What could tug at the heartstrings more than a puppy looking for a home? Whether he’s exploring eagerly with his littermates or winning you over with his doleful stare, a puppy is quite irresistible. Dog ownership is a responsibility not to be taken lightly, however, and every year growing numbers of newborn or abandoned puppies enter shelters. In this delightful new book, photographer Michael Kloth captures the canine spirit at its floppy-eared, tail-wagging best with over 60 endearing portraits of shelter puppies. From chihuahuas and poodles to pit bulls and Labradors, and all kinds of mixes in-between, the puppies enchant with their curiosity, playfulness and all-round lust for life. By documenting the unique characters and stories of some of the puppies he has encountered in his volunteer work, Kloth raises awareness of animal rescue causes, and especially the need for more adoptive homes.
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Michael Kloth is a fine-art photographer specializing in portraiture and animal photography. Based in Richland, Washington, he is currently Adjunct Professor of Fine Arts at Washington State University. He regularly photographs adoptable animals at local shelters.Review:
It is easy to get enticed by pictures of cute pets staring innocently at the camera. What sets professional photographer Michael Kloth's Shelter Puppies apart is the awareness he is raising with every picture — Daily Express (UK)
...a thought-provoking read — Daily Express (UK)
Kloth has done the world a great service by taking these marvelous photos — EDGE
...a beautiful book full of beautiful photographs of adorable puppies. The glossy, full-colour pages will delight even the most hard-hearted of readers — Manga Mania Cafe
...ideal for the coffee-table – even people with whom it is difficult to deal will melt when thumbing through its pages — 'Miss Bob Etier' Blog
Kloth is a fine art photographer; looking at his pictures of dogs convinces us that animals not only experience emotions, but they also have souls — 'Miss Bob Etier' Blog
Much more than a coffee-table book — Yankee Dog Review
This book is meant to be used. Use it! And love it! I do. — Yankee Dog Review
One can expect from Shelter Puppies dozens of beautiful pictures... — Blog Critics
Kloth's photography captures the engaging elements of puppy personalities very well, some of which expose the unfathomable curiosity of these animals as well as some that disclose stories of abuse and abandonment. — Blog Critics
Shelter Puppies is a book to enjoy for what it is, a photo album, professionally created and assembled, telling a story through the language of pictures. — Blog Critics
Two October Photography books showcase canines in all their glory... Proceeds from every copy of Merrell's $19.95 hardcover Shelter Puppies by Michael Kloth sold in the U.S. will go to the ASPCA. — Publishers Weekly
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