Pets 101

Scraps and Treats – May 2009

What we’re reading

Dirty Bow Wow CoverDirty Bow Wow: A Tribute to Dogs and the Objects of Their Affection
By Cheryl and Jeffrey Katz

(Ten Speed Press)

Cheryl and Jeffrey Katz take readers on a visual tour of 51 dogs and their adored playthings in Dirty Bow Wow. The book tells the unique stories of how lovable dogs met and became inseparable from their objects of affection, from rope toys to stuffed animals. Balls, blankies, bears, and bottles all have a special place in these dogs’ hearts.

PhoDOGraphy CoverPhoDOGraphy:
How to Get Great Pictures of Your Dog
By Kim Levin

(Amphoto Books/ Watson-Guptill Publications)

Pet photographer Kim Levin shares the secrets of her success in PhoDOGraphy. Amature as well as professional photographers can learn from Levin when it comes to capturing the perfect photograph of a dog. Levin discusses techniques used for location, personality, season, and moment-specific photography.

Wish you could take expert-looking photos of Fluffy and Fido?

Professional pet photographer Seth Casteel offers the following five tips to capture that “pawsome” shot.

1. As we all know, pets can move very fast, so you will need a fast shutter speed to catch that special moment! Most cameras have a setting for shutter speed (how fast the shutter is opening and closing). On point-and-shoot cameras, this mode is often labeled as the “sports mode.”
2. Natural light almost always looks better than using a flash.
3. Squeakers and treats are your friend. Use them wisely.
4. Patience is the key. Most pets generally do what they want to do. Give your pet some time, and eventually you’ll get that special picture.
5. The best pet photographs are the photos that are unique to the pet—something that tells a story, an activity, an expression, a moment. Pet parents know their own pets better than anyone else, so think about what makes your pet unique. Get your camera out and snap away.

Check out Casteel’s website at LittleFriendsPhoto.com.

News of the Nation

Be Kind to Animals Week is May 3-9. The week marks American Humane’s annual commemoration of the role animals play in our lives, promoting their humane treatment. Ways to participate include reporting animal abuse, speaking out for animals, appreciating wildlife, taking care of family pets, and adopting from a shelter or rescue.

For more information, visit AmericanHumane.org/bkaw.

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