Welcome to Puplifting Moments, where we bring you our favorite stories about people making life better for pups - and pups making life better for people. This week: "Cones Of Fame," a photography series that turns E-collars into beautiful art and helps dogs get adopted.
There's a reason E-collars are called "cones of shame." They often look clinical and ugly, and the dogs who wear them usually look vaguely embarrassed. Obviously, they serve an important purpose– but don't we all get a little uncomfortable at the sight of our dogs looking, well, a little uncomfortable?
Enter Erin Einbender, recent graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a volunteer at One Tail at A Time dog rescue, and dog mom to the famous Rocco Roni. She realized she could make E-Collars more fun and beautiful– and perhaps educate people about the importance of spaying and neutering.
And so, she created "Cones of Fame." With the help of other One Tail at A Time volunteers, she designed and decorated a series of cones for a group of adoptable dogs to wear. In addition to helping educate people about spaying and neutering pets, the cones were designed to empower the dogs and - ultimately - get them into forever homes.
Just weeks after taking photos of the dogs in their newly spruced-up cones, each one of the dogs featured in the photos has since been adopted!
The photos taken of these gorgeous cones will be on display for an art show on June 21st from 7-9pm, held at the One Tail At a Time adoption center in Chicago, with 100% of the money they make donated to the rescue. After that, Erin plans to continue making Cones of Fame and bringing exposure to those adoptable dogs who need it most – the dogs who've struggled to get adopted, for one reason or another.
Long-term, Erin plans to expand the project to include dog organizations outside the Chicagoland area - and possibly even all across the country. She wants to invite other artists and fashion designers to design their own cones for a fashion show/auction. Any money made from said show would then go to rescues and spay/neuter clinics.
But that's a little ways off. For now, this popular venture is just getting off the ground. Heck, it's only existed for a couple weeks and it's already blowing up like you wouldn't believe.
If you enjoy these Cones of Fame as much as we do, make sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram. And if you'd like to donate to One Tail At a Time - truly one of the best rescues around - go here.
Did you ever decorate your dog's cone of shame and turn it into a cone of fame? Share the pics with us! We'd love to see them.