My Human Family

Animal Welfare League of Qld, Photographers

Through my job at the Animal Welfare League of Qld I am privy to pretty much every cat and dog related campaign nation-wide. Some are kooky, some are creative and some are all of the above.

 Once in a while though you see a campaign or an event that really speaks to you, My Human Family did just that.

 My Human Family is a community initiative based in Sydney NSW that really pulls at the heart strings. With the aim of creating awareness around abandoned, surrendered and neglected dogs, the My Human Family community photographic project invited people to submit family photos and share their personal stories about the dogs in their home and in their lives.

Stories of these shelter animals have been uploaded, (Hans Sausage and Odie Sanchez included) to the website and so a community of dog loving, animal welfare advocates was born.

Some of these animal stories are sad, some are happy and some are downright hilarious. But all have one thing in common and that is that these animals a have been given a second chance by people who are dedicated to ending pet overpopulation and choosing to adopt.

 In 2013 the Animal Welfare League of Qld hopes to bring this project to Queensland and bring more awareness to how important it is to adopt over buying from a pet store and I urge you all to get involved.

 But for now a make sure you visit the Pine Street’s community gallery in Sydney from the 7th of July 2012 and see the images from the project. If you can’t get there check out these other locations who whope to host the project later in the year.

 Proposed touring venues

 ·     Customs House – Circular Quay Sydney

 ·     Margot Hardy Gallery – Milperra

 ·     Riverside Theatre – Parramatta

 To see the complete project online click below

Some of the photos (inlcuding Odie and Hans) in the exhibit


Diana from K9 Photography


By now I am sure you are beginning to realise I am a bit of a photo junkie. I can’t get enough of taking photos, looking at photos, critiquing photos (or the things and people in them) and just about anything to do with the art of photography. (I blame Pintrest, oh and by the way check out my account).

There are so many beautiful images in the world and amazing photographers that truly take my breath away, (some I have mentioned in this blog).

I hold a special place in my heart for pet photographers because lets face it, it aint easy photographing animals. Working at a shelter I have come to realise that a photo can be the difference between an animal being adopted immediately or again be left to wait another day. Our shelter is lucky to work with one photographer in particular who calls pet photography her “heart work”. Diana from K9 photography is always too happy to help photograph an animal if it will help it find a home sooner rather than later.

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Diana has a beautiful 16 year old dog named Max who she is crazy about and she has the same enthusiasm for just about every other pooch she meets. Originally calling Sydney home she is now based on the Gold Coast and volunteers her time between the Animal Welfare League and Best Friends Rescue. Her words to live by are:

“Dare to dream,  believe in your dreams and go make them happen – life is short – Respect yourself, Respect others and Learn to listen”.
Here are is a shot Diana took of Han’s one morning down at the beach when he was still a tiny puppy.
And of some other Dachshunds I thought was too cute not to share.
Diana is also apart of the Animal Welfare League doggy makeover program where we take a scruffy looking pooch, give him a haircut and wash and then have a photoshoot which helps find them homes sooner rather than later. See below…

Pooch Caricatures


With pets becoming more and more part of the family I am constantly seeing unique ideas for the dog and dog lover who has everything. From designer beds and chew toys to vitamins and minerals to ensure your dogs attitude and health are in tip-top shape. Which is why it came as no surprise that Dog Caricatures are gaining momentum as being a popular gift for the avid dog lover.

Enter Tim McFarlin, a Sydney based Graphic Designer and Freelance Illustrator who has a website for people wanting to “characterise their poochies”.

When asked how he came up with the idea he said:

“I love dogs and Illustration and thought it was only logical that I combine the two! – I love what I do and try to get 100% out of each illustration. I try to capture the dogs looks but most importantly their personality!”

Tim’s work is quirky and cool and would not look out of place in a Disney movie. Check out his gallery here

He is running a competition right now for Australian residents to win a Caricature worth  $59 To enter click here 

I will definitely be needing to track this guy down to create something special for Sausage & Sanchez sometime soon.

*Photo taken from Tim’s Facebook page