Chica the Wonderful Bully - Senior Dog Photography Vancouver


I had the absolute honour of photographing Chica earlier last month. As a 13-year-old lady, she has a totally kissable white heart shaped face that I just adored! I met her and her mom at Barnet Marine Park in Burnaby for her senior dog photography session. It makes my heart full that I can give this family wonderful photos to remember her for years to come.

She is a brindled bully breed adopted through HugABull Advocacy & Rescue Society. If we had to choose one word to describe her, it would be "sassy". She is incredibly smart and loving and she knows what she wants out of life!

When Chica was just over two years old, she was taken in by the SPCA after a cruelty investigation. She had been in a car accident and dislocated her right hip, and her owners were unwilling or unable to provide the surgery she needed. The same owners also marked her with something her rescuers had never seen before: full-colour, human-grade tattoos inside of both ears and on her belly. That's right...this brindled beauty is inked with butterflies, flaming skulls, and her name in Old English lettering!


The SPCA took her in and performed the hip surgery, then partnered with HugABull to find her a foster home where she could recover. That foster home ended up being a forever home, and 10 years later the pain and neglect is a distant memory. Chica is loved to pieces by her humans April and Josh, who became very involved with HugABull and with bully breed advocacy over the years. Chica has been on the news, at events, and in the papers as an "ambassadog" when talking about breed-specific legislation. She earned her Canine Good Neighbour (CGN) certification and won a pet talent contest, wowing the judges with the over 50 tricks in her repertoire.

These days she is stiff and dealing with a few old lady health issues, but enjoying her golden years, and occasionally agreeing to be a big sister to other HugABull foster pups.

If you don't know if you are ready to adopt, fostering is a great option. It helps a dog get out of the shelter, and gives you time to determine if a dog is a fit. April and Josh weren't sure they were ready to adopt when Chica came into their lives, but she settled in so perfectly that they were happy to be a "failed foster". They can't imagine the last decade of their lives without her.

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