Day 81: What goes around comes around – I am genuinely touched
Woman whose dog I helped crawls through mud for me….
I sighed when I saw a particular message on my blog a while ago.
‘Oh God,’ I said to Ann, ‘do I have to do this?’
The message asked if I could take a photo of a staffie that was being fostered but that could not find a new home. The problem was that the woman was in Seahaven – deepest East Sussex – about 2 hours away
‘You have a manifesto, you have to help’ said Ann whilst making a large cappucino with extra froth.
‘Yeh, but this is where my manifesto gets silly. A two hour drive to take a portrait of a dog?’
Nevertheless I agreed to go that Sunday. We could visit my mum on the way.
That weekend I met with Rachel and her lovely foster staffy, Eli, a truly gorgeous, loving dog that had spent months being overlooked by adopters. We went for a walk in the park and I got lots of shots including some of her daughter and the dog back at their home.
I thought nothing much more of it.
A few weeks later I got an email from Rachel saying that not only had Eli been adopted (its not clear if the photo made the vital difference but I like to think so) but that she was now raising money for my yeartohelp by doing a ‘grim challenge’, some sort of brutal sponsored race that involved her crawling through mud.
Suddenly the idea of taking a picture of a dog seemed..well..pretty easy.
‘You don’t have to crawl through mud for me’ I thought.
Now Rachel has raised over £100 for this year long projet and I’m deeply touched. So it’s kind of true what they say – what goes around…