Many "paws" photos were sent in, and it was a difficult choice to pick just one for the front cover. But I love Stephanie's photo (I love the water, love the beach, and love dogs!) Because the dog isn't shown...just the shadow...the photo represents "all dogs" to me. Also...I like the subtle link that this cover makes to last year's cover shot.
Here's a bit about our talented cover photographer...
Stephanie loves animals. In fact, the first time she picked up a camera was to take a picture of her dog Neka. It's what inspired here to take photography in college, and after finishing college, she found herself shooting throusands of pictures of her own pets. Stephanie was destined to pursue animal photography ever since Neka smiled and Stephanie pressed the shutter button.
Thanks for our beautiful cover Stephanie!