05 December 2016

It's 'GOODBYE" but also 'HELLO" to my NEW BLOG!

Introducing my new blog...

'Jilly Bennett Photography - Blog'

Dear friends,

It's time for me move on - or rather sideways!  This blog, along with Menton Daily Photo has been running for 10 years and it's time to consolidate so that everything is in one place.

Thank you, thank you for your loyalty to Riviera Dogs and to me. Your loyalty, your comments and encouragement helped me so much in my photography journey.

The new blog will be published probably once or twice a week - but with more photos and more words. And of course there will be lots and lots of dogs - but also stories of life in France and Italy and sometimes a little about photography.

Of course, if you want to look back at postings on this blog, well, they are not going anywhere. You’ll be able to find all the posts and photographs from the last ten years at any time – I just won’t be posting here anymore.

So onwards…. if you are interested in dogs (and you'd not be here if you weren't) but also life as it’s really lived in the south of France and Italy and my journey in photography, come with me …

Click on the link Jilly Bennett Photography and do subscribe for updates. Don't forget to click on the confirmation button you receive after subscribing and then you'll find me in your mailbox on a regular basis.

I will, of course, still be posting every day on Facebook and Instagram.

04 December 2016

02 December 2016

In step

A happy little poodle in step with his owner. Love the boots!

29 November 2016


Don't worry that she is tied up. It won't be for long. Rita is waiting for her owner to finish his drink in the bar in Gorbio village.

28 November 2016

Great Dane

A beautiful Great Dane who looks as if she needs a bit of lead training!

25 November 2016

Easy Walker

Walking the dog with your hands behind your back!

22 November 2016

Dog or Doll?

It's pouring with rain in Naples.  This little poodle, wearing his smart raincoat, sleeps in his owner's arms as they shelter from the rain.

This is one of the photos in my display 'A Love Letter to Naples' at PhotoMenton this year - open every day till next Sunday at the Palais de l'Europe, Menton.

21 November 2016

18 November 2016

16 November 2016

The size of a chihuahua

Imagine being the size of a chihuahua amongst all those legs...  it must be like living in the Land of the Giants!

14 November 2016


Naples - Market shopping in the rain.

13 November 2016


Micky, a 4 month old Shiba Inu, safely tethered whilst his owners enjoy lunch at Le Petit Port in Menton.

12 November 2016

Dogs in cars

Dogs in cars. (Emmanuelle, Guillaume, Joe (the cocker spaniel) in Patrick's restored Renault 4. What wonderful friends I have.

10 November 2016


This is Shar-pei looking at the camera very intently at the recent Fete de la Branda in Gorbio village.

09 November 2016

Election Day

There's only one thing to do today ... turn off the television and go love your dog!

08 November 2016

Give me a drink!

What is it about French Bulldogs that make them so irresistible? What is it about French Bulldogs that make them so irresistible? This one is waiting for a helping hand from his owner so he can drink out of the fountain in Menton.

06 November 2016

Proud Mama

Proud Mama in Naples.

03 November 2016

Gentle hands

Kind hands protect a young Jack Russell terrier puppy.

02 November 2016

Front Pack Dog

A comfortable 'front pack' for this shih-tzu as her owner walks around Ventimiglia market in Italy. 

01 November 2016

28 October 2016

Happy as a Golden Retriever

'There is something about the human condition. I don't think dogs are like "If only I was a poodle instead of a golden retriever, I'd be totally happy." Dogs are happy with who they are.'

~ Michael Ian Black 

27 October 2016

Mutual admiration

Mutual admiration... in black and white.

26 October 2016


A comfy lap for a hunting dog pup.

25 October 2016

24 October 2016

All tied up

This dog was tied up in a Naples street - so we said 'hello' to each other.  Hopefully his owner didn't leave him tied up for too long. 

23 October 2016


No surprise to see a Neopolitan Mastiff in Naples although sad to see he is used for begging - however he is in excellent condition and seems well-cared for by his owner.

22 October 2016

Tibet in Monaco

I met these four beauties in Monte Carlo yesterday.  They are Tibetan Terriers from Lake Constance in Switzerland - and obviously show dogs!   Left to right: Magic, Bimala, Chiwa and Chenpo.

21 October 2016

20 October 2016

19 October 2016

Setter beauty

If this was my dog he'd have snatched the bread by now!  A beautiful setter I met in Naples.

15 October 2016


Words are not needed to explain the rapport and love between these two. This beautiful Swiss Shepherd dog is called Ghost and lives in Gorbio.

14 October 2016

13 October 2016


Australian Shepherd pups love to jump ... !

12 October 2016

Bag dog

A wire-haired dachshund puppy with his own transportation.

10 October 2016

The Fisherman's Dog

Home for this lovely dog is the island of Procida, near to Naples hanging out with the fishermen. 

09 October 2016

Chin Support

Cool tiles and a place to rest his chin for a Rottweiler on Procida island, off Naples.

08 October 2016


Bouchette, the Bassett Hound asleep in the Restaurant Beausejour in Gorbio. 

07 October 2016


Rita, a beautiful Brittany spaniel at her window in Gorbio village.

06 October 2016


This lovely pup - she's only 4 months old - will grow up to be a big dog. Zara is a Rafeiro de Alentejo, a Portuguese Mastiff.

05 October 2016


A bundle of fluff - 6 month old Pomeranian puppy,  Mogwai. 

04 October 2016

A Moment in Time

'We do not remember days, we remember moments.'  

~ Cesare Pavese (Italian poet 1908 - 1950)

03 October 2016


Yesterday I met this cute pup at the Fete de la Branda in Gorbio village. He belongs to the family who sell garlic.  Batman is 4 months old and is a mix of a beagle and a French bulldog.  He lives near to Toulon.

01 October 2016


This pup was hanging out on via Toledo in Naples with her owner and a street musician.  She looks a bit like an Hungarian Vizla except the ears are all wrong, so I'm not quite sure what she is - other than adorable!

30 September 2016


Hunique gives her owner, Vanessa, the 'look of love.'  Hunique lives at the Bar/Restaurant Les Terrasses in the medieval village of Gorbio.

29 September 2016

28 September 2016

Naples Dog Bark (Thiago)

Just look at the expression on this lady's face and you can see the pride she has in her dog.  And love for him as she walks from the Spanish quarter of Naples every day all the way to the dog park so he can run and play with the others. He mostly stays with her though as his instinct is to guard her. His name is Thiago and he's a Rottweiler mix.

27 September 2016

Naples Dog Park (Ivy)

...after play, a drink for American Staff, Ivy.

26 September 2016

Naples Dog Park (Ivy and Theodore)

A dog park in a city is such a great idea. Here,  in Naples,  Ivy, the American Staff and Theodore, a Golden Retriever mix are having the best fun - even if it does look as if they are having a fracas. They are not!

25 September 2016

Naples Dog Park (Ivy)

This is the dog park attached to the Church of Santa Chiara in the centre of Naples.  Such a great place for dogs to run and play.  This is 10 month old Ivy, an American Staff with her beautiful owner, Mirabela.  Seems to me all the girls in Naples are beautiful - and so, of course,  are the dogs.


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