Top Dogs and Their Pets has been a book of passion for David Woo and has driven him from the East coast to the West coast in planes, cars, and taxi's over the last four years. David has been a pet lover all his life and his passion for animals and the desire to see more animals saved from cruelty lead him to the Cesar and Ilusion Millan Foundation, as beneficiary for the book. The Foundation is designed to aid and support the rescue, rehabilitation and placement of abused and abandoned dogs all over the United States. "After watching Cesar Millan’s show and reading his books, I knew that his foundation would be the best beneficiary of this book,” says Woo. “I wanted to take the love people emanate for their pets in this book and use it to help animals across the country.”
The book's foreword is written by Diane Rehm. Diane is a public radio talk show host with her own program, The Diane Rehm Show, which is distributed nationally and internationally by National Public Radio and attracts more than 2.2 million listeners across the country each week. Rehm is also a successful author of two autobiographical books: Finding My Voice (Knopf, 1999), in which she describes her childhood, marriage, career, and voice disorder; and Toward Commitment: A Dialogue about Marriage (Knopf, 2002), a deeply personal book co-written with her husband, John. Diane is a pet lover and can been seen in the book with her long-haired Chihuahua, Maximillian.
The “Top Dogs” highlighted in the book include Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Alfred Gillman, actor Owen Wilson, former First Lady Barbara Bush, Texas Rangers’ President Nolan Ryan, philanthropist Trisha Wilson, television personality Dr. Phil and National Cowgirl Hall of Famer Anne Marion. As well as many other notable people like Steve Miller, Isaac Mizrahi, Ron White, Cesar Millan, George W Bush, Kinky Friedman, Roger Horchow, Tony Dorsett, and many others. Woo’s goal for his collection was to capture the character of each individual interacting with their pet. In addition to photographs, the book includes a heartwarming Q & A with each subject where the “Top Dog” shares anecdotes about their relationship with their pets and what makes them so special.
Writer Doug Swanson, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, opens the book with his preface.
About David Woo
David Woo is a Photo-Journalist with more than 33 years experience at The Dallas Morning News and on the staff that won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of Hurricane Katrina and Rita. Woo is also a two-time Pulitzer Prize Finalist for his work for Feature Photography in 1984 and again in 1987 for News Photography with a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Texas in 1976. David's photography has been published in national and international magazines including Life, Time, Newsweek, Parade Magazine, People, Sports Illustrated, GQ, Vanity Fair, Esquire and Texas Monthly. His popular coffee table portrait book, Texas Women, published in 1984 with fellow Dallas Morning News photographer, Richard Pruitt, received national praise. The Corbis Photo Agency in New York City has represented him for the past 33 years. Woo lives in Arlington, Texas with his wife Suzi. They have a combined family of five children, two grandsons and one Bassett Hound – Chester.
About Richard Pruitt
Richard Pruitt recently completed 40 years as a photographer for The Dallas Morning News where he had several positions including Sunday Magazine photographer, Director of Photography and Senior Staff Photographer. Pruitt has received awards from numerous organizations for his photography and was on the staff that won the 2005 Pulitzer for their coverage of Hurricane Katrina and Rita. His work has been published in Time, Newsweek, People, and the former Life Magazine. In recent years, Pruitt has been video storytelling for various companies and organizations. Richard is currently working on an untitled nature documentary in East Texas.