Dog Photographer Takes Her Pet on Adventures While He Sleeps

Feb 25, 2015

Liron Samuels

Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

Dog Photographer Takes Her Pet on Adventures While He Sleeps

Feb 25, 2015

Liron Samuels

Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

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Most dog owners wonder what their dog does in his dreams, but in this case the dog is the only one who doesn’t know what he’s up to when he sleeps.

Sara Rehnmark takes advantage of her dog being a heavy sleeper to create funny scenes around him.

For Rufus, a three year old Pharaoh hound, even sleeping is an adventure.

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fishing for compliments…

Being a fan of William Wegman’s work, Rehnmark says she’s been taking goofy photos of Rufus since he was a puppy. The first photo in what eventually became the “Adventures While Sleeping” series was taken a year and a half ago for a birthday card.

“Every year my dad and I make funny birthday cards for each other, so this was a birthday card for my dad!”, said Rehnmark adding that since her family is from Sweden she decided to turn Rufus into a reindeer, as a nod to the Sweden, the land of reindeer, forests, and nature”.

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reindeers and chipmunks and rabbits, OH MY!

The first question that came to mind when I saw this series was if Rufus really slept through all the activity around him.

Rehnmark in response shared how she was able to capture these humorous photos:

“Most of them I set up while he is sleeping and if he wakes up he usually looks at me like I am crazy and puts his head right back down.  The others he comes over and lays down while I am trying to set up and takes a nap.  Also, he will let me mold him like putty if he knows there is a treat is in it for him!  He is similar to other sight hounds in that when he is outside he is very energetic, and when he is inside he can be a real couch potato”.

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I’ll get you, my pretty, and your little dog too….

I’ve got a notebook full of ideas and sketches!” said Rehnmark, adding that the huge response these photos have gotten has inspired her to continue.

Adding 2-3 photos a week to the series, the actress/model and her comedy writer husband Brian are planning to publish a children’s storybook  and calendar featuring Rufus’ adventures.

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s’more or s’less

Rufus seems like a fun dog to have around and Rehnmark confirms this on her website:

“Rufus really does light up my life. I can be having a bad day and then I look over at Rufus and he’s looking all goofy with his lips stuck on his gums (Like Jim Carrey’s Fireman Marshall Bill) and I can’t help but crack up laughing”.

This immediately reminded me of Anthony Lyons’s love for dogs and how dog photos sent by Facebook users are helping him battle cancer.

Visit Raising The Ruf’s website or Facebook for more images of this Renaissance dog.

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Tug o' war!!!
Tug o’ war!!!
this week I've been working like a dog. TGIF!!!!
this week I’ve been working like a dog. TGIF!!!!
I ruff you!! Happy Valentine's Day!
I ruff you!! Happy Valentine’s Day!
this little piggy went to the market... to sell Ruf some limes!
this little piggy went to the market… to sell Ruf some limes!
see? you can pick your friend's nose...
see? you can pick your friend’s nose…
GAME ON!!
GAME ON!!
party animals...
party animals…
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da.. da.. da.. da.. da.. ..da da. dadadadadada, or something..
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how’s it hangin’?
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The BEST Cyber Monday deal!
Hold your horses...
Hold your horses…
who's walking who?
who’s walking who?
My name is Sher-dog Holmes. It is my business to know what other dogs do not know...
My name is Sher-dog Holmes. It is my business to know what other dogs do not know…
Housekeeping. You need me to fluff pillows?
Housekeeping. You need me to fluff pillows?
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Sleight of…. paw??
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bags are packed, ready to go

 

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Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

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3 responses to “Dog Photographer Takes Her Pet on Adventures While He Sleeps”

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    John

    You can tell they were inspired to copy the baby version of this, but it seems like it’s missing a special oomph. Good attempt though

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    prettydarnfunny

    omg, SO funny and creative!!! this made me LOL. My dog would never let me do this.