Check out these vintage photos of dogs and their people

Photographers have always had a soft spot for dogs.

vintage photo of dog in decorative mat
Catherine Johnson is one of the world's top collectors of dog photographs and a new photo show at The AKC Museum of the Dog will show off a selection of her collection.Catherine Johnson

Dogs are the best. These furry creatures are wonderful to be around and make for great photo subjects—and have since the earliest days of photography. An exhibition that opens this week at The American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog demonstrates just how long photographers have made man’s best friend their muse.

Photos, Please Do Not Bend: The Catherine Johnson Collection showcases approximately 200 images that span decades from Catherine Johnson's collection of amateur and vernacular photography (photographs that take everyday life and common things as subjects) featuring dogs. Johnson is one of the world's top collectors of canine photography, and released a book on the subject titled Dogs back in 2007.

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Photos, Please Do Not Bend: The Catherine Johnson Collection showcases approximately 200 images that span decades.Catherine Johnson

“Photography has always been the most instant and powerful form of communication for me,” says Johnson. “When selecting these images, I looked for something in them in which you can see the affection and connection that the amateur felt for the dogs, the people in the photographs and their wish to preserve these elusive moments in time.”

Many of the photographs on view have a dash of humor to them. A long-haired dachshund dons a festive hat at a holiday party. A golden retriever gives its elderly owner a smooch. A tiny chihuahua looks attentive as its owner lounges in a hammock. The photos will be on view at the museum through December 29.

vintage photo of dogs and their puppies
The exhibition will remain on view through December.Catherine Johnson
man and two dogs on the porch
A man with two dogs on a porch.Catherine Johnson
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A young boy and his dog.Catherine Johnson
child and dog riding tricycle
A child and a dog share a tricycle ride.Catherine Johnson
older woman giving her dog a kiss
A retriever gives his human a smooch.Catherine Johnson
Christmas party with dog
Dogs love a good party and a good party hat.Catherine Johnson
Vintage photo of man with his hounds
A man takes a break with his dogs.Catherine Johnson
Vintage photo of small girl and her puppy
A child poses with her puppy.Catherine Johnson