Reservation rescues: Steven Sable saved a dog, found life’s mission

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Reservation rescues: Steven Sable saved a dog, found life’s mission

This reservation dog knew all the typical pet tricks – roll over, sit up, etc., says Steven Sable, who believes the dog was lost from a party of tourists.
The Skeleton Mesa Sheep Camp near Kayenta, Ariz., rescues reservation dogs. If they show a propensity for sheepherding, they’re trained to do just that. The Navajo traditionally don’t sell dogs, and the Skeleton Mesa camp is no different. It gives trained sheepdogs away to elders, who need them to ensure that the traditional Diné sheep culture is maintained.
Funds from image sales support Rez Dog Biographies and are donated to rescue groups that work locally to save the dogs – and cats, too.
Chinle is Steven Sable’s latest rescue success story. Sable says Chinle helps him calm freshly rescued dogs and puppies.
Page was Steven Sable’s original rescue.“Rescuing Page radically changed my life for the better … everything I’ve done since then is an effort to honor that moment and that dog,” he says.
Some reservation dogs are pets and don’t need rescuing. This male spent the morning sunning himself beside his house on the outskirts of Shiprock, N.M. From the moment Sable began photographing for Rez Dog Biographies, he says he felt a deep connection to the animals.
This mother was raising her litter in a culvert just south of Hovenweep National Monument.
Chinle is Steven Sable’s latest rescue success story. Sable says Chinle helps him calm freshly rescued dogs and puppies.
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Reservation rescues: Steven Sable saved a dog, found life’s mission

This reservation dog knew all the typical pet tricks – roll over, sit up, etc., says Steven Sable, who believes the dog was lost from a party of tourists.
The Skeleton Mesa Sheep Camp near Kayenta, Ariz., rescues reservation dogs. If they show a propensity for sheepherding, they’re trained to do just that. The Navajo traditionally don’t sell dogs, and the Skeleton Mesa camp is no different. It gives trained sheepdogs away to elders, who need them to ensure that the traditional Diné sheep culture is maintained.
Funds from image sales support Rez Dog Biographies and are donated to rescue groups that work locally to save the dogs – and cats, too.
Chinle is Steven Sable’s latest rescue success story. Sable says Chinle helps him calm freshly rescued dogs and puppies.
Page was Steven Sable’s original rescue.“Rescuing Page radically changed my life for the better … everything I’ve done since then is an effort to honor that moment and that dog,” he says.
Some reservation dogs are pets and don’t need rescuing. This male spent the morning sunning himself beside his house on the outskirts of Shiprock, N.M. From the moment Sable began photographing for Rez Dog Biographies, he says he felt a deep connection to the animals.
This mother was raising her litter in a culvert just south of Hovenweep National Monument.
Chinle is Steven Sable’s latest rescue success story. Sable says Chinle helps him calm freshly rescued dogs and puppies.
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