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Cover: Dogs the Family We Choose photography book by Melanie Steele Holli Murphy Starbooks
Dog Photography Book: Dogs, The Family We Choose by Melanie Steele and Starbooks
Award winning photography book: Dogs, The Family we choose Melanie Steele and Starbooks

Melanie Steele

Dogs: The Family We Choose

$ 44.95

Every once in a while, a dog enters your life and changes everything. 

Where would we be without dogs in our daily lives? Our dogs stick by us through thick and thin, never disapproving and always waiting for us.

As Mordecai Siegal, author of over 30 books about dogs, cats, and horses stated, “Acquiring a dog may be the only time a person gets to choose a relative.” His words ring true and give expression to the deep love we have for our canine companions. 

Join Melanie Steele and photographer Holli Murphy as they capture the essence of these fine creatures—noble, charismatic and fun-loving in Dogs: The Family We Choose. 

Foreword by Dana Perino, Fox News Contributor Co-host of The Five and former White House Press Secretary

Preface by Denis J. Marcellin-Little, DEDV; Professor, Orthopedic Surgery, College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University

“The human-canine bond is unlike any other in the world. Through their love, friendship and undying devotion, our dogs show us the very best qualities in ourselves. Their companionship enhances and enriches our lives in ways no other animal can.”  -Dennis B. Sprung, President & CEO, American Kennel Club

Proceeds from the sale of this book benefit canine medical research.


Melanie Steele

Melanie-SteeleMelanie Steele has bred many of the top winning AKC registered Greyhounds in the United States over the last 20 years. Dogs carrying the GrandCru, reg. prefix have won over 75 Best in Shows and amassed titles internationally. Melanie and her husband, Jack, have spent most of their lives together in the company of dogs—lots of dogs. They are dedicated to canine research and the betterment of the lives of all of our dogs.


Holli Murphy 

Holli-Murphy-PhotographerHolli Murphy is a well-known dog photographer who photographs and shows dogs throughout the United States and Canada. Holli resides on the South Shore of Nova Scotia and is the co-owner of Stonerose Rottweilers.


Dana Perino
Dana-Perino-Fox-News-White-House-Press-SecretaryDana Perino is a Fox News Contributor and co-host of The Five. Former White House Press Secretary, George W. Bush administration including at the Department of Justice after the terrorist attacks on 9/11. Perino lives in New York and South Carolina with her husband, Peter McMahon, and their dog, Jasper.


ISBN: 978-1-938417-32-0 12 x 9 in. 128 pages Hardcover with Dust Jacket


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Wholesale $26.97
16 books per case



USA-Best-Book-Awards-Winner-2017 2017 USA Best Book Award WINNER Animal/Pets General American Book Fest

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