Famous Russian Photographer Abandons Her Career to Live in the Forest with 100 Sick Dogs

Daria Pushkareva was one of the most sought-after wedding photographers in Moscow, regularly shooting the nuptials of Russia’s elite businesspeople and politicians, but her workaholic lifestyle left her exhausted. She had previously worked in the film industry. She said,

 “I became a photographer because I wanted to reduce the intensity of my life. I invested all of my money into photo equipment and master classes to perfect my skills. But ended up in the same place. No vacations, simply not giving myself neither the rest nor the holidays I so desperately needed. I shut myself away at work and the only joy I had came from producing impressive photos. I realized that I was a workaholic, always preferring doing or creating something to any form of relaxation.”

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She continued,

“I then remembered my childhood when I and my classmates were talking about future professions and I said that I wanted to run a dog shelter. One day, I saw a piece about a shelter puppy without an eye. It needed 10K rubles ($150) to book a visit to the ophthalmologist. I met a volunteer to give her the money for the dog’s treatment in person and she told me, “Thank you, but we can’t take her to the vet. There’s no one to do it right now.”

“I was there with my husband. We exchanged a few glances and I said ‘We might as well do it ourselves.’ At that point, everything became clear and simple. The owner of the shelter came and placed the flea-bitten furball onto my lap while I was sitting in the car. I looked at her asking, ‘Is this a puppy?’”

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Pushkareva and her husband started rescuing one dog after another, some in terrible condition. After a while, they took out two loans, bought a house in the country, 100 miles from Moscow, and built enclosures for their rescue dogs. Pushkareva and her husband had a new life and a new purpose.

She said,

“I wouldn’t consider our household a shelter. In fact, I even feel offended if someone calls it like that. A shelter is a place where new volunteers and other people contribute to the wellbeing of the animals that are constantly moving in and out. We, on the other hand, have our own dogs, we love them and devote our lives to them. To us, they are family members. They’ll remain with us forever and we do not want to give them away to anyone.”

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In addition to the rescue dogs, the couple also takes care of foxes and raccoons.

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Take a look at some more photos of daily life on their property.

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If you want to donate some money to help their cause, you can do it on Paypal at sobakalarax@mail.ru.

The couple now feeds and takes care of an incredible 200 animals.


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Abram Gannibal was a black African-born…

Abram Gannibal was a black African-born Russian nobleman in the 18th century. Sold into slavery, he was eventually freed by Peter the Great and adopted into the Emperor’s household as his godson. His great-great grandson is the celebrated author and poet Alexander Pushkin.

In 2018 the Domino’s in Russia…

In 2018 the Domino’s in Russia offered up to 100 free pizzas every year for 100 years if a customer got the Domino’s logo tattooed visibly on their body. Initially intended to last a month the promotion proved to be so popular Domino’s ended it after a week with 350 accepted winners.

60 Years Later, Russia Re-Opens Investigation into Deadly Incident at Dyatlov Pass

For most people, the most horrifying thing to happen on a hiking/camping trip would be too many bugs or running out of toilet paper.

For nine Russian skiers on a short trip through the Ural mountains in 1959, however, it got much worse. Sometime in the middle of the freezing winter night, something absolutely destroyed their tents and left their bodies strewn at various distances – up to a mile – from the campsite, half dressed and shoeless.

Most of them froze to death – their bodies were only discovered once the snow thawed months later. But for others, the cause of death was more of a mystery. One of their heads was bashed in, two had shattered ribs, and one – get this – was missing his tongue and eyes.

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So, at this point, you’re thinking it’s got to be either a Yeti or an Ice Dragon to blame, right? Maybe the Russian government was thinking that too. The Soviet military opened an investigation into what happened, but abruptly closed it after three months, claiming “The spontaneous power of nature” was the culprit. Then, the investigation was classified and kept locked down until the 1970s.

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It’s vague conclusions like this that get the conspiracy theorists worked up, and I’ll be the first to admit I’m one of them. After all, there was absolutely no evidence of foul play, so some theories had already posited it could have been a hurricane, an avalanche, or a freak wind storm that had caused all the devastation. If the report had found that it was any of those things, frankly, you’d think that it would have said, “These nine people were killed by an avalanche.”

But instead, we’re getting “The spontaneous power of nature” ripped this guy’s eyeballs out and left all of these half-naked skiers for dead in the snow?

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If that’s what nature does, I’m never leaving my house again. Thanks, Russia.

It seems like the explanation wasn’t good enough for modern researchers, either. The investigation was reopened in 2019, but only to investigate the three “most likely [theories],” all of which are “somehow connected with natural phenomena.” That’s fine if you really still think it was an avalanche, but if you’re one of the theorists who think it was aliens, or that it was all staged to cover up an advanced weapons program? Well, no contemporary technology in the world is going to uncover something the Russians want to keep secret.

Including Ice Dragons.

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10 Interesting Facts About Russia

Russia is a fascinating country, rich in history and culture.

It’s also very misunderstood by many of us in the West. Take a look at these 10 facts about the largest country on Earth.

1. Not on time

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2. Looks like fun

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3. Glass Beach

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4. Hmmmm

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5. Good idea

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6. Meteor

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7. Comrade SpongeBob

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8. Doesn’t sound like fun

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9. Cool

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10. Okay…

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Activists Get Around Russia’s Anti-Gay Laws in a Very Clever Way

With the World Cup in Russia this summer, people from all over the world flocked there to support their countries and travel. And that means people from all backgrounds. One thing about Russia: it’s illegal to fly the rainbow pride flag there. But some very clever activists found a way to fly the pride flag all over Moscow.

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The protestors wore soccer jerseys from different countries and posed to recreate the pride flag.

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People on Twitter loved the work done by the group.

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A Nail Place in Russia Started Doing ‘Teeth Nails’

Yikes! A nail salon in Russia started doing ‘teeth nails’ for their customers and the results are…pretty horrific. I’m not sure who would actually want these things on their fingers, but to each their own. Take a look at this video that shows how these babies are created.

Teeth nails- YAY OR NAY ? #nailsunnytutorial Video by @edo_movs

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People on Twitter were generally creeped out by this fashion statement.

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In 2007 Russia planted their national…

In 2007 Russia planted their national flag underwater in hopes of securing the arctic’s potential natural resources. “This isn’t the 15th century,” one foreign minister said. “You can’t go around the world and just plant flags and say, ‘We’re claiming this territory.’ 00