R.O.A.R. Squad: Ruth and David and their dogs, Angel, Chopper and Trixie

I am very excited to introduce you to our latest R.O.A.R. Squad members from Australia: Ruth and David from Sydney!

I first saw Ruth’s work on Phetched, so I was super happy to hear from her (I am completely in love with the first shot in the Phetched post, I can’t help but stare back, love it!).

In addition to being a photographer, Ruth and David started a stylish leather collar and leash business. Learn more about this talented family from Oz after the jump!

To learn more about the R.O.A.R Squad (Rescue Owners Are Rockin!), or if you would like to be profiled, all the info you need is HERE. A special shout out to the fabulous folks in Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island– we need you!

Rockin’ Rescue Owners: Ruth O’Leary and David Kelso

Gorgeous Pups:

  • Angel- 6yo Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Chopper- 5.5yo Staffy x who knows?! Maybe Whippet?
  • Trixie- 5yo American Staffordshire Terrier

A Very Patient Muse: We started getting dogs in 2006. It was around then that I bought a DSLR and started relearning everything that I’d forgotten about photography since university. Chopper was a very patient muse. Photographing dogs became my passion and I set up Ruthless Photos in 2009. As we own powerful dogs we need strong collars and leads for them. I couldn’t find anything I liked in Australia so I started learning leathercraft. Shortly after launching my photography website I launched Ruthless Leather also. Dave’s background is cabinetmaking though so he’s much neater than me. He now does all the crafting and I do the design, marketing, paperwork, etc. We’re both Leos, but somehow we manage to work together and not kill each other!

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Dig Deep: Our first dog was Ivan the 7yo Husky who we inherited from my cousin. He wasn’t used to being home alone during the day so he cried a lot and kept trying to escape. Three months after we got him we got Angel from Staffy Rescue to keep him company. They made a surprisingly good pair. He pretended to find her annoying, but deep down we knew he always had a soft spot for her!

Pain in the Ass, Love in the Heart: We kept in touch with Staffy Rescue and a few months later we offered to foster a dog for them because they were full. They chose Chopper for us. He was 9 months old. He had been bought from a pet shop as a pure bred Staffordshire Bull Terrier (buyer beware!!!) and then surrendered to them when he was just 6 months old because the owners were moving house. (So they say anyway. To this day I believe it was because Chopper was such a destructive pain in the ass!) He wasn’t coping well living in kennels as he was really high energy, so we took him home and he went about worming his way into our hearts. It wasn’t long before we decided to keep him. He was destructive, hectic, anti-social and generally really irritating, but he was funny too and he was bursting out of his skin with eagerness to learn.

Foster Failure #2: It took a few years to calm the beast but when we finally had harmony I suggested to Dave that we try fostering again. I assured him we wouldn’t end up with a fourth dog. Handsome Eddie came and went. Sam the Samoyed came and went. Trixie the Amstaff came and… stayed! Foster number four was foster failure number two. Needless to say I’m not allowed to foster any more!! 

Rambo: Angel thinks she’s in the army: She likes to drop one shoulder and do a commando roll and then jump up and look around to see if anyone was watching!

Comedian: Chopper can clear a room with his farts: Once he walked into my office, sat down beside me, farted, then smiled at me and started wagging his tail! Apparently farts are funny!

Minx: Trixie’s the other woman: She absolutely adores Dave. She flirts with him and gives him kisses and looks at him like he’s the only person in the room. I often find them spooning in the bed together!

Where: Sydney, NSW, Australia

Want to meet another photographer? Check out Grace Chon from Shine Pet Photos and her rescue dogs!

Join the R.O.A.R. Squad

Do you want to join the R.O.A.R. Squad? Our goal is to make having a rescue animal THE coolest thing around. Ya game? Perfect! We’d love to have you! 

Send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you!

Recruiting Members

We are well on our way to reaching our goal of finding at least one rescue owner from every state in the U.S. and at least one rescue owner from every province and territory in Canada by April 2011. WE NEED YOUR HELP!

We’re looking for rescue dogs, cats, rabbits, parrots, horses… donkeys… snakes… we’re not biased around here. We just want rescues who have found fabulous homes! Check out all the R.O.A.R. Squad members HERE.

Recruiting for:


  1. New Brunswick
  2. Newfoundland- need asap!
  3. Nunavut
  4. Prince Edward Island- need asap!
  5. Yukon


  1. Idaho
  2. South Dakota

Everywhere Else:

  • From somewhere else? Lemme know!

If your state/province/territory isn’t on this list, THAT’S OKAY! We still need you to join! Just keep your eyes and ears out for rescue owners from these places for me, k? Thanks!

I look forward to hearing from you!

9 Responses to “R.O.A.R. Squad: Ruth and David and their dogs, Angel, Chopper and Trixie”

  1. @Kari- I think her photography is so awesome, love it!

  2. What great pictures.. I especially like the first one!

  3. They are so beautiful! And such great models.

  4. @April- I lover her photography- I think the first one is so creative!

    @Two- I agree, great muses 🙂

  5. Maggie says:

    Gorgeous!! Love, love the pics, especially that last one!

  6. Trude says:

    They look like such a great little pack! Love!

  7. Kim says:

    Yea Australia! They are all so beautiful and I’m definitely checking out her websites!

  8. Mel says:

    OMG! Such awesome photos! All of your pups are gorgeous and so photogenic Ruth. Welcome to the R.O.A.R. Club!