Off the Shelf
Send a Card, Make Someone’s Day
Troglodytes who still use snail mail can brighten up a dog-loving friend’s or family member’s day by jotting a quick message on notecards that showcase the outstanding canine black-and-white portraiture of Traer Scott.
Scott is a fine art and commercial photographer and bestselling author who teaches animal photography at Rhode Island School of Design in Providence. Princeton Architectural Press is the publisher of her book Finding Home, in which she masterfully photographed three-dozen shelter dogs. The publisher recently issued a set of 12 notecards ($14.95) as a companion piece to the book, and the notecards made their way to Bay Woof.
Most of the dogs depicted on the notecards are mutts with their mixed breeds representing pitties, shepherds, Weimaraners, Labs, Poms, bichon frises, malteses, and shih tzus, to name a few. A few purebreds—a Siberian husky, beagle, and schnauzer, for instance—find their way into the pack.
The back of each notecard contains a brief paragraph recounting the dog’s origins, sharing how or where the pooch was found and, in some cases, its condition. Some were strays and surrenders or removed from homes for reasons as varied as biting to simple rambunctiousness. But each account ends happily, with the pictured dog finding a happy, loving, forever home. Several were snapped up quickly from shelter life.
My favorite story is that of perky, petite Muffy Vanderbeer: “Muffy was a 1-year-old Pomeranian/bichon frise mix whose young owner was not able to take on the work of training her. Tiny Muffy spent just six days at the shelter and now lives with a big, happy pit bull in her new home. The two are best friends.”
My favorite image is of Flynn, a big lug of a pit-Lab dude with a two-toned face and his tongue lolling to the side, though Flying Nun-eared, gray ghost Roman with his splashy white chest is equally appealing. I do like little Chewy, too, protruding underbite and all, and then there is serene Gypsy, the epitome of a husky with piercing eyes and whose image graces the box cover. Come to think of it, these K9 guys and gals are all pretty great, so picking favorites is just too hard.
Main article photo by: Photo courtesy Princeton Architectural Press