Oh to be a dog; They play, they eat, they go on walks, they chase their tails and they nap. That’s about it in a nutshell. Dogs can nap up to 18 hours a day! In fact, as I sit and write this, my dog is snoozing away, snoring and dreaming about treats and chasing squirrels no doubt.  Actress and dog photographer Sara Rehnmark has a 3 year old Pharaoh Hound named Rufus. Rufus is a goofy pup who likes “spaz outs, playing at the beach and sleeping.”   Aside from the impressive talent of being able to put his own cone of shame on, he can smile on command. Every day when Rufus naps he goes on some epic adventures, thanks to Sara. Using household items and some imagination, Sara creates some cute and funny scenes for this creative dog photography project.



Ruf-Snowman Ruf-Party

Thus far, Rufus has built a snowman, played football, goes grocery shopping, parties hard, plays dress up and much more. It all began when Sara took a photo of Rufus dressed like a reindeer for her father for a funny birthday card tradition, “My family is Swedish, so it’s a nod to northern Sweden (the land of reindeer, woods, rabbits, etc.)” Sara tells BarkPost.

It takes her about 2 hours total for the shoot, and Rufus doesn’t always sleep through the whole thing, “I set up while he is sleeping and when he wakes up he usually looks at me and puts his head right back down,” says Rehnmark. “The other ones he doesn’t just play along, he comes over to the set up and lays down while I am trying to set up. He will let me mold him like putty if he knows a treat is in it for him!

More Creative Dog Photography Images

See more images from Sara Rehnmark’s creative dog photography project.  For more tips, see our article on Dog Photoshoot Ideas and Tips.


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Sara and her husband, Brian are working on writing a children’s book based on Rufus’ adventures and he will be starring in his very own calendar. All in a day’s work for Rufus the sleeping dog. You can keep up with Rufus’ adventures on his Raising the Ruf website or fans can follow Sara and Rufus on Facebook and Twitter.

CREDITS : Photographs by Sara Rehnmark have been used with permission for SLR Lounge. Do not copy, modify or re-post this article or images without express permission from SLR Lounge and the artist.