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Sidney can fly! - National Geographic, Your Shot - August 2009 and the cover of Weezer's "Raditude" album | by Jason Neely
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Sidney can fly! - National Geographic, Your Shot - August 2009 and the cover of Weezer's "Raditude" album

Sidney was a rescue dog that we adopted in Gainesville, FL. His mother was due to be put down, but when some girls found out that she was pregnant, they rescued her and helped her have the pups. From the day we brought him home, we knew he was a special boy--I have never seen a dog with as much energy.

 

I took this shot in March of 2008, Sidney was about 2 years old at the time. One evening, on a whim, I submitted the image to National Geographic. A few months later I was stunned when National Geographic sent me an email saying that they would like to publish it. It would up in both the August 2009 issue of National Geographic and a "Your Shot Special Edition" publication.

 

Then came the next surprise. Weezer, a band that I have liked since my college days was looking for art for their latest album, Raditude. Their manager, himself an accomplished photographer was at an airport and was flipping through the "Your Shot Special Edition" when he saw my crazy dog leaping through our living room. He thought it would be perfect for their album cover. We talked about it and came to an agreement.

 

Then it got even crazier. MTV came to the house to film Sidney "interviewing" Rivers Cuomo of Weezer. In March of 2010 Sidney also made his video debut, appearing in Weezer's video, "I'm Your Daddy."

 

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Taken on March 9, 2008