Photographers Kelly Pratt and Ian Kreidich love dogs and love dancers. Every year, they do a photo shoot with the St. Louis Ballet, who perform The Nutcracker every year, and dogs and cats from Stray Rescue of St. Louis. They call it The Muttcracker.
It’s hard to find a more universally lovable piece of work than one that features orphaned pets taking part in a holiday classic. "The Muttcracker" has received tons of coverage over the years, which has opened up the adoption floodgates and led to most of the dogs and cats finding their forever homes.Read about the project and see the photographs at Wonderful Machine. Don't miss the story of the blind chihuahua that was held by the Mouse King. (via Metafilter)
We have gotten a lot of national coverage for 'Muttcracker!' Outlets like People Magazine and Hallmark Channel have covered the story. Last year, all of the dogs were adopted within a couple months of the project. And this year, at least nine of the dogs have found homes already — less than a month after we started.