Petey - Adopted
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Street Dogs
About the Cover Photo
page 33
"Rescuers saw a posting by a woman desperate to
get Canela ("cinnamon" in Spanish) and her
newborn pups out of a store parking lot in Puerto
Rico, where they had been living.  The owner of the
store had told the concerned woman that she had
one week to remove the dogs or else he would
poison them all.  Canela and her litter were taken to
a kennel.  The puppies were eventually flown to the
U.S. and adopted out.  Canela was taken to St.
Hubert's Animal Welfare in New Jersey.
Review of
Street Dogs
If only people could display the dignity of animals?  
This was my first thought as I turned the pages of
this beautiful book.  It took some time for me to
read the text, because the photographs and their
captions are so engaging.  Besides, this book
proves the cliché that "a picture is worth a
thousand words."

Traer Scott is a professional photographer, so it's
no surprise to observe the quality of both the
portraiture and candid pictures contained in this
 However, I have the feeling her subjects
made her efforts a true labor of love.
I like the black and white photography for its ability
to convey beauty and realism without distraction.  
One can admire the images even while knowing
these proud animals are living their lives in misery
and despair.

As you go through this book, you'll find a favorite.  
Trust me, you won't be able to help it.  Then, go to
the back of the book where you'll find your
favorite's portrait and bio.  Some of these stories
end well, and some don't.  My favorite didn't make
it, but I hope your's will.
~ Barry M. Baker
"Named for his tendency to bare his teeth in a
'smile' when happy or excited, Smiley was found
wounded in a ditch by rescuer Mary Eldergill in
Salinas, Puerto Rico.  He had been hit by a car and
his front leg was badly broken in multipe places, so
needed to be amputated.  After his recovery, Smiley
was sent to Tri-Boro Animal Welfare in New Jersey,
where he was adopted within a few weeks."
page 42
Traer Scott travelled to Puerto Rico and Mexico to
capture these remarkable and soulful photographs of
dogs living alone or in packs on city streets.
Since many street dogs were formerly pets, they are
often friendly, approachable and eager to be adopted
into new homes. As Scott documents in her
introduction, she witnessed and assisted in the rescue
of many of the dogs she photographed for this book;
thanks to the collaborative efforts of Puerto Rican,
Latin American and US organizations, these dogs
have now been adopted into new homes both in the
United States and Mexico. It features 90 irresistible,
soulful portraits and outdoor photographs of street
dogs. It is accompanied by a beautifully written,
illustrated introduction by Traer Scott on her
experience of photographing and rescuing street
dogs. It includes a mini biography of many dogs
featured, with details about their rescue and journey
to a new home, and contact.
Bold, retiring, serious, sparkling, quirky, or lovable—the
dogs in Traer Scott's remarkable photographs regard us
with humor, dignity, and an abundance of feeling. Scott
began photographing these dogs in 2005 as a volunteer at
animal shelters.
Photographer Traer Scott's endearing portraits of dogs
living in American shelters are irresistible and
heart-rending - and make a passionate appeal to dog
lovers everywhere.
The portraits reveal the strikingly intense emotion, dignity
and, sometimes, humour and whimsy that Scott saw in
each face despite the dog's circumstances. By
documenting the undeniable expressions of emotion in the
dogs encountered in her volunteer work, Scott raises
awareness of animal rescue causes, and especially the
need for more adoptive homes for abandoned dogs. This
book of true portraits of fifty beautiful shelter dogs is a
poignant and loving tribute to all dogs.
Riley - Euthanized
Finding Home
Shelter Dogs
Whether fierce, cuddly, startling, mysterious, or some
indefinable combination of all of the above, nocturnal
animals never fail to fascinate. In Nocturne: Creatures of
the Night, celebrated animal photographer Traer Scott
takes the viewer on a journey through nighttime in the
animal kingdom, revealing some of nature's most elusive
More from Traer...
Dog lovers who haven't raised puppies from birth have
missed out on one of the most remarkable and adorable
times in a dog's life. From one to twenty-one days old,
puppies undergo great changes, from needing their
mothers' complete care to opening their eyes and ears to
the outside world, growing, stretching their legs, and
learning to become the dogs that they are.
Author/photographer (and new mother) Traer Scott's love
of dogs shines through these intimate images of a range of
breeds and types, from champion pups to shelter strays,
all of them irresistible. Including an introduction on
puppies' development and the importance of their welfare,
this delightful book reveals young dogs as they embark on
the adventures of growing up.
Newborn Puppies
Nocturne: Creatures of the Night
Bats, big cats, flying squirrels, tarantula, owls, kangaroo
mice, giant moths, sloth, several species of snakes, and a
Madagascar hissing cockroach are only a few of the
animals illuminated in these lushly detailed portraits.
Seventy-five full-color photographs of forty different
species are accompanied by informed but accessible
descriptions of each animal's habits and habitats, and an
introduction provides personal insight into how Scott
captures her astonishing images. Nocturne is a compelling
view of the rarely seen darkness dwellers who populate the
Copyright 2020 © Barry M. Baker
Her first book, Shelter Dogs, was a runaway success, and
in this follow-up, Scott introduces a new collection of
canine subjects, each with indomitable character and spirit:
Morrissey, a pit bull, who suffered from anxietyrelated
behaviors brought on by shelter life until adopted by a
family with four children; Chloe, a young chocolate Lab
mix, surrendered to a shelter by a family with allergies;
Gabriel and Cody, retired racing greyhounds; and Bingley,
a dog who lost his hearing during a drug bust but was
brought home by a loving family that has risen to the
challenge of living with a deaf dog. Through extended
features we become better acquainted with the
personalities and life stories of selected dogs and watch as
they experience the sometimes rocky and always
emotional transition to new homes. The portraits in Finding
Home form an eloquent plea for the urgent need for more
adoptive families, as well as a tribute to dogs everywhere.