A working dog is like a partner. The dog and his partner train together, learn together, work together, and live together. This relationship transcends mere companionship; they develop a bond that is forged through explicit trust, mutual dependency, fearless vulnerability, and deep friendship.
In these photographs, I explore an element of the complex relationship between working dogs and their partners. The pair spends the first part of the day working together, reinforcing the behaviors they practice every day in the field. As the sun sets, they journey off to explore Point Reyes, falling into an easy friendship.
The transition from working partner to friendly companion, however, isn’t really a transition at all; this unique type of partnership blurs traditional relationship lines, making it hard to distinguish between the different facets of their complex bond.
The US military has demonstrated their respect for this bond by ensuring that every military working dog is one rank higher than its handler so that mistreatment of the dog is considered assault of an officer of higher rank.
We are thrilled to introduce Dog-Friendly, a collection of city guides for dog-loving people, created together with our long-time contributor, photographer Winnie Au, and fellow enthusiasts, indie publisher Hoxton Mini Press. Available for purchase here.
August 25, 2021
Have you ever imagined Amy Winehouse or Nick Cave as a Chihuahua, Neil Young as a Vizsla, or PJ Harvey as an Afghan hound? That’s exactly what San Francisco-based artist Michael Gillette has done through his unique illustration project, blending beloved, iconic music legends, both past and present, with their dog counterparts. Pack of Dogs, our first foray into book publishing, is a celebration of pup and pop culture for music and dog lovers alike.
August 25, 2020