…and their photographer friend, Melissa Mariner. Since she has been out of work because of the current unsettling situation, and since she could not travel anywhere, Melissa decided it was time to let her pawesome friends enjoy the traveling time on her behalf. Their names are Bella Blue, Hershey, Pesto, and Nova Layne. These dogs traveled all the way from Australia to NYC, to Paris or India.
The four pit bulls are both cute and serious, goofy and melancholic. It feels like Melissa really matched the dogs’ mood to the places they’re photoshopped in. They’re either having a chit-chat with a camel in front of the Great Pyramid of Giza, or tasting some snow flakes while the beauty of the Northern Lights unfolds in the back. One very funny picture is of a one of her dogs standing upright like a conquistador who has just discovered the ancient Machu Picchu, which can be seen in the background.
Pit bulls were created by crossbreeding bulldogs and terriers. They are well-known for the gruesome bull-baiting blood sports which have given them a bad name of increased aggression and innate violence. The blood sports were finally eliminated in 1835, but the stigma regarding this dog breed is still very much present in our society. They are still regarded as dangerous dogs, soldiers who fight for their “evil masters”. For these reasons, they might not be as loved as other dog breeds.
Melissa Mariner is also the founder of a Pit Bull Rescue center in Southeastern PA, working on saving pit bulls since 2003. This series of traveling pit bulls is not only a way of fighting boredom, but also a method of raising awareness and showing the world that pit bulls are not as bad as the media portrays them and that they are also able to share happiness, laughter and make you go “Aww” and melt from cuteness overload.
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