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They Have Some Of The Hardest Jobs, But These Inspiring Dogs LOVE Their Work

FEBRUARY 24, 2015  —  By Grace Eire  
Grace Eire

Grace Eire

On Viral Nova, Grace writes about cute animals. She also writes for, and thoroughly enjoys puns - the good kind or the bad kind. She's not picky when it comes to puns. She's studied English, music, film, and other creative fields. In her spare time she's reading or writing creative nonfiction, arranging songs, or writing jokes just in case she some day decides to try stand up comedy.

You might have trouble rolling out of bed in the morning to get yourself to work, but certain dog breeds have a natural work ethic. Some pups couldn't be happier to get up before sunrise to herd sheep, or to learn close to 90 commands in order to increase a disabled person's quality of life.

Photographer Andrew Fladeboe has captured some of the most impressive images of dogs hard at work as part of his project "The Shepherd's Realm." While Shepherds are the breed most people think of when they hear "working dog," there are many other dogs with their own individual capabilities featured in Fladeboe's work.

Stunning scenery like this is what one might first imagine when thinking of a working dog.

But, of course, there are other dogs with jobs...

Like guide dogs for the blind.

Or a much lesser-known occupation: an urban search and rescue dog.

Images like this capture moments that the general public doesn't usually get to see.

These pups are part of a mobility dog training program in which prison inmates train the dogs.

These pups are eager to learn as much as they can.

You can learn more about the program on Fladeboe's blog.

A mobility pup at work.

Comfort dogs vastly improve the emotional quality of the lives of the sick and elderly.

Epilepsy dogs make it possible for those who suffer from seizures to live a functional life.

Tana knows just under 90 task commands that give her owner independence.

She's also one of very few dogs that can detect a seizure before it happens.

Then there are the dogs that work with various sections of law enforcement...

Such as the biosecurity dogs, who can sniff out dangerous substances that no man-made machine can detect.

The dogs of New Zealand's Department of Conservation on the Treasure Islands help protect endangered wildlife.

They've been trained to detect pests and other factors that could compromise the ecosystem.

The story behind this puffin-hunting Norwegian Lundehund holds an interesting piece of history.

There's something so special about Fladeboe's images of dogs in the landscapes of their working environments.

You can really see the joy in their eyes.

It's clear that some of these pups weren't meant to be cooped up in tiny city apartments...

With nothing in particular to do.

An instinct to do their job runs deep.

English Setters have hunting in their blood.

These particular pooches in Norway are such good bird hunters that people come from all over to put their expertise to use.

These jobs are tough, but someone has to do them.

No human is better equipped or more eager to get the work done than these diligent dogs. We're lucky to have such intelligent and steadfast canine companions to do the things that we simply cannot.

For even more of Andrew Fladeboe's lovely images, you can visit his website, "The Shepherd's Realm" microsite, his Facebook page, or Twitter feed. For prints you and your own pup can admire, head to Peter Hay Halpert Fine Art to purchase Fladeboe's work.