Real Happy Dogs » Documentary Dog Photography by Milla C. Photography

Andrea spends her days surrounded by dogs. As New York City’s leading dog trainer for more than 20 years as well as a prolific author and behavior expert for Animal Planet and other TV shows, Andrea has a big heart and brilliant approach to helping dogs live full and healthy lives in the city. However, there’s so much more to her than this.

When the training dust settles and the day draws to a close, Andrea returns to her home in Chelsea to find her sweet Nora waiting for her with excitement when she opens the front door. Nora has been with Andrea since she adopted her 13 years ago in Paris as a tiny puppy, and these girls have faced life together ever since.

Though Nora is showing signs of aging, she still has that kind soul, sharp mind, and playful spirit that Andrea brought home 13 years ago. More than anything, that’s what I hope these photos capture.

Thank you for welcoming me into your world, Andrea. It was a joy and an honor.

– Milla

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  • May 18, 2015 - 7:13 pm

    Andrea Arden - I can’t thank you enough for so beautifully capturing Nora’s scruffy dog sweetness. I will treasure these photos. You are a really gifted photographer. Oh, and Nora really likes you a lot too!ReplyCancel

Anyone who has walked through the doors of Strand Bookstore more than a few times knows Gizzy, the resident shop dog who is affectionately called the “littlest bookseller” around the store. She brings customers joy with her adorable underbite and sweet personality, and she certainly helps sales by maintaining a “Gizmo’s favorites!” book table.

When Gizzy isn’t wandering the stacks, she keeps the employees of Strand on track by sitting in laps, licking faces, and begging for treats. Gizmo is one special girl, and I was privileged to capture a day in her life.

More of Gizzy’s adventures are captured on her instagram site!

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“A Frenchie should always start the morning with a croissant and french press” says his dad as I walk through the door, “and so should we!” I laughed in agreement and settled in around the bar with Wally, his two dads, and his loving Auntie Deanna. Over coffee and an almond croissant that melted in my mouth, I listened to stories of how Wally came to be part of the family and how much he means to everyone he meets. Wally enjoyed our company for a bit and then settled into a nap on his dad’s legs.

This is how most Saturdays begin in Wally’s home: with breakfast and toys at home, followed by a walk to Madison Square Park dog run with his dads. This frenchie is well-known in the neighborhood and is often stopped to smile for a tourist’s camera or to talk to an old friend.

But, there is more to Wally than just his daily activities. Wally is the member a newly-formed family and recently celebrated the wedding of his two dads. He is very loved and enjoys each day surrounded by people who love him so much. This is a glimpse into Wally’s world.













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