Two time Pulitzer finalist photographer David Woo creates coffee-table book featuring portrait photography of influential people and their pets. Available in November, the hard cover photography book, Top Dogs and Their Pets is a star-studded collection of musicians, actors, broadcast personalities, athletes, politicians, thought leaders and business leaders posing for candid shots with their pets. From dogs and cats to horses, fish and reptiles, the animals steal the shot and warm the heart of their owners. The book features Cesar Millan, Ashley Force Hood, Ty Murray and Dr. Phil on the front cover along with Ron White, Tony Dorsett, Willa Ford, and Isaac Mizrahi on the back cover. Published by Pediment Publishing under their Parapet Press imprint, the book is in bookstores now, and can also be ordered at www.TopDogsPets.com where shipping is free.
Portions of the proceeds from Top Dogs and Their Pets will go directly to the Cesar &
Ilusion Millan Foundation, which offers financial support and rehabilitation expertise to pet shelters and rescue organizations throughout the United States. The Cesar and Ilusion Millan Foundation is a national, non-profit organization founded by Cesar Millan, star of the television series "Dog Whisperer," and his wife, Ilusion Millan. The foundation provides funding throughout the United States for pet shelter and rescue groups, free or low-cost spay and neuter services where needed, and educational programs for children keyed on pet awareness. The foundation also distributes the Spay & Neuter is Nothing to "Whisper" About public service campaign that highlights the importance of preventing unwanted pets.
"After watching Cesar Millan's show and reading his books, I knew that his foundation would be the best beneficiary of this book," says Woo. "I wanted to take the love people emanate for their pets in this book, and use it to help animals across the country."
The "Top Dogs" highlighted in the book include Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Alfred Gillman, actor Owen Wilson, Texas Rangers' President Nolan Ryan, television personality, Dr. Phil, US Airways pilot Sully Sullenberger, retired Dallas Cowboys head coach, Jimmy Johnson, former Secretary of State, James Baker, and two Past United States Presidents to name a few. In addition to the photographs, the book includes a heartwarming Q&A with each subject in which each "Top Dog" shares anecdotes about their relationships with their pets -- and what makes
each pet so special. The preface of the book is written by Pulitzer Prize finalist author Doug Swanson, and the forward is written by unabashed animal lover Diane Rehm, host of the popular radio program "The Diane Rehm Show" on NPR.
Inspired by his own Bassett Hound named Chester, Woo contacted fellow photographer Richard Michael Pruitt, who he had previously collaborated with on their first book, Texas Women, and proposed to create a book that would depict people from different walks of life, all
leaders in their profession, who share a common love for their pets.
For more information on Top Dogs and Their Pets, the author of the book, David Woo, additional press information including high resolution pictures and video footage, or for preorder or bulk orders please go to www.TopDogsPets.com.
Pediment Publishing specializes in pictorial history books, police and fire department histories, family histories and limited edition commemorative books. Pediment Publishing books are hard-bound keepsakes, custom-tailored to preserve one's heritage with acid-free pages and smythe-sewn bindings. Each book Pediment Publishing produces is created with the highest standards of photo reproduction, editorial and design excellence and quality craftsmanship. National titles are published under Parapet Press, an imprint of Pediment Publishing.