It's not unusual to come across an uplifting and inspiring story about a person facing difficulties living with a disability or debilitating illness. It is, however, not so often that we hear such stories about our furry friends dealing with similar adversities.
In a new book by award-winning animal photographer, Alex Cearns, the stories of some incredible and perfectly imperfect dogs are told through a series of beautiful portraits.
"One of my most passionate aims as an animal photographer is to capture the adorable subtleties that make all creatures precious and unique. I love every animal I have the privilege of photographing, but those perceived as different hold a special place in my heart. These are the canines who have lost a leg, been born without eyes, or are still showing the scars of former abuse," says Cearns.
"Most animals with ‘afflictions’ don’t dwell on them. They adapt to their bodies without complaint and they survive with determination. They push on, always, wanting to be included and involved in everything as much as they can, and as much as an able-bodied pet does."
"The tenacity of animals to overcome adversity never ceases to amaze me. They make the most out of life and from them I have learnt so much about always seeing the positive in every situation and never giving up.”
Alex's book, 'Perfect Imperfection - Dog Portraits of Resilience and Love' is available now and part of the profits from every sale will be donated to the Australian Animal Cancer Foundation. More info can be found at www.booktopia.com.au and www.houndstoothstudio.com.au.
Scroll down to see some of the precious doggo's featured in the book!