“If you always put a limit on everything you do, physical or anything else; it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there… You must go beyond them!”… Bruce Lee.
This is Maxxy… A Dogue De Bordeaux x Neopolitan Mastiff (as far as we can tell as we don’t know his origin)! Maxxy Cooper came to us (RSPCA) as a stray and immediately caught the attention of the shelter staff (and myself, given my love for giant breeds). He was unlike anything I/we had ever seen… He immediately strutted around like a lion on heat and would slut himself with the female attendants at every opportunity… The funny thing about Maxxy is that on his mystery arrival from whatever planet he came from, he was believed to be a young, adolescent dog… He was 24kgs and had bigger feet than my fully grown Dane… There was enough skin hanging around his neck that you could pull it completely over his head like a hoodie!!! Upon getting his health check with the resident Vet, they nearly sh!t their pants to see a full mouth of baby teeth, and assessed his age at only approx’ 3mths!!! Given he was a stray, he had to do a requisite stray period… This affords time for the poor, distressed owner to come forward and claim their stunningly cute, red nosed, red coat Mastiff X… But, alas… It never happened. The stray period was extended as surely someone would be missing this uniquely beautiful pup?!?! But no… Throughout my childhood, our family had always owned German Shepherds and so they played a massive part in our lives and were treated as a child by my Mum and Dad, and a sibling to Jarrod and I… It is fair to say that dogs have always been a huge part of our lives, in particular my Dads. When my little brother passed in 2006, it took a huge toll on my family. And I always wondered how I could fill such a whole in my parent’s lives to try remedy some of the hurt they were feeling. I intended on buying my Dad another Shepherd, to give him a chance to be a father again… Enter Maxxy! As soon as Maxxy’s stray period ended, I called Dad to meet me at work. He obliged and on his arrival, he was greeted with the most awkward run and jump into his arms, and from that moment forward, the two of them have been inseparable… Anyone who says only time heals all wounds, hasn’t had a puppy!!! Maxxy is the best gift I have ever given anyone; the best son to my Dad, a hilarious and beautiful brother to me, and an Uncle to our boy, Astro (these two have a massive ‘bro-mance’!). You will see a lot of pics of Maxxy throughout this photo-blog, with some hilarious stories to accompany them… For more, go to the PhoDOGraphy Gallery button at the top of this page, and give it a push… 😉👉
Selfies… They are apparently all the rage on Instagram and FB, so I thought I may as well succumb to the trend?! In my defence, I was testing my newly set up home studio and trying to create some dramatic effects with light and shade/shadow. The wife was at Yoga so the only model I had was a disobedient Great Dane… He didn’t particularly like wearing the hoodie, or standing still, so I had to improvise!