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Every Christmas, Photographer Stars Family Dog In Incredibly Elaborate Holiday Card.

Christmas cards are a regular Holiday traditions in many homes. Maybe you grew up having to take the annual family photo and licking stamps alongside your siblings. Some families, however, decide to do things a little differently. We’ve told you before about the family that opted to replace the traditional Christmas card with a goofy fam dance routine, and then there was the family who went viral, for swapping a Christmas card for a 2016-in-review music video. But have you heard about the guy who takes elaborate photos of his dog for his Christmas card?

British dad and photographer Peter Thorpe has been creating Christmas cards around his dog for 25 years. From 1990 to 2002, he photographed his rescue terrier, Paddy. But since then he’s photographed Raggle, also a rescued terrier.

The photos he takes aren’t just cute… they’re phenomenal quality! And he creates the photo-shoots himself. “The fun for me,” explains Peter, “has been choosing to continue to create these traditionally rather than with Photoshop, by making my own sets, props and using a fair bit of food bribery!”

Check out some of Peter’s photos of Raggle below!

1. Follow Yonder Star

Peter Thorpe Photography

2. Dogkey

Peter Thorpe Photography

3. Dog Roast

Peter Thorpe Photography

4. While Shepherds Watched

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5. Penguin in Peril

Peter Thorpe Photography

6. Bark Humbug

Peter Thorpe Photography

7. Little Raggle Red Breast

Peter Thorpe Photography

8. (the making of)

Peter Thorpe Photography

9. Snappy Christmas

Peter Thorpe Photography

10. Santa Rescue

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Peter Thorpe Photography

11. (behind the scenes)

Peter Thorpe Photography

After many years of modelling, Raggle is ready to retire. So this year Peter hosted a competition to find a new star for the 2016 Christmas card! He chose two winners:

12. Lenny…

Peter Thorpe Photography

13. and Mazy!

Peter Thorpe Photography

14. Now all of Peter’s creations have been compiled together in his new book, Bark the Herald Angels Sing: Or, How a Dog Becomes a Christmas Card!

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Peter Thorpe Photography

Check out the video below to see 25 years (1990-2015) of Christmas cards in 2 and a half minutes.

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