Photo by Wendy Hudnall (see caption below)

‘Dog’gone Good Livin’

To be a Tahoe dog is to live a charmed life. After all, their “backyard” is a fun-filled wonderland with endless opportunities for exercise and adventure, from dock leaps to snow romps, forested trail runs to paddleboard rides atop the lake’s crisp, clear water. Photos abound of these amazing canines, snapped by proud owners enjoying similarly blessed lives. The following images represent a small sampling of the lovable four-legged pals who are lucky enough call Tahoe home, whether they realize it or not.




Living life to the fullest after being adopted by the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe, Oliver sends it off a Donner Lake dock, photo by Court Leve



Big dogs, big view: Great Danes Spencer, Ryan and Logan catch their breath after a hike up Eagle Rock above Tahoe’s West Shore, photo by Moana Roberts



Emmie the chocolate Lab glides through Tahoe’s cool blue water near Bonsai Rock , photo by First Tracks Productions



Breeze and Marley enjoy a paddle and swim in the alpine Caribbean that is Tahoe’s East Shore, photo by Peter Spain



Feeling good shortly after being rescued from a shelter, Chance looks the role as well sporting a chic sweater vest, photo by Wendy Hudnall



Cole cruises along the rocky shallows of the East Shore, photo by Christi Virdee



Photographer Bios

Court Leve is a professional photographer based out of Truckee. Leve is a commercial photographer specializing in action sports, commercial and event photography.


Moana Roberts is the owner of Tahoe Dog Photography. She specializes in photographing dogs enjoying the outdoors in the Lake Tahoe–Truckee area and producing fine artworks for the home. Check out her website at


Anthony Cupaiuolo is the owner of First Tracks Productions and is often found adventuring with his pup, Emmie, above, alongside and sometimes below the surface of Lake Tahoe.


Peter Spain is a Lake Tahoe-based photographer. He specializes in fine art, lifestyle and portrait photography. His fine art work is reproduced on gallery canvas wraps, prints on metal and a variety of other custom framing options. Check out his work at the Truckee Bagel Company in Reno and at the Sand Harbor Bar & Grill and Visitors Center.


Wendy Hudnall, creator of DoggieTales Pho(dog)raph, is a fine art landscape photographer who discovered that her skill for capturing beautiful locations, combined with her obsessive and all encompassing passion for dogs, make for some very special magic. Hudnall believes in her heart that every dog is amazing with a story just waiting to be told. So, in addition to her client and commercial work, she donates her services to shelter and rescue organizations in the hopes of finding equally amazing families for as many dogs in need as possible.


Photographer Christine Virdee doesn’t mind the cold temperatures or dirt when shooting images in the Tahoe Basin. Her fascination with photographing the elements, particularly water in all its glorious forms, stems from watching images slowly come to life in a shallow pan in the darkroom. An avid athlete, animal lover and adventure enthusiast, she enjoys exploring the great outdoors with her best friend Cole.

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