Wunderdog Magazine is dedicated to the good life with rescue dogs. Wunderdog’s aim is to make rescue the world’s favourite breed by showcasing the work of rescue organisations and their people as well as the wonderful life with an adopted underdog. Occasionally, Wunderdog also features those true wonderdogs who have come full circle and are helping people.
Nina May, co-founder and editor
A journalist, editor and writer, I moved from Germany to London in 1998 and worked in TV, covering financial news and fashion. I have been working freelance ever since I left the City. My beats have become softer over the years, and now I write about trends and travel, write copy and sub-edit. In 2011, I did a MA in philosophy for no particular reason.
Having grown up with a dachshund and assorted other pets, I decided to foster upon going freelance. In October 2006, a shy collie cross called Pippa turned up at my doorstep. I became a foster failure within two months. Pips passed away in September 2017, at the proud age of around 14.
Five months after Pippa’s departure, I once again proved my determination to “only foster” this young Romanian village dog called Goldie I had seen on a website. Born around April 2017, Goldie was found on the streets with a chain around her neck that had grown into her skin. Charity Romanian Rescue Appeal took her in, cleaned her up and rehabilitated her into a kind, cheeky and very smart little dog. Goldie is exceptionally friendly and makes at least one friend a day. Instagram @goldiewunderdog
Luke Balsam, dog trainer
Luke started his career as a dog trainer aged 12, when he taught the family’s golden retriever some tricks. In return, his current dog, a rescue cocker spaniel, has taught Luke a few tricks about high-energy dogs that always need a job.
Now a fully qualified dog trainer, Luke has a deep passion for helping and working with rescue dogs: he has managed Therapaws, the animal therapy programme of Mayhew in London, and still volunteers with the NAWT at its kennels to help train dogs to help with their rehoming chances. When he is not with homeless pooches, he trains dogs and owners how to live together happily.
Luke is a regular contributor to Wunderdog and is doing the Wundertraining series of tips for those of you who are getting a rescue dog. He couldn’t be a more perfect fit. “Living with a dog is not about hierarchy and dominance, it is about family and understanding,” he says. We couldn’t agree more. lukesdogschool.co.uk Instagram @lukesdogschool
George Baxter, photographer
George is a lifestyle and portrait photographer based in London. He has always been surrounded by dogs of all shapes and sizes – from golden retrievers to german shepherds, his love for dogs is about at the same level as his love for photography. After making the move from Derbyshire to London, George now photographs and directs video content for brands around the UK including the wonderful Wunderdog. His first story for us was a feature on Hiro + Wolf, and looking at those smiling hounds a great shoot it was too. georgebaxter.co Instagram @georgekbaxter
Tiffany Hagler-Geard, New York editor
Tiffany is a photojournalist and writer based out of New York City. She is currently the head photographer at The Humane Society of New York and freelances as a photo editor and writer at AbcNews.com. Her images and stories have been published on websites and in printed publications such as ABC News, The New York Post, Life Magazine and NY Daily News. She is an advocate for shelter animals and a familiar face to many shelters across the city. She loves taking beautiful portraits of pets so they have a better chance at adoption. In her spare time, she is a teacher at NYC SALT, a non-profit organisation for teaching teens photography. Tiffany lives in Hastings on Hudson with her adorable husband, two crazy cats and handsome son Charlie. tiffanyhaglergeard.com Instagram @ThGeard
Ria Hearse, art director
Ria is responsible to bring our concept to “make mud beautiful” to life. The Australian graphic designer and photographer clearly likes to be busy, so she works during the day for tech start-up what3words, gets taken for walkies by her golden retriever Boss in the evenings, learns book-binding on the side – and does Wunderdog. We don’t know how she does it, either. All we know is that Boss has a totally winning smile. Instagram @i_am_boss_dog
Jess, Toby and Amos Martin, walkies correspondents
Jess had wanted a dog since she was three years old, but since she grew up in a busy family of five, her mum didn’t think they would have enough time to dedicate to a dog. But for her 18th birthday, Jess got Border terrier Toby. The runt of the litter was a bit shy when they first met but soon fell asleep on Jess. A dream team was born.
Toby is not only her adventure pal, he is also a certified therapy dog. He visits a care home once a week and spends time in particular with dementia patients (who may sneak him a biscuit or two). When out on hikes, he is never without his backpack, because Toby is a sensible dog who carries canine and human first aid kits.
Jess and Toby are Wunderdog’s walkies correspondents, and they were on quite a mission in 2018: together they will climb 10 mountains in 10 months in beautiful spots near their home in the north-west of England and Wales. The walks are to raise awareness for the prevention of young suicide. Jess’s brother took his own life, as did a friend of her walking partner Sophie.
In the summer of 2018, Jess also adopted a blind puppy called Amos (read about it here). Instagram @jessyyandthewonderdogs
Pippa May, co-founder (2003-2017)
Pippa was a collie cross, who came to me as a rescue dog. Fearless and funny, this fox lookalike regularly led field trips to sandy beaches and muddy ponds. She was a people’s dog who was fiercely loyal to her few good friends.
Pippa, sadly, developed a number of illnesses: she lost an eye to glaucoma and turned completely blind eventually. She also had Cushing’s Disease, arthritis, allergies and lymphoma, which led to her demise in 2017 (my good-bye letter is here). Pippa was utterly loved until her very last breath, and she is the guardian dog-angel for Wunderdog.