Pet Photography Project 52 Week 7 : Year of the Dog

This week’s Pet Photography Project 52 blog circle topic is “Year of the Dog”. Every year the Chinese New Year starts on the new moon occurring between January 21 and February 20. This year, that will be today, February 16. In Chinese astrology, each year is related to a Chinese zodiac animal according to a 12-year cycle. 2018 is the Year of the Dog. Recent years of the Dog are: 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, and 2006. According to the astrology, your year of birth – and the animal it represents – set many of your personality traits. People born in the Year of the Dog are described as independent, sincere, communicative and loyal.

In honor of the “Year of the Dog” here are some dogs I photographed at Miami-Dade Animal Services Pet Adoption and Protection Center ( They are all available for adoption.

Robert (#A1915562)

Yoshi (#A1926988)

Brutus (#A1907330)

Troy (#A1918532)

On a related note, I’d also like to mention that I am a member of HeARTs Speak. HeARTs Speak is a 501c3 international nonprofit organization that’s uniting art and advocacy to increase the visibility of shelter animals. They have come up with a very cool way to support their cause by selling “Year of the Dog” t-shirts. You can get yours until February 22nd here – 

Don’t miss out on the other great photographers in the blog circle. Next up is Lynda Mowat at Heartstrings Photography in Hamilton, New Zealand.

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  • Kim HollisFebruary 16, 2018 - 2:24 pm

    I love Troy’s spots!!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly MiddlebrooksFebruary 16, 2018 - 2:39 pm

    You do such wonderful work. Those dogs are so lucky to have you.ReplyCancel

  • Tim EvansFebruary 16, 2018 - 5:17 pm

    The center is lucky to have such a great photographer as you volunteer. Tell me, are those orange backgrounds done in post or were they “real?”ReplyCancel

  • ElaineFebruary 16, 2018 - 6:47 pm

    Really nice photos, John.  I think the first on is my favorite, but it was hard to pick.ReplyCancel

  • Tracy AllardFebruary 17, 2018 - 1:36 pm

    Great job capturing great smiles and personality of every animal!ReplyCancel

  • Linda MetcalfFebruary 17, 2018 - 4:35 pm

    They all look so happy!ReplyCancel

  • UrsulaFebruary 17, 2018 - 6:05 pm

    Very nice Photos. Happy Year of the Dog.ReplyCancel

  • NancyFebruary 18, 2018 - 2:16 am

    Beautiful images.  Love the tangerine background.ReplyCancel

    • JohnFebruary 18, 2018 - 10:28 pm

      Thanks! I’m kind of stuck with that background for now, for better or worse 🙂 . The best place to photograph the dogs is outside in their play areas, which has an orange wall on one side.ReplyCancel

  • LyndaFebruary 18, 2018 - 6:24 pm

    Great photos! They’re lucky to have you. Hope these beauties find their forever homes soon. ReplyCancel

  • Linda PerdueFebruary 20, 2018 - 5:34 pm

    Nice photos – Since I personally don’t care for the color orange, I had not tried it for a background on pets – but it looks very nice in your photos (I probably need to change my mind).  You do very nice work – the shelter/rescue dogs are lucky to have you!!!ReplyCancel

    • JohnFebruary 20, 2018 - 7:02 pm

      Thanks Linda! I’m kind of stuck with that background for now, for better or worse. The best place to photograph the dogs is outside in their play areas, which has an orange wall on one side. One side has some fake green grass, but despite the canopies gets direct sunlight most of the day. I like the green/orange combo, it really pops (and they are the UM colors – Go Canes!). It can use that side on overcast days.

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