"Lola is our five month old pug puppy. She has a lovable, spirited nature with a little bit of crazy, she is full of energy but also loves quiet time and snuggles. She's a real mummy's girl who has become a huge part of our family in such a short space of time."

~Michelle, Lola's Mum

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"Simba is our protective, intelligent, lovable family dog. I love him so much - he is more than a pet, he is is my little boy and best friend."

~ Sharma, Simba's Mum

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"Raven and Mushu are the most loving dogs ever. They make any bad day better as soon as I see their faces light up and their tails wiggling as I open the door when I get home!

Raven was previously living in the backyard, never allowed to go inside the house. We jumped at the chance to adopt her and fell in love immediately. A couple months later we thought it's time to get her a companion!

We spotted Mushu on Pug Rescue Victoria, applied for him and got the call from Joanna within 2 days saying our application fits perfectly. First thing he did in our backyard was a #2 and we knew that was it - he was home!"

~ Raven and Mushu's Mum, Riza

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"Percy is one of a kind. A gentle soul who welcomes everyone into his life with love. He is the first thing we think about when we wake up and the last thing we hear when we go to sleep...his snoring!

He is the centre of our universe. We know he loves us and we love him!"

~Percy's Mum, Lauren

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"Henry and Louie are my world and my two best friends. I take them to work with me everyday and I love them so so much! I would have 10 dogs if my partner allowed me!

Henry is very smart, sensitive, very playful, loving, athletic, great with all dogs and kids.

Louie is timid, sweet, very loving and playful.

It took a couple of months of settling in at the beginning, when Louie was still a puppy, but now they are best of buddies!"

~Henry and Louie's Mum, Camilla

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"Bern is a 14 week old Bernese Mountain Dog who is playful, happy and so intelligent. We already have a strong connection - we have eachother's back and I love him so much!"

~ Ethna, Bern's Mum

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"Bennie was entrusted to us in May 2012. He was surrendered to Pug Rescue, he needed a lot of care and multiple operations before he was ready to be adopted, including losing his right eye.

When he first came to us he was a "bolter" who would run for it if someone opened the front door, he has since settled in well and is much more relaxed.

The day after Bennie arrived to live with us, Ruby joined our home as a puppy. She has a charmed life with Bennie by her side, and bosses him (and the rest of our family) around.

They go on daily walks with their grandparents, and are well known in the neighbourhood. Bennie is laidback and will survey the situation, whilst Ruby is the hustler and will try on different barks and tricks to hustle treats throughout the day."

~ Ruby and Bennie's Mum, Sonja

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"Ruby has brought so much joy into our little home as she is always so happy... and naughty!"

~ Georgia, Ruby's Mum

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"I moved to Melbourne with Bug and Bonbon from the UK 2 years ago. They have travelled far and wide and have adapted to life in Australia. They absolutely love the beach and local Australian cuisine - they are on a kangaroo diet! They both volunteer as pet therapy dogs in an aged care residence as well as in a local hospital and it is amazing to see how they can behave when they are there! They are certainly not like that at home! They grasp life with an unfettered enthusiasm and acceptance that we should all learn from.. I love them dearly."

~ Alicia (Bug and Bonbon's Mum)

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Tumbles is an affectionate and lively border collie puppy who loves people and digging holes!"

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“Tessa is a working Guide Dog who is very smart and keeps me safe. She has a cheeky personality and is very good at keeping herself entertained if I can’t play with her.

She’s a sweet girl (sometimes a princess). She plays with some dogs but only on her terms. She loved people and is eager to please. When I first met her, I couldn’t resist her big, brown eyes.”

~Tessa’s person, Peggy

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“Loui is my best friend. We are pretty much inseparable. He is always there for me when I need someone to talk to and to cuddle.

He loves food, walks, playing fetch and car rides. I am so grateful he is in my life!”

~Loui’s Mum, Kathrine

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“I honestly couldn't imagine not having these two. They are the funniest characters and absolutely love breaking the barriers around personal space. As the saying goes "if I fits, I sits". They're cheeky and intelligent and always put a smile on peoples faces.

More often than not we call our dogs by their various nicknames. Lexi is affectionately known and Weggles and shweetums, Ludo is usually Woodo, smoosh or rude dude!

Lexi does have some anxiety issues and loves being around her people, she will always try to be within 2 meters of you - even when in the bathroom. Ludo has a beautiful habit of sitting on top of you and always having to touch you. He's a heavy lap dog! They are the sweetest pair and love to be together.”

~ Lexi and Ludo’s mum, Sherri

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I met Dexter, Lazlo and Milly during their holiday at Countrywide Cottages. From left to right we’ve got Dexter, the 8 year old pom cross, who keeps everyone in the family in line. Next is Milly, the 15 year old maltese cross who loves to show off her tricks and look after her brother Lazlo, on the right. Lazlo is a sweet 12 year old pom cross, who doesn’t let his epilepsy stop him from enjoying life and snuggling up to his family!

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“Chico means the world to me and I make the most of the time that I have with her. It doesn't matter that she's grey and slower these days, she will always be my baby and I love her to bits!” ~Chico’s Mum, Vicky

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“We call Butter our eldest (and currently only) child. Just like any devoted parents, we plan so much of our lives with Butter's interests at the forefront. "We need a bigger house cause Butter needs a yard". "Let's get a camper trailer so we can travel with Butter". "Let's drive 30 mins to the market to get her those bones she likes". Yep. We're those crazy dog parents!

Butter was once our bouncy, over excitable, demands to sit in your lap and will knock whatever's there out of the way pup. In May last year, things suddenly changed when Butter's sight suddenly deteriorated over the space of a couple of weeks and she was diagnosed with SARDS (Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration Syndrome). She is now completely blind.

Sadly there is so little known about SARDS and there is no recognised treatment. The diagnosis was devastating for us but Butter's handled it like a trooper. She's mapped her surroundings well and will happily go for a prance around the park off lead. You wouldn't even know she's blind - until she runs head first into a tree.

These days she's not quite as bouncy or excitable but still demands a space on your lap. Her hearing and smell have definitely gone into overdrive to compensate for her loss of sight. There is no chance of opening the fridge or leaving an open packet of chips around without this dog knowing!”

~ Butter’s parents, Chriselyn and Brett

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“Alfoo is love personified. When you meet him, he will decide instantly you are his best friend forever and try to express that to you. He's got more energy than all other pugs combined and he wants to PLAY! He's so silly but will do anything for food, and then me (in that order of importance).” ~ Alfie’s Mum, Evan

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'The Girls' were your typical odd couple. Often referred to as the kangaroo and a wombat; tall and lean, short and stout. Belly is an in-your-face, lick-you-to-death kinda girl and Cindy was more held back, gently nudging you if the pats ever stopped. But despite their differences in both looks and personality, they were inseparable.

Cindy battled with health issues throughout 2018, but stayed happy and bright, living her best life on three legs until, sadly, she passed away. She was a gorgeous girl and it was an honour to help her family celebrate their bond with sweet Cin-dogs.

“Cindy was a birthday gift from my parents when I turned 15. She was my first love and stuck by my side since the day we met. Life wouldn’t be the same without The Girls - they are our whole heart.”
~ Cindy and Bella’s Mum, Jodie

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I have been photographing these gorgeous boys since back in 2013 and it has been such a pleasure and joy to watch them grow up over the years!

When I first met them, nervous little Herbie had only just been adopted. Before being rescued, Herbie had never been properly socialized with other dogs. His fur was matted and dreadlocked, and he was extremely thin and flea-ridden. Thankfully, AWDRI stepped in and before long he was in his furever home with Natasha, his brother Koda and their feline siblings.

These days, the boys are totally inseparable. Koda is a big sook who loves belly rubs and back scratches (and isn’t shy in asking for them) and Herbie will happily sit in your lap all day long (in fact, whenever we have a photoshoot, I inevitably end up trying to photograph Koda with Herbie in my lap!)

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