisitive and playful pup. Her images later went viral and people from all over the world fell in love with her,” recalls Cearns.
Dotty lost her left eye due to melanoma. Her face is sweet as can be. That inquisitive look is just too cute.
This is Raul. He’s a French bulldog. He has partial paralysis but he gets around just fine.
Cearns finds his subjects to be truly inspiring. Their ability to persevere is just incredible to him.
“They push on, always, wanting to be included and involved in everything as much as they can, and as much as an able-bodied pet does.”
The resilience of these dogs is evident in these photos. I mean, look at this girl! What a happy face.
This is Bandit. He’s been through a lot. He doesn’t show it though. He looks super chill.
Say “hi!” to Vegemite. He has an awesome name. It goes with his awesome personality.
8) Lady Bug
This is Lady Bug. She’s not a bug though. She’s an adorable blind dog.
That’s Jakk… with two k’s. His limbs are a bit twisted up. But that’s not what we notice about him. We noticed those big baby blues
Meet Jessie. Jessie is a pup on wheels. Legs… who needs legs when you got a sweet set of wheels?
11) Reuben and Keisha
These sweeties are Reuben and Keisha. These two also have their own personal set of wheels. They are buddies.
12) Seeing It Through
This guy has some growths that block his vision. But he’s still just hanging out and being a dog. Once a dog, always a dog…. no matter what the disability.