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FROM KICK FLIPS TO DOG TRICKS

Photographer Jordan James turns his lens from skaters to dogs landing tricks.

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FROM KICK FLIPS TO DOG TRICKS

Jordan James’s experience photographing skaters came in handy at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show. “Paying attention to the dogs’ body language and actions is very similar to shooting a skate trick at the exact right moment,” says James, who owned skateboard company Corpse Corpse in New York until 2014. Once that came to a natural end, James began to develop his own photography and graphic design gigs, making ends meet through fashion shoots.

His project, Best in Show, captures the frenetic energy, precision, and “unique routine”’—James’ words—of dog shows. New to this world, James was naively unaware of the utter seriousness with which the entrants take the competition. One owner was concerned about the camera flash stressing out his dog, there were tears when people didn’t place, and grooming sessions would take hours. “You have to respect that!” James says, while noting: “Most of these dogs are treated better than some children.”


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CELEBRATING FIVE YEARS

A heartfelt thank you to all the photographers, artists, illustrators, and writers who trusted us, dived in, and brought us delight, grace, excitement, courage, wilderness, and wonder over the last five years. Their work not only reflects the bonds we share with our animal companions, it also celebrates their spirit.

None of this would be possible without our four-legged counterparts who sprinkle magic dust time and time again, and our readers, who embraced this kooky idea, rallied around us, and made this world theirs too. With friends like these, who needs nine lives?

THE WRONG END OF THE STICK

Grippingly cringeworthy in places and charmingly endearing throughout, The Wrong End of the Stick is a dark comedy by Terri Matthews. Malcolm’s humdrum life is interrupted by an identity crisis, leading him down a bizarre and beautiful tale of things left unsaid, leg-humping, and plenty of awkward staring. Set against a live-action background, but with very human animated characters, Matthews manages to expertly play with humour and heart, touching on carnal urges, communication and open-mindedness.

BEAST MADE

New York frontiers-label Best Made caters for doers, makers, explorers, inventors, artists, and, now, your dog.

PET-TECTURE

A book crammed with architectural designs for pets who fit in the palm of your hand to pets who practically need their own house.

RESIDENT DOG

Resident Dog makes for a beautiful addition to any coffee table, but it might be difficult to keep your own pup from putting its paws all over it. 

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