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'Rubbish' Pet Portraits Raise Over £50k For Homeless

This may have started off as a joke, but Hercule Van Wolfwinkle's "rubbish" pet portraits are being sold like hotcakes and have raised over £50k for a homeless charity. Also, we want one too. 

As BBC News reports, Phil Heckels, from Worthing, West Sussex, started working until the alias Hercule Van Wolfwinkle in 2020. Jokingly, he drew his his dog and put it on Facebook, offering paid-for commissions. He was just as surprised as anyone when genuine requests started coming in. Not only that, but his drawings have gotten really popular, and as pet owners ourselves, we can totally see why. Because the volume of requests was so big, it essentially became a lottery where Wolfwinkle decides who he draws and who he doesn't.

In addition to the drawings, Wolfwinkle writes accompanying fake profiles for each pet as well as reviews from the 'customers' - also written by Wolfwinkle. Additional merchandise, such as tea towels and calendars, has also been created. 

Initially, the drawings were marketed at the joke price of £299. Later on, that became Wolfwinkle's original fundraising target. Now, "he has ambitions to reach £75,000, and has publicly vowed to get his first tattoo - his signature on his buttocks - on reaching that goal."

Wolfwinkle told BBC: "This whole thing is absolutely brilliant. To be honest it still doesn't feel real. I remember being sat on the sofa with my wife, laughing that we would never reach £299, and now we're here. I'd love to do this forever, it's just working out how we keep it going because I've basically created a second full-time job for myself. The money and publicity for Turning Tides has been phenomenal."

Turning Tides is the homeless organization to which Wolfwinkle has been giving all the raised money, and Wolfwinkle said he was "overwhelmed" by the amount raised for them. Sometime in May, a book with some of Wolfwinkle's work will be published, with part of the profits being donated to Turning Tides as well. 

There are no direct payments for the portraits. Anyone can donate to the cause to Wolfwinkle's JustGiving page, sending him a picture to draw. People wanted to send Wolfwinkle money, but he told BCC previously that he didn't want to take the money because "the pictures are rubbish." Check out some of his drawings below, and for more fun, poorly drawn animals, click right here!

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Photographer Highlights Similarities Between Pets And Their Owners

If you ever watched Disney's 101 Dalmations, you may recall the opening scene in which the Pongo is searching for a match for his human. As he looks out into the street, he sees multiple people, with their dog in tow, and each person matches their dog in some way or another. It's an adorable scene and now we're itching to re-watch that masterpiece. 

In general, they say owners tend to pick out pets that look similar to themselves. Professional animal photographer, Gerrard Gethings, has created these portraits to prove that theory. And honestly, we're completely convinced. 

The resemblance between these pet owners and their beloved pets is uncanny and cannot be ignored. The series is called #doyoulooklikeyourdog and #doyoulooklikeyourcat. Gethings then compares the portraits and highlights the similarities.

Follow Gerrard Gething on Instagram or Twitter for amazing photography! 

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Attention, Pet Owners: Portrait Mode For Pets Is Officially a Thing On The New iPhone Devices

Yes, it's true: time for pet photoshoots because 'pet portrait mode' is available on the new iPhone and people on twitter are loving it! 


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Photographer Captures Portraits Of Pit Bulls in Flower Crowns To Help Save the Lives of These “Dangerous” Dogs

New York photographer Sophie Gamand, started the project Pit Bull Flower Power in 2014. She's been traveling around the United States taking pictures of pit bulls in shelters that are in need of adoption. As many are aware, the image of the pit bull has been tarnished by society, labeled as aggressive and hateful. And as a result of such labeling, they often end up abused, abandoned, and end up in shelters for the rest of their lives. 

Sophie's mission is to destroy that negative image of the pit bull but taking beautiful portraits of them in flower crowns. Flower crowns and a soft light to help soften their image and show the world the truth of their beauty and kindness. With each portrait, comes a story about the poor pup in need and she has completely changed their fate.

Thank you, Sophie Gamand!

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Photographer Snaps Family Portraits Of Mama Lynx And Her 7 Kittens On His Porch

When you hear animals creeping along your porch, you think stray dogs or cats are probably responsible — or maybe a bold raccoon. You don't think it's going to be a mother lynx and her family of seven kittens. But such was the case for Tim Newton when he awoke to the sound of paws on his deck Wednesday morning. The Anchorage man thought it was cats, but he didn't think it would be, well, big cats.

Newton, a professional photographer, naturally reached for his camera to capitalize on the the rare opportunity to photograph the cats. The cats played on the deck for about 40 minutes before their mom ushered them back into the woods. Enjoy the photos below and if you want to see more of Newton's photo session with the lynx, check out his Facebook page.


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