“The difference between a dog that is groomed every 3 – 6 months (or less) and a dog groomed every 4 – 6 weeks, is one dog thinks its being punished, while the other thinks its a part of life.”
It is estimated that 11m (40% of) households have pets, 24% own dogs.
There is no argument in saying that dogs make excellent companions but they need a lot of care and attention in return. They are dependent on us, helpless, like children, a trust that is put upon us.
My focus for this project was to look into the care of pets in the UK.
In Ghana, “pets” are trained to protect and guard their owners from crime and assault, kept outside of the home.
As a result, growing up I lacked the experience of living with pets, caring for them as animals with feelings who need physical care as well as emotional care.
Since coming into the UK, I was fascinated by the way people here are trusting and emotionally engaged with their pets. People make it a point to build a relationship with them by spending so much money on the care of their pets.
In response, I captured a series of photographs to communicate this unique culture.