Posts Tagged ‘dog photo books’

Saying Goodbye Sympathy Book and Card Line

October 18, 2012

 

 

As many of you know who are familiar with my photography, two years ago we lost our beloved dog Charlie. While I had loved and lost dogs growing up, I hadn’t experienced the heartbreak of losing a dog as an adult. We adopted Charlie, a border collie/ greyhound mix, back in 1998 when I published my first book Why We Love Dogs. I took countless portraits of him over the twelve years that we had him. Nothing really prepares you for the loss of a family pet but the one thing I know from going through the experience, is that it helped me immensely to talk with other people who had shared the same loss.

At the time when we said goodbye to Charlie, Erica Salmon, my friend and writing partner on our book Dogma, was also mourning the loss of her bulldog Peaches who was 15 years old at the time. Erica and I both knew that we needed somewhere to put our grief and realized that there might be a way to alleviate or share in a loved one’s grief if there was a book about such loss. After many months of development the concept of Saying Goodbye was born. Our thinking was it would be a simple book of comforting words and black & white timeless portraits that people could give to friends and family when a pet passed. I know if someone had given me such a book, it would have brought me a great deal of comfort.

We found a great partner who shared our passion for this kind of project. For many years, I have worked closely with Sharper Cards in Calgary, Canada and they seemed like the perfect partner to bring our vision to reality. Sharper Cards and their US counterpart Smart Practice are due to release Saying Goodbye this January 2013. they will be offering the book as a part of their extensive vet network throughout the US and Canada. We also have a companion sympathy card line which you can view a few samples below:

The idea was to make the book available to anyone who wants to be able to share it with a friend, so please feel free to contact me directly (kim@kimlevin.com) if you would like to have access to the book. If you are a vet office or work in a vet office and you want to arrange for your office to carry the book, you can contact Sharper Cards directly at kritchie@e-sharper.com

The cover of Saying Goodbye features Zipper, a yellow lab, I photographed several years ago. Sadly, Zipper passed away this year, but I know that her owners find comfort in her lasting images and memories they have of her. Many of the dogs and cats featured in the book also have passed away and they are honored in the dedication page.

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Erin Go Bark! Irish Dogs and Blessings

March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Here’s our book Erin Go Bark! Irish Dogs and Blessings written by my husband John O’Neill. Believe it or not Erin Go Bark! was published ten years ago (March 2001). It features dogs from Ireland (Spaniels, Border Collies, Terriers etc) with unique and original Irish Blessings.

Here are some of my favorite pics from the book:

May you always understand what is being said to you.

May you welcome the ones you love and even the ones you don’t.

May Mother Nature always give you the best baths.

May you always eavesdrop on good news.

May you seek revenge on the person who named you “Scruffy.”

May you see the inside of the door as often as you see the outside.

May your local open early and close late.

May your owner never play off-key.

Let us forever bless the witty soul who invented dog clothing.

May your friends always sing your praises behind your back.

May you never get bored just shooting the breeze.

May the mailman never keep you waiting.

Frenemies featured on msnbc.com

June 16, 2010

Frenemies. Cats, Dogs and Lessons in Getting Along was featured Monday, June 14th in the book section of the Today show website. Frenemies features images of cats and dogs together combined with text by Christine Montaquila, my writing partner, about friendship and the art of getting along. We’re thrilled that MSNBC.com decided to plug our fiesty book. We always thought it was a unique concept so we’re glad to see it finally getting it’s due. Check out the slideshow at: msnbc.com

Frenemies is available in all major bookstores and on www.amazon.com