SUPER FAST, LOVES CUDDLES, SCAREDY CAT.
A one-of-a-kind, super gentle and extremely special soul. Everybody loves Oz and he loves everybody. Ozzie and my partner Ronan helped save me from a dark, dark place when I was struggling with social anxiety and depression. Found as a 1-year-old stray, on the day his life was to end he was rescued by a place in Kilkenny. From there he was adopted by us 4 months later.
Oz just oozes love and has such a wonderful story from feral to (mostly) fearless. I mean his farts do genuinely scare him still! We volunteered for over 4 years together with
BUG HUNTER, BIN RAIDER, CAT IN A PAST LIFE.
For all her boldness, Io (Eye-oh) is my little bug. I wouldn’t change her for the world. Another rescue, Io has rightfully earned her nick-name the “Slug” because she’s so lazy! She is the face of Pawtrait and wormed her way into the Packs heart. Io will fall asleep just about anywhere, including on some hardware tools one time!
Bold as brass and built like a mini tank, Io is a world unto her own. She’s very talkative, doesn’t like being told off and will let make sure to let you know that. You can follow her life here.
I studied photography in college, but I didn’t really fit in. I found it really difficult to stand at the top of the class and give my existential reasoning as to why I took a picture of a lake. By the time I left, my confidence in my own photography had deserted me.
I ended up in an office job for a few years and I hated it! Sitting in an office with people I had nothing in common with, doing a job that was literally draining my soul and energy and made me dread every day. The only thing that kept me going was my dream of being a photographer – not only that but an even more niche dream of being a dog photographer.
I’d always grown up with animals, we had rabbits, guinea pigs, we even had a budgie called “Bobby Cobbe” that could say his own name. But it wasn’t until we got Zoe, our golden cocker spaniel that a whole other level of love came into play. When she passed, within 6 months I had rescued Ozzie because I realised I was a dog nut and I just couldn’t live without a dog in my life.
So anyway, I was nowhere near becoming a professional dog photographer because I was working in a call centre and was afraid that dream just wouldn’t work out, that I wasn’t good enough. All those fears just kept me back until one day…
I had cried my way to work – I get in and then some fecker lashed out at me on the other end of the phone and I just thought to myself, what the hell am I doing here, I don’t deserve this. I walked out of the office that day and I just knew in my heart that it was time to start making my dreams come true. I went home, I cried all the way, I didn’t know what was going to happen, I didn’t know if it was going to work out but I just knew I had to give my best shot!
One month later I was borrowing money for my first month’s rent on my studio in Greystones and then one week later I had my first client and I’ve never looked back!
I love what I do and I love how I can make magic happen when people think it might be impossible.
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