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The Cheeky Barkers

Thank you for volunteering your doggies for the Cheeky Barkers project. Their mugshots and quirky crimes are immortalised in these decks of limited edition playing cards.


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The morning I shot this portrait at the studio, Kiddo pickpocketed some snacks from my jacket. She clearly wasn't very subtle and was subsequently caught red-pawed. I realised a lot of dogs had crimes like this, and not one of them had a mugshot. Kiddo.. you were the first.

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A call-out was made in January 2024 for 52 volunteers for a secret project. The project was called The Cheeky Barkers.

The 52 cards allowed room for the various portraits, dog breeds and interesting crimes I was about to uncover.



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The very first participants of The Cheeky Barkers Season 1 were King Louis and King Hugo - Cavalier King Charles Spaniels of course.



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Props were not necessarily required for the portraits. I was looking for a cheeky side-eye, a head tilt or a quirky characteristic from each dog. That being said, these owners went all out.


Here is Lucifer, Betty and Kika. Do you reckon they suit their crimes?




Who took the Joker cards?

Everyone wanted the Jokers, and as I met each and every doggie, I could see why. To level out the playing field... the Jokers are cats. Introducing Bean and Shark from the Good Companion Dog Training Club.

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Wesker, Nancy, Merlin and Harley's crimes were all created during their sessions. I heard stories of their antics and their cards were designed around their personalities and shenanigans. Please note: Harley did not actually eat a prized dove.



Bunty was too sweet for a regular crime. She earned the proud title of suffragette.

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This is the cover of the deck of cards, Season 1: The Cheeky Barkers.

I wanted people to know this creative venture was born in Llangollen; pulling inspiration from the surrounding Welsh valleys and picturesque landscape.

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Season 2 of The Cheeky Barkers is well underway. And yes, the Jokers are still going to be cats.


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Let's take a moment to appreciate Danger Mouse rocking his bow tie. He is the smallest criminal in Season 2 (and possibly even S1), but that didn't stop him from committing a crime!

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The participants of S2 had incredible expressions. Any and all dogs were welcome to come and take part in the Cheeky Barkers project.

Winnie was a high energy collie, Alfred the mastiff was a big softie and Georgie the miniature dachshund kept giving me suspicious eyes. No posing required! Only their unfiltered personalities.



Schrody and Pinto are the upcoming Jokers for Season 2. Their crimes are to be determined.



In final news: As of May 2024... Season 3 of The Cheeky Barkers is NOW OPEN!!


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How do I enter my doggie?


Follow this link to the booking page:


  • There is no charge, it is free to enter. Up to two dogs from the same household can participate

  • The closing date is 7th June 2024

  • Choose own card and suite. Your doggie's crime statement will depend on their personality!


Book them in if you dare.....




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The location of The Cheeky Barkers project takes place at the IsoElegant Photography studio in Llangollen.

Unit 1, The Malthouse, Ground Floor, Regent Street, Llangollen, LL20 8HS.


You are welcome to bring toys, treats and props for your little criminal.




The Cheeky Barkers Season 1 Limited Edition deck of cards are now for sale.

Contact Sammy directly here to purchase. Optional free postage.





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