In theory, Dutch is a dog photographer's dream. He's very handsome, has a sweet personality and eyes like Bambi. But in practice, Dutch is a photographer's worst nightmare.
For one, cameras hate Dalmatians. The extreme contrast between black and white is the prefect recipe for bad exposures and creates all sorts of headaches for both camera and photographer. And you wouldn't know it by looking at his pictures, but Dutch hates cameras as much as they hate him. He's a shy, sensitive guy who thinks coming face to face with a camera is about as much fun as a trip to the vet.
Thanks to Dutch, I can handle just about any technical headache and know how to make even the shyest dog relax and feel comfortable in front of the camera.
Unlike Dutch, Puglet looooves the camera. And for the most part, cameras love him. Puglet's been known to chase other dogs away from my Nikon and knows the sound of every bit of velcro on every camera bag I own. For this reason, I don't have a single picture of him sleeping.
Puglet's willingness to pose and ability to look ridiculously cute on command allows me to focus all my attention on technique. He's my go-to guy whenever I want to try something new, am testing out equipment, or just want to laugh and have fun with my camera.