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After a little break, the SportsMed sponsored WOD Dogs project has resumed with one awesome little family. Gregg and An Wilson of (the very new and very kick-ar$e) CrossFit Dux, and their two Samoyeds; Bear and Sai, happily gave up some of their weekend to pull off some funky, cute and athletic poses in front of the camera (something a little foreign to Gregg, given he is an extremely talented photographer himself and is usually the one taking the pics – You can check out his rad work >>HERE<<)… This dynamic duo LOVE CrossFit and LOVE their dogs… A fitting combination of passions, and the reason they were a ‘no-brainer’ to be a part of this project. Here’s a little sneak peek at some of what we got up to:

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I love it when you can place your faith and trust in someone to produce results and in turn they amaze you with their talent and surpass your expectations… Such is the case with my WOD Dogs project. Given I have a lot of interstate athletes and pooches to capture, I simply couldn’t make it around the entire country to every one of them and so I needed to enlist some help… Enter the crazy talented Adam Lesniak!

For those of you that don’t know Adam; he’s my Again Faster Media counterpart in Melbourne and nearly all of what you see from Again Faster Australia is Adam’s handy work (…the ‘B-grade’ stuff is mine!). Make yourself familiar with Adam and his work at:

www.againfaster.com.au or www.facebook.com/adamlesniak.photo.vid

Given Adam’s talent and because he is just one of those blokes you can’t not love, he was/is perfect to be shooting our Melbourne based athletes… Enter the gorgeous Amy Dracup and her two cute as sh!t Frenchies, Echo and Cooper!

Amy is one serious athlete and one serious dog lover… So much so, she has incorporated them into the CrossFit Deux logo (owned by Amy and her husband, Bjorn Albrecht-Walker). This little powerhouse has some serious accolades to her name, including individual and team representation at the World CrossFit Games (individual in ’11, them team in ’12 & ’13), currently holds a spot on the Commonwealth Weightlifting Development Squad, and is sponsored by Reebok, Pure Pharma and AlphaFit. We are pretty excited to have Amy and her pups as part of the WOD Dogs photo-book, and equally as excited to have Adam’s handy work as part of it too!!! Here is a sneak peek from Amy’s shoot recently…

*WOD Dogs is a fundraising project in support of RSPCA Qld… All proceeds from sales of the photo-book (once complete) go to helping RSPCA Qld Inspectorate fight animal cruelty…

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Sh*t happens in life that tests every fibre of your being… And, when you are confronted with a ‘challenge’; your mind is the only thing that limits you, defeats you, or sees you overcome and adapt. That’s for anyone without a dog. For those with a dog, you only have to look at them to see that life isn’t about material bullsh*t, Facebook ‘likes’, or keeping up with the latest fashion… It is about loyalty, love, connection, protection and trust. Sometimes we need to strip our life back to the basics.

If you have issues, go find a dog… #phoDOGraphy

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Dear followers, friends and family.

I am about to embark on a (rather large) photography project. The project is a photo-book (hard copy and electronic versions) consisting of athletes and their dogs… named: ©WOD dogs. The book will feature select athletes and their dog/s in various training settings and poses. It will also consist of a short story about each feature athlete and their dog, outlining why health/fitness, and their dog are so important to them. ALL PROCEEDS from the book will be donated to RSPCA Qld Inc. (Inspectorate) to assist them in continuing their fight against animal cruelty with limited resources and support.

I am calling on everyone’s help to make this a success, and as such, I ask that you all share this with your networks and those you feel would be suitable features. I am also looking for sponsors for the book. Sponsors would have the opportunity to display their business logo on an athletes page and be credited also. Features are open to everyone through application. The application just needs to be a photo of you and your dog/s and a few words on yourself, your sporting/training background/achievements and why your dog, health and fitness are major parts of your life. Applications are to be emailed to me at: trav@thefitographer.me

The successful applicants will be contacted within 2 working days of receipt of their application and individual shoot details can then be arranged.

So, if you are an athlete, passionate about animal welfare and want to be published for the world to see… Here is your chance to do it and aid in the work of the greatest charity to ever exist.

Get sharing/applying… I’ll time you… 3, 2, 1, GO!!!

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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… 😉👉

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I have just finished processing shots from the RSPCA Qld Million Paws Walk – Chermside…   For those of you unfamiliar with this event; it is an annual fundraiser to assist RSPCA in providing adequate refuge for surrendered dogs, canine victims of cruelty, and educating the general community about animal welfare (in particular, dogs). RSPCA Qld do an amazing, tireless and sometimes thankless job in caring for all animals; however, NEED YOUR HELP to enable them to do what they do… Please consider donating either money or your time (in a volunteering / fostering capacity), or even better, adopt a rescue animal and help disable the puppy farming trade. I can put my hand on my heart and say they are the greatest collective of people I have had the pleasure of working with and all have a common objective… The welfare of animals…

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the shots from MPW 19 May 13. For the rest, please visit the RSPCA Qld Facebook page >>HERE<<!

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