Shake Puppies

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Release Date: 
October 28, 2014
Harper Design
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“Shake Puppies by Carli Davidson is guaranteed to put a smile on any face! Filled with photos of puppies shaking, rattling and rolling, innocent sweet baby hounds teetering on young legs, paws braced firmly on the floor, revving up and letting it rip. Ready, set, go—these shaking little beasts are an absolute delight for kids and may even elicit a grunt from a gloomy grown up.”

Shake Puppies is Carli Davidson’s second book featuring a host of adorable creatures doing what comes naturally. Davidson’s lively photographs are not posed or constructed. She painstakingly lays on the floor in awkward positions for long periods of time in order to capture the “shake.” Each pup has two photos, side by side shots that beautifully and simply portray that magical motion.

Rest assured, no pups were harmed during the process of creating this endearing ode to puppyhood. Indeed, Davidson capitalizes on this platform of cuteness to put forth a plea urging those whose longings for canine companionship are inspired by this book to consider adoption.

“If this book inspires you to get a new dog, fantastic! That said, I challenge the initial instinct you may have to buy a puppy from a breeder or a store. When it’s time to add a canine to your home, please consider a shelter dog, and one who is suited to be your longtime companion. If you have a particular breed in mind, consider that the 25 percent of dogs in shelters are purebred, and your local breed clubs will likely be very happy to help in your search.”

If there is now, or has been at some point, a beloved pooch in your life, these photographs will no doubt elicit a knowing sigh. We dog owners know the “shake” when it results in water or fur frenetically flying about the house. It’s what dogs do, and we love them for it.

It is no coincidence that the publication of this book coincides with the start of the holiday shopping season. Yes, it’s that time of year again. Books always make the best gifts. Why not get an early start with Shake Puppies. Children will coo and adults will smile, perfect for young or old. Shake Puppies is a joyful read.