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We’re Crushing on: Amanda Jones’s Dog Years

It’s a rare photographic talent who can masterfully capture our pets on film the way we experience them every day in private, quiet, and pricelessly funny moments. Rarer still is the photographer who can peer into the soul of our pets and create art that’s alternately sweet and poignant, that makes us take a deeper look at—and run home and hug—our four-footed family members. Amanda Jones is just such a photographer. After four successful books featuring her favorite subject, dogs, she’s back with the just-released Dog Years: Faithful Friends, Then & Now,  a book of gorgeous black-and-whites depicting the same dogs in youth and in their golden years.

 

Amanda first hit on the idea for Dog Years after her beloved dachshund, Lily, passed away. As Amanda looked for photos of Lily to create a memorial card, she found photos of her at four different stages of her life, and was amazed and touched at the differences. With 20 years in the photography business, she had photographed a number of pets more than once, and the idea took shape. Why not comb her database for dogs she’d photographed about 10 years ago, and call the owners to see if they could set up a repeat performance?

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During the course of shooting, Amanda realized a simple truth: the physical signs of aging in dogs are similar to those of humans. “They get jowly and chubbier, their hair gets a little scruffier and grey,” she says, “and they don’t move quite the same.” And while it was bittersweet to see some of these dogs nearing their final years, she says, “It was also lovely. Senior dogs have a calmness about them that young dogs don’t have. They have such a beautiful presence.”

 

. . . And some have the same sass they did in their youth, even if they take the stairs a bit slower these days. For example, pitbull-Basset mix Vasco, a character with attitude to spare, stuck his tongue out during his original photo shoot at 7 years old. Eight years later, Amanda says, “He did it again, and I didn’t even have to try to encourage him.” And sweet Maggie, a golden retriever Amanda has photographed at 1 year, 3 years, and 10 years, couldn’t resist the lure of her favorite item, the tennis ball, so the toy wound up in all three of her photos.

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Beyond the stunning photos, Amanda has included descriptions of the dogs culled from interviews with the owners, which gives Dog Years a personal, meaningful feel that makes us want to go back through the book again and again, seeing in the finished photos all the little personality nuances the owners mention. Dog Years will make a fantastic gift for all the dog lovers in your life, and it’s also the ultimate coffee-table book, bound to spark dozens of delighted conversations—and to encourage us to take time every day to remember how much richer our lives are because of our pets.

 

Amanda will be traveling this fall for book signings and photography sessions, so keep checking her website to find out where to find her. In the meantime, pick up a copy of Dog Years here.

 

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If you’re drooling over this book as much as we are, you’re in luck!  Annie is giving three (count ’em!) lucky readers their very own copy of Amanda Jones’ Dog Years, plus some serious doggy swag for their own four-footed friend. Enter to win one of three amazing prize packages, including:

GRAND PRIZE (combined value of up to $392):
–Fresh American Trimaran Stripe WOUF in size/color of choice
–Fresh American Man’s Best Friend Pillow of choice
–Hardcover copy of Dog Years by Amanda Jones

1st PRIZE (combined value of up to $260):
–Fresh American Trimaran Stripe WOUF in size/color of choice
–Hardcover copy of Dog Years by Amanda Jones

2nd PRIZE ($20 value):
–Hardcover copy of Dog Years by Amanda Jones

Check out the Rafflecopter entry form below for 4 easy ways to enter! Contest ends on Sunday, August 30 at 11:59 p.m. EST.  View the full details.

Congratulations to our winners!
Grand prize: Kate from Georgia
1st Prize: Julie from Massachusetts
2nd Prize: Jessica from California
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56 comments

Cecille Austin August 15, 2015 at 1:05 pm

my granddog Coooper is the most special boy in the world! He is so happy and loves everyoe and as he is a yellow lab mix, that is a lot of dog love! He has the sweetest big brown eyes which sparkle all the time and he loves me – probably because I bring him treats.

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Vickie Julka August 15, 2015 at 4:04 pm

I will share Dog Years In the elementary classrooms I mentor in. What a great way to start the conversation of how we all grow and change with time. Dogs are a natural hook for children and adults alike.

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Amanda Jones August 17, 2015 at 12:19 pm

That is such a wonderful idea Vickie! I will have to share that concept with teachers I know.

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Michelle Young August 25, 2015 at 4:27 pm

I would share these dog years with my daughter who is in medicine and she , in turn, would share with patients in hospitals & hospice care , in hopes of mending hearts and emotions, particularly those who have lost their own pets , no matter how long ago.

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Laura Gliedman August 15, 2015 at 4:27 pm

The Dog Years book looks and sounds amazing! I know many friends who would love it! I’m thinking it will make excellent gifts for the upcoming holidays!

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Terri August 15, 2015 at 4:41 pm

Love the book, and what a great giveaway! I’ll share the book with my friend Linda, who doesn’t have a dog but loves them dearly.

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MARTHAIA August 15, 2015 at 9:33 pm

I would share with my family ,,,we all share the LOVE of ANIMALS !!!!! TY

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Karrie August 16, 2015 at 1:01 am

I would share with family. Wow I love this!!!! I love my 4 legged babies 🙂

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Bonnie Klimcsak August 16, 2015 at 11:45 am

I would share this book with my sisters and niece, who love their pups.

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Mary O. August 16, 2015 at 12:52 pm

I would share it with my co-worker, Dana, who has fostered many dogs and now has four older adopted lab mixes. Her birthday is this month and this book would be a perfect gift for her. Thank you for letting us know about this touching book.

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Rebecca P August 17, 2015 at 2:34 pm

I would share Dog Years to my friend and her husband who love their pup as much as I love mine…which is hard to beat!

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Karen Dzendolet August 17, 2015 at 3:06 pm

I would share the book with my friend, Thomas – he currently has two mini-dachshunds,and one chiweenie! A great lover of the dachshund, he would really enjoy the book!

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Kelly August 17, 2015 at 3:09 pm

I’d love to share this book with my buddies Murphy and Pippa!!

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Beth August 17, 2015 at 7:23 pm

the old dogs win my heart every time. I rescued a ‘senior’ pug in 2011.
she’s still goin’ strong. Love that ol’ dog.

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Jaime H August 17, 2015 at 9:18 pm

LOVE this book!! I would share a copy with my momma! 🙂

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Janel M. August 18, 2015 at 5:42 pm

Definitely my husband–just as much of a dog-lover as I am!

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Sara A. August 18, 2015 at 8:19 pm

After reading the book, I would donate it to one of our local animal shelters. Too many times senior dogs are passed over during adoption, but it seems like this book highlights the beauty and love that an older dog still has to give. As someone committed to animal rescue I think it might sway people to consider adoptiong an older pet. <3

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amy williams August 18, 2015 at 8:43 pm

With my puppies Molly and Garcon

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michele wilson August 18, 2015 at 10:26 pm

I LOVE this!! I rescued a super senior dog,I just wish I’d have had the opportunity to see him as a pup, and have had him with me all those years! And after working animal control,seeing sad dumped seniors,this gives me a happy feeling that people do love theirs for life! Thank you!!

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Julie Busa August 19, 2015 at 10:41 am

I have so many friends who are dog lovers I wouldn’t even know where to begin! This book would make a great gift for each of them!!

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Sean August 19, 2015 at 1:01 pm

I’d share it with my bud, Lisa, that is a total doggie lover!

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Alina August 19, 2015 at 1:22 pm

I’d share with my pup as well as the hubbster!

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Martha Gillette August 19, 2015 at 2:30 pm

I’d love to share this book with my two Cavaliers Max and Rusty. I love this book idea and hope that my babies love a long life so that I can have a side-by-side of them too!

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Meghan August 19, 2015 at 10:05 pm

I’d share with my kids

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Aaron August 19, 2015 at 11:44 pm

I would share with my friend Annie =)

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tami August 20, 2015 at 2:54 pm

love the doggies!

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Joyce T. August 20, 2015 at 3:49 pm

I have a 16 year old Lab mix (50 lbs). She has far exceeded her life expectancy and I try very hard to treasure every minute I spend with her as her time grows shorter. She is a doll.

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DJ August 21, 2015 at 7:12 pm

I would share with my pug baby.

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Sara August 23, 2015 at 7:29 pm

I would share Dog Years with Sailor and Sumo (who looks just like that pillow with the Cairn Terrier silk screen) and with my dog-walking friends, all of whom have had canine companions who have gone from puppy to old age in their care.

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Elaan B August 24, 2015 at 1:49 am

I love this book and I love this giveaway! I work with youth and we do media projects. I would love to use this book as a springboard for how to capture images of family.

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Kasey W August 24, 2015 at 2:28 am

I would share it with our new puppy Mia, thanks for the chance!

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Kim Cage August 25, 2015 at 4:04 pm

My four-legged child, Bessie! She’s half yorkie/half pomerainian. Thanks for the chance to win the book and some dog swag!

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Liz August 25, 2015 at 4:58 pm

I’d share it with my Mama 🙂

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Betsy Voss August 25, 2015 at 6:19 pm

I LOVE this! I work with rescued dogs and my absolute, hands down favorites are the seniors. I adopted my first little old girl when she was approximately 10 – hoping that I would would not lose her too soon. A puppy mill breeder, I had no idea how many years had been taken from her by neglect. She was hardy stock. We had her 10 years and 2 months. I adored her. I love all my dogs (most are seniors), but she was special. Would love to win a copy of this book! I’d share it with my fellow rescuers, of course!

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Paula Chetkauskas August 25, 2015 at 8:18 pm

I would share the book with my 98 year old mother who raised me in a home where family members bread champion show dogs and
taught me to love all animals

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Hope Williams August 26, 2015 at 7:38 am

It’s amazing how seeing the faces of our furbabies can immediately take us to a happy place! This book looks like a permanent Happy Place!

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Debbie Liebtag August 26, 2015 at 9:58 am

I would share this fabulous collection with Lizzy and Cooper. . . . my English Springer spaniels . Lizzy who is graying around her eyes and Cooper who still bounces like Tigger! They would love to see other dogs! I would also share it with my “dog crazy” family.

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Kate H August 26, 2015 at 5:27 pm

I would share this with my adorable english setter Belle! <3

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Amy Z. August 29, 2015 at 4:43 pm

I’d share this with my mother, who loves her two dogs!

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Daniel Scott August 30, 2015 at 1:53 pm

I would share this with my wife and my dogs, Artie and Kouga. Thank you for the chance to win.

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Eunice Olson August 30, 2015 at 7:30 pm

My Dottie and I will share these lovely pictures with friends Shelley and her Earl. Shelley and I have had our sweet friends for many years and certainly remember them when they were young. We will probably have tears in our eyes by the time we have made it through every photo, but we will love every minute of the trip. Thank you so much for your offer. Whoever wins (I hope it’s me!) will love it!

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