Where and when is the parade?
Apparently, in days of yore, folks would gather with their guild or union and march down Main Street, USA. I would do that. I would don my SAG or my AFTRA or my SAG/AFTRA shirt, and I would march smartly down… well, whichever street in downtown Honolulu people generally march down… if I had one of those shirts.
Or, we could form a Pet Photographer’s guild. We could do that, but that would mean that we would all have to agree on something, anything. My guess is that we wouldn’t even agree on the color much less the design of the guild’s T-shirt.
So, having no parade, and having no guild, on this Labor Day, I choose to celebrate Working Dogs. I have been very fortunate to photograph and to know a few.
Custer is trained to sniff for drugs (illegal and commonly abused legal) and alcohol. Custer’s presence in Hawaii schools is actually, surprisingly controversial. Your Hawaii Pet Photographer celebrates Custer.
Toby was one of the most stressful but finally special experiences of my pet photography career. I photographed Toby as part of OC-16’s Pet Hui Extreme Puppy Makeover. Toby was adopted. Toby became Kane. Kane went to the mainland to study bug detection. He graduated first in his class. His instructors said he was made for bug detecting. This Hawaii Pet Photographer celebrates Toby/Kane.
Rex and Tina are security dogs. Rex is retired. Tina is carrying the baton. Tina has her own government cruiser. Tina has her own compartment in her cruiser with her own climate control. Re is enjoying his retirement on the North Shore. He is also enjoying his new sister, Mirabelle, a rescued Standard Poodle. Your Hawaii Pet Photographer salutes Rex and Tina.
On this Labor Day, Hawaii’s Pet Photographer celebrates all the working dogs out there. Mahalo to you all!!!