The Day of the Podenco

Kodak and Atlas (@kodak_and_atlas) came to the studio in London a couple of weeks ago. They’re two wonderful rescue dogs and both Podencos. With International Day of the Podenco just finished it seems a blessing to be able to show some of our photos from the session.

Atlas is around 6 years old and in his first few weeks with his new family (including Kodak). He’s had a rough life so far but you’d never know it. Kodak is a complete sweetheart and his partner is crime.

Too many Podencos endure an extremely hard life - in Spain they’re generally used as hunting dogs, underfed (which means they work harder according to the hunters) and kept in squalid conditions. Atlas’ teeth are completely worn down where he’s presumably tried to escape bars or chains. If Podencos don’t earn their keep as a good hunting dog they’re lucky if they survive. Most are killed by the hunters in shockingly brutal ways - hung low from trees to ensure a long and painful death, legs broken or mouths fixed shut so they starve to death, or thrown down deep wells where either they will be killed from the fall or starvation. They are simply not protected by Spanish laws and up to 150,000 are killed each year during the hunting season.

Podencos are often called ‘The Great Forgotten’ and an overlooked breed.

But, as I found out from the owners of these two loving Podencos, there’s now more help available to help this situation. Charities such as @hopeforpodencos, @podenco_friends, @sospodencorescue and @ibizanhoundrescue are just some of the organisations doing their bit to change the situation. Give them a visit and let’s show our support.

In the meantime, and to celebrate them in a positive light, here’s some of our portraits from our photography session:

The latest & a Mother's Day treat of 15% discount

Firstly - the treat! I’m offering a 15% discount for all new dog portrait bookings made between today and the end of Saturday 6th April, all in the name of Mother’s Day. Perhaps you have a lady in your life who is Mother to a small human, or indeed a canine! Click here to email me and purchase your gift voucher towards a studio session (based in London). This can then be redeemed anytime up to Tuesday 1st October 2019.

Secondly - the update. I’ve had some top dogs in the studio recently, from Boston terriers Winston and Bruno (separate owners might I add!) to beautiful Schnauzer Poncho. Here’s some of my favourites. As ever, have a browse of my portfolio here, book a session here, or simply get in touch for a chat here.

Until next time…
Alex

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Bullet, a mini schichi with a huge heart

Bullet the shichi (Shitzu x Chihuahua) visited the studio at the start of the week. I had to set up a full height table for this little gal - as her owner describes her she’s the size of a squirrel with the heart of a lion. She’s certainly small but very entertaining. I couldn’t ask anything better of a dog to sit and wait as long as she did - Bullet’s a pro when it comes to having her photograph taken. Here’s a couple of my favourites.

You can find Bullet over on Instagram here: @minibbulletdog

Welcome to 2019 and our January sale

Alex here. I’m excited for 2019! I’m looking forward to my January bookings and meeting more of you dog owners and your canine pals.

To kick off this year I’m offering 25% off all of my packages (listed here) for all bookings made in January. Just quote ‘JanDog19’ with your enquiry/booking request and we’ll sort the rest. Have a peek at the gallery here for some inspiration…

In the meantime here are a couple of photographs from my latest shoot with lovable duo Maggie and Hal, a 6-month old Bull Terrier and gorgeous black lab. We were able to hand-deliver two bespoke framed prints just in time for Christmas too which is always a real pleasure.

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Of course I can’t post without mentioning my right-hand man Ludo. He spent his first proper Christmas with us and relished being the centre of attention, but now I’m back in the studio he’s back in front of the camera - we’ve both got to practise our skills!

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