Meet the Silliest 2020 Calendar Dogs

The owners of some of the very photogenic pooches have incredibly funny stories

We met a whole lot of dogs while taking photos for our 2020 calendar to benefit the Will County Humane Society, and we had so much fun along the way. 

Some dogs were happy to ham it up for the camera, while others were more camera-shy. Still others preferred to spend their time running, playing and chasing other dogs and animals. The common denominator among our new canine friends: These very good boys and girls are all adorable.

We learned a lot about these dogs’ personalities during our photo shoots. And more than a few of them have some quirky behaviors that their humans were all too happy to share with us. In all, more than 40 dogs will be appearing in the calendar, but here are some of our favorite stories we were told, along with outtakes from the photo sessions.

And don’t forget: There’s still time to purchase a 2020 calendar featuring all these lovable pooches and many more. Visit to buy a calendar or learn more about this project. All proceeds from calendar sales will benefit the Will County Humane Society, Will County’s original no-kill shelter.   

Also, be sure to follow Today's Pooch on Instagram to see all of the dogs that will be appearing in the calendar.


(Photo by Chad Merda)

Beau is definitely a canine, but he thinks he’s a dog of a different variety — a prairie dog to be specific. Beau assumes the prairie dog pose — sitting up on his hind legs with his front legs facing out — whenever he wants anything, whether it’s food, a treat or just a little attention.


(Photo by Chad Merda)

Milo is a happy, playful pup who loves to run and play. When he’s tired, though, he has a bit of an unusual routine. He likes his humans to sing him a lullaby before he goes to sleep.  

Lily and Peyton

(Photo by Chad Merda)

Lily and Peyon know how to tell time — well, sort of. These two get a special snack at 9 p.m. every night, and they wait patiently for their bananas. They also know how to pull down the covers before they get into bed each night.

Maslow and Carter

(Photo by Glenn P. Knoblock)

Maslow and Carter are great explorers! So much so, in fact, that they have to wear bells at the dog park so they don’t get lost for hours in the tall grass. Maslow once spent two hours sniffing and smelling his way through the grassy areas! 


(Photo by Chad Merda)

Payton loves to run and play and explore. But she’s a stubborn girl who knows how to get what she wants. Once, when her favorite squeaker toy broke, she carried it around in her mouth and cried until her humans relented and fixed it for her. 


(Photo by Chris Cheng)

Stanley loves a good car ride — especially with his head hanging out the window. But all that air dries out his eyes, so he rides in style while wearing a pair of dog goggles, or “doggles.” Now he looks like a biker dog with his head hanging out on his car rides.



(Photo by Glenn P. Knoblock)

Odin is one silly boy! When he was first adopted, he would hop around like a bunny. These days he’s walking more like a dog, but he still loves to play — especially fetch and splashing around in the water.  


(Photo by Chad Merda)

Henry once snuck out for quite the adventure. Unbeknownst to his owners, he escaped from his backyard for a trip around the neighborhood. He ended up three blocks away at the home of a relative — a house he had never been to before! 


(Photo by Chad Merda)

Finn loves exploring and playing with his canine friends, but he is also protective of his humans. So much so that he once got himself sprayed by a skunk, all in the name of trying to keep them safe. Poor Finn was a smelly boy for awhile — it took three weeks for the odor to go away!


(Photo by Glenn P. Knoblock)

Bryzzo loves to play with balloons, and he has a few tricks up his sleeve when he does. He likes to carry them around by the string, but he can also play volleyball with them, bopping the balloon up in the air with his nose. 


(Photo by Chad Merda)

Amos loves to run and play and chase after squirrels, but he has a peculiar habit of running to the door whenever a doorbell rings on television. His own house doesn’t even have a working doorbell, so no one knows where he picked up the habit. 

Max and Moxie

(Photo by Glenn P. Knoblock)

Max and Moxie are the best of pals, and they also have a kitten friend at home that they play hide-and-seek with. Moxie loves her tennis balls and even tries to bring them in the house with her when she’s done playing fetch. Max doesn’t like fetch, but he does love stealing Moxie’s tennis balls. 


(Lead image by Chris Cheng)


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