When Lori Fusaro began her photography career in 1996, the majority of her subjects were human—at events such as weddings and family gatherings.
But she had been around animals her entire life—her grandparents had a farm with rabbits, chickens, horses and goats, and Fusaro had cared for dogs, cats and hamsters—and her love of furry creatures showed no signs of waning. Over time at her private photography business, she naturally started specializing in animals.
When Joyce Darrell’s newly adopted puppy, Duke, suffered a spinal cord injury during puppy play in July 1999, her friends, family, and a number of veterinarians believed the only option was to put Duke to sleep.
But Darrell and her husband Mike would not accept euthanizing Duke, who was only 7 months old. Instead, she set Duke up in a wheelchair to help him regain his independence.