Every December, calendar-buyers decide what they want to look at for the next 12 months. In 2019, the choice is clear: “Dad Bods and Dogs.”
The calendar is the brainchild of Texas photographer Rickie Beason. Rickie teamed up with The Love Pit, Rescue Row, and Astasia’s Angels Animal Rescue, three animal rescue organizations in the Dallas, Texas area, to take pictures of adoptable dogs with guys who have “dad bods.”
In exchange for providing the cute adoptable dogs, the shelters also split all of the calendar’s profits. Ricki has been creating calendars to spotlight rescue dogs for years now, but this year she decided to take a different approach. Instead of using brawny guys to lure people in, she decided to go with “regular” guys.
“I noticed last year that there were A LOT of these ‘sexy men’ calendars and I knew I needed to make a change in order to continue to generate interest and raise more money for the dogs,” Ricki said.
The new calendar features regular-looking guys having fun with their rescue dogs. Each month has a theme, from July 4th cookouts to taking a shopping trip to Target. (Because men love Target, too, ladies!)
I wanted to feature attractive men that look like your every day “good guy”, in your every day “dog dad” scenarios (i.e. 4th of July cookout, pool lounging, at the store) with “man’s best friend” right by their side for all of their shenanigans. I felt that by pairing guys with “dad bods” it made the calendar and pictures more relatable so people really could picture their lives with a rescue dog and all the fun they could have with them.
Here’s Mr. October, Jared, with Woody!
Ricki says she hopes that the calendars will not just provide much-needed income to the shelters, but will also help each of these dogs find loving forever homes. Some of the dogs in the 2019 calendar have already been adopted, but several are still awaiting homes.
Who wouldn’t want to hang out with this cutie, Betty White?
One of the reasons I started doing rescue photography was because I wanted to change the stigma that is out there about shelter and rescue dogs. You see these pictures of a sad and dejected dog behind shelter bars, you may get sympathy and pity out of people, but I don’t want people to always see the dog in that negative light.
I want people to see the “after” – after they have been saved and rescued with their cute smiles and tail wags so they are encouraged to bring this happy and goofy puppy into their home as their new best friend.
Additionally, Ricki hopes to simply make people smile with this year’s calendar offering. “I feel that we have so much negativity out there that we all need a good laugh – something light-hearted to ease our spirits,” she said.
At the very least, you can adopt cuties like Linus and Lucy to help you get through tough times.
These photos certainly make us smile, and it’s even better knowing that supporting this effort directly benefits the hardworking shelters that spend countless hours helping innocent animals find a new life.
If you want to snag one of these calendars for yourself, go here.
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