April 25, 2012 , , Carina Thornton
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I think every photographer or writer has a little wish that they will write the post or snap the photo that blazes through the internet like wildfire. We hope that it is beautiful or inspiring or  just *something* that affects people and gets them talking.

When I snapped this photo of Katie at an adoption adoption event, my wish was that it would help her find her forever home. Since then, this picture of Katie has peppered the media, the internet, store windows, bulletin boards and telephone poles.

Now, my only wish for this photo is that it helps brings Katie back home.

On Saturday evening, just moments after celebrating Katie’s adoption, she ran from her new home and has yet to return. There have been sightings, there have been people pounding the pavement searching for her and passing out flyers, there have been tracker dogs on and off her trail.

The picture makes me sad. I remember meeting her gentle gaze. Once the shutter clicks, that moment is preserved and it is always a part of you. I hope that somehow she is hearing everyone whisper as they look at her now, “Come home, Katie.”

(Katie was last seen in Chevy Chase, MD on the 24th of April. For more information on how you can help in the search for Katie, please visit Lab Rescue LRCP.)

UPDATE 4/26/2012: It with a heavy heart that I must share the news that we lost dear Katie. In spite of unprecedented efforts to get her home safely, Katie has crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Please keep her, her foster and adoptive families and the team of Lab Rescue LRCP in your thoughts as we all come to grips with this sad ending. If anyone would like to make a donation memory of Katie, you may do so with this link:

RIP, sweet girl.


  1. So sad and scary. The exact same thing happened with one of our foster dogs, he was very shy and got away from his new owners just minutes after they got him home (fortunately he was found the next day). Hoping Katie gets home safely.

  2. Thank you for the wonderful compliment, Karen… I hope it helps to bring Katie back 🙂

  3. First, I have to say your work is just stunning. You capture the essence of a pet perfectly. Second, I am so sorry to hear the news. My heart goes out to the family/rescue. I wish everyone well.

  4. Thank you for stopping by, Rachel, and thanks for your sweet words about my work and dear Katie…

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