Two years ago my friend, photographer David Coppens, lost his beloved dog Nez. He took this stunning photograph to memorialise his loss. The photograph went viral with many people taking credit for it, and even horrible memes being created from it. David had to fight to be given credit – and received so much abuse for it – at a time when he also tragically lost his second dog, Thai. Today I want to honour Nez and thank David for creating one of the images that have stayed with all of us who have lost a precious animal.
If you see this imagine online without the credit, remember the real person behind the photograph. I have had to fight to have my photographs removed from all over the internet. But none of them were as personal to me as the one above is to David. I know how much it hurt and upset him when a photograph so personal was used for all kinds of purposes.
After the devastating loss of Nez and Thai, David rescued Viggo, a beautiful mastiff who needed love and care. He uses the income from his photography to pay for medical care for his gorgeous boy as he ages and needs more help.
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