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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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