Now you know just a tiny bit more about WHO is This Patricia Puckett? (accomplished photojournalist). As I write this I am grinning over the memory of last Friday September 5, 2014. I KNEW, without a shadow of a doubt that I was "the photographer" for this upcoming event. My experience and love for animals clearly was the foundation for this challenge. 11 years running, this event (located in Iowa City, IA) was preparing for their 12th year of raising money for a local animal shelter. If you have any experience in shelters, rescue "angels" and their financial struggles to continue day after day to feed and house throwaway animals; you will know unequivocally how crucial fundraising is to their operation. The opportunity presented itself, I submitted my credentials and enthusiasm and the coordinator chose me to be their designated photographer for the day.
The day began with warm air and sunshine , and suddenly as the Quad City bridge was crossed, the cold front hit us fast and hard. Black menacing clouds loomed overhead and it was obvious we "weren't in Kansas anymore". It was going to rain. For sure; AND when the sky opened up? IT POURED! Early on, there was some thunder & lightning so there was a required 30 min delay and the crowd began to develop. Eager dogs and their mommies and daddies waited (parents had rain slickers, boots and umbrellas) DOGS? THEY DON'T CARE! They just ♪♪♪ "wanna have fun!" ♪♪♪ LOL! The rain began to simmer though it continued long after the 30 min delay expired.
I switched between 2 cameras and 3 different lenses from the confines of the rain free overhang. I wasn't UBER EXCITED over the shots I was getting, heck--the dogs were out in the rain and water having a ball and I was , well...SHELTERED! hahahah! So, off came the outer clothing, bathing suit and underwater camera in hand I got in with the kids and partied on. The water was warm as long as I stayed IN IT! The dogs were having fun all around me and I photographed until I was a prune and fairly chilly. By that time the rain had slowed to drops and finally quit. NOW the dogs began pouring in and they continued in a steady stream of anticipation until 7pm. NOW I got to go amongst them, to and from , from one side of the pool deck to the other and everywhere in between. A couple spats between our furry friends, lots of potty breaks over in the freshly planted hostas but no disasters just lots of WET, WOOLY and WONDERFUL FUN.
I met so many sweet owners, all proud to be engaging their precious pals in a fun activity with other dogs. I would say that the DOGS of the DAY included: Black, White & Yellow Labradors,& Golden Retrievers. The mix included many unique clients and they ranged from tiny to towering! Great Danes, Great Pyrenes, Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Standard Poodles, St. Bernards to Corgi's, Pugs, BullDogs, Dobermans, Shepherds, Beagles and numerous mixed breeds. I had never filmed an event like this and yet I now have another upcoming fundraiser (ON LAND) this coming Saturday. Joy of joys, what a fabulous experience, then again? isn't every experience fabulous? It's LIFE and once again---I had the privilege of photojournaling the LIFE in a DAY of HUNDREDS of DOGS in IOWA CITY, IOWA at the city pool..............................LIFE is GOOD, ain't it? :)