Local Photographer Lends His Voice To His Dog

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After Lucky, photographer Bob Soltys' Jack Russell Terrier and man about town over the last ten years, suffered a near-death experience in the Rocky Mountains last summer, he decided to tell his life story and self-publish it with some help from his Dad.

Illustrated with rich black and white photos, A Lucky Life narrates a dog's twelve-year journey across America with a photographer, making friends and opening doors for his Dad along the way, beginning with Lucky's long night and uncertain future:  

"I don’t know why they did it. It’s not like I crapped on the floor or watered the carpet.

But on the night of September 29, 2003, my human drove me to the South County Shelter in San Diego, removed my tag, tied me to a light pole in the parking lot, and left me there in the middle of the night.

When the shelter staff came to work the next morning, they untied me and took me in, but my troubles weren’t over yet. Because money for pet shelters is limited, California shelters keep pets without tags for only three days.

The morning of October 3, my time was up. A little before 11 o’clock, one of the staff opened the door to my cage and reached in, a sad look on her face. My short life passed in front of my eyes ..."

You can learn more about Lucky's forthcoming book at the Kickstarter page Lucky and Bob set up to fund their book at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/blkwhitefilmpix/a-lucky-life.

The Kickstarter funding deadline is February 20.

Bob Soltys

Photographer capturing life's art and humor on Tri-X film, quietly and unobtrusively with one small camera and one lens.

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