Pensacola, Florida
Sunday August 18th 2019


Maddie, My Love

by Joani Delezen

There are few things I love more in this world than seeing a new photo of “Maddie on Things” appear in my Instagram feed. So when I heard that my favorite photogenic coonhound was going to be the star of a book, I got excited. Maybe a little too excited.

If you aren’t familiar with Maddie yet, here’s what you need to know—Maddie is really good at standing on things and her owner, Theron Humphrey, is really good at taking photos. So when they set out together on a year long, cross-country road trip, puppy photo magic happened.

Signs, rocks, tires, cans of soup, even people—Maddie can balance on just about anything. I know it sounds kind of strange, but you just have to see it to get it. There’s something very captivating about seeing a long dog gracefully balancing on things. Add to that Theron’s ability to make even the most mundane settings and objects appear perfectly saturated and beautiful, and you’ve got a recipe for some great photos.

The book, published in March by Chronicle books, is a collection of Maddie’s best balancing moments, put in geographic order based on their journey.

I’m excited about Theron’s next project too, even though it means not seeing Maddie as much in my feed. It’s called “Why We Rescue” and it’s “a yearlong story-telling documentary that is traversing across all 50 states highlighting how pets transform our lives for the better.” He’s about half-way done and you can listen to stories and see the photos as the project rolls on.

“Maddie on Things: A Super Serious Project about Dogs and Physics” is out now via Chronicle Books:

Follow Maddie and Theron on their adventures: