Meet Nikita, a lucky rescue dog who was adopted four years ago by photographer, artist, and filmmaker Troy Moth. When Nikita first met her caretaker, she was cowering alone in a urine-covered crate and was cautious of everything around her. Their bond, however, and Moth’s work has resulted in the husky becoming audacious as well as a bold lover of life.
MyModernMet reports that the pair’s influence on each other has been mutual. Nikita overcame many challenges in her transformation, and Moth had to settle into a new way of life after leaving behind a hot career as a fashion photographer in Toronto.
When they first moved in together, it took months for Nikita to trust Moth. She would cower in fear every time he approached but eventually learned to love and trust him. As the duo explored North America, she became the star of many of his photographs.
“She has taught me more about the simple joys in life, which really are the most important,” Moth explained in an email. “To this day, watching her run free in the forest, jumping off rocks or walking across fallen logs warms my heart more than anything.”
Nikita has become wiser and bolder from their travels. She’s tussled with skunks (and learned the consequences), made canine friends, and has explored remote areas with speed and efficiency that leaves Moth breathless. Together, they’ve created an enchanting life that translates through the artist’s photography.
The husky’s story is a reminder to adopt rather than shop for a pet. After all, there are plenty of cats, dogs and other miscellaneous animals that need loving homes. As Moth says, “your best bud may already exist and is waiting for some adventure.”
Following are photos from their adventures:
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