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 🙂



Update on my book – ‘Paws for Thought’

unnamedLast week I told you all about ‘Paws for Thought’ – my first real book. I’m still SUPER excited 🙂

I have had such a huge response to the book, but for any of you that actually tried to order it via the online link, there was a glitch!!

The website has been fixed now, however there is no ‘free shipping’ as I stated in my last post.

I have purchased a number of copies of the book and am more than happy to post a copy to you anywhere in Australia @ $14.99 with FREE POSTAGE.

Please contact me at to order YOUR copy.

Remember, a percentage of each sale from this ‘pawsome’ book goes directly to Assistance Dogs Australia.

‘Paws for Thought’ is also available in the following bookstores @ $14.99.



Angus and Robertson

Booktopia (online store)




Thanks again everyone for your support 🙂

Click here to order via the publisher.

Paws for Thought – my first real book :) :)

unnamed To say that I’m chuffed doesn’t cut it…Super proud? Getting closer…Incredibly honoured? You bet!!

Assistance Dogs Australia, Christine Bernasconi Photography and a group of dedicated volunteers have created the most gorgeous book ever – Paws for Thought.

This book is full of 80 adorable colour/ black and white photos of puppies and dogs together with witty captions.

These incredible dogs aptly learn how to become an extra pair of hands – from loading a washing machine, opening and closing doors, pressing the pedestrian button at lights – to improving communication, empathy and motor skills of a child diagnosed with autism.

This book is the perfect gift for birthdays, Christmas, Mothers Day or anytime 🙂

And it costs just $14.99 plus postage.

A percentage of each sale from this ‘pawsome’ book goes directly to Assistance Dogs Australia.

So if you want to do something for an organisation that is SUPER valuable to the community and very close to my heart… then grab a copy of this book..

Click here to order your copy now!!

Did I tell you it’s also been released in the UK and the States?

🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

All photography by Christine Bernasconi 🙂

Assistance Dogs…they are SO SO special….

As you all know, I am the volunteer photographer for Assistance Dogs Australia. And absolutely love it:)

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.

Last Thursday was our annual ‘Awareness Day,’ held in Sydney’s Martin Place.

We received much needed donations from the general public who loved meeting our ‘super puppies’ and having a pat!

The dogs showed us a selection of their ‘tricks’ including opening the washing machine door {yes really}, picking up a mobile phone and pulling off your socks!!

These dogs never cease to amaze me..they are so soft and gentle and just want to help….

If you’d like to help out by making a donation, becoming a puppy raiser or a puppy minder, visit Assistance Dogs Australia for more information…

Enjoy the pics 🙂

Click on the first photo to view the slideshow.



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 or

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

Chris 🙂