I have a theory about dog names. I meet more and more dogs with “people names” (my own dog is no exception) and I think it is because dogs are increasingly seen as members of our family. My in-laws have no children, but they have two dogs who they snuggle up on the couch with, and lots of couples get married and get a dog instead of immediately getting pregnant. Since we see them more and more as members of our family we name our pets the same as we could name our kids. Of course, this doesn’t apply to all pets, and I think it is great when owners come up with original names like Banana and Sundae (also I don’t think there is any wrong name for a pet, whereas I would never think of naming my child Apple, or Blue). I joked with Kevin that I wanted to name our dog Kitty, purely for the fun of calling “Here Kitty, Kitty” at the dog park. Needless to say, we went with a different name.
Along with this trend in names, pets are also increasingly welcome in work places. So, I decided I wanted to do a personal project where I photographed some of these dogs at work. I started with Taio (mostly because I already knew him, his owner and where they both worked) from around the corner from me at Frontrunners.
As I photograph these dogs at work I will be publishing a photo, or two, as I go along.