There are many ways to find out if your dog loves you, but one of the cutest indicators, by far, is a dog's willingness to roll over on its back and expose its precious belly.
In her new series "The Upside of Dogs," New Zealander photographer Serena Hodson zeroes in on the comical, joyous faces that result from that maneuver.
The Brisbane-based animal lover is no stranger to whimsical pet portraiture, and her latest project is sure to put a smile on your face. To up the cute quotient, many of the dogs featured, like French mastiffs Madame and Schmidt (above), are blessed with adorable smushy faces that seem to melt right into the bed.
Hodson writes on Facebook that what inspired her to pursue "The Upside of Dogs" was one of her bulldogs, Simon (above), who served as the first model.
"I have been photographing Simon on his back since he was a puppy," Hodson says. "I wanted to find out if other dogs enjoyed the pose as much as my bulldogs."
Judging by all these photos, her dogs are definitely on to something!
Pointers like Sunni and Bone may not have the excess folds of skins like French mastiffs or bulldogs, but they still look pretty darn cute lounging on their backs with their paws pointed skyward!
Kaos the Great Dane simply exudes charisma. Who can resist a face like that?
Staffordshire bull terriers Izzy and Levi have nailed the upside-down "puppy dog eyes" look.
The bullmastiff, like Mac here, is another breed that has an adorably droopy face!