Books: Underwater Puppies & A Dog’s Journey


Rating: 2 paws

Seth Casteel obtained fame with his best selling underwaterphotography book Underwater Dogs in 2012. His photos of dogs diving for balls and toys took social media by storm. They offered a perspective on dogs that we rarely see. His book Underwater Puppies (Little Brown and Company 2014) is an attempt to expand on his initial success.

It’s a photography book of puppies. Underwater. What’s not to love about puppies? The dogs in the book are adorable, many of them are rescue dogs. But I had a bit of a problem with Underwater Puppies. While a portion of the photos are reminiscent of the photos in Underwater Dogs, with puppies diving after toys, a great many of the photos are not. Many of them are just puppies submerged in water. . . for no apparent reason. And that’s what I had a problem with. Casteel is a member of the rescue community, so I cannot imagine that he put any of the puppies into danger for his photos, but it’s hard to remember that when you see some with wide fearful eyes, or the bubbly underwater splash of them being dropped into the water. I found those photos uncomfortable to look at. Maybe they weren’t in danger, but some of them look under duress. I want to reach in and fish them out and tell them it’s going to be OK. Maybe that’s just me. Certainly, your mileage may vary.

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (September 16, 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 0316254894
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316254892

Seth Casteel is an award-winning photographer and an established member of the animal rescue community. Casteel’s work has been featured in The New York Times, National Geographic Magazine, The Washington Post, among other print media.


A DOG’S JOURNEY by W. Bruce Cameron

Rating: 5 Paws

journeyNew York Times and USA Today best selling author, W. Bruce Cameron, delights readers again in this sequel to A Dog’s Purpose. Bailey is back: as Buddy, Molly, Max, and Toby. Like its predecessor, this is a moving and heartwarming book. In A Dog’s Journey, Buddy finds that his purpose is to take care of Ethan’s granddaughter, C.J, which he does through several different lives with unwavering devotion. Once again, Cameron leads the reader through the ups and downs of the human condition as seen through the eyes of a dog, and gives us some insight as to why dogs are so loving and loyal. If you loved A Dog’s Purpose, you will love A Dog’s Journey.


  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books; Reprint edition (May 7, 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 0765330547
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765330543

W. Bruce Cameron is the New York Times bestselling author of 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, The Dog Master, and the A Dog’s Purpose series. In 2011 he was named Columnist of the Year by the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. He lives in California.

About yelodoggie

Ariel C. Wulff is an author, artist and animal advocate. They have been involved in pet rescue for over twenty-five years. They have written two books about their true-life adventures living with an ever-changing house full of pets: Born Without a Tail, and Circling the Waggins, and a guide to animal advocacy using the Internet as a tool: How to Change the World in 30 Seconds". Wulff also wrote a pet column and book review column for the Examiner, and was a contributing editor for They attribute their love of animals to having been raised by Wulffs.
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1 Response to Books: Underwater Puppies & A Dog’s Journey

  1. kathyg92256 says:

    I’ll pass on Underwater Puppies. I’m with you about that one. I read both A Dog’s Journey and A Dog’s Purpose. I found both very moving and heartwarming but I cry at the drop of a hat whenever I read that an animal has passed. Yes, I get the message but still……


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