How we got those cute dogs to pose for our Road Trips Issue (hint: it involved broccoli)

It doesn’t take much to get Chicagoans motivated to hit the road in the summer.

But how do you get dogs excited?

Turns out, a few pieces of broccoli, a handful of peppers, and couple of ice cubes did the trick on a hot day in May when we shot the Road Trips Issue cover  featuring pups Winnie and Harry.

Cover model Amrita Goel has trained her driving pal, shepherd mix Winnie, to shake, give five, give ten, and generally be camera-ready—believe it or not—through the motivation of raw veggies. Carrots are a particular favorite too.

Winnie waits for a broccoli reward - JAMIE RAMSAY

  • Winnie waits for a broccoli reward
  • JAMIE RAMSAY

Our car, a 1977 Mercedes 450SL, was provided by Michelle deLeon, a woodworker and leathersmith whose fond memories of a cool, childhood neighbor—who drove the identical car—prompted her to buy her own when she grew up. DeLeon’s dog came along for the ride, and his sweet beagle-boxer nature landed him a spot in the shoot as well.

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