Christmas Dogs Paddy and Raggle by Photographer Peter Thorpe

christmas dogs by Peter Thorpe

Christmas Dogs by photographer Peter Thorpe is an adorable series in which he has been dressing up his obliging dogs – first Paddy, then Raggle –  every year for their family Christmas Cards. Both dogs’ patience and star quality combined with Peter’s photography, own handmade props and no Photoshop have made these cards cute, clever and of course, Christmas-y.

Christmas Dogs by Peter Thorpe

Peter says on his blog that 3 children and now over 20 Christmases later, making these cards has become something of a family tradition and a lovely record to treasure. I have to agree. I’ve got almost every one from the past 24 years for you here. I took it upon myself to enlarge some of the dog’s faces from some of them since they are so darn cute. Given Raggle’s old age and weak heart, this will be her last appearance. Hopefully Peter will continue the series with yet another adorable critter. (update: The pics are now available in a book! Bark, The Herald Angels Sing)

First, with Raggle.

2014 Lil Nipper Raggle:
christmas dogs by peter thorpe
detail:
'Little Nipper' detail 2014

2013 Red-Breasted Raggle (I couldn’t find the tilte for this one, so made this name up):
Red Breasted Raggle 2013 card IIHIH

2012 Bah Humbug Raggle:
dog dressed as scrooge

2011 Penguin Raggle:
dog dressed as penguin
detail:
'Penguin' detail Raggle 2011

2010 Sheepdog Raggle:
'Sheepdog' Raggle
detail:
dog as sheep

2009 Dog Roast Raggle:
dog as roasted turkey
detail:
'Dog Roast' detail Raggle 2009

2007 Dogkey Raggle:
dog dressed as donkey
detail:
'Dogkey' Raggle detail 2007

2006 Cameldog Raggle:
dog as camel
detail:
'Cameldog' detail Raggle 2006

2004 Scrubbed Up Raggle:
'scrubbed up' Raggle photos
detail:
dirty dog and clean dog

And now with Paddy.

2001 Choirboy Paddy:
dog as choirboy
detail:
'Choirboy' detail Paddy 2001

2000 Fairy Paddy:
dog as treetopper
detail:
dog fairy

1999 Lights, Camera, Action Paddy:
on the set

1998 Nativity Paddy:
'Nativity' Paddy 1998 card IIHIH
detail:
'Nativity' detail Paddy 1998

1996 Robbers Paddy:
'Robbers" Paddy 1996
detail:
'Robbers" detail Paddy 1996

1995 Snowballs Paddy:
'Snowballs' Paddy 1995 card IIHIH
detail:
dog as snowman

1994 Pigdog Paddy:
dog under mistletoe

1993 Bouncers (The Three Wisemen) Paddy:
peter thorpe photography
detail:
dog in bouncer

1991 Heavenly Cherubs Paddy:
peter thorpe dog photos
detail:
'Heavenly Cherubs' detail Paddy 1991

1990 Rudolph Paddy:
'Rudolph' Paddy 1990 card IIHIH

Check out his website to see his commercial photography and his blog for more.

Images courtesy of Peter’s flickr stream and blog

UPDATE 2016: Paddy and Raggle have now been immortalized in a new book from Peter Thorpe. Learn all about Bark! The Herald Angels Sing here

A thank you to Evelyn Morris Hecht for bringing this series to my attention.

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