For dog lovers, it doesn’t get better than this. Showcasing the lively and adorable winners of the 2012 Dog Calendar Contest, 365 Dogs is chock-full of canine charm.
Every day is like meeting a new furry friend — a Lab running through the sprinkler, A soulful-eyed Basset pup posing in the snow; a Doxie taking a bubble bath; a Cairn in a bed of black-eyed Susans; plus, goofy Labradoodles, a shaggy Briard, fluffy Shelties, aristocratic Corgis, scrappy mutts and rare breeds, including an affectionate Norwegian Buhund, a Coton de Tulear and the Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog, a true-blue American breed.
With each calendar page comes a new pet, from a golden retriever sneaking off with a steak to a blue-eyed, ginger-colored kitten dwarfed by a hat. Alongside every touching full-color photo, breed facts, biographical information, health and care tips, trivia and lore are added.
Cleveland’s own Charlie (Weimaraner) stars on the Oct. 4 page. He is the companion of Cindy Oliver. The Roman tradition is that on Oct. 4, the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi (the beloved patron saint of animals), dogs are allowed to wander freely through streets of the Eternal City without fear of the dog catcher. Also, on this day, following another special tradition, butchers hand out free bones to dogs — miraculous for canine Roman citizens.
Susan Bolotin, editor-in-chief, Workman Publishing, says, “We get thousands of submissions for our cat and dog contest calendars each year. It used to be that most of the photos came in as real prints; our offices would look like Santas Workshop, filled with bags and bags of mail.
“These days more of the submissions are digital, but our photo editor still needs to bring in extra hands to open the mail and deal with the enormous volume of pictures. As he sorts through them, he looks for beauty, wit, variety, and artful composition, as well as for pictures that simply have that ‘ahhh’ factor. He’s also searching for cats and dogs, kittens and puppies who have unusual or surprising stories.
“This process takes months. Then, after he makes his initial selection, he works with the editors of each of the calendars. Together they fuss over what exactly will make the grade. Its never an easy decision since everyone who submits a photo of a pet thinks that theirs is the most beautiful or the cutest or the funniest, and we tend to agree! Still, we think that setting the bar very high makes for calendars that people love to look at day after day, year after year.”