The lighthearted photo series show Chon’s son Jasper posed next to her adopted pooch wearing identical attire, such as matching cowboy hats. In the photos, Jasper, 21 months, flashes a big smile while Zoey, 7, seems relaxed by his side.
This wasn’t always the case. The mixed-breed dog, adopted by Chon in 2007, took some time to get comfortable with Jasper because of her fear of strangers. That all changed when Jasper was 7 months old and Zoey rolled over to ask for a belly rub.
“After that, she warmed up to him so quickly and would be the first to run into his room in the morning when he woke up,” Chon told LittleThings. “Every new moment Zoey and Jasper share is a true triumph for Zoey overcoming her fears and I couldn’t be prouder of her.”
The photo series is steadily gaining popularity, having been featured on websites like BuzzFeed and The Dodo. It’s become Chon’s way to advocate for the adoption of black canines, which face what’s been dubbed the “Black Dog Syndrome.”
One presumed reason for the lower adoption rates is that they don’t photograph well in all lighting. Another is the myth that they’re mean, as they are often portrayed in movies like The Omen and the Harry Potter series.
“I’m just amazed that this fun series of images can also be a platform for something that’s so important to me,” said Chon, who owns one more black rescue dog named Maeby Fünke.
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