Hard-Working Dogs Honored by Photographer, Andrew Fladeboe
The Labor Day holiday was created to celebrate the sacrifices and accomplishments of hard-working men and women. But, we would be remiss if we did not remember to celebrate the working dogs that often give everything they have to get the job done.
Working dogs, as the name implies, are those dogs that are trained to perform specific roles and responsibilities. While browsing the internet, I came across the work of a magnificent photographer, Andrew Fladeboe. His photo series called “The Shepherd’s Realm” truly honors the working dogs and embodies the true celebration of the Labor Day holiday.
In an interview with National Geographic, when asked about the importance of the working dog, Fladeboe stated that “working dogs are still in widespread use today, and in fact the number of jobs they can perform grows every year. To me they represent the god’s greatest gift to humanity, a species sagacious and noble, willing to do whatever we ask of them and only asking for some food and a pat on the head in return.”
Below are additional snippets of his interview along with his beautiful shots of some of these working dogs fulfilling their respective duties:
Urban Search and Rescue
In his National Geographic interview, Fladeboe said that working dogs "often live hard and short lives, but for a dog like a border collie, they are happiest when they have a job to do” and went on to explain “seeing them in action made me realize just how devoted they are to us. They love to work and the bond between human and dog is uncanny. Dogs as pets definitely have an important role to play, but to me the dog is at its best and happiest when it has a job to do.”
Search and Rescue
Fladeboe says, “We are so connected to dogs, and not just in terms of getting jobs done or as the pets we know them today. Dogs show up in the myths and folklore of almost every culture. They are part of our collective subconscious. The working dog is the perfect archetype of our sagacious friend.”
Cattle and Sheep Herder
This Labor Day while honoring and respecting the work of all hard-working people, let’s also remember the hard work and dedication of our faithful dogs.
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Artist Credits: In 2014, Andrew was awarded a Fulbright Grant to photograph and study working dogs in New Zealand. The Shepherd's Realm series is currently available through New York gallery and dealer Peter Hay Halpert Fine Art. Please contact them if you are interested in a limited edition print.
Photo Credits: andrewfladeboe.com, phhfineart.com