Take the plunge: Schedule a portrait session of your dog with a professional pet photographer or commission a portrait of your dog by an experienced pet portraitist. Too many of us wish we had done one, the other, or both but too late — after our furry friends have left us.
The beauty of doing a photo session or booking a portrait sooner than later is that you forever preserve a special moment that reveals key aspects of your dog’s amazing personality. Then you can enjoy comparing the likeness alongside the living being as she moves through that adorable puppyhood stage, beyond the awkward teens and tween months, and into the golden years.
In this issue, Bay Woof showcases the work of three talented artists who have a way with the critters we love: fine art photographer Diane Costello of Fog Dog Studios in Half Moon Bay, watercolorist Beth Bourland of Alameda, and acrylic painter Janice Serilla of Santa Cruz. Costello’s photography graces this month’s cover (and one of her photos was on the December 2017 cover). I’ve admired Bourland’s art for years and am delighted by her pet portraits. Serilla was a runner up for best pet artist in Beast of the Bay 2017. Their love for their animal subjects shine through the imagery they produce.
Have you noticed Kitty Corner yet? It’s Bay Woof’s new cat column we introduced in February. This month, the Feline Minds’ Dilara G. Parry of Richmond who is a cat behaviorist offers advice on the importance of cat playtime. It is as vital to a cat’s well-being, she says, as a daily walk is to a dog’s contentment. Look for more feline fodder in upcoming issues from other San Francisco Bay Area cat consultants.
The Caninoloigst, aka Carl T. Hall, esteemed science journalist and media guild honcho, wants to test you canine knowledge and has a 10-questions quiz for you . My favorite question is probably No. 8, which relates to the headline of this column. I chuckled at many of them and hope you do, too.