We were looking for a furry addition to the family, to keep me company while my husband was away for work. According to his biography on the Animal Protection Society website, Jester was 11 months old and had been left in kennels by his previous owners. In the beginning he was very timid; but after 6 months of puppy training and socialising, his confidence grew and he became the loving, sooky boy that he is today. He would be the perfect ‘therapy dog’ and is very protective of the newest member of his pack; our three month old daughter, Georgia.
Ruskie, Black Russian Terrier, 9yrs. Known as the “Black Pearls of Russia,” Blackies are people-oriented and want to be close to the action at all times. They tend to be a bit aloof around strangers ( That may be true but I still got a cuddle at the end of the shoot )
Kado, Kelpie / Basenji X, 2yrs. Where Australia meets Africa. Did the shoot with his best mate Milo a Blue Heeler. Didn’t get to explore their favourite spots in the Yarra; it was doing it's best to imitate the Amazon River.
“River is my best mate. But, raising River was a lot of work. By 8 months I had a high risk dog, both people and dog aggressive. I thought I was at a loss with River to begin with, but he surprised me greatly. I decided not to give up and work on my own knowledge of dog behaviour to try and help him. It was a very slow, very long and very emotional process. It was 2+ years of really hard work to train myself and fix his problems.
And I am so glad I did.
River is now 3 and the absolute light of my life, he's almost faultless. He's now not only comfortable around other dogs and people, he has a very good understanding of how to read other dogs and shows very clear body language. He's been my most influential teacher in the industry and he has taught me more than I could have ever learnt from any training course out there. He has taught me not only how to understand and work with dogs but how to understand myself more. I owe River everything, this photoshoot held so much meaning to me and being able to have him run around as Stephen photographed him was a wonderful experience.
When we came across this little fella, we still hadn’t made up our minds on whether to get a pup or not. The thought of eventually going through the loss of a pet again was too much bear... But once we held him in our arms and looked into his beautiful little eyes… we fell in love.
He seemed like such a calm little puppy... but boy were we WRONG! This little rascal has now taken over the house.. the couch, our bed, the shower, the car… all his.
Everything we do revolves around him and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
He always looks after his mummy when she’s sad and gives the best kisses and cuddles...