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Dry Dog, Wet Dog | Before & After Bathtime Shows Off Dog Personalities

By Hanssie on April 26th 2015

Bone_Old English SheepdogDogs are known as man’s best friend for a reason. Without them, who would cuddle with you on rainy days, who would run to the door with tails wagging when you come home, lick your face when you’re sad and make you laugh with their quirky personalities? As a dog lover, you know all these traits are bundled in your ball of fur and they are your most loyal companion for life.

There are two things I love about my dogs, specifically when I’m bathing them. The first is when I give my blind puppy a bath, when she feels the water run down her legs, she bites at it because it tickles her. It is so cute and makes me smile no matter what mood I am in. The second thing is that after bathtime, both of my dogs, the puppy and the 5-year-old grump, will tear through the house, running almost until they trip over their own legs. All the pent up energy and excitement from holding still in the tub so long is let loose in a blur of fur and motion. It’s the greatest thing ever.


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While bathing her own dogs, Rocco and Ralph and Simon & Garfunkel, photographer Serena Hodson watched and delighted in how their personalities changed when bathtime was announced. Wanting to capture the different looks and personalities of dogs from dry to wet, Serena began the series, ‘Dry Dog, Wet Dog.’

We get such great texture on the dog when the hair is wet. Some dogs look completely different when wet and this was the joy I wanted to capture.

Serena stepped into the world of photography from graphic design and advertising when she began photographing her own dogs. Soon it became a career when people asked her to photograph their own pets.  She is now based in Brisbane, Australia and her work is loved by people all over the world. With subjects as cute as these, who can blame them?

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To see more of Serena’s pet photography, and more from this series, be sure to check out her websiteFacebook and Instagram.

CREDITS: Photographs by Serena Hodson are copyrighted and 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.

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Mike Frederick

    Cracked me up that the bull dog really looks no different wet or dry.

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  2. Thomas Horton

    Now try that with a cat… that would be impressive. And think of the fun you would have reading the comments while you recovered in the hospital. :)

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  3. Jason Boa

    Love it awesome shots

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  4. Jake Stifler

    great idea…wet dog dry dog

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  5. Sohan Dewan

    Mine is Dino , but now he isn’t with me. I’m missing him a lot.
    Here the photo of Dino –

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  6. J. Dennis Thomas

    I love dog photos. I know trolls always make fun of people for posting photos of their pets, but even as a seasoned pro I take photos of mine and other people’s pets all the time.

    This is a great series. Made my day. Now I’m off to the weiner-dog races. To take dog photos…

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