Author(s): Serena Hodson
Dogs are true masters of mindfulness. As we rush around making mental to-do lists and ruminating on how busy and stressful our lives are, they remind us to delight in the moment; to be present. Perhaps it is this Zen-like characteristic that seals our adoration and love for them and which elevates their status beyond that of "man's best friend" to one of role model. If only we could possess that same pure awareness that dogs so unconsciously exhibit. Rocco, the bull mastiff, Ralph, the dachshund, and Simon, the bulldog, are three dogs who have it all figured out when it comes to living the good life. Sometimes droll, oftentimes whimsical, and always lovable, they remind us to seize the moment, appreciate the simple things in life, and follow our hearts, no matter what the predicament.
Born and raised in New Zealand, Serena trained as a graphic designer. A career in advertising took Serena to London before she settled in Brisbane, Australia in 2006. In 2008 she indulged her lifelong love of animals and began photographing her bullmastiff, Rocco, and her sister's dachshund, Ralph, wowing photography fanatics and pet lovers with her intuitive and whimsical animal portraits. Simon the British bulldog arrived on the scene in 2010, and Serena is now planning to add a French bulldog to her family. Her work has been published and exhibited internationally and has attracted a devoted online following. Dogservations: Life Lessons from Experts is Serena's first book.