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The noise that came out of me when I first saw a photo of this chubby little baby was high pitched and loud. Thankfully it was done when no one else was within earshot!

australian aussie bulldog puppy big head

I’ve known Gus’ owner since the early days of Ruthless Photos (she’s even had the unenviable job of pet sitting for us a few times). When she agreed that her new Aussie Bulldog puppy should be in Tails of Sydney I was beyond excited. If you know me at all you’ll know that I love puppies but I particularly love squishy face puppies. WOULD YOU JUST LOOK AT HIM!!

australian aussie bulldog puppy head tilt standing on rocks

Gus had his shoot at Bundeena after he’d had his final vaccination, at 14 weeks. I don’t think I’ve ever met a more confident and well behaved puppy.

australian aussie bulldog puppy close up

If you present me with a bulldog puppy to photograph I will want to take running photos, fair warning. I just love to see all those chubby folds being pulled back by the wind.

australian aussie bulldog puppy running at beach

If your bulldog doesn’t head tilt send it back, it’s broken. Fact.

australian aussie bulldog puppy head tilt sitting on rocks

australian aussie bulldog puppy shot from above climbing on rock

It started to rain but I was enjoying our session so much, and Gus was enjoying my treats so much, we both decided to push on.

red and white australian aussie bulldog puppy leaning on driftwood log at Bundeena Beach in Sydney

I purposely sat Gus on the rock like this so I could capture those rolls. Don’t you just want to squeeze them? (That’s not weird to say, is it? I’m amongst friends here, right?!)

cute bulldog puppy sitting on rock at sunset with lots of wrinkles

Gus’ owner had her viewing session last weekend and after much deliberation chose these images for an acrylic wall collection (along with a digital collection). Gus is already about three times bigger than he was at his shoot so I’m really glad I got to record these memories when we did and they can always remember how stinkin’ cute he was as a puppy!

If you’d like to read more about Bundeena and Gus (and 84 other locations and 116 other dogs) you can pick yourself up a copy of Tails of Sydney from my online store or from Rupert&Dora in Paddington. Spoiler alert, Gus isn’t the only Bulldog puppy in it!

  • Sam - What a gorgeous, squishy faced boy! I just want to cuddle and kiss him. Fabulous photos, the lighting and the compositions are beautiful 🙂

red dog with great expression and head tilt on beach at sunrise with off-camera flash

Are you looking for a gift that says I love you and your crazy dog loving ways? Research shows that partners who are gifted my Tails of Sydney book are 100% happier than partners who aren’t!

I guarantee delivery before Valentine’s Day for all orders finalised by 6pm on Monday 6th of Feb. This also applies to gift voucher purchases. (If you miss the deadline for online orders you can still pick one up in person from Rupert&Dora in Paddington, they’re open 7 days a week.)

I hope you all enjoy the day and remember it’s ok to eat too many chocolates and cake because winter is just around the corner! If you hate all things 14th of February related that’s ok too, but it’s no reason not to eat chocolates and cake.

I shared some Vizsla puppies on my blog with you last year and now I’m back to share some more, because it’s the day after Australia Day and I know you’re in need of a puppy fix right about now.

The temperature had to have reached melting point when I went to photograph these pups. I don’t recommend scheduling a shoot in January but I make exceptions for puppies and sick dogs. Having spent the first 30 years of my life in Ireland my body just wasn’t designed to be outdoors when it’s 35+ degrees but I kept the complaining to an absolute minimum and got to work under a giant parasol. I thought the heat might work in my favour by taking the wriggle out my subjects but no such luck, for the most part they were just as squirmy as their relatives. All ten pups had their turn in front of the camera and then I did some candids and group shots. Enjoy the cute!

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I believe all these puppies are spoken for but if you’d like to find out more about Metropolis Vizslas, and the breed in general, you can visit their website here.

It’s not news to anyone that 2016 was widely considered to be godawful and most people couldn’t wait for it to end. I, on the other hand, got to meet all these (and many other) awesome furry creatures last year, so I have very little to complain about!

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I’m really excited for what 2017 holds and I’m looking forward to my 8th year in business as a specialist pet photographer – creating memories, helping dogs find homes and fundraising … plus a whole heap of puppy cuddles if I can help it.

If you’d like your dog to appear in my 2017 round up let’s chat, I know how to make that dream a possibility 😀 If you enjoy this slideshow you’ll love my book, Tails of Sydney. You can buy a copy either from my website or from Rupert&Dora in Paddington. I’ve received lots of 5 star reviews from other buyers, so if you have any doubts go to the product page and have a read.

For file size reasons it wasn’t possible to include every dog that I photographed in this clip, so please don’t feel left out if your dog isn’t one of the few hundred that isn’t featured.

If you’ve followed me for a while you might remember a couple of years ago, when I was a founding member of Team Dog, we went to Renbury Farm Animal Shelter to set up an enrichment program for the dogs. I met an incredibly gorgeous blockhead there who did the most adorable happy dance when you approached his run. I quickly fell in love with him and named him Flatley (Lord of the Dance!). I could not stop thinking about this dog. He was very strong, had zero leash manners and was on the urgent list with no adoption interest. I went back a few days later to exercise him and try to burn off some energy so potential adopters might see beyond the fact that he needed training and see what I saw, a loveable clown.

We already had four dogs and it’s not easy for us to foster an adult dog as it upsets the balance more than a puppy, but I couldn’t stop thinking about him and was on the verge of plucking him from death row when I heard the amazing news that he’d been adopted. Being the crazy dog lady that I am when I saw his new owner comment on a photo of her new dog on the shelter’s page I decided to friend request her (that sounds much nicer than Facebook stalk, right?). My favourite part of this story is she actually went to the pound that day to adopt a little dog but he had already been adopted by the time she got there. Rather than leave empty handed she decided to have a look around and ended up leaving with meathead here!

Fast forward to today, he’s now called Chopper (yes, I know, Flatley was a much better name), he fosters for Fetching Dogs, he’s still more brawn than brain and he’s a calendar model – meet Mr June in the 2017 Rescued Blockheads calendar.

pitbull type dog running through water with blue ball in mouth

pitbull type dog running on beach with blue ball in mouth

pitbull type dog running on beach with blue ball in mouth

pitbull type dog running on beach with blue ball in mouth

pitbull type dog with blue ball in mouth

pitbull type dog sitting on rocks

shifty looking pitbull type dog

red nose pit bull type dog

If you haven’t bought a calendar yet they’re still available online or from Rupert&Dora in Paddington. If you like blockheads you neeeeeeed this in your life!

I promised you in my last post that I was going to share some exciting projects I have lined up for 2017 – here’s one of them …

Every Rescued Blockheads calendar that I’ve published to-date has been made up almost entirely of images taken during adoption photoshoots, but not any more. For the 2018 version I’m switching things up and inviting owners of rescued blockheads*, young and old, to apply for a spot in the calendar. Full details will be announced shortly, you can sign up to my mailing list if you don’t want to miss out.

* A blockhead is a Staffy type, Amstaff type or Pitbull type dog with a blocky head and a muscly, very smackable, butt.