Meet Boo. Actually, his full name is Boo Boo and he's a 3 year old Mastif crossed with a Great Dane. These are traditionally noble dog breeds and hence I was feeling a very proud and gentle energy from him. It's amazing what you can pick up on from animals if you can stop for a moment and tune into their energy.
Great Danes were originally bred to hunt wild boar, but I don't think they'd be much good at it today as all that ferociousness has been bred out of them. They are gentle giants and they get on with people and other animals. Drawings of dogs that look just like Great Danes have been found on Egyptian pottery etc dating back to 3000 B.C. This is an old breed indeed.
Mastifs are another very ancient breed of dog. Their ancestors first appeared around 5,000 years ago. Ancient Mastifs were, like the original Great Danes, trained as war dogs. These days, nothing could be more opposite as all the aggression has been completely bred out. They make perfect companions. Boo turned up at my Studio with loads of soft toys - just proves what a loveable softie he is.
Like many dogs that come to be photographed, Boo was a rescue dog. His mum and dad adopted him from the Animal Welfare League's Ingleside Shelter when he was 18 months old. He was underweight and had been rescued from a very large household. Today he is fit as a fiddle and the centre of attention. I think that's just how he likes it.
Boo Boo is a big dog with a lovely, sweet nature. He is obedient, loving and so, so photogenic. He might be a large dog but during his photo shoot it quickly became clear to me that he has claimed an even bigger piece of his mum and dad's heart - forever.