Thursday, January 20, 2011

Here's looking at you, pooch! The award-winning portraits that capture man's best friend


No really, it is called bark, it IS. It is young Euan Walker and a clearly disbelieving springer spaniel called Ellie

From a pair of West Highland terriers ­bounding along the beach to a forlorn-looking Spaniel puppy, they’re the ­ touching portraits that ­capture the essence of man’s best friend.

In search of the perfect shot, award-winning pet ­photographer Paul Walker will often spend days working with his canine charges.

‘I have done jobs with the most well-behaved dogs and the most badly-behaved, but love what I do so much it doesn’t bother me,’ he says.

Bad hair day: I suppose you'll be recommending a shampoo and setter, says lively Kerry

That's why they call it a Highland fling: Two white terriers having the time of their lives on the beach

The 38-year-old Yorkshireman, who now lives in Ayrshire, has been taking snaps of dogs and assorted other pets since he was five.

‘I was an only child growing up, so I think my mother bought a lot of pets because it was cheaper than having more children,’ he jokes.

'Hmmm... what's that chappie doing with that funny box thing? Dunno, old boy. Can we eat it?' Curious whippets

Buster the boxer makes even Jack Dee look cheerful while it's a long road for an English springer spaniel

And which celebrity dog would he most like to snap? Well, he’s written to the Queen offering to take a snap of the royal corgis. ‘She wrote a very polite thank you back, but is yet to take up my services.’

Perhaps he was barking up the wrong tree.

My ball: Cocker spaniel puppy Tilly isn't playing, but the posh Dogue de Bordeaux is rather keen

It's mine! It's mine! These Hungarian Vizslas are in serious pursuit. But the Jack Russell adds a peep of fun

source: dailymail

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