Furry friends offer us love and companionship, but for Ursula Aitchison, they’re also the muses for her charming photographs. Her Golden Retriever named Hugo is the inspiration for her ongoing series of portraits that feature the two together. Aitchison and Hugo are the yin to each other’s yang; she’ll dream up scenarios where they’ll wear coordinating outfits or mimic the way the other acts. When Hugo is alone, however, he proves that he’s a true star who is effortless in front of the camera. It comes with a lot of practice. “Ever since he was a puppy I’d put the occasional clothing item on him or a pair of sunglasses,” Aitchison told My Modern Met earlier this year, “but I really started about a year ago when other people noted how human he looked!”
Since we last checked in on Aitchison, she’s had her hands full with another Golden Retriever in her life. She adopted Huxley in March of 2019, and it seems she’s found another pup who has the same dashing good looks and playful spirit as Hugo. As a puppy, Huxley was posing with Hugo—often in “little brother” roles—and we’ve gotten to see how fast he’s grown. Now that he’s approaching Hugo’s size, they’re almost twins that share a palpable love for Aitchison. It’s safe to say that for her, the feeling is mutual. Would she be showering them in lipstick kisses otherwise?
Scroll down for some of the latest cute Golden Retriever photography by Aitchison, then follow her on Instagram to see more of the trio’s sweet antics.