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Zen Dogs - Alex Cearns

Hardcover Published: 24th October 2016
ISBN: 9780062459374
Number Of Pages: 128

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Award-winning animal photographer Alex Cearns celebrates the peace, calm, and joy dogs bring to our lives with this unique full-color collection capturing eighty dogs in their most relaxed and contented moments.

When Alex Cearns caught Suzi the Sharpei on film with eyes closed and an endearing smile on her furry face, the renowned Australian professional pet and wildlife photographer called the picture of serenity "Zen Dog." Captivated by the image’s tranquil beauty, Cearns then turned her lens on other canines experiencing their own carefree and meditative "Zen" moments a series of photos that would go viral across the web and take the top prize in a major international competition.

Expanding on Cearns’s original web series, Zen Dogs includes eighty stunning color photographs of a variety of breeds—golden retrievers, beagles, French bulldogs, dachshunds, poodles, huskies, pit bulls, and German shepherds. Here are some familiar faces from the online series, joined by dozens of dogs never seen before all whose engaging personalities shine through. Sprinkled throughout the photos are words of wisdom from the Buddha, Eckhart Tolle, Thich Nhat Hanh, and other meditative masters, inspiring messages that, with the photos, warm the heart and soothe the spirit.

A gorgeous compendium for every dog lover, animal enthusiast, and everyone looking to add some peace and joy to their day, Zen Dogs reminds us of the power dogs have to enrich our lives to make us happier, healthier, calmer, and more loving.

About the Author

Alex Cearns s Australia's leading professional pet and wildlife photographer and the Creative Director of Houndstooth Studio. A philanthropist, author, educator, adventurer and animal advocate with more than 50 awards and accolades to her name since 2008, she specializes in crafting exquisite animal portraits that intrinsically capture the joy people find in animals.

Industry Reviews

"This series of images is a gentle and positive reminder to stop and take a break, to relax and unwind, to be fully present in each and every experience, and to breathe it all in." - Bored Panda

"Seeing the look of pure, serene repose on the faces of these pups will inspire you to take a little time out of your day, reflect and recharge." - One Green Planet

Another lovely book from Alex Cearns


Lovely images for dog lovers, the eyes open photos at the back are a lovely touch

Perth WA


Loved the book


The book was great. Very informative and the dogs were fantastic!

Central Queensland


Highly recommended - for self and as a gift


This book will delight! Adorable, sweet, beautiful gift book. Zen Dogs has something for everyone and leaves you feeling calm and happy. Alex clearly has a gift in working with dogs and capturing them at their most relaxed. The powerful quotes added throughout add to the 'zen' feel and the appendixes at the rear of the dogs with their eyes open is an additional delight. Nothing has been overlooked, from the dogs name and breed details, to a secret cover under the dust jacket. Even the print quality is exceptional. This is a lovely compendium of breeds, mixed breeds and rescued dogs and would make a fantastic present for self or a friend - of both! Perfect for the holidays and a purchase you won't regret.

Perth WA

Alex Cearns has captured "Zen" brilliantly!


"Zen" is a beautiful photographic work of Dogs in their "Zen" moment!! Accompanied by quotes from famous people, it is a book for Everyone to enjoy!! "Had a stressful day?" Take time, sit and read/look at the book, guaranteed to ease the mind! Third photographic book produced by "The International Professional Pet Photographer of the Year", Alex Cearns of Houndstooth Studio is a "must have"!! With Christmas approaching, it will make a wonderful gift for so many people! Enjoy!!

Perth Western Australia


Zen Dogs ROCKZ!!!


This is Alex Cearns 3rd book (I know because I have them all now) ... and it doesn't disappoint. Zen Dogs is a novel idea (get it) ;-) - a capturing of a split second in time that reminds us to pause, breathe, inhale the good, exhale the bad, and always remember to look to our canine companions for example (ok, so a lot of the time they're telling us hyper is fine) :-D It's a lovely keeper, and a lovely gift ... and Alex should always be encouraged to produce more fabulous work ... I would love to see her Imperfect Perfections collection presented in book form.



A truly lovely book


Such a fun book. The photographs are fantastic - catching the 'eyes closed' instant is masterful - my adult son thought it wasn't such a hard thing, until he tried to capture our Fox Terrier in her zen state The photographs of the same dogs with their eyes open is a great addition to the enjoyment of this book. Alex Cearns is a clever, and clearly a nice lady.

New Zealand


A beautiful book of zen


It is a beautiful book which any dog lover will adore.

Cairns Australia


Makes you smile. Beautiful subjects. Love it!


Gorgeous photography with adorable and uplifting images. Makes you smile!! Zen Dogs should be a part of everyone's life! Terrific, patient & visionary photographer :) Go Alex!!

Ex Perth WA



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ISBN: 9780062459374
ISBN-10: 0062459376
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 128
Published: 24th October 2016
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 18.1 x 20.3  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.64