It’s human nature to personify dogs, to relate to them like they’re people. They have so many qualities we’d like to see more often. Their joy is unfettered. They have a positively inhuman alertness, protectiveness, and devotion (except possibly when the thief has brought steak tartar). All for pennies a day! We forget they’re a different species, with their own expressions and rituals when they’re not playing Zelig.
Photographer Michael Crouser is doing something remarkable in his new book, Dog Run. He’s showing us dogs being dogs when they’re not paying attention to humans. It’s a glimpse into an utterly alien world — beautiful, scary, strange.
(Of course I am a little biased since Michael took the photographs for a book about knitting I co-wrote — check this pretty-as-heck shot out. Anyway the guy is versatile, and — do I even have to say it? — both our books are so obviously perfect Christmas gifts :)