My Life As a Dog

“It is clear from his photographs that Hansen loves his dog Lucy…and so does his camera.”
— Photographer William Wegman


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I began a photographic collaboration with a little beagle puppy soon after she came to us from Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. Taking the pictures of Lucy for fun, friends and family noticed potential in the postcard photos I sent them.
Five years later, Stephanie Bennett, a very kind editor at Andrews McMeel Publishing, asked to publish the photographs in a small hardcover book. The book had a five-year publication run — I feel fortunate to have met so many good people while out on book signings with Lucy.
Sadly, we lost little Lucy to cancer in April 2006. We miss her. — Geoff Hansen

From Andrews McMeel’s catalog: “Have you ever wondered what dogs do all day, or if they’re able to express feelings? The rich black and white photos collected in My Life As a Dog detail the daily interests and activities of Lucy, a very busy and photogenic beagle. With the photos and Lucy’s narrative, the reader is invited to enter a dog’s world, as seen from a dog’s point of view.
In My Life As a Dog, author and photographer Geoff Hansen shares 45 photos of family dog Lucy that capture her many moods and activities. Hansen began snapping photos of Lucy when she was a puppy and soon noticed that she seemed to like having her picture taken. Lucy spars, plays, mopes, begs, sleeps, explores and even flirts with a Japanese tourist. From inquisitive to bored, proud to embarrassed, the range of emotions dogs are capable of expressing are captured perfectly in these photographs.
Hansen started sending photos of Lucy as postcards to friends and family. The response was so enthusiastic that Hansen decided to turn the pictures into a book. Whether romping with her little brother, Chester, or pouting about being dressed in a humiliating sweater, Lucy will make you smile in this charming keepsake that reaffirms why the dog is man’s best friend.”

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