Chad chose to get this dog rose of no man’s land tattoo to commemorate his work with a local dog rescue group as well as his relationship with his rescue dog. The rose of no man’s land, traditionally a nurse’s face emerging from a rose, is a traditional tattoo design done in tribute to the red cross nurses on the front lines during World War I. After World War I, the design has remained a popular choice; the imagery is classic and beautiful, and the symbols of rescue or ‘hope when all hope is lost’ remain meaningful to many today.

Minneapolis is lucky to have a host of dog rescue non-profit organizations to help find good homes for dogs in need. These rescues help protect dogs from being euthanized as well as helping adopters find the right dog for their home. Many of these organizations place dogs in foster homes before they are adopted, providing the dog with a stable environment and adopters with more information about the dog. These organizations make a huge difference in the lives of so many animals, and rely heavily on volunteers to make it work. If you have ever considered fostering or volunteering, I encourage you to do so! I have fostered, volunteered and adopted dogs through local fosters, and it has been an incredibly meaningful and important part of my life. Thanks, Chad!