Willie was a 6 year old pit mix who had been in the shelter without foster care for 47 days.
Week after week went by and Willie grew more despondent and detached. When we took him for his photoshoot, he wasn’t interested in anything. As we were walking back to the car, a fire truck pulled up behind us. For some reason, I flagged the firetruck down and asked if I could photograph Willie on their truck. They agreed, and this image (top right) became his Landfill Dog cover photo.
A few days later, I was out running in the park, and a man on a bike recognized me and asked if the dog I photographed got a home. He told me his name was David. He had been the driver of the fire truck, and he asked several questions about Willie's history and temperament. David said he had thought daily about Willie.
David arrived at the shelter the next day before they opened, with cash in hand because he didn’t want anyone else to adopt Willie. When they brought David back to meet Willie, Wille was uninterested. The person at the shelter told him he had withdrawn and was depressed. This did not deter David. He simply said, “This is my dog. It was meant to be.” David happily carried Willie out of the shetler in his arms. Willie is now named Jack and lives with David and his wife, Stacie. They love him dearly. He is the only pet they have had “besides goldfish.”
Unfortunately, Jack passed away in 2019, but David and Stacie adopted another pit bull named Sam.