Heidi – DIGNITY Project 

Body by Husky / Corgi, Eyes by Cullen-Webb

Started in April 2014, the DIGNITY project has photographed senior dogs across Nova Scotia to help raise awareness of the challenges facing elderly K9s, their (often) senior owners and to aid ElderDog Canada. 

With photography for the project winding-down, the last shoot is scheduled fro Feb 27th at (for a 2nd time), the Parkland Shannex facility in Clayton Park.  Upon completion, DIGNITY will have photographed roughly 60 elderly dogs – many of whom are sadly no longer with us.

Heidi, our 21st image release from the project is a 14 yr. old Husky-Corgi mix who started her journey in life on the streets of Boston, MA. 

Found surviving on her own in Boston as a pup, Heidi was rescued by her first family and eventually relocated with them to Canada, specifically to a farm in rural in Nova Scotia.

Heidi came to the attention of ElderDog when she found herself orphaned upon the tragic deaths, in quick succession, of her original owners.  Contacted by a family member, ElderDog facilitated her adoption by Claire and Paul for whom she is the centre of attention. 

Heidi’s energy level during the shot was only matched by Claire and Paul’s obvious affection for her.  While her advanced years do see her afflicted with diabetes and hypothyroidism, you’d never know it from the way she dominated the set during her shoot.

As for those clear sparkling eyes, it’s not post-production wizardry – they’re courtesy of shiny new lens from the ophthalmology specialists Cullen-Webb. 

While their clarity (give the age of our model) caused an initial double-take on the capture monitor, they work VERY well - not a crumb of her (or our prior model’s) treats was missed by their wearer. 

Like so many of our project models, Heidi is a survivor and, like them, she now enjoys very loving care as she enters her later years.  One look at her photo and it is easy to see why so many of the residents at Shannex Clayton Park were eager to spend time with her during the day. 

As we approach the end of the project, we’d like to thank all those businesses and individuals who’ve supported the endeavour. Their promotion of DIGNITY in the media, on the web, and their gracious donation of space as shooting locations will not be forgotten. 


Ardra and Rob