Best of 2017: The Dogist!

2017 is coming to a close but the year wouldn’t be complete without a round-up of the best “doggone” moments of the year! Here is a list of my favorite pups I met this year.


Zeffirelli, Golden Retriever – Seeing a dog walk himself, holding his own leash in his mouth, is quite entertaining. They have an ironic sense of purpose about them because they see the leash as the only way to walk outside.


Yogi, Poodle mix – If you didn’t get that job you just applied for, it’s probably because this dog out qualified you. He’s got his associates degree and he probably just updated his LinkedIn.


Fred, Mix – This dog made the term ‘rescue’ even more badass. His owner, a US Marine, found him in the midst of battle in Afghanistan and somehow, against all odds and rules, smuggled him on various military vehicles, including a helicopter, back to the States. It’s now a book and I would love to see it as a movie!


Hobbes, Dachshund/Beagle mix – I love helping people when they want to involve their dogs in weddings. A couple years ago I helped a guy propose to his wife with his dog, but this time it was a wedding day surprise post. His fiancée was a big fan and dreamed of having her dog, Hobbes, on The Dogist. I met him for a portrait and we shared the image on their special day to make it that much more fun. Cheers!


Waffle, Bernese Mountain Dog – This psychiatric service dog had a very important duty to his person, Kate, that primarily consisted of making her laugh to snap her out of OCD habits and PTSD flashbacks. To me, their bond was the perfect illustration of the power dogs have to improve our lives.


Lucca, Shar Pei/Boxer mix – Vancouver is one of my favorite places to find dogs, and finding this Boxer/Shar Pei mix was a fun find. But, I didn’t get a great shot on the first go and wasn’t planning on posting the shot. I was lamenting about it to my assistant while out and about, and guess who shows up for round two? Smushface McGee primed for a second cookie! I made sure to get a good one the second time around. 😉


Charlie Schuman, Beagle – My first inspiration for The Dogist was in fact The Sartorialist, a fashion blog run by Scott Schuman. Running into his dog and fiancée seemed like a classic NYC moment that was every bit as fashionable as I had hoped.


Bijou, Golden Retriever – Running into any 16-year-old dog is a special privilege, but a Golden Retriever with a life expectancy of 11-12, is even more special. Even more, she was deaf and survived cancer twice – a “miracle dog”. A very well-loved retriever indeed.


Jasper, German Shepherd – German Shepherd are a classically gorgeous breed, and to see an 8-week-old puppy with his ears still flopping down was particularly charming. It was a cold day, and whenever I tried to get him by himself, he would start to whimper and run back to his person’s leg for warmth.


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Elias grew up outside Philadelphia with two siblings and five dogs. He started The Dogist in 2013, a photo-documentary series about the beauty of dogs. He published the NYT Bestselling book, The Dogist in 2015.

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