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Humorous Photo Series of Dogs Eating Peanut Butter

By Hanssie on April 11th 2016

There are few things in this world better than peanut butter and dogs – in my world at least. And when you put the combination together, you get a humorous effect that is perfect for a photo series.

Around two years ago, Cleveland area photographer, Greg Murray was photographing his rescue Mastiff, Bailey. The Mastiff breed is notorious for their mass quantities of drool, leaving ropes of slobber everywhere. Naturally, Greg loved to photograph his beloved pup with tongue out, drool pooling, and one of the best ways he found to do that was to give her a bit of peanut butter.

Inspiration Photo Bailey

Sadly, Bailey passed away a few months after the above photo was taken, but her legacy lives on in Greg’s new photo series, “For the Love of Peanut Butter.

Winter is typically a slower season for photographers in the Midwest, so early this year, Greg wanted to do a fun project to stay busy. Inspired by Bailey, he began giving a little bit of peanut butter to his client’s dogs during their shoots and the project took off. Honestly, who doesn’t smile when they see a picture of a dog with the look of complete bliss as their long tongues try to get every deliciously gooey smear of peanut butter off their noses?

To date, Greg has photographed 90 dogs for this project with about 20 more to go before it is complete. Greg plans to put together a photography book of the series through Kickstarter, dedicated to Bailey. Most of the canine models in the book are rescues, which Greg is very passionate about. As a rescue advocate, Greg volunteers at local dog rescues and is an advocate for the oft-misunderstood bully breeds. It is his goal of this project to make people, “happy, and laugh…As a photographer, my first job is to make my clients, and the people that like my work, happy. If I do that, everything else falls into place.

PB Poe

PB Gus

PB Kensie

PB Huckelberry


Greg tells us that each session takes about ten minutes, and he emphasizes that only a small amount of peanut butter (without Xylitol, which can be unsafe for dogs) is used. The peanut butter will keep even the most fidgety dogs still for enough time to snap some great shots.

The project will conclude later this month, and Greg will turn his focus on working on the book layout, which will be completed by the end of summer. There are a few weeks left on the Kickstarter, which has already exeeded its goal. You can see that here. To see more of Greg’s work, check out his website here.


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 and Follow her on Instagram. Email her at:
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  1. Albert Evangelista

    Greg, this is ADORABLE :p

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  2. Stephany Taylor

    This is a great project, Greg! I love this!

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  3. Sindy Strife

    thats just amazing !

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  4. Ralph Hightower

    I thought of sharing this on Facebook, but I Googled “dogs peanut butter” and there are precautions to take notice of. If the sweetener xylitol is an ingredient, then don’t!

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    • Greg Murray

      Hi Ralph. You are correct! Thanks for noting. Xylitol is dangerous for dogs which I make clear in my Kickstarter campaign. Dog owners should always know the ingredients in food they’re giving to their dogs, even some dog foods are bad for dogs…. And just like humans, too much of anything, including peanut butter isn’t good. Luckily major PB brands do not have that ingredient. But it is out there….It will also be noted on the first pages of the book when it comes out.

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    • Hanssie

      It’s also noted in the article. :)

      Of course, my blue nose is allergic to everything anyhow. When I was a kid, we fed our dogs pretty much leftovers mixed with Purina. Now my dogs eat better than I do with their speciality foods!

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  5. Daniel Thullen

    Greg’s project is really cool. My rescue dog loves peanut butter, but is a little nervous when I point my camera toward her. Great work Greg, I’ll head out to Kickstarter.

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