I Heart Faces has weekly photography contests for amateur and professional photographers. I definitely fall into the former category. I don't enter their contests very often, and I really don't do it to win. Although, I have heard that just as many amateurs win as pros. When I do enter, I do so for the fun of it and because I want my photo to have lots of exposure. You can bet that any photo on their website gets viewed... a lot!
Each week they post a theme and at least one human face must be visible in the entered photos. Some weeks they don't require a face. This week is one of those rarities. It is Pet Week! That being said, I am entering this photograph of my beloved dog, Leiua. She is a full-blood American Pit Bull, but is the complete antithesis of the Pit Bulls you hear about in the media. Leiua (short for Hallelujah, but a bit blasphemus, probably) is the sweetest, most docile dog you will ever meet. Leiua is actually the poster child for "America's Nanny Dog", which used to be the nickname for Pit Bulls before cruel, unethical dog fighters came into the picture. In fact, Helen Keller, who was deaf, blind, and mute for the first several years of her life, had a Pit Bull named Sir Thomas. Pit Bulls are also commonly referred to as the clowns of the dog world. They are just plain goofy, as you can see in my photo below:
Have you ever seen such a big smile for the camera? : D