Photographer Randal Ford has done it again. Good Dog: A Collection of Portraits is a humorous, silly, and heartwarming compendium of snapshots of man’s best friend. Ford, one of the most prolific animal photographers out there and highly admired for his stunning book Animal Kingdom—which features animal portraits taken in-studio—is back with a book worthy of much love. With 150 dog portraits spanning all breeds, including a gorgeous wolf hybrid named Hotah, Oliver, a Siberian husky, CeeLo, a dignified-appearing Black Standard Poodle, and Darwin, a wise-looking Husky Australian Shepherd Poodle mix, there is no end to the joy emanating from these pages. From hilarious yet fitting names such as Janis Joplin for a Samoyed puppy, Ronald Reagan for a distinguished West Highlight Terrier, to Jupiter for a Bloodhound with loads of visible, and quite adorable rolls, each image reminds us of the irreplaceable bond between humans and canines.
An engaging foreword by W. Bruce Cameron, a much-loved newspaper columnist and New York Times best-selling author of the A Dog’s Purpose series, offers an unyielding stamp of approval. As he says “What Randal Ford can do with his lens is let dogs communicate their stories of love and loyalty, of dedication and devotion. If there is a creature more joyous than a dog, I don’t know what it is. And in this miracle of a book, all the mischief and happiness and love and fun come through the dogs’ eyes and straight as us.” We’d have to agree. The unconditional love of a dog is hard to beat—a factor that has spurred hundreds of adoptions during a year that has been a rough one all around. The joy a furry companion infuses into any life is unarguable, but with Good Dog, Ford has offered a new way to enjoy the comfort dogs bring. The book also serves as a fantastic stocking stuffer or holiday gift for new, constant, and soon-to-be pawrents. For purchase information, click here.
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