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review 2016-04-19 12:53
Shelter Dogs in a Photo Booth - Guinnevere Shuster

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.


I saw lots of people rave about this book on Twitter, sharing a few of the images from the book. Of course my interest was peeking. Cute dogs? Photographs? Silly photographs? So when I saw this book on Netgalley I just knew I had to get it.


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review 2016-01-25 07:00
Shelter Dogs in a Photo Booth
Shelter Dogs in a Photo Booth - Guinnevere Shuster

Full disclosure: I volunteer on weekends as a dog socializer at my local animal shelter, and on weekdays, I routinely stalk the dogs I worked with on our website, checking daily to see who got adopted and who has new pictures or videos. When I saw a book promising cute photographs of shelter dogs, I couldn't resist.

Shelter Dogs in a Photo Booth is indeed chock-full of adorable doggy pictures and stories. I really hope it has positive impact and raises awareness about shelters. There are a few dogs in the book who are listed as "still waiting" for a forever home, but I'm sure the book itself will guarantee their adoptions. I firmly believe that shelters are the best place to get a pet: you're not only saving a dog from potential euthanasia (and about 50% of shelter dogs in the US are euthanized, by the way); you're also getting a companion who has seen the worst of humanity and still will give you unconditional love.

In terms of the book, I thoroughly enjoyed each of the dog's stories and images, but I think it suffers somewhat from the format. Each dog has exactly four photographs laid out in precisely the same way with a short blurb underneath. More problematically, it quickly becomes clear that all of the interactions being photographed are treat throws. (They look like Beggin' Strips to me.) Occasionally I could even see some whale eyes and flattened ears in non-treat photographs, which are standard signs of stress, fear, and anxiety. I spend a lot of time with dogs, and their expressions when they're actually interacting with humans are very different from their food-focused faces, so I felt like the pictures, while cute, didn't really capture their true personalities. My favourite section was easily right at the end, where the book gives us some "happy ending" shots of the dogs with their new families. Here, finally, we get to see some of the dogs' real personalities.

Shelter Dogs in a Photo Booth is an adorable idea and I hope it gives animal shelters some much-needed publicity. If you're looking for some cute puppy faces, it may be worth a look. Even better, head down to your local shelter and pick up a photo booth puppy of your very own.


~~I received this review through Netgalley from the publisher, Andrews McMeel Publishing, in exchange for my honest review.~~

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review 2016-01-19 00:00
Shelter Dogs in a Photo Booth
Shelter Dogs in a Photo Booth - Guinnevere Shuster This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life

I am a huge animal lover. Huge. While I love most animals, I am really very partial to dogs. I am also a really big supporter of shelters and everything that they do for the animal population. My house is pretty filled with animals from my local shelter. We currently have 3 dogs and 1 cat that were all adopted from our local Humane Society.


I don't know why but I love looking at the photos of dogs waiting for their forever homes. We adopted 2 puppies from the Humane Society during the last few months of 2015 largely because of this. My husband has now banned me from the Humane Society's website. Like he can actually stop me. So I look and always feel a little sad that they are there waiting to find someone to love them as much as I love mine.


I kind of feel like this book was made just for me. Each page brought me wonderful pictures of great looking dogs along with a few tidbits about the animal. And the best part.....almost all of these dogs have found their happily ever after! I really loved the last section of the book that showed some of the animals now. Sometimes they were alone, sometimes with their new doggie siblings, and sometimes with their human family but they always looked really very happy.


I would highly recommend this book to animal lovers like myself. I think that it is absolutely wonderful that a portion of the proceeds from this book will go to the Humane Society of Utah and Best Friends Animal Society. I applaud the author for all of the time that she has making sure so many shelter animals have a wonderful photo to help them in their search for a forever family. Sometimes all it takes it a photo to fall in love.


I received an advance reader edition of this book from Andrews McMeel Publishing via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review.

Initial Thoughts
Awesome little book filled with photos of shelter dogs. How can a dog lover like me pass this one up?!?!
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review 2015-02-16 00:00
Photo Booth
Photo Booth - Neil Plakcy
***Read as part of the free [b:Don't Read in the Closet: Volume One|12776843|Don't Read in the Closet Volume One|Jade Archer|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1317574024s/12776843.jpg|17922598] anthology. Story #17***

The story was... ok. Yeah, it had its flaws. But it was still enjoyable... IMO.

The prompt would have needed more space. For a short story it was just to complex. So it's not such a big surprise that the story felt rushed.
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review 2015-01-17 00:00
Photo Booth
Photo Booth - Neil Plakcy * 1 star *

Uhm, right... the prompt for this story was pretty much ignored. Too bad since the prompt was really interesting, hinting at some mysterious things happening.

And the guy at the bar ended up killed, but that happening was just mentioned in passing and kinda brushed off! What the hell?!


A short story in the collection "Don't Read in the Closet, Volume One" from the MM Romance Group Hot Summer Event 2011.
Click HERE for the story online or  HERE to download the whole collection for your reading device.

Picture and prompt:

Dear Author,

See this guy?

He's away from the ranch and the life as he has known it for the first time. He found a room in this, well, shabby inn, but mysterious things seem to happen all around. Things vanish, people don't remember that they met before (or pretend to) and someone threatens the owner of the inn (seemingly for no reason). And now, coming home from a long day of looking for a way to provide for himself, he finds somebody in his room, going through his things, drawing his secrets into the open. A bad thing? Or maybe his chance to start a new life with a new kind of love?

I would be thrilled to read his story!



Genre: contemporary

Tags: erotic, romance, cowboys, FBI

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