SEASON'S GREETINGS......




In 1990 I made a Christmas card featuring our rescue terrier Paddy.

This was to be the first of many over the next 25 years.....

2 dogs, 3 children and 25 Christmas's later, making these cards has become something of a family tradition.
The fun for me, has been choosing to continue to create these traditionally rather than with Photoshop, by making my own sets, props and using a fair bit of food bribery! 

Below is a selection of images from over the years and here is a link to my 2016 Christmas Card 

I'm delighted to announce that all the cards and behind the scene shots are collected in my new book 'Bark! The Herald Angels Sing' available at most online book stores and for UK customers signed and dedicated copies from RaggleCards  

Further updates available on Facebook 












'Santa Rescue' 2015





Snappy Christmas 2014





Little Raggle Red Breast 2013



Bark Humbug 2012

Penguin in Peril 2011

While Shepherds Watched 2010

Dog roast 2009 

Dogkey 2007

Follow Yonder Star 2006

Paddy - Choirboy 2001

Tree Topper 2000

lights camera action 1999

Pigdog 1994

Bouncers 1993

Rudolf 1990



Watch 25 years of festive dogs squeezed into this 2.5 minute video




29 comments:

  1. Always awesome Pete, and something I always look forward to every Christmas! Seasons greetings mate...

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  2. Thanks Charlie, you have a great Christmas too....

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  3. Fabulous! We received our card yesterday (Dave Daniel) and I have spread the Seasonal woofiness at work :-) Happy Christmas to you all.

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  4. Amazing work- love, love, love. Such skill, patience (by all) and ingenious ideas :)

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  5. These are genius! Love your work. Happy Holidays from Canada.

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  6. You are a genius!!!! What a joy to view these great, great images!!!!!

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  7. Absolutely Delightful! Must be hard to focus through all the laughter. Your doggy deserves equal credit to you. What a very special. Bravo to you both!

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  8. Oh, how I loved each and every photo! They just make me smile. Bless your furry friend's lovely disposition to be such a fun model. Great work!

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  9. saw this on Bored Panda, love them! Reggie is adorable :)

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  10. These photo are amazing! Thank you so much for sharing! Merry Christmas!

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  11. Sorry to hear Raggle is retiring, but I guess we are all getting older. These photos have been a great source of joy. Thanks for sharing!

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  12. Wonderful work and a beautiful tradition! Thank you!! <3

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  13. Wow - so creative and clever. It's nice to see an alternative to Photoshop!

    Linda Kay

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  14. I came across your photos on face book and just had to say how wonderful they are.
    We are proud owners of four rescue dogs, in fact one looks like your raggle, but our girl is black and white.
    I just wanted to say how thank you for sharing them

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  15. Thanks so much for all the kind words about this project, Its lots fun to do each year. Lovely that its been shared widely for others to enjoy too. Happy New Year!

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  16. What type of dog is Raggle? I am in love! Xxx

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  17. I wish I knew! Bit of a mix, perhaps a Jack Russell terrier cross?

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  18. Aw whatever mix Raggle is he is absolutely gorgeous. I wish him a happy and healthy retirement xxx

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  19. Oh my goodness, her retirement, not his. I'm so sorry mixing her up for a boy xxx

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  20. Love your cards! I have a very similar tradition with our dogs. Our cards have become expected - and I've been told by more than one person that they never throw them out. I'm sure that's true with yours as well. The backs of our cards have become a review of the previous 12 yrs - kind of fun to see them like that as well.
    Thanks for sharing yours online - they are great.

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  22. Been a huge fan of your cards having blogged about them in 2014 at http://www.ifitshipitshere.com/christmas-dogs-by-peter-thorpe/ and now I'm thrilled to present your new book to my readers!

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    1. I'm so pleased you like the cards Laura and really appreciate you sharing my new book on your blog. I have just updated my 2016 Christmas card shoot which you may enjoy reading http://peterthorpephotography.blogspot.co.uk/2016/12/merry-christmas-2016.html Best wishes and have a Merry Christmas :)

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  23. I was introduced to your Christmas dog photos and they are so wonderful! I don't do half as well as you do, but I try with our dogs, you have some super patient ones! Enjoyed all of them!

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  24. Thanks You, they are fun for me to shoot each year :)

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