101 Salivations

23 Apr

I turn 24 today. Eeek!

I don’t have anything special planned today besides taking Oscar to the park and enjoying a yummy In-N-Out burger (with a side of fries). Mmm…

Before I celebrate by gorging on fast food and spending quality human-dog time with Oscar, I wanted to share a gift I received last year: 101 Salivations: For the Love of Dogs by Rachael Hale.

101 SalivationsThe book had been collecting dust on my bookshelf for months. I had almost forgotten about it because it was packed tightly behind other volumes, but I suppose the “festivities” prompted me of its existence.

I found myself ooh’ing and ahh’ing as I thumbed through the book all over again. “101 Salvations” is a beautiful collection of 101 dog portraits every dog lover should own. Hale beautifully captures the personalities of her canine subjects who range from saucy Chihuahuas to proud Akitas and adorable mixed breeds.

I was delighted to discover that Hale is a dog owner herself! Of course, it makes perfect sense. Only people with an enormous love of animals will have the paparazzi-like patience this line of work requires—the last paragraph of Hale’s introduction sums this idea up nicely.

She writes:

I don’t believe in the old cliché: don’t work with animals or children. I have worked with both, and I’ve adored them equally. I love dogs, especially, for their innocence and their unconditional love. I consider myself one of the luckiest people on earth to be able to combine my two passions — animals and photography. And I would be happy if I could do this for the rest of my life, with my beloved Henry [Hale’s Newfoundland] at my side.

By Rachael Hale, "101 Salivations," Amazon.com

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On a side note, this is our first time participating in the weekly Saturday Pet Blogger Hop! Oscar and I are looking forward to checking out new pet blogs!

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10 Responses to “101 Salivations”

  1. Christina April 23, 2011 at 11:31 am #

    Happy Birthday!!! 😀 😀

    And wow.. that bigger dog has a really huge tongue. haha. I love the juxtaposition in size – adorable ^_^

  2. Kas April 23, 2011 at 2:40 pm #

    Happy 24th Birthday! 🙂

    That sounds like a great book – I will have to pick it up when I have some free time.

  3. adventureweiner April 23, 2011 at 5:19 pm #

    Hppy birthday. That sounds like a great book. We love doggie photos.

    • Oscar & Pauline April 24, 2011 at 1:47 pm #

      There’s an adorable portrait of a Doxie I have a feeling you might love. 😀

  4. According to Gus April 23, 2011 at 5:23 pm #

    Happy Birthday! My sister’s birthday is today too. 😀

    Can you believe we’ve never had an In-N-Out Burger?! We’ve heard they’re amazing – so I hope your was extra tasty for your bday.

    We have a Rachel Hale book too. It’s called Snog and is absolutely adorable – her work is amazing.

    Hope you’re having a great birthday and that Oscar has given you some extra kisses. 🙂

    • Oscar & Pauline April 24, 2011 at 1:56 pm #

      What a coincidence! Does your sister own a lovable dog like Gus, too? That way she would have gotten lots of birthday kisses! Oscar was in an extra affectionate mood yesterday, so I received more than 24 kisses and cuddles. Yay!

      You should stop at In-N-Out during the California leg of your trip! Then we can gush about how yummy the burgers are. 😀

  5. furfilled April 24, 2011 at 5:12 pm #

    Thanks for the book tip. It’s funny how we can get these beautiful books, but take months or years to open them up and really peruse them… And when we do, we get this feeling of gratified surprise, as if we received the gift all over again. : )

    Happy Birthday, and Happy Blog Hopping!

  6. Novroz April 24, 2011 at 5:37 pm #

    it sounds like a great book. Animals are really cute and adorable.

    I love the quote you have shared here. i wish one day I can find book full of turtle…or I can be the one who make the book 😉

    happy birtday to you 🙂

  7. kate April 25, 2011 at 9:15 am #

    I have that book as well, also the cat one. I recieved them for christmas this year. 24 is quite young, I am 33 and cant believe it

    • Oscar & Pauline April 25, 2011 at 9:05 pm #

      Aren’t the dog portraits amazing? One of my favorites is the Doberman Pinscher with the rose in his mouth.

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