I had an amazing opportunity to be part of something so big and so significant in Washington, D.C., this month. I was invited to Washington to be part of the photography team documenting the effort of Madeleine Pickens to save America’s Wild Mustang. Mrs. Pickens is trying to raise awareness about the plight of the American Mustang by hosting events and bringing people up close and personal to these gorgeous creatures. Currently there are more wild mustangs in captivity than on the open range. It is her goal to give the wild mustangs a permanent home where they can freely roam. Check out her web site at www.savingamericasmustang.org.
We (me, photographers Michael Partenio and David McCaughan) also had the privilege of photographing retired military dogs at Arlington Cemetery. These dogs risked their lives sniffing bombs and alerting military service people to danger in Iraq and Afghanistan. Until 2000, these dogs were euthanized after their 10 years of service was completed. Now they can be adopted. These dogs I met were loving and gentle companions. Groups of school children at Arlington immediately gravitated toward them and the dogs were so receptive and affection. To learn more visit www.uswardogs.org.