Just when you think you have seen every adorable pose and photograph of a puppy, someone comes along and tears up the rule book. In this instance the man in question is New York Times best-selling author and animal photographer Seth Casteel who was featured in an article in the Huffington Post. Seth’s love affair with taking photographs of dogs began many years ago when he started a project by photographing homeless dogs in the hope of finding them somewhere to live. Since then he has remained passionate about promoting adoption of dogs and has raised considerable awareness for this cause. In 2012 he published his first book of swimming dogs, appropriately named Underwater Dogs, and this is its successor for slightly smaller versions, puppies. Casteel mentions that in his time he has taught over 15,000 puppies to swim. While he acknowledges that dogs are natural swimmers, swimming pools are not natural watery environments, so he teaches the puppies how to safely get out of a pool.
Casteel explains on his website that “The goal [of this new book] was to feature some Amazing Rescue Puppy Ambassadors to remind people that adoption is a wonderful option! There are so many AWESOME pets that need loving families and I hope you’ll consider bringing a shelter pet into your life.” For many of these puppies this is the first time they have encountered water, so we are being treated to some real looks of surprise and excitement. These have proved to be the perfect subjects for his second photographic dog book, Swimming Puppies, and we want to see more of these oh-so-adorable creatures exploring a brave new world. Clearly Seth Casteel is a remarkably talented photographer, but we’re sure you’ll agree that it is these wonderful puppies who are the real stars of the show. Like Seth, we hope they may also get you to think about adopting a dog rather than buying a puppy if you had been giving any serious thought to getting a dog.