Synopses & Reviews
The charming Chihuahua and the pugnacious pug. The graceful greyhound, the shaggy sheepdog, and the brazen bulldog. The miraculously mesmerizing mutt. These are not the dogs that are typically celebrated in dog booksthose focus on the most popular purebreds: Labrador retrievers, Jack Russells, German shepherds Dalmatians. But where are the other breeds? And where are the non-breeds that make up more than half of the U.S. dog population, the mutts? Where is their book?
If Americans love anything, its the underdogevery kind of underdog, whether its a dog or not. We recognize that beauty is more than skin deepor fur deep. We appreciate dogs of indeterminate lineage, with mottled fur, too-large ears, or strange little bodies; we love dogs who look like impish little children or grumpy old men. Underdogs is their booka celebration of funny faces and singular shapes, of uncommon breeds and unrecognized mixed-breeds. Underdogs is a charming, touching, and occasionally hilarious look at what we really love about dogsthe true companionship that comes from great character.
A collection of fifty-seven duotone photographs, captions, and quotes from dog owners pays tribute to mixed breed and other unconventionally beautiful canines.
About the Author
JIM DRATFIELD is the photographer/owner of Petography (www.petography.com), which travels the country to photograph pets and their parents. He is the author of Pug Shots and coauthor of The Quotable Canine and The Quotable Feline. Jim grew up in Princeton, New Jersey, and spent more than a decade acting on stage and the small screen. He now lives in New York City with his dog, Caleb.