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Quick: What’s the leading dog breed in the world? Well, of course, it isn’t a “breed” at all. The top dog, in terms of the numbers, is the humble mutt. And mutts—in their infinitely quirky, oddball, all-mixed-up variety—have a very special place in all our hearts.
Even so, mutts’ contributions to dogdom—and to the millions of human beings whose lives they share and enrich—have tended to remain uncelebrated. With Mutts, pet photographer Sharon Montrose aims to elevate these beloved but underappreciated companions’ status through a series of 60 portraits that unleash the intelligence, cockiness, loyalty, energy, good looks, and sheer irresistibility of the mixed-breed dog.
It’s a job to which Montrose brings a substantial professional pedigree (so to speak). In her four previous hit books for STC, she lovingly trained her camera’s eye on purebred puppies, chihuahuas, dachshunds, and labs. Now, in this beautifully photographed and impeccably designed book, she accords mutts the same V.I.P. (Very Important Pooch) treatment. No matter what the mix—cocker spaniel/poodle, terrier/chihuahua, poodle/labrador, or heeler/corgi—Montrose’s gentle pack of adorable mongrels is guaranteed to charm. Like each of its subjects, Mutts makes a one-of-a-kind addition to any dog lover’s life.
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SHARON MONTROSE is a professional photographer and the author of Lightweights; Labs: Lightweights Littermates; Dachshunds: Lightweights Littermates; Carry-Ons (all STC); and Cationary. She lives in Los Angeles with her two dogs, Simon and Avery.From Publishers Weekly:
Having previously focused her camera on purebreds and puppies (Dauchshunds: Lightweights Littermates), Montrose turns her lens on crossbreeds of all kinds in this playful coffee table book. Her photos-one of each subject-bring out the sparkle, intelligence, and sheer cheekiness of these rangy dogs. Intentionally stark, each dog is set against an all-white background, largely without props, and usually one dog per photo. That the resulting portraits are so engaging, and so deeply revealing of canine personality, is a measure of Montrose's skill, patience and camaraderie with her subjects. Her subjects are incredibly expressive-including a disgusted (or is that terrified?) terrier-chihuahua mix, a confused boxer-pit bull, and an akita-siberian husky-wolf mix touched with pure joie de vivre-and the occasional break from form-Pebbles and Bam-Bam, two collie-sheperd-retrievers, are photographed together; a two-photo sequence shows a very pregnant terrier-dachshund, followed on the next page by her seven puppies-make for happy surprises. The book has no text beyond the names of the dogs and their presumed parentage, which might cause some frustration-one does wonder what Beans, the terrier-cattle dog mix, did to cause him so much chagrin-but the priceless expressions on these mutt's mugs is worth the price of admission.
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