There is nothing more amazing than watching an animal being wonderfully weird. Whether its a polar bear playing with a bouncy ball or a dog smacking its tongue this way and that, videos and images like these can brighten even the darkest of days.
Scroll through belowto learn more about why Murray embarked on this incredible photo series and how he gets these animals to make thecraziest of faces.
Photographer Greg Murray is about to seriously make your day.
Since 2009, Murray has been capturing amazing photos of dogs running their tongues wild whilst trying to eat dollops of peanut butter.
Why has Murray been spending so much time photographing dogs consumed with consuming peanut butter?
This journey actually started while he was trying to snap a photo of his own dog, Bailey.
Murray told LittleThings, “My goal with this series is to make people laugh and be happy. That’s my first job as a photographer.”
“The photo of Bailey [above], our rescue mastiff who passed a few years back, was my first peanut butter photo and inspiration for this series, which I started in February.”
Murray initially gave Bailey peanut butter simply to lure him into sitting still for a photo. The level of tongue flailingthe peanut butter influencedwas a beautiful surprise.
So, out of pure necessity to tempthis own pup into posing for a few quick stills, Murray stumbled uponthis wonderful way to catch dogs at their goofiest.
What started as a hobby has since become a full-time gig. Murray now shoots pet portraits all day long out of his Ohio-based studio.
So far, Murray has photographed 50 different dogs for his For the Love of Peanut Butter series.
This summer/fall, he plans to release the series in book form, and is hoping to capture around 30 more by the time his series wraps.
Is feeding peanut butter to dogs a safe thing to do? It is! Although, like anything you give your dog, or yourself for that matter, youd only want to feedyour pet peanut butter in moderation.
Youll also want to check your peanut butters ingredient label before you let those tongues start doing their thing.
Never feed your dog peanut butter containing xylitol, as that chemical is not safe for these animals health.
For most of us, life is full of positive and negativemoments, and for one reason or another, those negativeones tend to grab more of our daily attention.
Murray told theDaily Mail: As a photographer, my number one job isn’t to take photos. It’s to make people happy. It just so happens I do that by taking photos.
“The photos I take of dogs eating peanut butter make people laugh. It makes me feel so good inside to provide a source of laughter and happiness to others.
“That’s why I’m doing this series and coming out with the book. I want to make people around the world laugh.
With these photos, he is certainly off to a hilarious start! Though Murray is hoping a publisher will pick up his series, until that happens, he has embarked down the self-publishing route.
Murray reached out to potential backers via Kickstarterto help fund his book, and he has already raised double his target goal.
Its no surprise that Murray takes such a valued approach to his work as a photographer.
Before he started spending every day focused on snapping animal portraits, his work centered on handling employee relations as a human resources professional.
In many ways, the work hes now doing as a pet photographer still feels deeply influenced by that previous human resources work.
His photographs are tangible giftsanyone can view, at any time, to instantly lift their spirits.
What started as a means to an end has turned into a glorious series of hilarious, tongue-smacking moments, sure to put a smile on everyones face.
What do you think of Murrays photos? Does your dog make faces like these? Let us know in the comments.