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Maddie is back with a new book. You may remember this stunning spotted rescue dog from all the objects she has stood atop across the country. In fact, Maddie has become famous on Instagram for her ability to balance on almost anything.
But for her new book, she is taking a different approach; one that is about having your whole body on the ground, as you can tell by the title Maddie Lounging on Things (out Sept. 12).
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The man behind all these scenic shots of Maddie is Theron Humphrey, a photographer who adopted the dog when she was about ten months old.
Humphrey picked his canine BFF up in Georgia and then immediately hit the road, spending almost four years on four wheels side-by-side with the pup.
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"All of the sudden I was just finding Maddie in all these cute places or poses. That would inspire me to create images of her lounging around and capturing that lazy hound dog side of her," Humphrey said on how his second book about the Redtick Coonhoud/German shorthair mix came to be.
But Maddie isn't all naps. "She is a definitely a Gemini," Humphrey said. "There is that total lazy, sleep-under-the-covers, affectionate, hanging-out, low-maintenance dog. And there is the other groove where she is like on fire, chasing a squirrel through the woods."
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Along with being a beautiful muse, Maddie is also an amazing friend and excellent ice-breaker.
Thanks to her presence, Humphrey has always had a companion on his long stretches away from his Nashville home, and she has connected him to this "really huge, loosely-collected club, who really admire and see the value in having dogs as part of your life."
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For those who want to hit the highway with their hound and join this club too, Humphrey has a few simple tips.
He advises having a comfortable space in your car for your pup to relax on, make sure to take plenty of breaks and keep your pet hydrated. But his favorite piece of advice is something a little more abstract.
"We are always looking for shade and a cozy place to spend time together. That is the coolest thing about having a dog, it breaks you out of this really strong mold of when you travel with just your human friends. It just makes you get off the beaten path," Humphrey shared.
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For those aspiring to take drool-worthy dog travel shots, Humphrey has some easy tips for you too.
"It's about finding your pet's passion and your passion and where those intersect," the photographer said.
Also adding that animal lovers shouldn't get hung up on what kind of camera to get.
"People message me and ask what camera I use, and it's not that that isn't important, that is just the least important aspect of it. Some of my favorite photos of Maddie were taken with the iPhone. It's important to remember that cameras are just tools."