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Benjii-Gladys Morgan sure is one lucky girl!

Benjii is a 4yo cavoodle living with her two dads in the picturesque area of Rushcutters Bay. This girl sure knows how to enjoy her life in the Eastern suburbs of Sydney. Her schedule is full of social activities that I had to book weeks in advance to secure this Family Pawtrait session with her.

Benjii’s dads Jonathan is a finance executive and Romi is the owner of Homei, a trendy Asian tapas restaurant in Surry Hills. Here’s my conversation with them about Benjii’s life as the lady of leisure.

 

Mochi the instagram pug of #mochismoviemoments

Thanks to the rise of Instagram, many canine superstars were born in the last few years. They all have their own distinctive star power. Some are famous for being super cute like Boo the Pomeranian, some have a wardrobe most humans would envy like Digby Van Winkle, others like Cookie of PS.NY produce the most artistic images on Instagram. These celebrity pooches, or we call influencers, are taking the business world by storm with lucrative product endorsement deals. Watch out Taylor Swift!

Call me a star chaser or whatever, but I’m really proud to say I know one of these celebrity dog personalities. She is a 3.5yo pug named Mochi. Her mum Miranda is an advertising executive and her dad Shota is the head chef at chef-hatted restaurant Bar H. Therefore it’s not hard to trace where Mochi’s creativity comes from.

Runway Pooch Family Pawtrait Hugo the Westie

‘Just the two of us, we can make it if we try…. Just the two of us, building castles in the sky.‘

Will Smith’s 1997 hit Just the Two of Us was playing in my head when I was shooting this Family Pawtrait for Hugo and his human dad Peter. I’m sure the doctor didn’t place Hugo in Peter’s arms soon after he was born, but I can imagine it was the breeder who had the honour instead.

No I’m not suggesting Peter is the male version of crazy dog lady. But the photos remind me of what Will and his son Trey had as depicted in Will’s song. Peter, a young ambitious entrepreneur, with the support from his paw-tner in crime Hugo, a nine year old West Highland White Terrier, can definitely build the tallest castles in the sky.

Runway Pooch-Minty Cocker Spaniel-Family Pawtrait

Minty is a 3yo English Cocker Spaniel living with his modern family in the trendy inner suburb of Surry Hills in Sydney. Minty has a mum, Bea, who works in property development for an oil company. He also has a padrino, that’s god father in Italian, Leon who is a successful entrepreneur and co-founder of Spares Box, Australia’s largest auto parts online store.

Runway Pooch Noodle in Denim Coat

You know you love your denims. When you found a perfect pair that fits like a glove, you wear them day and night. Not convinced? Close your eyes, imagine you’re standing in front of your wardrobe, tell me how many pairs of jeans can you see? Whether you love denims as much as I do, denim chic is an all seasons key trend that’s not going away anytime soon. Ever thought of introducing denims into your dog’s wardrobe?

Runway Pooch Family Pawtrait Blu the Whippet

Imagine you time travel back to elementary school. Your teacher asks you to write an essay titled ‘My Family’. What would you write? I’m trying to imagine that for the six year old Ava and her four legged sister Blu the whippet. One thing I know for sure is that their essays would be pretty damn beautiful to read. Want to know why?

Family Pawtrait Nell the Rescue Princess

Nell, a six year old Border Collie x Kelpie, almost did not make it past 9 months old when her previous owner gave her up. According to the shelter’s policy, dogs without microchip will be automatically euthanised after a week in the shelter.

Nell was not microchipped. So you can imagine her story could have ended way too early. Somehow DOG (spelled backward) had a different plan for her. Not having microchip turned out to be a blessing for her. This led to a completely different outcome to Nell’s story, a story with an important message I had to share.

Runway Pooch Family Pawtrait: Hugo the Frenchie

I’m a little obsessed with Frenchies these days. I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s the big round eyes and the big perky ears. Everytime I see a Frenchie I just want to cuddle them and feed them with yummy treats. Way too cute not to!

I met Hugo from my local park. Hugo the one and a half year old French Bulldog, loves to eat and fart. He lives with his loving humans in East Sydney. Mum Maria is a lawyer and dad Marc is a patent engineer. I thought it would be nice to do a family pawtrait of them and get to know Hugo a bit more than our usual doggie play time in the park. Here’s what went down when I spoke to Hugo’s parents about him.

Runway Pooch Tokyo Dog Fashion Poodle and Dachshund

Typhoon Phanfone was raging on the street of Tokyo by mid-afternoon Sunday 5 October 2014. I happened to be in Japan, a country I’d been dreaming about visiting for years. Weather channels were having a ball reporting how dramatic the category 4 tropical cyclone was, causing the city to stand still and shutting down airports.

I decided to brave the storm and carry on my pilgrimage to the streets of Naka Meguro, a quiet upper middle class neighbourhood where locals parade their frocked-up dogs on Sunday afternoons. No surprise at all, those fashion-conscious, puppucino-sipping, pram-riding Japanese pooches were nowhere to been seen in this crazy weather. Feeling slightly disappointed, I was determined to make my trip worthwhile anyway. Time to hit the shops for my baby Noodle!

Thanks to my iPhone GPS, it didn’t take me long to find Snobbish Babies, a doggie fashion boutique extravaganza that also sells hooman clothing. As I walked into the store, my eyes instantly opened up as wide as could be, like a 3-year-old walking into a candy store for the first time…

Family PAWtrait: Frank the Pug

The definition of family is no longer restricted to mum and dad plus children as it once used to be. To me the word family means a place where my dog is. Inspired by the unconditional love my dog Noodle gives me every single day since the day we met, I started this pawject called Family Pawtrait to tell stories of dogs and their family.

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