CONE OF FAME

A Chicago-based pho­tog­ra­pher turns shame to fame for shel­ter dogs await­ing adop­tion

Modern Dog - - THE SCOOP -

Is there any­thing more embarrassing for a dog than the dreaded “cone of shame?” We might be pro­ject­ing, but it cer­tainly seems like they feel not only silly but slightly mor­ti­fied. And if you’re a dog in a shel­ter re­cov­er­ing from a spay or neuter, well, you can just for­get about find­ing your fur­ever home while sport­ing one of those plas­tic mon­strosi­ties. Rec­og­niz­ing this, pho­tog­ra­pher Erin Ein­ben­der started her Cone of Fame project while vol­un­teer­ing at the One Tail at a Time res­cue in Chicago. Us­ing brightly coloured pom poms, but­ter­flies, flow­ers, and even garbage (!), Ein­ben­der and the other vol­un­teers dec­o­rate the cones and then she pho­tographs avail­able dogs wear­ing them loudly and proudly. The pic­tures serve the dual pur­pose of em­pha­siz­ing the im­por­tance of spay­ing/neu­ter­ing your pets, as well as lift­ing the spir­its of the dogs wear­ing the cones, mak­ing them look hap­pier and more ap­peal­ing to po­ten­tial adopters. And the idea worked—ev­ery one of the smil­ing dogs from her first set

of pho­tos was quickly adopted into lov­ing homes. Erin is not stop­ping there. She al­ready has plans for the next se­ries of quirky cone pho­tos, show­cas­ing longer-term shel­ter dogs that have been pa­tiently wait­ing for their per­ma­nent homes for ex­tended pe­ri­ods of time. She’s hoping the ex­po­sure (and amaz­ing pho­tog­ra­phy, of course!) will help to speed up their search. Judg­ing by how fast the pre­vi­ous dogs were snapped up, they should have no prob­lem at all!

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