The Dogist

A photo-documentary series about the beauty of dogs. Author of the NYT Bestseller, THE DOGIST, available now, and PUPPIES, available for pre-order:

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Dash, Labrador Retriever (8 m/o), Washington Square Park, New York, NY • "She got spayed, then broke three toes, then had an ear infection, then got an abscess...but other than that she's perfect. She was only supposed to keep the cone on for 48 hours, but with her track record I think it'll be on for more than that."


Hercules, Great Dane, 9th & 3rd Ave., New York, NY • "Sometimes he's all business and sometimes he acts like a moron. He completely loses his shit at pigeons and likes to wail along with sirens."


Davy, Labrador Retriever mix (1 y/o) – Available for adoption from @bideawee Westhampton, LI • "He's a little bashful at first, but quite the good boy once he's comfortable with you."


Yoshi, French Bulldog (1 y/o), 7th & Ave A, New York, NY • "He snorts, but they all do that. He likes to nibble on my Labrador's neck and ears."


Latke, Shetland Sheepdog (1 y/o), Tompkins Square Park, New York, NY • "She was an impulse buy at a garden center Upstate. She was the last one. We can't go anywhere without someone shouting out 'Lassie!' She's skittish – she'll follow someone down the street and then run away when they turn around."


Callie, Golden Retriever mix (2 y/o) – Available for adoption from @bideawee Westhampton, LI • "Callie loves pretty much any person, place, or event. She's definitely more than just her good looks."


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Grizz, Olde English Bulldogge (5 m/o), Tompkins Square Park, New York, NY • "He shakes his booty when he's happy."


Kirk, Terrier mix (2 y/o) – Available for adoption from @bideawee Westhampton, LI • "He's a rescue that came up from Florida after Hurricane Irma and will happily sit for you."


Ivy, Labrador Retriever mix (1 y/o), Tompkins Square Park, New York, NY • "She just survived getting hit by a cab and acted like nothing happened. She slipped out of her collar and ran across Houston Street. She shit herself because she was scared and stayed at the ICU for one night. She's one resilient pup."


Ava Lou, Akita (4 y/o), W 4th & Grove St., New York, NY • "We also have her mother and father. My wife has always had Akitas. You see that dent on her back? She got hit by a UPS truck when she was six months old. She eats pigeons. She kills and eats them. At a certain time of day there are a lot of them and she'll get one in her mouth and I have to take it out. It's terrible."


Pase, Pit Bull/Labrador Retriever mix (3 y/o) – Available for adoption from @bideawee • "He's a big boy (65lbs) from Alabama."


#thedogistpuppies First Place photo contest winner 🏆: Jolly, Miniature Dachshund (8 w/o), Huntsville, TX • "She rules the roost and likes to be held like a baby. She's our child." Photo by @elizabethshaephotos


Gunner, Labrador Retriever/Boxer mix (6 y/o), Tompkins Square Park, New York, NY • "He drools a lot. Everywhere. All over me. It's the only Boxer characteristic he got. He's disgusting and I love him anyway. That's really why he wears a bandana."


Mowgli, Labrador Retriever (9 y/o), Tompkins Square Park, New York, NY • "He loves to get into the trash. It drives me mad. Always when I cook chicken – he can't resist. We have a lock on it but he knows how to get in when we leave."


Agnes, Spinone Italiano (2 y/o), Tompkins Square Park, New York, NY • "She sits on my boyfriend's head and she only likes dirty tennis balls."


It's here! Today you can officially get your paws on my new book! 🎉 If you like puppies, this book has 17 never before seen special series I spent the last two years creating (and reluctantly keeping to myself). Head to your local bookstore, order online at, or come meet me on my book tour to get your copy. The tour includes: Brookline, MA (9/25) • Narberth, PA (9/27) • Brooklyn, NY (10/3) • Kansas City, MO (10/6-10/7) • Dallas, TX (10/8) • Hoboken, NJ (10/14) • New York, NY (10/18) • Seattle, WA (10/28) • Saratoga Springs, NY (10/29) • Austin, TX (11/4-11/5) • San Francisco, CA (11/11) (more details at
Big thanks to: @brooklynbrewery @puppiesnpints @greenlightbklyn @badassbrooklyn @brooklinebooksmith @mspca_angell @pactforanimals @barkdogbar @greatplainsspca @997thepoint @littlecitybooks @libertyhumanesociety @fishseddynyc @animalleague @northshirebooks @dogwoodplaypark @jccsf @sparksocialsf @artisan_books @muttscantina @interabangbooks @texasbookfest @bookpeople


Cody, Terrier mix (7 m/o), Upper West Side, New York, NY • "This is my first attempt at having a dog. My granddaughter begged me to get him; I was like, 'I'm old! I can't do this!' I get a ton of help from @pawsny. They come 2-3 times a week and walk him when I can't. Sometimes I wake up with serious pain, but having him is good for me. He helps me get outside and walking. He recently graduated from level one puppy class. He's a graduate. He has a certificate and everything!"


Dutch, Havanese (2 y/o), 19th & Irving Pl., New York, NY • "My daughter created a whole PowerPoint for my husband about why we should get a dog – it included all the physical and psychological benefits. She also told him that if he got her a dog he'd have naming rights. He chose Dutch, which was Ronald Reagan's nickname."


Eddie, German Shepherd (4 y/o), 9th & University Pl., New York, NY • "It seems with German Shepherds there are those that will save your whole family and those that chased you down the street when you were a kid. He's the type who'd save the whole family."


Kaya, Doberman Pinscher/Hound/Labrador Retriever mix (6 y/o), W 4th & 6th Ave., New York, NY • "When we had to put our last dog down, Lucy, he was in the same pen at the shelter I first found her in. It was kismet."


Pogo, Dachshund (19 y/o), 8th & Lafayette St., New York, NY • "He's blind and deaf. He was born in 1998 – think about that. He was paralyzed at 5 y/o; he went down after playing his favorite game of fetch. His situation seemed bleak at the time, yet he still appeared content with his life to me."


Alfie, Labrador Retriever/Border Collie mix (14 w/o), Washington Square Park, New York, NY • "Like the Burt Bacharach song, 'What's it all about, Alfie?'."


Colby, Samoyed (3 y/o), 10th & 3rd Ave., New York, NY • "He loves swimming in the ocean – he looks like a big wet sponge. He also does a good high five."


Gretchen, Miniature Long-haired Dachshund (9 m/o), 12th & 6th Ave., New York, NY • "She likes the smell of weed. She gets real interested and comes over to hang out." @gretchen.weiner.the.miniwiener


Alia, Basenji (9 m/o), W 13th & Hudson St., New York, NY • "She doesn't bark, self grooms, and loves taking the eyeballs out of her toys." @basenjinyc


Bonnie & Duffy, West Highland White Terriers (8 y/o), West 4th & Charles St., New York, NY • "They always roll on the furniture when they come home after it rains. It's kind of a problem."


Tug, Pit Bull (3 y/o), 9th & 3rd Ave., New York, NY • "He was in two shelters and a foster home. He's just a goofball and is the only dog I've had that will play by himself." A rescue from @tailsofhopenj


Spencer, Miniature Poodle (2 y/o), 86th & Columbus Ave., New York, NY • "We had bad luck with our dogs before him – he's our first good dog. He's never had a single act of aggression. Our previous dog must have bit me 25 times and the dog before that would lunge at children."


THE DOGIST PUPPIES book hits stores next Tuesday and to celebrate, I'm hosting a photo contest – 1st place gets a feature on The Dogist Instagram and a signed and personalized copy of my new book from me. Second and third place also get my new book as well as a feature on The Dogist stories.
To enter for your chance to win: Post a photo of your puppy (or your dog when he/she was a puppy) to your Instagram today through 9/18 at 12 PM EST using the hashtag #thedogistpuppies.
Show me those puppers!