Journalist Finds New Talent After Adopting Dog

A Toronto-based writer publishes a new book showcasing the bond between women and their pets through photographic images.

Posted: August 20, 2007, 5 a.m. EDT

When photographer and writer Sandra Bolan adopted her first dog six years ago, not only did the dynamics of her household change, but so did her career path.

And as many cat and dog lovers can relate, Bolan began snapping a plethora of pictures of her new dog. However, Bolan’s dog photography would soon turn into more than a pet project as she subsequently realized she had a talent for it.

“I’m a journalist by trade,” Bolan said, “and I’ve always written and photographed for newspaper work. I found out I had a knack for [pet photography] and I started doing it with friends’ pets and it kept going from there. It’s been building and building.”

The growth resulted in two published books; her most recent was released in July entitled, “Moms and Paws: An Intimate Look at Women and Their Best Friends.”

The book displays approximately 100 photos of women with cats, dogs and a couple of horses along with a quote that the pet owner contributed to encompass their pets’ personalities, as captured in the photo.

“I focus on the cat or dog and let it do what it does,” Bolan says of her process. “I just observe and let the owner talk about their quirks and I observe their quirks, and capture their personality that way… Every animal presents its own new challenge.”

Since adopting her yellow Labrador Retriever, Wally, who started her on this path, she’s added two more pets to her clan – a cat, Flintstone, and another dog, Alvin.

Bolan added she’s not sure where her work will take her, but knows she’ll continue to illustrate pets through her photography.

“I think everyone should find their niche,” she explained. “I understand animals.”

Bolan’s book is available online through Amazon and her website at


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Joy   Odenton, MD

8/22/2007 7:53:13 AM

Wonderful article and speaks of something I think a lot of us can relate to. I lost my little guy just this month & feel his loss tremendously. He was my friend, buddy, nurse when I was ill, listened & never complained & always happy to see me. If only I could get a man to look at me as adoringly as he did. Ah the perfect man....

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kino   Spring Valley, CA

8/20/2007 11:30:32 AM

thanks for sharing

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Christy   Covina, CA

8/20/2007 10:25:38 AM

See dogs always make htings better. Even if it is in unexpected ways.

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