Dogs in Cars & The Joy of Design

Few things communicate pure joy like a dog feeling the breeze out a car window. Chris Becker has captured that happiness in the pages of his new, Hawthorn Creative-designed book.

Step into our office and you’ll know right away we’re dog people. Nukka, Zoe, Boone, Fig – our four-legged friends can often be seen roaming our halls in search of an extra treat or at their owner’s feet. So we were thrilled when Kennebunkport, Maine, photographer Chris Becker came to us to design his coffee table book after working with us on Ocean Ave, our in-room magazine for the Kennebunkport Resort Collection.

The idea for the book, titled “Joyriding: Canine Car Companions,” sprang up after Becker put out a calendar called “Canine Bliss” a couple of years ago. All he had to do was find more willing dog owners to grace the pages, a collection of 85 that now includes the maltipoos owned by former President George H.W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush (Kennebunkport residents) and even Hawthorn Senior Editor Catherine Shannon’s malamute Kodiak.

“Everyone here kind of swooned over the book,” says designer Meredith Lindsay of the moment our shipment came in. We think you’ll agree.

To learn more about Becker and his book, visit his canine-centric Facebook page or purchase the book directly from his website. We’ve collected a few of the 72 great images from the collection below.


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