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we make tails … er … stumps wag

meet big boy Bosco …

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he’s an Olde English Bulldogge.  i’m sure i’ll be corrected if i’m wrong, but this breed is a newer recreation of the original British bull-baiting dog, done by combining Bullmastiffs, American Bulldogs and American Pit Bull Terriers.  but don’t dare call them oldie english bulldoggies, not even in jest … i was harshly corrected by a breeder at an event recently for having a little fun with the spelling.  gulp!  fortunately, Bosco here doesn’t care what you call him …

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… as long as you’ve got the right treats, you can call him just about anything and he’ll come running.

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we had a fun afternoon, starting in the park, rounding up some of the local wildlife …

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doing a little cleanup …

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checking out the swamp …

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and then into the woods for some puppy training …

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good boy, Bosco!

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proud parents, Katharine and Sheref, definitely love their new boy, and even at five months you can already see the bond forming.

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from the park, to home … where i introduced Bosco to the Cuz.

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as with all of my shoots, i come equipped with toys, and it’s almost always Cuz balls. why? because even if i happen to walk into a home with a Cuz-hoarding beast of a dog, a new Cuz always, always, always tops the cake … paws down.  Bosco agreed …

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even though he had little energy left after our time at the park.  it’s really a wonder Bosco didn’t fall asleep while i had the camera on him … he was SO pooped!

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but again, i know which treats to bring.

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but before Bosco could completely retire for the day, we headed to one more location that Katharine and i had in mind … one of my favorite graffiti walls down by the tracks.

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wait, was that a train?

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thank you, Bosco, Katharine and Sheref for a fun afternoon.  i look forward to seeing you at your studio consult.  and i look forward to shooting Bosco again when he’s filled those massive paws of his!

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  • sarahomgosh these are amazingly gorgeous!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Nicolehe is such a beautiful boy, awesome pictures.ReplyCancel

  • Corporate photographer LondonI have a boxer who looks like a skinny version of this dog- is this a boxer or a bulldog? GrantReplyCancel

  • Lori E.I am in love with the first graffiti photo! Those beautiful colors, the wrinkles, the eyes shut tight. Very very darling. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • AshleeI love this baby boy! The entire shoot is just beautiful. I can’t wait to see him when he’s all grown up.ReplyCancel

  • JackieLOVE LOVE LOVE all of these, those wrinkles in the first shot are
    squeez-alicious cute.ReplyCancel

  • LizLove love love this shoot – I cannot even choose a favourite!! Great work.ReplyCancel

  • Susan HumphreysWow Illona, these are amazing! I love the bed shot, and the expression
    on Boscos face in the graffitti shot is priceless!!!ReplyCancel

  • Samawesome! these are all brilliant truly! and Bosco is adorable 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Holly Garner-JacksonWOW!!!! These are extra amazing, illona! What an incredible looking dog! That jaw in the swamp picture!!!!!! He is going to be one massive dog. You have really captured what this boy is all about!
    I see Bosco and Ralph have the same ears. I’ve got to find a cuz ball for Ralph i know he’ll love one.
    You’ve outdone yourself with this shoot.
    Katharine and Sheref have a great little, soon to be extra large, dog there!ReplyCancel

  • RuthGorgeous photos of a gorgeous dog! <3

    LMAO @ “a cuz hoarding beast of a dog” hahahaReplyCancel

  • wendyHe is sooo cute! And wow. Can you say tree trunks for legs? He is going to be a big boy!ReplyCancel

  • tee4tiaI’m not familiar with this breed. What a powerful and beautiful dog. His eyes and crinkled face just melts me.ReplyCancel

  • jennifer metzgerWhat great stair and bed shots – and of course Mr. Feet is a classic!! I have to say I’ve not heard of this breed (is it an actual breed considered a designer dog)? What a handsome guy with such a sweet face.ReplyCancel

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