Serious dog lovers will have cry-laughed over the Wine Dogs books, including the latest Leunig edition. The books profile dogs from all over Australia, sharing each dog’s favourite pastimes, obsessions and (my favourite) their naughtiest deeds.
I asked photographer Craig McGill to share a few of his favourite local wine dogs and behind the scenes stories.
Craig says it was a trip to the Barossa and McLaren Vale that spurred the idea for the book. “We were greeted by dogs in every winery we visited. After returning home and looking at our travel photos, we noticed most of the pics were of winery dogs – I said to [co-publisher] Sue “There’s probably a book in this!”
Having met hundreds of wine dogs, there must be a ‘naughtiest deed’ that tops them all? “There’s two; the dog that set itself in quick-set cement and the dog that peed on the Jehovah Witness” says Craig.
Craig reveals the secret to getting dogs to look at the camera – perfect if you’ve ever had a dog look everywhere but the lens; “a squeaky ball is essential.”
Michael Leunig penned a superb introduction to the latest Wine Dogs book and contributed over a dozen cartoons. With 19 Margaret River Region dogs in the new book, you could easily plan a weekend of wine tasting around it. Available at wineries and the Margaret River Bookshop.