Years ago a friend gave me a small stuffed beanie dog as it happened to resemble Foto, my black & white cock-a-poo pup. Yes, I recognize that cock-a-poo is an absurd name for blended mutt, but she is nonetheless adorable as is plain to see. Of course all pet owners claim some such status of magnificence for their pet. So on my adventure travels from the Inca ruins of Macchu Picchu, Peru to those near Angkor Wat in Cambodia , little Foto has been dragged along, eliciting the giggles of local children and the delight of even adults.
So what to name this NEW global photo project?? Why not let Foto be the face, the mascot, the ambassador of the project? She’s the perfect prop and foil for breaking frequent language barriers…in fact, a little stuffed animal speaks the universal language of joy and fun. And Foto is the perfect NAME for a icon to “fetch photos for the globe’s children”
After much silly deliberation, my son, Austin, co-collaborator on this crazy notion of bringing photographs to kids around the world, suggests we do a take off of the popular TV show of his childhood Boy Meets World and name it Dog Meets World! Yes, it’s simple, easy to remember, to the point and most importantly FUN. It’s official DOG MEETS WORLD is it.
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Praise for DMW
"Participating in Dog Meets World was a truly magical experience, bringing joy and wonderment to all I met."
John Carr, Phodographer across South America
"Dog Meets World unleashes the power of photography as a diplomatic and personal tool in building connections among the people of the world. It embeds a memory in photographer and subject alike."
Prof. Patrick Fleming, Fulbright scholar & Phodographer Cambodia & Kyrgzystan
"You will never know just how important that photo will be long after it is taken and given."
Delores Barr Weaver, co-owner Jacksonville Jaguars
"Dog Meets World went over fabulously in my village. It is a perfect option for Peace Corps volunteers like myself. I like the Foto dog mascot, kids like it, and it is a representation of the peace and the ideas of the project."
Kristen Woodruff, Phodographer Costa Rica
"The kids are absolutely loving Dog Meets World. For a majority, these were the first images of themselves that they have ever owned."
Marti Johnson, Phodographer Uganda