Pugs have a cult following. Their wrinkly faces, protruding eyes and corkscrew tails make them one of the most oddly appealing breeds of dog. Perenially popular with royalty and the aristocracy (they were the mascot of the royal patriots in the Netherlands in the sixteenth century) they are now one of our best loved breeds. Jim Dratfield pays affectionate tribute, in words and pictures, to the charming canine with the Charlie Chaplinesque dignity. He doesn't shy clear of a pun either: among other adorable pugs we meet pug in a bug, litter pugs, hush pugs and pugs bunny. We even meet one particularly memorable character who is downright pugnacious. Lavishly illustrated with over 60 original full colour and sepia photographs, this is the ultimate present for pug and dog owners.
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With their squished-up faces, solidly built bodies, bug-eyes, and curlicue tails, pugs are one of the most oddly endearing of all canine breeds. What other breed can look so philosophical, dignified, puzzled, content, or just plain cool with only a slight change of expression? The pugs in Pug Shots look right at home whether getting married on the spur of the moment 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 of their moods in sepia-toned and full-color photographs, along with a fitting, pun-filled caption for each. You'll 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, as well as using props and settings to bring out their personas.
If 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, should enjoy this energetic, creative photo collection. --Kris LawAbout the Author:
Originally from Princeton, New Jersey, Jim Dratfield spent fourteen years as an actor on stage and on television before leaving it all behind to become a pet photographer, and the managing director of Petography Inc. He is the author of Underdogs and The Quotable Equine, both published by Ebury Press. He can often be seen in Central Park, being walked by his Labrador, Caleb Hoover.
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Book Description Ebury Press, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0091900859