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© Caitlin Stewart
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UploadedOctober 13, 2008
TakenOctober 12, 2008
Exposure1/125 sec at f/18
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Focal Length70 mm
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He was running around with the leaves in his mouth all day long. This picture was taken the day before Redden fell terribly ill.

We had rescued him this very day from a shelter down south - only 24 hours before he was to be put to sleep. You know, the final sleep. Our rescue group scrambled to save Redden, his mother and 8 of his brothers and sisters. We did it. But the day after we got these little buggers up to New Jersey, Redden became extremely weak. He could not lift his head or eat on his own. I took off of work to rush him to the emergency vet which is only a mile from my home. Once there, they ran quite a few tests only to find negative results. All they could do was prescribe him some antibiotics. All of our fingers were crossed.

That night, Redden slept sound on my boyfriend's pillow. In my head, I almost KNEW this would be his last night with us - but my heart pulled away from that outcome. Only 2 short days after we met this young pup, we were very much in love with him.

As morning approached, we found ourselves waking up to a piercing cry. It was Redden, tail wagging and head up. He was strong. He was alive. He survived. It has been a week and he only gets stronger as the days pass.

We are yet to find homes for his brothers and sisters, but now Redden has a forever home - with us.

Update: Redden is doing great! He has been diagnosed with being 100% deaf though. We are not sure if he was born with this or if it was due to his extremely high fever and terrible illness a few weeks back. He is a trooper and is adapting well! He already knows the hand signal for sit!

59 responses

  • Victor Ursabia

    Victor Ursabia said (12 Oct 2008):

    beautiful capture! i love the play of lights and shadows...

  • Michael Ball

    Michael Ball gave props (12 Oct 2008):

    Cute shot!

  • Megan Kay Brimm

    Megan Kay Brimm said (12 Oct 2008):

    he/she looks so sad.
    but it's such an adorable picture.
    someone once told me that any picture that has a baby (human or animal) will be loved by all.

  • Jesi Yost

    Jesi Yost gave props (13 Oct 2008):

    hims puppy is so cuuuuute

  • Rebecca Winters

    Rebecca Winters said (13 Oct 2008):

    i don't know if he has a cute butt or not, but he has the sweetest face ever-

  • marce garal

    marce garal said (13 Oct 2008):

    So cute and so sad, amazing shot, the light is perfect

  • Panos Lianos

    Panos Lianos said (18 Oct 2008):

    such a warm photo, its great

  • simone teixeira

    simone teixeira said (18 Oct 2008):

    °º° so sweet!

  • Kesinee Tongtuntrai

    Kesinee Tongtuntrai said (19 Oct 2008):

    He's soCute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Bryan Jozefowicz

    Bryan Jozefowicz gave props (19 Oct 2008):

    Excellent lighting, amazing shot!

  • Chelsea Rising

    Chelsea Rising   gave props (19 Oct 2008):

    So cute, wow! : ) Got my vote!

  • Bronwyn B

    Bronwyn B gave props (21 Oct 2008):

    Gorgeous shot! Great tone and shadows. What an amazing story - he's a little fighter!! My vote

  • Bruce Kennedy

    Bruce Kennedy gave props (21 Oct 2008):

    Bravo! Beautiful pup.

  • Peterson, Dave Peterson

    Peterson, Dave Peterson said (21 Oct 2008):

    Big time Thumbs up!!
    Wonderful story!!
    The world needs more people like YOU!!

  • Jennifer Crawford

    Jennifer Crawford said (24 Oct 2008):

    Beautiful picture, beautiful story, beautiful pup, beautiful soul. i'm very happy for the lot of you.

  • Delores Harshaw

    Delores Harshaw (Deleted) gave props (26 Oct 2008):

    This is great. Voted!

  • sasha ormond

    sasha ormond said (27 Oct 2008):

    oh. lord. my heart just burst. VOTED!

  • jefferi chang

    jefferi chang gave props (27 Oct 2008):

    nice mood color and lighting

  • Mike Jozefowicz

    Mike Jozefowicz gave props (27 Oct 2008):

    Touching story and great pic. voted

  • Katelyn Hon

    Katelyn Hon gave props (1 Nov 2008):

    Beautiful photo & story. Precious pup!

  • Steven Sobzak

    Steven Sobzak said (2 Nov 2008):

    The story sells the photo. Good work and thank you for what you're doing!

  • Jean Pierre Vacherot

    Jean Pierre Vacherot (Deleted) gave props (2 Nov 2008):

    Great, my vote

  • Steven Maguire

    Steven Maguire gave props (2 Nov 2008):

    Nice work on this image!!!

  • Balaji Devaraju

    Balaji Devaraju said (7 Nov 2008):

    very cute!

  • Geralyn Montambault

    Geralyn Montambault said (8 Nov 2008):

    Such a little cutie, nicely captured with the lighting and shadows and said but good story. You got my vote on this one.

  • Aubrey's Oma

    Aubrey's Oma (Deleted) gave props (8 Nov 2008):

    oohh he's beautiful! gets my vote!

  • joanne lee

    joanne lee gave props (9 Nov 2008):

    great story and shot :) you've got my vote.

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (9 Nov 2008):

    Absolutely beautiful shot and story!!! Thanks for sharing it and doing what you do...

  • Adam Balkovic

    Adam Balkovic gave props (9 Nov 2008):


  • ! ! ! Carolina Quijada ! ! !

    ! ! ! Carolina Quijada ! ! ! gave props (10 Nov 2008):

    This is so touching!

  • Catherine Kurvink

    Catherine Kurvink gave props (13 Nov 2008):

    Oh, I was so expecting a sad ending to the story - I'm so very glad he made it. He is a beautiful pup, and you are an angel.

  • s pearson

    s pearson gave props (16 Nov 2008):

    amazing....beautiful....great capture.

  • Craig Fraizer

    Craig Fraizer gave props (16 Nov 2008):

    awesome entry! voted

  • Will Mitchell

    Will Mitchell said (17 Nov 2008):

    I Thank God for people like you.

  • Nicholas Freeman

    Nicholas Freeman (Deleted) gave props (20 Nov 2008):

    great capture, amazing lighting

  • Alberto Moro

    Alberto Moro gave props (30 Nov 2008):

    got my vote ;)

  • KY M................

    KY M................ said (5 Dec 2008):


  • Chad Galloway

    Chad Galloway gave props (7 Dec 2008):

    Oh Mamba Jamba that's some good light!

  • Laurie Search

    Laurie Search gave props (7 Dec 2008):

    This is just beautiful! The light is amazing, and he is sooooo adorable!!!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (8 Dec 2008):

    Hell yeah! It rocks! Our Sophie is a rescue.

  • Maria Eve Ploum (Eyegraphic)

    Maria Eve Ploum (Eyegraphic) (Deleted) said (18 Dec 2008):

    brave puppy 4 brave people!!!!!!!!

  • Dennis Perry

    Dennis Perry (Deleted) gave props (19 Dec 2008):

    Excellent lighting and touching story!

  • Eva Hoffman

    Eva Hoffman gave props (15 Apr 2009):

    Lovely shot and great story. That's a gorgeous pup, and clearly a survivor.

  • Sarah Storer

    Sarah Storer gave props (16 Apr 2009):

    Whta a story... great shot that fits so well with the sadness of the beginning of his little life... may it be happier from here on in! :)

  • Sarah Dudley

    Sarah Dudley gave props (18 Apr 2009):

    My pooch is a 'down south' rescue dog as well, in bad shape, and pulled from a high kill shelter. But I couldnt imagine a better dog! They really are grateful and show it every day. :)

  • Xavier Serrano

    Xavier Serrano said (26 May 2009):

    Very nice dog... And very nice shot too!!

  • Alain Mijngheer

    Alain Mijngheer gave props (30 May 2009):

    Beautifull shot Caitlin :)

  • Sandy Tyler

    Sandy Tyler (Deleted) gave props (30 May 2009):

    OMG what a story!! I was praying as I read that he would make it!! I have a yellow lab too, Daisy, a character for sure!

  • Kendra KirÅ¡onis

    Kendra Kiršonis said (16 Jun 2009):

    sooo cute!

  • ashton gosnell

    ashton gosnell gave props (10 Jul 2009):

    i'm so glad Redden is okay!! such a cute puppy. (:

  • Mersea Huang

    Mersea Huang gave props (29 Jul 2009):

    lovely dog and beautiful light.

  • Madison Woo

    Madison Woo said (1 Aug 2009):

    cool shot sooooo cute

  • Peggy Maguire

    Peggy Maguire (Deleted) said (19 Aug 2009):

    Beautiful image and story!!!!!

  • Deepak Rawat

    Deepak Rawat said (27 Aug 2009):


  • Joan  C Samuelson

    Joan C Samuelson gave props (29 May 2010):

    Great play of light and shadow. Sweet little pup too.

  • BaÅŸak Gürbüz Derman

    Başak Gürbüz Derman said (21 Oct 2010):

    I love you guys! You are wonderful people, you and your man! And this cute little fella is lovely!
    Great photo and one of my favs.

  • Charles Jong

    Charles Jong gave props (16 Aug 2011):

    he so sad...

  • José Carlos

    José Carlos (Deleted) gave props (18 Nov 2011):

    beautifull story behind the picture! and it ends well! :)

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