Late Wednesday night I got an e-mail from Atlanta Journal-Constitution photographer Hyosub Shin letting me know the New York Post was looking for someone to shoot an assignment for them the following day. As soon as I got the e-mail I pulled out my cell phone as fast as I could to call their photo editor to let them know I was available.
The assignment was to cover the arrival of two stray Afghani dogs at Dekalb-Peachtree Airport where they were being reunited with Sgt. Chris Duke. Duke was adopting one of them, Rufus, and temporarily holding on to another, Target. The two dogs were part of a group of three that saved his and fellow soldiers lives after they stopped an attempted suicide bomber from detonating his explosives in their barracks. Rufus and Target survived, the third dog didn’t. Duke also believes Rufus went deaf as a result of the blast.
The first part of the assignment was fairly standard, the second part was cool. I had to travel out to west Georgia to to get photos of the dogs at their new home. It went exceedingly well and I was very happy with the results.