Sarge, The First

October 01, 2012  •  Leave a Comment
Tattoos & Rescues.  A new photography project by Brian Batista.  And begin, not sure what will happen.  May I introduce you to the first Tattoos & Rescues subject, Sarge.  This incredibly awesome dog was picked up by Birmingham-Jefferson Animal Control (now operated by the Greater Birmingham Humane Society) wandering the streets of Birmingham, Alabama in May of 2012.  He was emaciated weighing at only 35 pounds at the time he was found, ribs showing.
Sarge in May 2012
Click here to see Sarge's full TATTOOS & RESCUES gallery...
Bama Bully Rescue stepped up to help Sarge but could only pull him from Animal Control if a foster home was available.  Garland Clark who was a BJC staff member also founded Bama Bully Rescue and after a few days a foster home was found and Sarge went into foster home with Matthew & Taylor Dyer of Moody, Alabama on Monday, May 28th, 2012 (Memorial Day).  The foster placement presented it's own set of unique challenges as Taylor was 4 months pregnant with her first child but the family was not about to turn their back on Sarge since he obviously needed help and love.  
Behind the scenes with Sarge, Garland Clark & Ty Phillips
Sarge & Ty (first Tattoos & Rescues photo shoot, September 30th, 2012)
Sarge had been living with the Dyer family for 3 months when they decided Sarge would be a foster failure making him a permanent member of their family.  Fantastic news for Sarge knowing that he was home and he would never have to want for a family of his own.  
Sarge & his dad Matthew
Once I learned about Sarge myself I knew he had to be in the new Tattoos & Rescues project but there was another challenge, both Taylor and Matthew have tattoos but being pregnant I didn't know if she would be comfortable showing them.  As it just so happened I knew a few tattooed people and my friends Ty and his sister Vicki were available and wanted to help.  With this we planned to meet at September 30th, 2012 at 11AM.  The Birmingham School of Photography was the setting where I rented studio space for the shoot as it was pouring rain outside, yet another failed forecast of sunshine for that day.
Sarge & Vicki
Upon meeting Garland and Taylor at the studio they brought in this perfect gentleman named Sarge.  Since moving in with the Dyer family Sarge had gained a good bit of weight and was looking happy and healthy.  We took turns playing with and petting Sarge, setting up some different shots and Sarge was right at home hamming it up for the camera.  It was almost like he had been doing this modeling thing all of his life.  One shot everyone was really happy with is the photo of Sarge laying on his mom's belly waiting on his human sister to be born.
Sarge's Public Service Announcement for TATTOOS & RESCUES
Sarge & Ty in Public Service Announcement about BSL
Sarge & his mom Taylor (awaiting the arrival of sister Hollis)
The first TATTOOS & RESCUES photo shoot with Sarge was a resounding success.  I hope I can continue with more subjects very soon that are just as awesome as Sarge.
Sarge had too many treats during the photo shoot

 


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