There’s something about a dog with stumpy legs that makes us invariably happy. It doesn’t walk so much as it waddles, and its head appears so disproportionately large in comparison to its body that it looks like it could tumble rump over teakettle at any second. And yet, somehow, it works!



We recently had the pleasure of attending Corgi Beach Day (AKA Corgchella) in Huntington Beach and got to see well over a thousand Corgis having a little fun in the sun! You wouldn’t believe some of the outfits they were showing off! There were Corgis dressed as mermaids, Corgis in hats, Corgis with sunglasses, Corgis in backpacks… I dare say some of the Corgi’s were dressed well enough for a visit to the Queen herself.


Speaking of the Queen, Queen Elizabeth II is well known for her love of Corgis. In fact, she’s owned more than thirty over the course of her life. She met her first Corgi, Dookie, all the way back in 1933, and from then on, she was hooked!


Did you know?

Corgi literally translates to “dwarf dog” (cor means dwarf and gi means dog). Tenth century Welsh farmers began breeding Corgis as herding animals, taking advantage of the creature’s smile size and agility as a means to steer their flocks. They’re the perfect size to weave in and around cow hooves, nipping at heels and easily darting away from any flailing kicks.


While the Welsh were enjoying their Corgis, not too far away, the Germans were breeding a stubby-legged dog of their own: Dachshunds!


These little guys are remarkably fierce. So fierce, in fact, they were trained to hunt badger. Their short legs and long body made them the ideal shape for wriggling into the dens of burrowing mammals. These days, Dachshunds are less likely to be hunting badger and more likely to be catching rats. There’s an entire squad of terriers and Dachshunds in New York City dedicated to clearing areas of disease-carrying rodents.


Like Corgi’s Dachshunds are clever and quick, and certainly not to be underestimated.




And we can’t have a blog about short-legged dogs without mentioning Frenchies! According to Mental Floss, they’re actually the 4th most popular breed in America. Unfortunately, their squat frame and bulbous heads come with a variety of health issues, including trouble breathing, an inability to copulate naturally (almost all French Bulldogs are the result of artificial insemination), and difficulty giving birth. That being said, they’re one of the most companionable breeds out there and make incredibly loving pets.



When Ruth came in with her three bulldogs, Teddy, Auggie, and Bubba, she told us that after she got her first Frenchie, she was absolutely hooked. All three were sweet as could be, but Auggie was partial to sleeping in the corner for most of the shoot.


Did you know? Frenchies will mope! If you're too critical of a Frenchie and scold it harshly, the little guy will take your words to heart, sulking around the house until he feels better. For those interested in getting a French Bulldog, its good to keep in mind that they respond much better to positive reinforcement than reprimanding.


If you follow us on Instagram, you may have seen a few of our "Flying Frenchies". They're one of our favorite series and always a blast to create! Check out just a few of our favorite Frechies....



Thanks so much for reading! Check in next week for another Charlie Nunn update!


Best,

Charlie, Raymond


Updated: May 4, 2019

You’ve been asking, and it’s time for us to reveal our charity partner of the month!


VANDERPUMP DOG FOUNDATION


Between their numerous grassroots campaigns and global initiatives, Vanderpump Dogs is dedicated to creating a better, safer world for canines – and we want to help! For the entirety of May, any session booked with us will see a percentage of each artwork sale go to Vanderpump Dogs!


Your contribution will help sponsor adoptions, support Vanderpump’s Spay and Neuter day, and cover the cost of veterinary visits for rescued canines. To book a complimentary shoot with us, call (310) 424- 8065 or email us at Raymond@charlienunnphotography.com.


Make sure you keep an eye out for us at World Dog Day, a day of celebration, fun and entertainment all in the name of animal welfare. Last year was a huge success and we can’t wait to be a part of this year's event. The event, located in West Hollywood, saw over 4,000 attendees and featured over 35 pet-centric vendors, a dog agility park, and even a morning “doga” class for those folks who like to start their day with doggy love and meditation.


Come join us on Saturday, May 18th, and get ready for a day of food trucks, games, and tail-wagging fun. Charlie Nunn Photography will have its own booth to schedule all those interested in booking a session and answer any additional questions you might have. Make sure you come early – its first come, first served!


Now, down to the most important thing that’s happened recently – a new addition to our family. Last week, I stopped by VPD to talk about our May partnership and fell in love with the newest member of our pack – Kourt, or as we’ve decided to call her, Tilda.





She was met with open paws by everyone, with Tucker using all the puppy energy he has to teach and guide her while she adjusts to her new life. It’s a perfect match and we couldn’t be happier. Now, with half our family from VPD, it’s an especially exciting month for us to partner with them. Stay tuned for some new puppy pictures that are so cute, they hurt!



And a final note – farewell to Nicola. Good luck with your new writer’s assistant job. Your short time as our assistant was memorable.


Until next time –


R&C



Hello Everyone!

We hope you had a fantastic Easter filled with friends, family, and food! Maybe the Easter Bunny stopped by, or maybe you made a quick stop of your own to the candy isle at the local drugstore…


Which is your biggest weakness? Cadbury Crème Eggs? Jelly Beans? Reese’s Eggs? I know I can never resist Lindt’s dark chocolate Easter bunny – yum! It looks like someone is a fan of Peeps!


This year, we celebrated a doggie-filled Easter with our friends at Vanderpump Dogs. Equipped with our camera, our lights, and a basket full of props, we spent the day photographing some very festive pups...


Buddah was very enthusiastic about his carrot!


Penny and Bella came ready to party hardy! (No one tell Penny her ears are askew – we think it looks cute!)


We even reunited with some old friends!

Newman switched out his party hat for one of this season’s top styles!


Remember Bo from our OUAI campaign? Well, he’s squeaky clean as ever and even came sporting a dashing pair of bunny ears.


How about Lucky, the basset hound who’s gravity-defying portrait just won the Off the Clock award? He was a little more down to earth for this photo shoot, but he still had a ‘spring’ in his step!


All participants made a donation to Vanderpump Dogs, a foundation that works tirelessly to help dogs in need. Every day Vanderpump Dogs provides services like micro chipping, vaccinations, and life-saving surgeries, all while spearheading a campaign against animal cruelty. Every dollar makes a difference and we’re incredibly grateful to all those who participated.


Thanks to everyone who came out to support Vanderpump Dogs and celebrate Easter with us! In just a few hours, we were able to raise over $500 for Vanderpump Dogs!




Ok. We know this isn’t technically Easter related, but guys – we couldn’t wait any longer!

Spring has sprung, the grass is ris… and Chris Salvatore is heating things up!


This actor, singer-songwriter, and gay rights activist brought his charming smile and cheerful demeanor to the studio. At his side was his loyal mutt, Bobby, who we all instantly fell in love with.


We feel incredibly lucky to have met such a kind and inspiring individual and couldn’t be happier with how the photos turned out.



Like, really. Look at that. Class!

And how about this outdoorsy look? Chris and Bobby are ready for a picnic!



Thanks for reading and don’t forget to check in next week!


Now I’m off to figure out something to do with all my leftover hard-boiled eggs! Do you think Chris and Bobby would let me tag along on his picnic if I offered to bring my famous egg salad sandwiches?


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