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Gorgeous Photo Series of The World’s Hardest Working Dogs

By Hanssie on February 24th 2015

From herding to tracking to hunting and guarding flocks, to war dogs and police dogs and sled dogs, the some canines have served humans for centuries as much more than a trusted companion and a furry member of the family. Some dogs are bred to work and get quite antsy and bored if they don’t have the opportunity. My friend got an Australian Cattle Dog a few years back and he’s been a “difficult” dog in the fact that she can’t keep his smart mind busy enough. Bred for herding cattle, her dog is intelligent and energetic and is very bored in the suburbs with my friend and her family, even though they do raise some chickens.

[REWIND: DOG PHOTOGRAPHY: DOG THAT GOES ON EPIC ADVENTURES WHEN HE’S ASLEEP]

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Shepherds

 

Photographer Andrew Fladeboe has created a series documenting the hard working canines from all over the world. His three part series titled, “The Shepherd’s Realm,” has led him to Norway, New Zealand and Scotland thus far, and Andrew hopes to visit many more countries to photograph these assiduous canines.

For the first part of the series, Andrew actually photographed a wide variety of animals from bears to majestic white lions (which are breathtakingly gorgeous, I might add), but narrowed his focus for the second and third parts of the project to only the working dogs.

I think one of the reasons I decided to focus on animals is because I didn’t think anyone was portraying them the way I saw them. The animals in our works stand on their own as sentient beings. They occupy the print with an aura of dignity and command a level of respect from the viewer. They are not anthropomorphic photos of animals, but a celebration of what these animals are for what they are. It is art for animals sake, not animals for arts sake.

These dogs were all highly trained and therefore, quite easy to work with, according to Andrew. Combining breathtaking landscapes and well behaved dogs, the most difficult part it seemed was explaining his concept to the owners, some of which were farmers were dubious, but did “end up enjoying the process” and introducing Andrew to other dog owners.

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Shepherds

 

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Search and Rescue

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Search and Rescue

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Cowherd

Epilepsy Dog

Epilepsy Dog

Police Dog

Police Dog

Military Dog

Military Dog

Bio-Security Dog

Bio-Security Dog

Therapy Dog

Therapy Dog

Guide Dog for the Blind

Guide Dog for the Blind

Urban Search and Rescue

Urban Search and Rescue

Andrew will be having a solo show in NYC at Peter Hay Halpert Fine Art this October  where he will sell large scale limited edition prints. If you’re in the area, I highly recommend you stopping by. If not, be sure to check out Andrew Fladeboe’s website here. On his blog, Andrew also focuses on not only the jobs these dogs do, but also features specific dogs and their duties, but beware, all you dog lovers will spend quite a few hours perusing the adorable pups and the noble work that they do.

CREDITS: Photographs by Andrew Fladeboe 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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About

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 www.hanssie.com and www.fittedmagazine.com. Follow her on Instagram. Email her at:
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Q&A Discussions

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  1. Graham Curran

    I miss my old border collie, he was a farmer’s reject because he had no interest in sheep.

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  2. Vince Arredondo

    I just finished with a big smile after reading this article. Great job Hanssie!

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  3. Allister Freeman

    Breathtaking images, need to take more of our dog!

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  4. Jorge Vazquez

    we are just missing the border patrol dogs working inside the airports! Anyways, great job

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  5. Bárbara Herrnsdorf

    I have always loved dogs, no doubt about that but I can also admit, that at this point, I have almost a reverence for them. You see, I had spent almost the entirety of my life basically, well, without real love… My familial circumstance was a huge mess and by the time I was in my late 30s, I began to see that not only had I not really known love, but I was also afraid that as a consequence, I had no idea how or if I could love – no matter how sad or pathetic that may sound, was still indeed the truth and it was inevitably my dog who showed me not only how, but more importantly, that I was eventually capable. What more noble work could there be than that? I will forever be indebted to not only my dog, but all dogs, for the kindness, loyalty, compassion, patience, wisdom and love that my own amazing dog showed, shared and taught me. These photos really do these amazing creatures justice and they brought tears to my eyes. They are not only gorgeous, but show the humility and nobility of the dogs. I wish I would be in New York for the show but sadly, I won’t so I think instead I will opt to take Hanssie’s advice and lose myself in more of the dog photography on Mr. Fladeboe’s website! Great, great job!

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  6. Eerik Salonen

    Great pictures, especially the first one!

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  7. James Rogen

    the hardest working dog is the one i have in my pants, oh yeahhhhhh.

    just kidding… i’m so lonely…

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  8. Danny Thomas

    great article, shape there’s no english sheep dogs! ppphhhhh ere kum ba, ppphhh!

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  9. Derek Schwartz

    Terrific job; the point about “art for animals’ sake” is certainly illustrated in these photographs.

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  10. Raoni Franco

    Such a nice homage to these wonderful creatures. Awesome shots!! The one with the dogs at the top of the montain is crazy good!! I just love dogs, you can tell.

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  11. Bill Bentley

    Excellent!

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