Assistance Dogs Australia Graduation Day Sydney

Assistance dogs Australia is a national charity which trains Labradors and Golden Retrievers to help people with disabilities, providing them with greater freedom and independence.


These photos were taken at this years Sydney Graduation ceremony in Martin Place – where the pups were handed over from their ‘puppy raiser’ to their intended recipient 🙂


What a wonderful event it was. The fabulous Tim McCallum was the MC for the event and sang some beautiful songs that really tied the event together – there wasn’t a dry eye in the house – including mine…


Thanks for all you do Assistance Dogs Australia. I LOVE being around the dogs and am so grateful to be a part of your team  

Remember to click on the photo to enlarge it for viewing 🙂

 

Wilbur & Woody…Assistance Dogs to the Rescue….

I know I’ve said this before, but photographing beautiful labradors and Golden Retrievers is SO MUCH FUN!!

Last week I had the pleasure of photographing ‘Woody’ & ‘Wilbur’ for Assistance Dogs Australia. my favourite organisation:)

These two 16 week old labradors {who are SO super cute} are involved in a new Assistance Dogs initiative – helping children with Autism.

The program is called ‘PAWS’ – Parents Autism Workshop and Support. For more info click here.

The pups are placed with a ‘Puppy Educator’ at 8 weeks of age to share experiences and offer help to a child with autism on a day to day basis.

These pups were gorgeous….enjoy the pics:)

Click on the first photo to view the pics as a slide show 🙂

 

 

Thanks for the good times Dame Quentin Bryce

It’s been a long road as a photographer.

Getting noticed and getting your name out there is a big part of the process.

I have worked tirelessly for Assistance Dogs Australia and Dame Quentin Bryce was the first ‘famous person’ I photographed.

I was part of a media contingent and was {looking back} way out of my league.

She was an absolute class act.

She was warm, considerate and absolutely cared about every single person she met.

I was the new kid on the block and she new that…

I took her to a more photographic place at Yarralumla to take a portrait of her with her namesake assistance dog ‘Quentin.”

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She couldn’t have been more accomodating.

I got a great shot which subsequently raised my profile as a photographer.

Thanks Quentin, I personally want to wish you all the best. You made me feel ‘normal’ and made me feel as is ‘famous people’ were normal too.

I had the privilege of photographing her another few times during her role as Governor General and I really thank Assistance Dogs Australia for giving me the opportunity to photograph such a high profile Australian.

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Today is the day she exits her role as ‘Governor General of Australia.’ Thanks for all you’ve given us as a female Governor General of Australia, you are a wonderful woman and I really enjoyed meeting you.

enjoy the family and the grandkids….and by the way, pink is also my favourite colour….

yours sincerely

 

Chris Bernasconi

http://www.bernasconiphtoography.com

 

 

Training a GORGEOUS Super Puppy

As you all know, I work as a volunteer photographer for Assistance Dogs Australia .

They are a wonderful organisation who train Labradors and Golden Retrievers to help people with physical disabilities lead more independent lives.

Training a super puppy costs $27,000 and takes two years to train.

This beautiful puppy, Opal is lucky to have Caroline as a puppy raiser. Opal regularly attends puppy training classes and also goes out on field trips with the Assistance Dogs K9 team. Opal will come back to the National Training Centre when she is approx 14 months old to start her ‘Advanced Training’, and will be matched up with a suitable recipient when she is approx 2 years old as either a Service Dog, Companion Dog or a Facility Dog

If the K9 team decide that a dog won’t be suitable as an Assistance Dog, it is released from the program. There is a lengthy waiting list of people for these highly trained ‘Release Dogs.’

Aren’t they just a fantastic organisation? I am so lucky to be involved with them and I just LOVE being around the puppies 🙂

Thanks to Ryan (my eldest son :)) for assisting me at the shoot and providing some of these photos.

If you would like more information about making a donation, becoming a puppy raiser, or just finding out what this organisation is all about, click here.

Enjoy the pics. Click on the first pic to view all the pics as a slideshow.

Chris 🙂

You won’t believe what these Super Dogs can do….

I was lucky enough to photograph Assistance Dogs Australia’s Dogtober 2013 Launch last week 🙂

Dogtober runs the entire month of October and is dedicated to celebrating your dog – in fact ALL dogs across the country. This event raises much needed funds and awareness for Assistance Dogs Australia.

Vegas, Nellie, Paws and Skoota (who are assistance dogs in training) were the drawcard for this event and the crowd enjoyed watching them show off their repertoire of AWESOME skills and techniques.

Sunshine (the Ambassador dog) was there getting lots of pats and attention from the crowd and Benson, the Facility Dog from Lake Illawarra High school showed us what he’s been learning 🙂

Did you know an assistance dog can pick up for the phone for a disabled person? Will bark for up to 30 minutes if their owner falls out of their wheelchair? They can even press the button for their owner to cross the road and open the fridge!!! How fantastic is that? It really is amazing what these dogs can do…

I’m so proud to be involved with this wonderful organisation 🙂

For more information on how YOU can help raise much needed funds for Assistance Dogs Australia, visit assistancedogs.org.au or dogtober.org.au

Enjoy the pics. Click on the first pic to view all the photos as a slideshow.

Chris 🙂

Wanna fall in love with a super cute Labrador Puppy?….Click Here…

It’s really easy to forget how cute puppies are 🙂

Last week I was asked to photograph a gorgeous Labrador puppy for Assistance Dogs Australia .

Her name was ‘Poppy’…..She was SUPER cute. She was full of energy and did all the cute things puppies do…I just smiled and smiled.

Assistance Dogs Australia are a wonderful organisation who train Labradors and Golden Retrievers to help people with physical disabilities lead more independent lives.

If you would like more information about making a donation, becoming a puppy raiser, or just finding out what this organisation is all about, click here.

Enjoy the pics. Click on the first pic to view all the pics as a slideshow.

Chris 🙂

Cute, no, SUPER cute puppies….

It’s really easy to forget how cute puppies are 🙂

Recently I had the pleasure of photographing three 8 week old labradors for Assistance Dogs Australia .

They are a wonderful organisation who train Labradors and Golden Retrievers to help people with physical disabilities lead more independent lives.

These three labs were wild, hilarious, sleepy, cute, fun and just plain adorable.

You will love these pics…I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below 🙂

If you want to learn more about photography and enjoy pictures of beautiful puppies, landscapes and travel, you will LOVE my newsletter “Photography Talk” that is being launched next week.

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To find out more about Assistance Dogs Australia, click here

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