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The Year of the Dogs

The Year of the Dogs

Vincent J. Musi


The Book

As a National Geographic photographer, traveling the world to photograph lions, tigers, and bears was a regular day’s work for Vince Musi. All that changed when his son turned sixteen – he decided to try something different; to spend some quality time at home and open a hometown studio to photograph dogs.

The result is The Year of the Dogs; over 100 one-of-a-kind dogs from Musi’s year in the studio matched with witty ‘dogographies’ gleaned from his time spent with each subject.

From a Labrador that likes opera to a kleptomaniac miniature golden doodle, and a lovable one-eyed Jack Russell to a farting bulldog, Musi captures the unique character and personality of these everyday dogs with 190 evocative images and a gently comic mash-up of his own personal life experiences.

Get to know Sammy, Sully, Rocco, Tolliver, and their canine companions who make up this eccentric cast of characters, and who have captured the hearts of many on Musi’s wildly popular Instagram feed.


The Author

Vincent J. Musi’s work is familiar to many around the world through the pages of National Geographic magazine. Specializing in animal portraiture, Musi considers his subjects collaborators, rather than simply the topics of his photographs.

As well as National Geographic magazine Vince and his work have been profiled in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Time magazineincluding numerous cover features. He lives in South Carolina with his wife and son.

You can follow Vince on Instagram @vincentjmusi or visit