Archive for March, 2016

30.03.16

WANT TO VISIT BEAR CUBS?

Due to illness, two places have just opened up on my Vietnam/Cambodia Animal Adventure Tour.

Come along in June 2016, when I travel with World Expeditions to visit animals in the National Parks of Vietnam and Cambodia, as well as two Free the Bears Fund Rehabilitation Centres. We’ll be photographing animals along the way, including rescued sun and moor bear cubs, while assisting FTB with special projects at their sanctuaries. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I will not be repeating this tour, to ensure it’s a unique experience for each participant.

“Vietnam and Cambodia with Alex Cearns” is perfect for those who love animals and caters to photographers of all levels. Regardless of what you use to take your images (iPhone, point and shoot or DRLR) you’re guaranteed to return home with fabulous pics – plus you’ll get up close and personal to bears and an array of other wonderful creatures.

Suitable for couples or those travelling solo, our tours attract like minded people and you’re sure to make new friends.

Plus, a $500 tax deductible donation for each traveller is made to Free The Bears.

Further info available at http://www.houndstoothstudio.com.au/services/global-tours/ or please email me at info@houndstoothstudio.com.au for full trip notes.

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30.03.16

DIVERSITY & IMPROVING THE LIVES OF ANIMALS!

Two days ago I was photographing the dog residents of Mutitjulu Community at the foot of Uluru on assignment for AMRRIC – Animal Management in Rural & Remote Indigenous Communities.

One day ago I was photographing flocks of wild budgies near Alice Springs, just for fun, with Mark Carter from http://www.birdingandwildlife.com/.

And today I was photographing 5 domestic dogs (and a cat) for beloved clients in my North Perth studio. My life is busy but never dull and I’m very blessed to have such a wide variety of subjects to photograph.

The work I do with AMRRIC is particularly dear to me. I get to photograph dedicated vets like Dr Stephen Cutter (from The Ark Animal Hospital) in action and to capture portraits of community dogs and cats, while spending time with a team of like minded “animal people” in iconic rural Australian locations. I also get to see first hand the positive impact of AMRRIC’s work.

Kim, the fabulous CEO of AMRRIC recently told me “AMRRIC is lucky to have a friend like you.” But the truth is, I’m the lucky one. To document the difference they make in improving animal health in remote and rural indigenous communities is a privilege.

AMRRIC has formed trusted relationships with local indigenous people and by improving the lives of their pets, they are helping to create healthier, safer and happier communities. And as someone pointed out to me (thanks Monica), the spay/neuter programs run by AMRRIC have a trickle down effect on the number of dogs going into rescue in those areas and later being flown to cities for rehoming.

Preventing the birth of unwanted puppies improves the lives of the sterilised dogs themselves (the females don’t have litter after litter and the males are less inclined to stray or fight) and the sterilisation of one female dog can prevent the birth of over 130+ potential puppies throughout the course of her life – based on a 10 year lifespan and an average litter number of 7 puppies born every 6 months. Not to mention the puppies those puppies end up having throughout their lives, and so on and so on. Thanks to AMRRIC, the cycle ends, dog populations can start to be managed, and overall health improves.

I ♥ AMRRIC and can’t wait to photograph more of their valuable, relevant and necessary animal programs.

If you would like to know more about AMRRIC, including how you can get involved and help make a difference, please visit http://www.amrric.org/

PHOTO: These 3 adorable dogs wanted to know if I needed a lift in their Land Cruiser.

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24.03.16

2 year old German Shepherd x, Sammy

Rebecca says “We really wanted a German Shepherd but didn’t have the time to get a puppy. So we put the word out to our animal shelter volunteers friends and also went on the lookout ourselves.

We didn’t have much luck until a dear friend of mine suggested a 1 year old dog who was with SAFE Perth – Saving Perth Animals from Euthanasia in the kennels. She’d come from a remote community and hadn’t had any training or time put into her. They sent us a photo of Sammy going for a car ride and her tongue was out and on the front seat of the car – she looked like she was happy to be out of the kennels.

We decided to go and meet her and learnt she was deaf and was quite the character. We took her for a walk and my fiancé accidentally lost hold of her lead and fell on the rocks on the road. Sammy ran forwards for a bit, then stopped, looked back at him and ran over to see if he was ok. When given the opportunity to make a run for it, she instead chose us.

We went home to think about what to do next and wanted to take her on as a foster to get her out of the kennels. As soon as she came home with us we fell in love with her and knew we would be her forever family.

We discovered Sammy didn’t care much for tennis balls and were about to give up on buying her balls all together when we tried a bouncy ball. It became her favourite thing.

Sammy has many funny moments but the one we love is when the sun is out and she decides to sunbathe. She rolls on her back with her paws up in the air to some rays. It’s the funniest thing to see when you’ve come home from a hard day at work.

Deaf or not, we love our girl to bits. We are home to her and she knows that she is our furry child.”

Sammy

Having a Zen moment!

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24.03.16

GONE BUSH!

Today in Alice Springs (the red centre region, Northern Territory) I spent a fantastic morning birding with James from Budgies and Bush Birds . James Oatley Photography. How incredible to see flocks of native budgies, cockatiels, and zebra finches all flying freely. These birds originally came from the Aussie bush and to watch them in their natural habitat was an experience I’ll never forget.

One of my favourite birds, the willie wagtail made an appearance too – actually, several of them did. It seems that no matter where you go, city or country, you’re likely to hear the familiar “Tsk tsk” sound of a willie wagtails scolding call, letting you know you’re in his territory.

Budgies & Bush Birds

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18.03.16

Finnish Lapphunds, Mischa and Taavi (both 6 years) and 10 year old Chihuahua, Pippa

Jenny says “Mischa or ‘Moo Moo’ as she’s affectionately known, is our discerning gastronomic dog, helping herself to foods from the pantry whenever the offer presents itself. Some of her favourites to date have been a 2kg bag of coconut flour, unshelled peanuts and Turkish delights. She’s also partial to whatever the compost bin has to offer.

Taavi is our miracle dog and he’s defying the odds living with two major heart defects. The specialist didn’t think he would make it past 6 months but he’s going strong and coming up to his 7th birthday. Taavi howls with delight when he goes to the river or beach. We call him our little swamp monster as it’s hard to get him out of the water.

Pippa is the most loving and joyful Chihuahua you will ever meet. She hates to miss out on outings and longer walks so she rides around in a backpack when she gets tired.”

Mischa, Taavi & Pippa

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THIS FACE! Taavi the adorable.

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Regal Finnish Lapphund’s Taavi and Mischa. Taavi is a miracle dog. He’s defying the odds living with two major heart defects.

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14.03.16

International Fund for Animal Welfare – IFAW Action Award

I’m honoured and humbled to be the recipient of the International Fund for Animal Welfare – IFAW Action Award for Terrestrial Wildlife Photography. I take photographs because I’m compelled to, it’s in my blood. And I support animal rescue for the same reason. It was never a conscious choice for me, it was more a “must do” … and it was never to receive an award.

But to be acknowledged in this way tells me the rescue messages I share through photography are filtering out and I must continue to use every platform I have available to support, promote, and endorse all types of animal rescue, welfare and conservation. It’s what my heart wants and it’s my ongoing commitment to the animals I love. Which is all of them. 😊

“This award recognises Alex’s continuing mission to tell stories and raise awareness for rescue animals through her lens. It is a privilege to present this award to Alex and congratulate her on her selfless dedication. Alex focuses her work on grassroots conservation; her photography greatly helps to raise awareness of rescue and welfare work, both here in Australia and overseas. Raising awareness of important animal welfare issues is vital to understanding all the issues facing animals today and we recognise this important work with this IFAW Action Award.” Josey Sharrad, IFAW Native Wildlife campaigner.

Heartfelt thanks to Josey from IFAW (pictured) for her kind words and for presenting me with this lovely award, to Mel for her generous nomination, to Brett from Twine – Ideas That Bind for his awesome photography and to Deb for her endless support. And a special thanks to all of those who give their time to animals in need and who work in rescue. Xx

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14.03.16

GLAM!

During her shoot, Bel the Guinea Pig she said she wanted to put on her favourite red lipstick. I told her she was beautiful without it and didn’t think it was necessary. But Bel insisted. She whipped out a red capsicum, had a few chews, and voilà … she had created a natural, vibrant lippy and finally felt photo ready.

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11.03.16

Meet Penelope (Mum) and her three puppies Preston, Presley and Polly.

They were recently surrendered to the RSPCA WA and have a skin condition called Demodex, which is caused by tiny mites.

Many veterinarians believe all dogs have a small number of these mites residing in their skin and having a few mites is common and normal. When immune related, nutritional or environmental stresses impact on a dog, hair loss can occur causing visible skin lesions from the mites which become noticeable.

Due to the poor nutrition she received as a pup, our own pooch Pip the Black Beetle had Demodex as a pup before her rescue. With care overseen by her vet and lots of love at home, she was soon 100% again and all her hair grew back – just as it will for Penelope, Preston, Presley and Polly. They are thriving on their treatment plan and as soon as they are back to full health they will eventually be available for adoption.

The RSPCA is always seeking foster carers and volunteers, to help with dogs and puppies in need. For further information, please visit http://www.rspcawa.asn.au/ ‪#‎RSPCAWA‬

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10.03.16

16 week old Labrador puppy, Benson

Kaysey says “As soon as I saw Benson I thought he looked like the cutest of his litter. On our first meeting he was the only one who ran over to us, so we knew he was the one. Plus I think he chose us!

Benson is such a happy little man. When we take him for a walk he loves to talk to everyone, even if they don’t want to talk to him. (How could you not want to talk to this little face!). He thinks people are awesome and gets such joy out of life.

I just love watching the bond he has formed with our 4 year old son. Already they are the best of friends. They play together all the time and are always rolling around on the floor and playing tug of war. I’m looking forward to watching them grow up together.”

Benson

When four month old Lab puppy Benson visited he gave us a tiny high 5. Well done Benson!

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10.03.16

2 year old Boxer, Shelby

Sandy says “Shelby was a “Let’s just go see” pup. We’d been talking about getting a dog for a while and decided on the Boxer breed to help us be active. When we went to see her litter, her Mum and Dad were extremely loud and boisterous so we nearly walked away. But once we saw the puppies and little Shelby, who was the last one left, we were hooked.

We noticed she was timid, and stood away from the others in play. She was pretty much a loner but we didn’t really mind as we thought it meant she’d be a quiet dog. It’s only now when we have ongoing separation anxiety issues, we understand why she was basically the last puppy left. In saying that, we were totally committed from day one she was part of the family and not just a pet.

My partner works away so its now mostly Shelby and I together at home. I used to feel so bad leaving her, so Shelby has been accustomed to doggy daycare and constant socialisation with other dogs. I started training her as soon as she came home as she really enjoyed the interaction and learning new things.

One big thing about Shelby, she LOVES to play and because I made training play she was a great student. To this day we are always getting comments and praise about how she is one of the most well behaved Boxers they have seen. Don’t be fooled though, she is still a Boxer, so most of the time I think she just likes to show off in public.

Last December I got a phone call at work telling me not to panic but Shelby had managed to jump onto a star picket at a friends house while she was there having a play day, and it had punctured her chest. The initial prognosis was that the picket had just missed her lungs, and the wound was very deep. Once my vet stitched her up he told me that we would have to wait and see how she went. I was out of my mind with worry.

Shelby is such a trouper. She never cried and didn’t flinch during her examinations, not even after many vet visits. She astounded us all with her recovery and I was told later she was a case study for the vets as they couldn’t believe she survived – it was that touch and go at the beginning.

For 3 days and nights I didn’t leave her sight and through it all she still wanted to comfort me. She is doing so much better now and the scar is only now beginning to heal.”

Shelby

PAW DAY! Two year old Boxer Shelby came in for photos and put her best foot forward

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