I moved to Shamattawa, a remote First Nation Reserve in Manitoba, earlier in the year to be with my boyfriend who has been teaching. Not working myself, my main focus (other than doing some painting) became the rez dogs. The lovely pack that protects the teacher units became my companions during the day when outside, and inside when it was -40 and I would feed them. I began photographing them not only to pass the time and to remember them, but also to show the delicate and caring nature of these dogs when they are given the chance to show that they are not only wild, but that they are still capable of being 'man's best friend'.
Aurora and Patches were the first to come inside when it was very cold during the day. I did not have any dog food, but they always enjoyed peanut butter on bread, eggs, and the occasional chicken piece!
It took some patience, but after days of gaining his trust, Pirate became a new member of the pack and also a very sweet dog. He had been through some tough times.