Dog Bless America

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“Close encounters of the Maggie kind (this is where Close Encounters was filmed),” Naomi Harris writes in her Instagram feed. Devils Tower National Monument, Wyoming. August 6, 2013.
“Close encounters of the Maggie kind (this is where Close Encounters was filmed),” Naomi Harris writes in her Instagram feed. Devils Tower National Monument, Wyoming. August 6, 2013.

 

In 2011, Canadian photographer Naomi Harris rescued a dirty, tick-infested Shih Tzu from an Indian reservation.  She was going to take her to a humane society, but on the ride, fell in love.  Now she and the dog, named Maggie, have gone on a road trip across the states, snapping lots of fun photos along the way.

“On the res, she was covered in mud and ticks,” Naomi said.  “I was going to drop her off at the Humane Society, and, on my way there, I put her in this bucket in the front seat and she stared at me while we drove for hours.”

Last year she applied for American citizenship, and went on a road trip across the country with Maggie in tow as a hands-on preparation for her exam.  Together they have 29,000 miles under their belt.  Naomi documents their adventures by journaling photos on Instagram.  She hopes to compile the lot of them into a book called Dog Bless America.

“I didn’t just rescue Maggie,” Naomi said. “She rescued me, too.”

 

“Dairy Queen: After a hike at the Scarborough Bluffs at the Toronto Harbor front we stopped in for a delicious photo opportunity.” Scarborough, Ontario, Canada. April 28, 2014.
“Dairy Queen: After a hike at the Scarborough Bluffs at the Toronto Harbor front we stopped in for a delicious photo opportunity.” Scarborough, Ontario, Canada. April 28, 2014.

 

“Maggie and George Washington, the meeting of great minds.” Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. September 22, 2013.
“Maggie and George Washington, the meeting of great minds.” Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. September 22, 2013.

 

“Who you calling a hound dog? Maggie visits Elvis.” Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee. October 5, 2013.
“Who you calling a hound dog? Maggie visits Elvis.” Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee. October 5, 2013.

 

“Hungry, hungry hippo: Maggie visits the South of the Border Truck Stop.” Hamer, South Carolina. September 30, 2013.
“Hungry, hungry hippo: Maggie visits the South of the Border Truck Stop.” Hamer, South Carolina. September 30, 2013.

 

“In case you ever wondered what a million dollars looks like … inside the Binions Casino.” Las Vegas, Nevada. November 28, 2013.
“In case you ever wondered what a million dollars looks like … inside the Binions Casino.” Las Vegas, Nevada. November 28, 2013.

 

“Dog Bless America, Maggie in a patriotic gas station parking lot.” San Antonio, Texas. November 16, 2013.
“Dog Bless America, Maggie in a patriotic gas station parking lot.” San Antonio, Texas. November 16, 2013.

 

“Twenty-twenty-twenty four hours to go, I wanna be sedated … Maggie plays tribute to the late great Johnny Ramone at the Hollywood Forever Cemetary.” Los Angeles, California. November 17, 2013.
“Twenty-twenty-twenty four hours to go, I wanna be sedated … Maggie plays tribute to the late great Johnny Ramone at the Hollywood Forever Cemetary.” Los Angeles, California. November 17, 2013.

 

Zapruder plinth, Dealey Plaza, Dallas, Texas. October 16, 2013.
Zapruder plinth, Dealey Plaza, Dallas, Texas. October 16, 2013.

 

“Shark attack at Adventure Golf.” Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. October 1, 2013.
“Shark attack at Adventure Golf.” Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. October 1, 2013.

 

“Kaws and effect … Maggie in front of an enormous Kaws sculpture in Mary Boone Gallery in Chelsea.” New York, New York. December 21, 2013.
“Kaws and effect … Maggie in front of an enormous Kaws sculpture in Mary Boone Gallery in Chelsea.” New York, New York. December 21, 2013.

 

“I’m king of the world! Maggie outside the Titanic Museum Attraction.” Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. October 1, 2013.
“I’m king of the world! Maggie outside the Titanic Museum Attraction.” Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. October 1, 2013.

 

“Levitating dog in hotel room.” Dallas, Texas. October 15, 2013.
“Levitating dog in hotel room.” Dallas, Texas. October 15, 2013.

 

“Wild Horses.” Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland. September 2, 2013.
“Wild Horses.” Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland. September 2, 2013.

 

“Lincoln.” Gettysburg National Military Park, Pennsylvania. August 31, 2013.
“Lincoln.” Gettysburg National Military Park, Pennsylvania. August 31, 2013.

 

“Mount Maggie.” Mt. Rushmore, South Dakota. August 7, 2013.
“Mount Maggie.” Mt. Rushmore, South Dakota. August 7, 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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