Hunter, my majestic eighty-six-pound mutt, was the love of my life for thirteen years. I was addicted to looking at him—every twitch of his ear was fascinating to me. I've taken thousands of photographs of him, dozens even in the same position. He was "my lucky dog."
I adopted Hunter when he was two. He came with that name, his former owner a fan of Hunter S. Thompson. I noticed Hunter's photo in the window of a pet store in Vermont and brought him home.
If I was the lucky break in his life, he was the transforming experience in mine. Before, I was a little wild. As a photographer, I traveled around the world, picking up and leaving on a dime. Life was exciting: photo shoots in Paris, Haiti, the Himalayas, the Andes, and even the Amazon.
Hunter tamed me. I couldn't be away from him for more than five hours at a time. I had no children of my own; Hunter taught me about responsibility, love, and devotion in a way that was inaccessible to me with "people."—Mellon
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About the Author
Mellon Tytell is a photographer whose fashion, editorial, and fine art photography has appeared in publications internationally and has been exhibited in galleries around the world. She lives in New York City's West Village and the Green Mountains of Vermont with her husband, the writer John Tytell, and their dog Frank.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
After several months of reading this book every time I went to the book store, I put it at the top of my Christmas wish list and have never gotten a gift I've enjoyed more. The photos of Hunter, a beautiful brindle hound mix with a white chest, are wonderful, and the accompanying text succinct and heart warming. Every dog lover should own this book to read over and over about Hunter and his owners, who "In the thirteen years we had him...never had to say B-A-D D-O-G."
I first recieved this book as a gift a few weeks ago from a friend who knew I was head over heels in love with my dog, and when I read about the author's own tale of love with her dog, I was left both speechless and in tears. I loved the book, it's images and the story that is more like poetry than just text describing the pictures (did I mention this is a book of photography?), everything about it just left me feeling uplifted. Then for whatever reason, I shelved My Lucky Dog and didn't pick it up until yesterday (we all get busy, life is complicated). But when I read this book again, I felt the same response as when I opened it the first time. I was still blown away. The images are breathtaking, the story as I said is like poetry, and though it is a book about loss, I was so moved and felt so grateful for my own dog, that I took him out for a long walk and gave him a big dinner. The book is so powerful it made me stop and wonder why I have been "too busy" lately to enjoy simple things. I'm not saying this book will do EVERYTHING for you you that it did for me, but I definitely recommend this book for people who love their pets, and for those who appreciate beauty in the everyday.
Everyone should read this, it's a beautiful photographic journey of love, deep devotion and commitment