Carli Davidson Dog Face Shake Book

2_DogueDeBordeaux_Mane_1-DUPThis great collection of photos by Carli Davidson catches dogs in mid-shake. And the rich collection of photos in this series is called Shake . Adorable and fascinating all at the same time. And a great idea for a unique holiday gift!

Raised on a secret volcano island by cheetahs, Carli is adept at communicating with wildlife. This allows her to capture impressive images of animals in any kind of scenario you or your client can think of.

In 2011 her series Shake became a worldwide success, garnering her millions of website hits and putting her firmly on the map as a top animal photographer. She currently lives in Portland OR with her husband Tim and her pets Norbert and Yushi as well as a rotating cast of foster dogs.

Underwater Dogs - A Great Book

Underwater dogsThis book is simply wonderful. It is called Underwater Dogs and features photos of dogs underwater. It is not only fun to own, it also makes a great gift.

Read the blurb and check the book out.

The exuberant, exhilarating photographs of dogs underwater that have become a sensation

From the water's surface, it's a simple exercise: a dog's leap, a splash, and then a wet head surfacing with a ball, triumphant.

But beneath the water is a chaotic ballet of bared teeth and bubbles, paddling paws, fur and ears billowing in the currents. From leaping lab to diving dachshund, the water is where a dog's distinct personality shines through; some lounge in the current, paddling slowly, but others arch their bodies to cut through the water with the focus and determination of a shark.

In more than eighty portraits by award-winning pet photographer and animal rights activist Seth Casteel capture new sides of our old friends with vibrant underwater photography that makes it impossible to look away. Each image bubbles with exuberance and life, a striking reminder that even in the most loveable and domesticated dog, there are more primal forces at work. In Underwater Dogs, Seth Casteel gives playful and energetic testament to the rough-and-tumble joy that our dogs bring into our lives.

Two Seeing Eye Dogs Take Manhattan

Two seeing eye dogsJust heard of a great book by author Lloyd Burlingame called "Two Seeing Eye Dogs Take Manhattan...a love story ". It is a must read book.

To their owners all Seeing Eye dogs are miracle workers. However, there are the rare few, like the two exceptionally stalwart heroes of this book, who triumph brilliantly over the obstacles of a huge city.

They are the canine equivalents of the intrepid “Navy Seals.” Undaunted, they meet the challenges of the “Big Apple.” Dodging cars, crowds, and one emergency situation after another, they guide their visually challenged partners safely to any destination.

Two Seeing Eye Dogs Take Manhattan: A Love Story is a funny, fast-paced account of the true adventures -- and misadventures -- of one blind New Yorker and his two amazing Seeing Eye dogs. Readers of all ages will be fascinated by these pooches who lavish the gifts of independence, dignity, and freedom on their human partners. Take in city life with them: Be there in Carnegie Hall when Hickory woofs his unscheduled duet with the world-famous diva Renee Fleming. Fly with Kemp, his intrepid successor, to Austria where he out-charms the Viennese.

As his dogs tell their stories, author Lloyd Burlingame takes you behind the scenes at The Seeing Eye in Morristown, New Jersey, where Hickory and Kemp were bred and trained. Back in New York, the author resumes his active lifestyle and passionate attendance at opera and Broadway, as both dogs soon become regulars in the show business milieu. Burlingame’s career as a prominent stage designer led to Chairing the Design Department of NYU’s famed Tisch School of the Arts. He cheers that his guide dogs have “transformed life from a grainy black-and-white film, into a vivid Technicolor, 3-D spectacular!”


LLOYD BURLINGAME (Robert L. B. Tobin Award for Sustained Excellence in Theatrical Design).  A scenery, lighting and costume designer and educator, Mr. Burlingame designed his first summer stock set at age 12 and at age 25 designed first Broadway musical (scenic and lighting design), an out of town flop, Lionel Bart’s Lock Up Your Daughters.  His first show Off Broadway, Leave it to Jane, a Jerome Kern musical (scenic design), was a hit and ran two plus years.  His favorite Off Broadway production, Moon on a Rainbow Shawl (scenic design), was designed simultaneously with a season of plays for APA, Association of Producing Artists, the brain child of director/actor Ellis Rabb.  Burlingame designed scenery, lighting and costumes for five productions for them. He then provided all three design functions on Broadway for Philadelphia, Here I Come! For producer David Merrick, he designed a total of 13 plays on Broadway, not to mention serving as chief scenic and lighting assistant on three major musicals for that same producer.

Mozart operas were the true love of his life, and he designed eight productions of that genius’s works, the bulk of them for Maestro George Schick at the Manhattan School of Music’s John Brownlee Opera Theatre.  He also had the privilege of designing a combination of scenery, lights and/or costumes for major opera companies: new productions for divas Joan  Sutherland in Boston, Leontyne Price in San Francisco, Beverly Sills, also in Boston and Martina Arroyo in Cincinnati.

Ten years into his New York career, opportunity knocked, offering the chance to redesign the NYU School of the Arts fledgling Design Department.  With colleagues Oliver Smith and Fred Voelpel he created a school to nourish the individual talents of young designers by exposing them to a wide variety of design teachers -- all working professionals.

After more than twenty years of busily designing on Broadway, Off Broadway, regionally and in opera, he turned all the design skills he had learned into coping with the gradual loss of almost all of his vision.  As his sight went ‘down on dimmer’, he turned to painting very large canvases and designing huge fabric collages, which had a major one man show at the Wadsworth Athaeneum in Hartford. It was ‘touchable art’ and the show was called “Once More with Feeling.”  He has written two books, a theatre memoir: Sets, Lights and Lunacy: A Stage Designer’s Adventures on Broadway and in Opera and Two Seeing Eye Dogs Take Manhattan...a love story . He has been the recipient of two Fulbright research grants for study abroad and has been awarded emeritus status as well as the “Distinguished Teaching Medal” by New York University.





A Great Book on Service Dogs

Partners With PawsPartners With Paws: Service Dogs and the Lives They Change is a compilation of over 50 stories that highlight the important role service dogs play in people's lives. From both puppy raiser and service dog team perspectives, readers gain an intimate understanding of service dog training, service dog team matching, and the liberating impact service dogs have on people with both visible and non-visible disabilities.


The heartwarming, educational stories in Partners With Paws provide an insightful introduction to the breadth of life-changing skills for which service dogs can be trained, inspiring volunteers and nudging people who could benefit from a service dog's skills and companionship to take the next steps in the application process.
Partners With Paws: Service Dogs and the Lives They Change is currently available for pre-sale through http://happytailsbooks.com/buy


Petkeeping with Marc Morrone

Hallmark Channel launches an all-new season of Petkeeping with Marc Morrone on January 3 at 12p as the series makes its exclusive cable debut on the network. Morrone, who is Martha Stewart's pet advice guy, dispenses his knowledge to viewers about taking care of all sorts of pets in each half-hour episode. He is a pet expert with many books of advice to his name. The daily series is executive produced by Martha Stewart. Tune in.

Angels in Disguise: New Free eBook about Pet Loss

Angels in Disguise Author Brandy D. lost her two beloved Boston Terriers within three months of each other. While losing a beloved pet is an inevitable part of sharing our lives with them, the grief one experiences when faced with this tragedy can be overwhelming. Brandy D. uses her experience to help others through this difficult time by writing this book.

Angels in Disguise, a new eBook, is a sweet poem reminding us of the joy dogs bring to our lives and offering a unique perspective on what happens when they leave us. Appropriate for all ages, you can download and share this free eBook with anyone who may be grieving the loss of a furry loved one.
Related books: Remembering Ruby: For Families Living Beyond the Loss of a Pet and Saying Goodbye to Your Angel Animals: Finding Comfort after Losing Your Pet.

Yoga For Cats, Help Your Feline Get Fit

Cat yoga We're all making resolutions this time of year -- even your kitty -- and most resolutions have something to do with eating less and exercising more. If your cat has been nibbling and napping a bit too much, it's time to do a bit of stretching and get back in shape. People have been practicing yoga for centuries and lately some cats have given it a go. Ever see a cat get up from a nap -- who can stretch better? In addition to improving the body, yoga helps clear the mind, increase energy, improve balance and may make your cat feel more joyful and content.

Cat Yoga: Fitness and Flexibility for the Modern Feline offers sixty photographs of practicing yoga cats that will help guide your kitty along the path of enlightenment and help him become a yogi, too. You will find lots of laughs and humor in the book --- it's a special treat for anyone who loves cats. I'd love to have my cat try it, but she is elderly and arthritic, past her flexible prime. She is more into massages, oh well: here kitty, kitty. . .

Human Encounters with Ghost Cats

Ghost cats This could be a fascinating topic at any time, but it seems especially appropriate reading for Halloween. Curl up with your kitty, a cup of hot cider and this book: Ghost Cats: Human Encounters with Feline Spirits. This book is "A mezmerizing collection of strange and unexplainable encounters between human and feline." The reviewers at Amazon give this book a four-and-half-star rating -- high praise indeed. This could be a thrilling read for any ghost lover but I imagine cat lovers will be most satisfied. 

Cat people have spent enough time with their felines to know that they seem to possess powers (insights?) that we don't fully understand. But if you're wondering if cats have to power to visit us from the grave, you'll enjoy these tales of cats who continue to amaze their people post burial. The ghost cat tales include: the chilling "Demon Cat of the Nation's Capitol," the delightful "Phantom Litter Box" and the touching "Poor Puss" of Stonehenge. The author explains the signs of a haunting and also offers reasons why your little kitty may choose to "come back."

Anyone have their own personal ghost cat story to share? 

Rescue Ink: Tattooed Men on a Mission to Rescue Animals

Rescue Ink Animals It's been a year and a half since I wrote Rescue Ink: Tattooed Men Add Spice to Animal Rescue. They are still a bunch of tattooed motorcycle-riding tough guys on a mission to save animals in danger. These tough guys get tough on fighting animal abuse and neglect. As they say: "We're not a gang, vigilantes or a social organization, but we do have that certain 'in your face' style when it comes to animal abusers." They've always been a very active group and these guys are now busier than ever.

While they acknowledge they can't rescue all the animals, they do what they can rescuing one at a time. They estimate that:
In the last couple of years, Rescue Ink has saved thousands of dogs, cats, birds, horses, even pigs and chickens. Some are hands-on operations, like the “cat house” with more than 150 felines in residence, or the pig rescuer who needed help corralling a couple of enraged sows. Other efforts raise awareness, from anti-puppymill marches to caravans to help overwhelmed shelters.

Read some of Rescue Ink success stories here. Rescue Ink now has their own television program, Rescue Ink Unleashed on National Geographic Fridays 10pm and they recently published a book: Rescue Ink: How Ten Guys Saved Countless Dogs and Cats, Twelve Horses, Five Pigs, One Duck,and a Few Turtles which has gotten great reviews from readers at Amazon.

These tough guys with a heart are a delight. Good job and keep going!

Pugnation: Where Photographs of Adorable Pugs Rule

Pugnation I've recently fallen in love with pugs and I've discovered that I'm not alone. Their adorable faces and quirky personalities are delighting countless people. Witness the million people who have viewed the popular YouTube Video: Three Pugs Tilting Heads and the very popular photo: Is This Pug the Saddest Dog in the World? So I was thrilled to have the opportunity to receive a review copy of Jim Dratfield's new book Pugnation: The Bark Is Back! Jim is a professional photographer who offers photo commissions of other people's pets around the country and has authored ten books including Pug Shots.

The first thing I noticed when I picked up the book was the feel of the cover. Although I have recently taken to reading most of my books on my Kindle, I do at times miss the tactile experience of holding a printed book in my hands. The paper stock covering the outside of this book feels like suede, a bit like the fine, glossy coat of a pug maybe. Is this just a coincidence?

Of course the real delight comes when you open the book and start viewing the spectacular photos. Are pugs the perfect subjects? With their large eyes, wrinkled foreheads and squished snouts, pugs' faces are very expressive. Their expressions can be arresting, inscrutable, or humorous, but they're always memorable. Known to be playful, charming, clever, and sociable, pugs must also be quite a challenge to pose. Who knows what happened behind the scenes to capture these shots, but there must be lots of funny stories to tell. Well, the photographer is not sharing the stories but he does put funny, clever captions with his photos. For example, a photo of two dogs in wedding attire is captioned "Leashed!"

This is a fine book that pug lovers will drool over. Pugnation would also make a great gift for any animal lover. I'd love to have a pug of my own but my cat would never allow it. So I'll have to keep my pug love to myself and enjoy them vicariously through this book. I'll just keep it on my coffee table. Occasionally I'll reach out, pet the cover and enjoy viewing the photos inside.