About the Book
What do these animals all have in common? They are star members of The Pet Hug Pack® of Tony LaRussa’s Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF), a therapy pet team spreading joy, comfort, and wellness to hospitals, senior centers, libraries, rehabilitation facilities, and schools throughout Northern California. Hug Tails: Portraits of Therapy Pets collects over two hundred photographs of these extraordinary animals by international award–winning pet photographer Barbara Brady-Smith. Each photo is accompanied by a vignette penned by the therapy pet’s owner about the pet’s special talents or most meaningful connections. Lovingly photographed by Brady-Smith, the Pet Hug Pack® animals—dogs, cats, and even a miniature horse—help people of all ages overcome trauma, process grief, and simply laugh. Animal lovers, photographers, veterinary professionals, and anyone interested in pet therapy will find in Hug Tails an array of stories to delight the eyes and lift the spirit.
A portion of the proceeds from sales of this book will benefit ARF.
Barbara Brady-Smith is an international award–winning pet photographer and the owner of Share the Joy Photography. After concluding a successful career in banking, Brady-Smith decided to pursue full-time pet photography with a special focus on rescue pets and pet therapy. Her own experiences as a therapy dog volunteer inform her artistic approach, which captures the details of appearance and personality that make each pet unique. Brady-Smith earned her MBA from UC Berkeley. She is a member of Professional Photographers of America (PPA) and is a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP), Master Photographer, and Photographic Craftsman. She is a four-time PPA Photographer of the Year, and her other recognition includes the PPA’s Western Region Kodak Gallery and Animal Photographer of the Year awards, as well as the Professional Photographers of California’s Animal Photographer of the Year, Environmental Photographer of the Year, and People’s Choice awards.