VALERIE SHAFF has gained recent renown for her commissioned dog portraits. Her work has appeared in THE NEW YORKER, HOUSE & GARDEN and MARTHA STEWART LIVING. She has also done commercial work for Ralph Lauren, Atlantic Records and Gap. ROY BLOUNT JR. is the author of 2 books and contributes to numerous magazines.
Man's best friend, but what exactly goes through a dog's mind when he looks at us? Photographer Valerie Shaff and American humourist Roy Blount Jr. have joined forces to produce a book every dog lover should have. From the pertinent to the poignant, the farcical to the fancy, terriers, hounds and everything in-between are impeccably captured on film and in word. In play or portrait, Shaff's snapshots capture the marvellous range of looks that can cross our canine friend's faces while Blount succinctly encapsulates the dogs mind from simple two liners to longer verse. A must for all dog fans, with humorous and in some cases hilarious slants on their emotions as seen by humans. And anyway, who can resist that longing look emanating from the book jacket? - Lucy Watson