Stackhouse began searching for the dogs a year ago, and since the launch of the Project DOG social media campaign in July 2010 (website, Facebook, and Twitter), Stackhouse rallied up more than 4,000 submissions (almost 1000 from the Bay Area) from around the country and the world, for consideration in the book. The 4,000 submissions included over 200 individual breeds living worldwide, as well as rescued dogs representing more than 550 shelters and rescue organizations in 44 US states and 25 countries.
Most of the dogs chosen for the 352-page book were selected by Stackhouse, based in the photo and information received, while dogs of more popular breeds were selected by supporters on Facebook, via an online vote.
Project DOG celebrates all dogs and showcases real dogs living in the world. It features a photo of each dog (a dog from a breeder, and a dog from a rescue) alongside a mini biography and story, written and submitted by each dog’s owner. The photos feature many iconic San Francisco locations including the Golden Gate Bridge, City Hall, the Ferry Building, Fisherman’s Wharf, Postcard Row, and more.
Project DOG finished 1st place in the Art category for the 2011 Shorty Awards (Oscars of Twitter), and was named one the Top 5 Most Creative Social Good Campaigns in the 2010 Mashable Awards. Stackhouse raised $24,000 using the Kickstarter crowd-sourcing platform to fund the print run.
Project DOG is partnered with The San Francisco SPCA, and a portion of the sales of the book will support the SF/SPCA’s mission to save and protect animals. The SF/SPCA’s Co-President, Jennifer Scarlett has written the books foreword.
The official launch party and book signing is scheduled for Saturday, December 10th (4-8pm) at WAG Hotels in San Francisco, and will feature a runway show showcasing 50 “star” dogs from the book.
About Kira Stackhouse
Kira Stackhouse is an award-winning photographer based in San Francisco. Known for her portraits of dogs. Her work has appeared in books and magazines nationwide, including BARK, 7x7, SanFrancisco, DRAFT, Chicago Life, Doggie Aficionado and more. Stackhouse was voted Best Pet Photographer in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 2011 BayList.
For more information about Project DOG and to purchase books (hardcover and digital), visit http://www.projectdog.net