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As a pet photographer I want to be able to capture the real essence of a dog and the special love and relationship we have with our pets. Julie and her dog Kasia have a very special bond as you can see in these images from their shoot. Mostly I love being able to show the fun and friendship that is shared by having pets in our lives.
They go on two 2 walks a day, down to various parts on the Northern beaches in Sydney, Kisa always loves bringing her throw toys on walks, but as I said she never likes to share, it is quite funny to watch her with other dogs at the beach. She will leave the toy on the ground and wait for other dogs to come up and try and take the toy from her, then she quickly snatches it up in her mouth and runs off down the beach or into the water where they can’t get it.
Pets provide love, comfort, safety, warmth, happiness, levity, wonder, laughter and friendship.
They teach us to have more patience with life and to enjoy the simple things.
Who ever said diamonds were a girls best friend, never owned a dog.


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This weeks post is a personal post about my 3 little furry loves back in Sydney Australia.
I absolutely love living here in NYC and photographing other peoples dogs, but the things I miss the most from home are these 3 furry friends (sorry mum) ha ha
They belong to my old flatmate and long time friend Geneve, she has kindly let me share her dogs since they were little bouncy balls of trouble, fun and love. Brothers Lockie and Neddie were a impulse buy after popping to the shops for some milk one day. Geneve named Lockie and I named Neddie they were the best and worst thing all at the same time in the beginning. We would come home to find chewed up shoes, printer cords, earphones and lip glosses everyday for the first year we had them. Then 6 years later Geneve was at the same set of shops one day and called me saying there is this poor little puppy left in the pet shop, now 4 months old and nobody wants him :(, possibly because he has a broken kinky backwards tail. My first response was “NO MORE PUPPIES!” then she sent me a photo saying his name is Tobie. I knew then that once she had a named him, he was coming home with her. So after another year of coming home to chewed up toilet rolls, I couldn’t ever imagine Tobie not being a part of the pack. I am going home to Australia for a visit next month and the first thing I want to do when I get there is hug these little balls of love and not let go. Im sure it’s not normal to miss pets more than friends and family while you are away, but sad as I am, it’s true and I don’t mind admitting it.

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When the image say’s it all…


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This big cuddly, old beautiful boy is Dylan, he is basically blind in both eyes and pretty much deaf in both ears but he is one of the happiest sweetest dogs I have ever met. Dylan was adopted from the SPCA shelter many years ago, so we don’t know is exact breed, though we are pretty sure it’s Cocker spaniel cross baby bear cub. He knows his little apartment like the back of his paw. He walks his little path from the lounge room to the kitchen to check his food bowl every few minutes, just in case something magically fell in there while he was gone. I also caught him digging through my handbag up on the couch, pulling out my valuables while I had my back turned too. It’s just absolutely gorgeous how cheeky and full of mischief he still is at his age and even when we went outside, it was just so amazing how he mastered the stairs and navigated his way around the courtyard.
“Dylan may not have his sight, but he still has vision”


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So the name says it all in this beautiful big Bulldogs case “TUGBOAT”
Tug is the unofficial dog mayor of the building he lives in on East 57th street, he resides there with his caretaker Janet.
The name Tugboat was borrow from a friend of Janet’s in Chicago, one could not think of more perfect name for the lovable, strong and steadfast honorary guard dog of the building. As he sits in front of the building watching the world pass one can only smile.
Surprisingly Tugboat has an unusual diet, he does not favor his pound of meat, but prefers pumpkin, cheese, ice-cream and pretzels, he never met a dairy product he did not like. He has a few other cheeky habits besides running off with the roll of toilet paper, occasionally dives into the cupboard and runs off with a shoe and he can also be very frisky at times and gets very over excited in fact we had to cut our shoot short as it can be dangerous for Tug to get to excited and over heated, because he was born with a smaller trachea than usual and he sometimes has difficulty breathing. So summer can be hard for this big guy, though he still manages to get out and about and keep a eye on his neighborhood.


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Askur the pug in motion

Introducing King Askur…born in Delhi India 2008, the name “Askur” originates from Iceland, it s said that in Nordic mythology Askur was the first man on earth.
Now this little pug dog certainly believes his is special and rules his palace here on the East river in New York City.
He was so wonderful to photograph, I nearly dropped the camera multiple times from laughing at him being so regal in his castle and then when we went to the park it was no different, he sat down looking around like he was ruler of the park so uninterested at passers by.
He even has multiple thrones around the house in every room, mini couches, leopard print beds, stools and the finest woven cushions to lay his little squashed head upon…ha ha ha
My first dog was a pug cross mini foxy “Sally” and she was just the same, they may be small dogs but they have really BIG personalities. So cute!

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So as you may now know, I am slightly obsessed with dogs and not only do I photograph dogs as a job, but I do it for fun too.

This Instagram collage of iphone photos is from the streets of New York in the last few weeks.

I love meeting new people and new dogs, I spend a part of my day out and about walking the the streets and Avenues of NYC, talking to dogs and their owners.

I don’t always have my big canon camera with me while out walking, so my iphone is my 2nd best tool I have.

I invite you to follow me on Instagram @  dogsandthecitydotnet

Also I am putting together a exhibition of the dogs I meet in the city, so be sure to contact me if you and you’re dog would like to be apart of this.