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For Picks of The Litter, a regular book review series, Ranny Green critiques “K9-5: New York Dogs at Work” featuring photographs by Michelle Rose (Pointed Leaf Press).

No matter what their working environment, New Yorkers love their dogs and prefer to have them alongside.

Whether they’re stress reducers or inspirational cohorts, the four-legged characters you meet up close and personal in this vibrant collection of 2-to-6-page workplace environments consider themselves the centerpiece in the selected law offices, hair salons, art galleries, jewelry boutiques, interior-design studios, furniture and textile showrooms and architects’ offices.

You will be greeted by a vibrant mix of purebreds and mixes of all shapes and sizes, replete with colorful backdrops and invariably find the subject on the couch or cushion, whatever meets its comfort zone.

Noted New York dog trainer Bash Dibra writes in the Preface, “I often say that all dogs are ‘diamonds in the ruff,’ and with a little ‘polishing’ can shine like stars anywhere, anytime, including the workplace.”

This volume is organized by positions, beginning with CEOs, followed by Personal Assistants, Partners, Associates, Office Managers and Secretarial Pool, with each entry entitled with the dog’s name.

Kelly Koester, the book’s producer, says there was no standard selection process for those featured. “Many are friends, business acquaintances or referred by other subjects, but I also found them through looking at various hashtags online and through other sources.”

Photo shoots were never longer than day and often finished within three to four hours. Altogether the photos were shot over 10 months with layout and editing requiring another two months.

Koester said for a couple of offices an advance look was made to check out the space and layout with which they would be working. “For others, we were sent scout shots ahead of time.”

“K9-5“ is an ambitious, breezy look at the adventurous spirit of the human-animal bond. The focus throughout is fun and engaging and packed with compassionate realism.

Here are a few select images from the book:

David Monn
Sammy, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, 13 years old
David Monn LLC, Event Planning, Chelsea
Jorge Bendersky
Tito, Pomeranian, 2 years old
Planet Jorge / Dog Groomer, On Location at the Dog Store / Grooming Salon, Upper East Side
Kurland Group
Luca, Italian Greyhound, 10 years old (left), and Salvatore, Italian Greyhound, 10 years old (right)
The Kurland Group, LGBT Civil Rights Firm, Financial District
Mark Dubois
Roxie, Shiba Inu, 2 years old
DuBois Architects, NoHo
Hester the Cairn Terrier
Hester, Cairn Terrier, 6 years old
Pointed Leaf Press LLC, Publishers, Chinatown
Richard Wrightman
Gusti, German Wire Haired Pointer, 11 years old (left), and Hugo, German Wire Haired Pointer, 5 years old, (right)
Richard Wrightman Design, Furniture Maker, Long Island City
Senior & Shopmaker
Iris, Airedale, 4 months old
Senior & Shopmaker Gallery, Chelsea
William Secord
Rocky, Dandie Dinmont Terrier, 11 years old
William Secord Gallery, Chelsea

Credit (all photographs and cover): ©Michelle Rose / Pointed Leaf Press



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