Underwater Dogs

Underwater Dogs

by Seth Casteel


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The exuberant, exhilarating photographs of dogs underwater that have become a sensation

From the water's surface, it's a simple exercise: a dog's leap, a splash, and then a wet head surfacing with a ball, triumphant.

But beneath the water is a chaotic ballet of bared teeth and bubbles, paddling paws, fur and ears billowing in the currents. From leaping Lab to diving Dachshund, the water is where a dog's distinct personality shines through; some lounge in the current, paddling slowly, but others arch their bodies to cut through the water with the focus and determination of a shark.

In more than eighty portraits, award-winning pet photographer and animal rights activist Seth Casteel captures new sides of our old friends with vibrant underwater photography that makes it impossible to look away. Each image bubbles with exuberance and life, a striking reminder that even in the most loveable and domesticated dog, there are more primal forces at work. In Underwater Dogs, Seth Casteel gives playful and energetic testament to the rough-and-tumble joy that our dogs bring into our lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316227704
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 10/23/2012
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 104,127
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 10.38(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

Seth Casteel is an award-winning photographer and the author of the national bestseller Underwater Dogs and Underwater Puppies. His series of underwater dog photographs have brought him worldwide attention, entertaining and bewildering millions of animal lovers. As an established member of the animal rescue community, Seth has been recognized by TIME Magazine, The Today Show, and The Humane Society of the United States for his efforts, and his underwater dog photographs have been featured in The New York Times, on Animal Planet, and in hundreds of other outlets. He lives in California.

What People are Saying About This

Babble Pets

Photographer Seth Casteel has done an unimaginable thing: he's created an entire photography book of dogs from an underwater perspective, and the photos are simply stunning.... Casteel is not only an animal lover but also an animal rescuer, and his genuine love of dogs shines through in his work.

From the Publisher

"Alternately gorgeous and terrifying, but always visually sumptuous." — Entertainment Weekly

"It's impossible to look at Under­water Dogs without smiling.... A delight-inducing book." — BookPage

"Every image in this fetching work bubbles with life, reminding the reader that even in the most lovable and domesticated dog, there may be more primal forces at work." — Publishers Weekly

"If you're as much of a sucker for great animal photos as I am, you'll love this different take on man's best friend." — Melanie Stetson Freeman, Christian Science Monitor

"Alternately humorous, rejuvenating, and even a little scary, these pictures of man's best friend in man's most essential liquid make us wonder why someone didn't think of taking pictures like this sooner." — Complex.com

"Award-winning photographer Casteel captures his range of subjects with great affection and the variety of expressions and acrobatic poses will keep you chuckling for hours." — The Daily Mail

"Now we know exactly what to put on our holiday wish list!" — pawnation.com

"... it's the gleeful images of dogs plunging into swimming pools, chomping after their favorite toys, that have put Casteel on the map as one of this country's premier - and innovative - pet photographers." — petsugar.com

"Photographer Seth Casteel has done an unimaginable thing: he's created an entire photography book of dogs from an underwater perspective, and the photos are simply stunning.... Casteel is not only an animal lover but also an animal rescuer, and his genuine love of dogs shines through in his work." — Babble Pets

"Dogs expressing their graceful and goofy selves while swimming." — vetstreet.com

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Underwater Dogs 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
BookGeek3368 More than 1 year ago
The photos of the dogs underwater are absolutely stunning. Some are funny, some cute, and in some the dogs look like ancient sea monsters rising from the deep - nothing but wide open mouths and sharp teeth, the rest obscured by bubbles or water. In all cases, the photos are stunning. Anyone who likes dogs or has a dog would enjoy this book. I also appreciated the section at the back showing what the dogs normally look like on land (pretty normal, as it turns out - you almost can't recognize them from their underwater photos). I'm not one for coffee table books or photo books in general, but I loved this one so much I ordered another one for a friend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The pictures are fantastic, a great gift, but you need your own copy too! Impossible to look at and NOT laugh or smile.Fabulous, A++
kimmyk0 More than 1 year ago
Amazing book. A great gift idea for anyone who loves dogs. Try to look at these photos and not smile :)
ThresherK More than 1 year ago
How old the world is and yet someone has found a new perspective. Underwater Dogs has quickly become the go-to book in our house with my 13,12 and 11 year old nieces and nephew sharing their favorite pictures. A great game is trying to guess the breed from the photo by itself! If you have a kid (or you're a kid inside) you must get this book.
Emily_K More than 1 year ago
This book is adorable and fun to look at. I shared it with all ages in my family. You can look at the book over and over again. It puts a smile on my face each and every time. The way it is set up is great also. Highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
its a great book i recomend it to any animal lover
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
the book is awesome, it making me happy knowing that the animals are having fun and living a good life.
cshannon More than 1 year ago
I laugh every time I open this book. What an amazing glimpse into the goofy, fun filled world of dogs. You can't help but smile as you look at the pictures. Truly a "feel good" book:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This guy has real TALENT for capturing the uniqueness that is DOG! Fun to look at and so captivating.
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A complete delight from cover to cover. I've given 2 as gifts so far. Everyone who looks at this book is charmed by the antics of these swimming canines. Fun for all ages. Beautiful photography.
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THis book makes a fantastic gift.  I'm heading to Barnes and Noble today to buy my 3rd copy for a birthday gift.  WIll put a smile on anyone's face.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I preordered this book after checking out Seth's web page. He is so great at getting the perfect shot and showing the fun these dogs are having with complete abandon! Can't wait for his next book...meanwhile thank you Seth for keeping us up to date on Facebook!!! Lisa S.
Luckygranadma More than 1 year ago
Very nice book, the pictures are great and really entertaining. Just leave this book out on a table for you and everyone else to enjoy.
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Who would have imagined that photos of dogs swimming underwater could be so much fun? Author/photographer Seth Casteel has proven that such photos aren't just fun, they're hysterical! Back in 2010, Casteel was on a photo shoot with a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Buster. It was meant to be a land shoot, with pictures of the dog romping in the grass. That was until the dog jumped into the pool. When Buster came up for air, Casteel immediately noticed that he appeared completely different. Wet, and well, just different. Casteel got to wondering what the dog looked like underwater, so he hurried home, grabbed a special camera for taking underwater shots, and then jumped into the pool with Buster. From that brief encounter, Underwater Dogs was born. Over eighty photographs grace the pages of this book and they range from funny to amazing. The reader quickly discovers that water does unimaginably funny things to parts of a dog, particularly the face. Jowls flop about, exposing lots of teeth, eyes pop and bulge, and bodies contort into unusual shapes. Who would have imagined that a fluffy little Dachshund could look so snarly and wolf-like as he reaches for a ball? A Jack Russell swimmings with a play ring in her mouth looks like she was born to live underwater. A tiny little Chihuahua looks downright scary with legs splayed, jowls floating off to the sides, and teeth exposesd as she reaches for a tennis ball. From graceful, to downright odd, this book has a great assortment of dog photos. Quill says: If you love dogs and need a good laugh, check out Underwater Dogs!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is perfect for all ages. The photos are very entertaining, especially dog lovers will get a big kick out of this book!! I loved it so much I bought one for a gift! Great conversation starter!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
bought as xmas gift was very pleased with quality and content
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book will make you smile and laugh out load!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this for a friend who loves animals, a lot!! It is a good book and she is absolutely thrilled with it. I gave it anonnymously and got a 20 minute monologue about how great it was, the photos and the list of the dogs' names with their photos. If you love dogs or have a friend who does, this is a great gift.
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OVEREASY More than 1 year ago
My husband and I enjoyed Underwater Dogs so much we ordered a second copy for our son and his family. They were so intrigued that when the book arrived they all sat down and went through it together, marveling at the photography and chuckling at the pooches. Now how many books do you know that appeal equally to ages 9 through 77? BTW, I have no relationship with either the author or the publisher. As a writer and photographer, I just know a really good coffee table book when I see one.
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