National Geographic

photo by @vincentjmusi
Murphy, 2017

In the interest of full disclosure, I do not have a dog.

A dear friend of mine challenged me recently.
How can you be doing this #yearofthedogs project when you don’t even have a dog ?

My retort is simple, I’ve photographed many animals such as Bears, Elephants, Tigers, Lions, Sheep and Pigs. Incredibly some of them were even kept as pets, yet I don’t have any of those either.

Maybe too much time away on assignments for National Geographic, maybe I never got over the death of my childhood dog or I’ve lived in too many weird apartment buildings, whatever the reason,
I am dogless.
Yet dogs are no strangers at our home. Our front porch famously graced the cover of a coffee-table book about porch dogs, complete with a photograph of a dog on our porch that did not live here.

I can say without hesitation, that if I did have a dog, I would be lucky to have one as cool as Murphy. A family dog who’s good with his paws and has just enough scruff to be considered authentic. He’s a venerable first-generation Labradoodle closing in on 14. A loyal and friendly sort with a firm pawshake, he needs no help opening or closing the front door of his home.

He’s welcome on our porch anytime.

There is something about each of these dogs that I admire and I enjoy sharing them with you.
Thank you all for your kind comments, messages and emails. I read them all and try to respond to each as best I can if you follow @vincentjmusi

Charleston, South Carolina

photo by @vincentjmusi 
Murphy, 2017

In the interest of full disclosure, I do not have a dog.

A dear friend of mine challenged me recently. 
How can you be doing this #yearofthedogs project when you don’t even have a dog ?

My retort is simple, I’ve photographed many animals such as Bears, Elephants, Tigers, Lions, Sheep and Pigs.  Incredibly some of them were even kept as pets, yet I don’t have any of those either.

Maybe too much time away on assignments for National Geographic, maybe I never got over the death of my childhood dog or I’ve lived in too many weird apartment buildings, whatever the reason, 
I am dogless. 
Yet dogs are no strangers at our home. Our front porch famously graced the cover of a coffee-table book about porch dogs, complete with a photograph of a dog on our porch that did not live here.

I can say without hesitation, that if I did have a dog, I would be lucky to have one as cool as Murphy. A family dog who’s good with his paws and has just enough scruff to be considered authentic. He’s a venerable first-generation Labradoodle closing in on 14. A loyal and friendly sort with a firm pawshake, he needs no help opening or closing  the front door of his home.

He’s welcome on our porch anytime.

There is something about each of these dogs that I admire and I enjoy sharing them with you.
Thank you all for your kind comments, messages and emails. I read them all and try to respond to each as best I can if you follow @vincentjmusi

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@frances.18

Your dog photos are amazing and I don’t think you need one to do this special. I’ve had plenty dogs but have never taken one decent photograph of any so there you have it:). Love these pictures ❤️❤️

@lady_elizaveta_

Какой хороший! Взгляд как у человека

@the_asquared

@lindsey_lou_miller how did I miss this?? But yes, twins!!🐶🐶

@mariloli15249

Me gustas un montón héres m guapo un beso gordete

@annamarie.freyt

RICHTIG SÜß😍😘❤️❤️

@cccb3590

What soulful eyes. Labradoodles are great dogs for their personality and adorable looks!

@ndreece5201

He looks like an old soul🙂

@aline.bfalmeida

@caroll_liins muito a pan versão masculina!kkkkk

@peace.art.photography

What a good doggie 🐕

@heygram.ir

natgeo fifaworldcup شات و تبلیغ رایگان، برای شات رایگان دایرکت پیام بفرستید

@janes6345

I’m in love

@cocoa_tinapay

Another perfect pose.

@kcase_k_

@master.key.mentoring ive heard a couple of wild stories when it comes to dogs and service. I met one fellow who told me how his dog literally got depressed, would stop eating, and do nothing if he didnt get to go on his once a week visit to the childrens hospital to see all the kids. This dog was a pit bull, and he said that dog changed many people's opinions of that breed. The way he described this dog, it almost sounded supernatural, a benevolent, or budda. He was just some regular country dude. I detected no hint of bull about his story. He also said when having people over, if the dog didnt like you, you wern't staying. He said people would protest, but his response was that it was the dogs house too and if the dog didnt want them there, that he was sorry, but there was probably a good reason why. If the person didn't want to leave, he said the dog, never hurting anyone, would grab the person by the pant leg and literally drag the person out of the house and walk back in.

@thomas.mccord

Man and woman best friend.

@dany_nany

@josefufis y está sonriendo 😍

@mishakutcher

@lauriecorn I see you already liked this post. Willow!

@master.key.mentoring

@kcase_k_ It gives me so much joy to offer the love and affection of dogs as part of service 😊

@ferrjohnpainagan

@debellisabcde tamaaaaad chynaaaaa haha

@travels_on_instgram

@darienlake89 Brandi like Maggie such great dogs ❤️❤️❤️❤️

@ahmetozcaglar

My dog LUCY 😍😍😍

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