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Barking Tales

Who are those furry creatures that we chose to be our companions since aprox. 30,000 years ago? Dogs have been part of many aspects of our lives for such a long time, and still there are so many without a place to call home. Barking Tales is a personal project that intends to raise awareness of our moral commitment with the species that once we decided to domesticate to be with us.

Animals have always been close to my heart. As a pet owner and volunteer at the animal shelter at the biggest no-kill city in the United States (Austin yay!!) for almost two years, I have accumulated a series of personal stories and experiences that I visually communicate here.

A second chance for Smokey

It is always a good feeling when a dog who was at risk of being euthanized for behavioral reasons is finally saved and leaves the building. Behind every freedom ride, there are always huge amount of work from staff and volunteers who have taken the time to evaluate, train, and find the best home for the dogs. Smokey is a young, friendly dog, who was at risk because of an unfortunate incident in his past. smokey and his sister were raised as guard dogs living in a patio and the only human they used to have contact with was the person who fed them. One day a person different from his feeder approached him and his reaction to this scary situation, was to bite. That episode put Smokey in the shelter and at risk of being euthanized. However, a group of volunteers realized he was not a vicious, dangerous dog, and they started a campaign to train him, socialize him, and find another option for him, different from death. All their efforts gave positive results and they found a foster family in California who decided to take him in and continue his training and periodic evaluations. Smokey left the building on September 8th. He was alive and ready to start a second life in California. 

Amalia Diaz