With their squished-up faces, solidly built bodies, bug-eyes, and curlicue tails, pugs are one of the oddly endearing of all canine breeds. What other breed can look so philosophical, dignified, perplexed, content, or simply plain cool with just a slight change of expression? The pugs in Pug Shots look right at home whether getting married at the spur of the instant in a Las Vegas chapel, studying the fine architecture in a Gothic cathedral, or trying out a new toupee.
Photographer Jim Dratfield has captured pugs in all in their moods in sepia-toned and full-color photographs, together with a fitting, pun-filled caption for each and every. You’ll be able to meet a pot-bellied pug, litter pugs, a horse and puggy, and pugz ‘n the hood. Dratfield is the creative director of Petography, Inc., a fine-art photographic pet portrait studio, and is obviously adept at capturing the personalities of animals on camera, in addition to the use of props and settings to bring out their personas.
In case you’ve never been introduced to the all-pug band The Puggles, a dune puggy, or Three Pugs in a Fountain, Pug Shots will acquaint you with these strangely likeable little creatures. All dog lovers, especially pug fans, must experience this lively, creative photo collection. –Kris Law
About the Author
Jim Dratfield, writer of The Quotable Canine and The Quotable Feline, is the landlord of Petography, Inc., a photography studio that specialize in pet portraiture. His celebrity clients include Henry Kissinger, Oscar de la Renta, Bebe Neuwirth, and Jennifer Aniston. He lives in New York City with Caleb, his black Labrador.
From Winston Churchill to American humorist Margo Kaufman, who quipped “the pug is working example that God has a humorousness,” these little dogs with squashed faces, sticking out eyes, bulging bellies, and corkscrew tails have all the time had a devoted following. Now, then again, they’re at a zenith of popularity. Protagonists in movies like Men in Black, Pocahontas, and Milo and Otis. . . ABC’s Primetime Live featured a story about a California festival known as “Puggo de Mayo” and The New York Times’ latest piece at the pug phenomenon. . .they conquered the art world when Sotheby’s hosted “The Pug Tea” prior to the auction of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor’s estate, which included many valuable pieces from their choice of pug paintings and decorative objects. Celebrity pet photographer Jim Dratfield has compiled a witty album of pug shots, matched with timeless quotations and witty captions from “Litter Pug” and “Pugnacious” to “Pugs and Kisses” and “Sex, Pugs, and Rock and Roll.” Cute costumes and whimsical props and settings capture the roguish essence of the pug in a wealth of clever settings, making Pug Shots the definitive homage to a dog that just about defies description–and cannot be resisted by dog lovers of any age.
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