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Golden Retriever Champ: Probably the Happiest Dog In The World

Candice Sedighan and her golden retriever Champ is what you can call a real dream team! 20-year-old photographer needs no other model when her dog has enough patience to sit still and pose even with a live butterfly on his nose. Candice got Champ from her dad back when she was 9, but it wasn’t until the age of 13, when she got her first digital camera, that the retriever had a chance to unveil just how photogenic it really was.

“I really like to capture the true essence with dogs, which is that they’re always so happy,” she says. “The time Champ and I spend together, he’s just always beaming with happiness and you can really see that through my photos,” says Candice. And yes, every single picture radiates happiness and joy, and by seeing how enthusiastic Champ is, you can practically see the happiness on Candice’s face as well.

Candice has already won several photography contests with the joyous pictures of Champ, some of the images were also released as greeting cards. Whether he poses as a pilot or a captain, wears a birthday cap or plays with soap bubbles, Champ makes you go “aww” with every picture. Don’t you just love seeing something so genuine and natural?

More photos: flickr (via: flickr, mymodernmet)

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  • Sari & flatit

    Retriever is happies when (s)he can do what really loves: retrieving. The photos above just makes people (humans) happy. Let dogs live dogs’ life!

    • Derpy

      Which would be not to domesticate dogs in the first place and let them run as wild wolves in a pack? :)

      • Sari & flatit

        Dogs are already domesticated so please let them do what they love: retrievers love to retrieve, shepherds love to guide herds etc. Too often people treat dogs like babies and dress them up. So let’s not change dogs to human babies.

        • Derpy

          I don’t think you really understand what dogs love, actually… :x

          • Sari & flatit

            I have 3 dogs at the moment and have owned dogs all my life. Dressing up is something they can tolerate but they love to do what they were breed to do. No wonder there are so many problems with dogs as people do not understand this. Glad there are people like Victoria Stilwell who try to make people understand but clearly you do not. That is sad.

          • Candice

            I’d actually enjoy sitting back and getting some shots of him retrieving, but he just doesn’t like it. He does love swimming though, and if you look through my collection there are quite a few of him playing at the beach. A planned photoshoot once a week isn’t going to hurt him. He actually follows me as soon as I get the camera out: I use commands like (sit, leave it, cuddle, etc) in his planned shoots and it mentally stimulates him.

          • Sari & flatit

            I think Derpy is a troll. No need to continue this anymore.

          • Petr Brodík

            Actually you strike me like the troll in this conversation. At no point has it been suggested by anyone that this dog spends its whole life dressing up. The photos might have been taken over few years and you have absolutely no clue what they do with the dog in the rest of their free time. And to be honest, I’d shoot you in the face for killing animals for entertainment (if that’s what you call retrieving). I too have had dogs for my entire life and what they actually love to do is having any interaction with their owner. Dogs are so overbred these days, that it really doesn’t matter what you do with them, there are almost no prerequisites in their blood. I know a few breeders and dog trainers and they don’t do their activities for the dogs at all, it’s all for their own amusement, so they can show off in front of other posh dog people. Pathetic…

          • Sari & flatit

            I agree with many things you just wrote. It is important with owners to interact with the dogs and you are correct that I do not know how the dog in the photos spend most of the day. I have retrievers and what THEY love most is retrieving and as far I have seen most of the retrievers do (not all). Retrieving is not killing animals for entertainment. Animal farms for meat production are much more horrible. Animals live in small place and they are fed quickly just to produce meat. It is much better for the animal to life in it’s natural environment and the end up being killed by another animal or by human. I am not saying I like it, but much better for the animal itself. Also overbreeding dogs is very bad. If you work with your retriever and breed from the working stock they tend to be healthier because sick dog cannot work well enough (retriever). Over working can also be a problem.
            Maybe I over reacted with the photos, the dog seem happy, but for too many people the dog is a toy. Not saying the dog in the photo is but I just don’t support these kind of photos dressing up dogs as toys.

          • Petr Brodík

            Well I’m no stranger to over-reacting myself. I also know about the horrible conditions in animal farms, I’ve spent some time around animal activists (even though I’m not one) and it reveals so many things people don’t even want to admit. I’m pretty sure the dog in these photos is well taken care of and not being used as a toy, this really seems just like a photography project. Being a photographer myself, most photographers I know are very responsible people with the right passion for animals.

          • Champ

            You are right, my pictures have been taken over a course of 7 years. I take photos once a week at most: and Champ LOVES it :) He only retrieves in the water, and even if he does, he’s over it after 2-3 times. He’s really a people dog.

          • Derpy

            Troll? I’m just frustrated at seeing the type of people like you posting around on the internet. You think YOU know what’s best for an animal, when in actuality you really don’t know anything. Are you a biologist? Do you even know what kind of emotions a dog is conveying through his/her actions? Doubt it. Stop acting so high and mighty with your personal ~opinions~. I can bet you that this dog is being treated very well by its owners, and you should be happy for that.

            But hey, I have a good idea for you actually: Go volunteer at your local animal shelter like I have for the past 3 years. :D See how miserable a dog’s life CAN be. Maybe then you can at least have a bit more credibility when you go around trolling the web. e_e

    • Candice

      Champ actually doesn’t like to retrieve (unless its in water only, then he’ll do it a couple times before he gets bored.). He likes to spend time with me, like when we go to the beach together, take pics together, etc. Since when does taking photos once a week and creating memories with your dog make it so the dog isn’t living its life? Anyway, maybe your dogs prefer retrieving over attention but all dogs are different. It’s not like even knows I’m putting a hat or something on him every couple months: he looks at it as he’s getting treats, attention, and praise. That’s what makes my dog happiest. I know him well. ;)

      Thanks so much everyone :) just came across this now.

  • Sasza

    Love!