A happy dog is possibly the best antidote for, well, anything. Australian photographer Alex Cearns of Houndstooth Studio has long thought that seeing her canine subjects crack a smile during a shoot was a highlight of her job, but just recently she came up with the idea of compiling photos over the years that best captured a moment of pure joy. (See Alex's previous series that proves dogs can be "Zen," too.)

She told WOOFipedia that her secret for snapping the perfect shot is a perfect combination of fun, toys and treats, and patience. 

See the result of years spent perfecting her art in this new series, and https://www.facebook.com/HoundstoothStudio">check out more of her work here.