Peter Thorpe is a photographer based in Bristol U.K. who started a great little Christmas tradition 20 years ago. For his annual holiday card, he began using the most unlikely of models, his dogs.
For the yearly, festive cards, he transforms his dog into various Christmas scenes, often dressing his pup up as different animals. He started this tradition with his rescue terrier Paddy, but when he passed away in 2002 the Thorpe family adopted another rescue terrier, the much gentler Raggle, who after making her debut in 2004, soon became a star in the making.
Sadly, this awesome tradition came to an end last year as Raggle had to retire her modeling career due to old age.
Have a look at the Christmas cards for yourself. You can really see how much better they got over the decades.
1) ‘Santa Rescue’ – 2015
2) A Mouse – 2014
3) A Bird – 2013
4) Bah Humbug / Ebenezer Scrooge – 2012
5) A penguin – 2011
6) A shepherd’s sheep – 2010
7) Christmas turkey roast – 2009
8) A Donkey – 2007
9) A Camel – 2006
10) Choirboy – 2001
11) Tree topper – 2000
12) Lights, camera, action! – 1999
13) Pigdog – 1994
14) Trio of bouncers – 1993
15) Rudolf – 1990
Thorpe has recently released a book with a collection of images from his Christmas card project ranging back to the very first one in 1990. The book features his two dogs, Raggle and Paddy.
Titled ‘Bark! The Herald Angels Sing‘, the book is available at all the usual online stores and for U.K. customers, Thorpe both signs and dedicates books purchased at Raggle Cards.
For more info, check out Thorpe’s website here.