Photoshopped Doggy And A Story With A Happy End

Black Dog

I thought it is time again for some Photoshop work. Above you can see the result of the work. I had this very bad base image of a quite funny looking dog. If I mean bad, then I really mean bad. There was almost everything wrong with the base image but since the dog looked so funny I gave my self the task to get the best out of the image as I can. I didn’t really think that I can get great results as the original image is just horrible, but I am anyhow quite happy what I have done with it. Above is the result and below I will show you the bad original image…

Unedited Black Dog

It’s probably very apparent what is wrong with the image. Apart from the really cool and funny looking dog, I disliked the background pretty much as there are some really heavy backlights on the floor and the whole green color looks just damaged. The whole floor looks really bad. The dog fur contained too much grey in my opinion and there were other issues and it was clear I had to fix a lot and I really wasn’t sure if it would be possible, I just experimented with all kind of things to get the best out of the photo. The first image in this post is the result and I am really happy, considering that the original image is that bad.

Apart from the image quality of the original, the dog looks absolutely funny considering this, it was worth the work to make something better with the image. The dog is by the way now in Sweden. There is a nice side story about the dog. My mother knew someone who was the owner of the black dog. Sadly he didn’t want the dog anymore which is a shame because that is something that shouldn’t come to mind after getting the dog. My mother thought the same and offered help. She took the dog as she wanted to get a good new home for the dog. The dog was too wild and too big for her home, apart from that she does already have a dog, but instead her plan was to find someone who seriously wants the dog.

She created a classified ad where she mentioned the high standards to get the dog. There were several rules and my mother wanted to know what kind of people the interested ones are. She asked a lot of questions and really did take this all very serious as the dog shouldn’t get again in a similar situation as before. Someone who was currently in Germany did call my mother by phone and mentioned that he would be from Sweden and that he had a similar dog for a long time until he died. They exchanged photos and talked a lot until my mother decided, this can only be good for the dog. She was right. This guy took the dog and they traveled to Sweden and until today they still do exchange stories and photos. It’s not only that my mother found someone who seriously wanted to give the dog a good home, it seems she did also find a good friend in Sweden.

Yes this is really a cool story. The point is that my mother was in no way liable to help the dog to get a good home, but she did it. She just thought the ex owner wouldn’t put that much effort into the search for a new owner and offered to manage all this. The dog is now in Sweden and he can even play and run free without leash as the new owner is very experienced, but not only this, also because they do live in the nature of Sweden and that is pretty good for a wild dog. This and the fact that my mother does now know someone new with whom she can exchange stories and dog photos, that is really cool, and for the dog it is of course a happy end!

This shows again, if you walk through the world with opened eyes and ears, if you offer help where you can, it might be that something cool is happening to you too. But even if not, you always know for yourself why you helped. Helping is great and I am very happy that my mother helped the dog. It’s really a good story.

By the way, we took the photo when my mother took care of the dog last summer until she found the new owner. We took the image on her balcony while we had a lot of fun when we played with the dog. I have some more images of the time and especially some that I don’t need to edit as they a great. I will upload them too some day. I hope you liked my edited image and the story about the dog.


4 thoughts on “Photoshopped Doggy And A Story With A Happy End

  1. You did a fantastic job turning a poor photo into a nice dog portrait Dennis and I loved the story. It was great that your mother decided to intervene and make sure this dog got a good home. I am sure that if she hadn’t it would have ended up at the dog’s home or worse. Now it has a nice new home with an owner who likes this type of dog. I’m guessing by wild you mean it is a large, boisterous dog. I know your mother’s dog is small and suited to apartment life but this one looks like it needs a plenty of space to run and things to keep it occupied. People should think carefully before they get dogs that don’t suit their lifestyle.
    Cindy is a bigger dog than others we’ve had in the past and I didn’t know she was going to be so big until I’d already agreed to take her but we have a garden and she loves to chase balls so she gets her exercise. We’re getting older though so if we have another after her it will be a little one.

    1. Yes, this is right, that’s what I meant with wild. As it is a large dog, it would have been a problem for apartment life, right, because this dog had really a lot of energy, you might see this on the photo and in the dog face. We shot it while playing and the dog is really an energy bundle. 😀

      Also the ex owner didn’t have experience and time so that the dog also rised up wrong. The dog would have otherwise landed in the shelter or would probably meet a dozen of families that bring him back to the shelter again and again. But the new owner in Sweden didn’t have a problem with it and mentioned that some of the behaviour wouldn’t be a problem outdoors in Sweden. Later he also reported back to my mom that he could still reduce some bad behaviour. He sends my mother photos and videos. We saw this video of a Sweden forest full of snow where the dog could run like crazy and both, the dog and the owner had fun in the forest snow. It’s so cool to see this and my mother became proud, I told her she can be very proud.

      Yes, you make the point, it’s not a long time ago when I have read an article in a local newpaper that states there are over 700 pets in our towns shelter and that most arrive at christmas time. The article mentioned also that most of them will never find any owner again. People buy pets spontaneous as if it would be a christmas present, that was the bottom line. But this sadly doesn’t only apply to christmas time. The neighbor of my mother of this story here is one example. I agree, people should be aware what it means to have pets, before they actually make this decision.

      In the case of your dog Cindy, I think a garden is absolutely enough for a big dog. I think that is very good for dogs. Your idea is good to get a smaller one after her, I would do that the same way then, but let’s hope Cindy is long with you 🙂

      1. I hope she is too and I think she will be as she is quite healthy but she is nine years old. You would not think it to see her running around with a toy in her mouth. There is a park near our home where dogs are allowed off leash and my husband would often take her there. She’d chase the ball until she was tired and then jump in the river for a swim before coming back to the car.

      2. That is perfect for dogs 🙂 We have several parks here too and some are near the river where I often see people with their dogs. When I was younger and when I still lived at mother’s home, we had a dog named “Corry” and I went to the river with her too because she was very sporty as well and needed action. She also loved swimming 🙂 It did hit me hard when she died later, because we did so much things together. But nice to remember back how we had fun in the parks.

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