Pets with Disabilities Smile for Photographer’s Camera

Carli Davidson

updated 10/24/2011 AT 8:30 AM ET

originally published 10/24/2011 AT 9:00 AM ET

Photographer Carli Davidson was hanging out at an Oregon beach a few years ago when she saw a German shepherd playing fetch with his owner. The dog also happened to be in a wheelchair.

“The dog seemed perfectly happy, and they were happy hanging out with each other,” Davidson says. “It gave me the idea that I could create something that showed people we should keep animals around.”

So Davidson, whose work centers around animals, began the Pets with Disabilities Project, taking portraits of Portland-area pets that are blind or in wheelchairs, but are 100-percent happy.