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Pet Photographer And Animal Rights Activist's Photography Reveals 'A Chaotic Ballet Of Bared Teeth And Bubbles'

Foster, the six-year-old Dachshund.Photos: Seth Casteel

On the surface, it seems to be a simple exercise: a dog’s leap, a splash and then a wet head surfacing with a ball, triumphant. But beneath the water it’s a chaotic ballet of bared teeth and bubbles, paddling paws, fur and ears billowing in the currents.

Underwater Dogs is a book that features a collection of more than 80 portraits by pet photographer and animal rights activist Seth Casteel. His work is unique among pet photographers – providing a new way of looking at an old friend, with the water lending a vibrant kind of energy that you can’t look away from.

Buster, the six-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

From leaping Lab to diving Dachshund, the water is where a dog’s distinct personality shines through; some lounge in the current, paddling slowly, while others arch their bodies to cut through the water with the focus and determination of a shark.

Each image bubbles with exuberance and life, a striking reminder that even in the most lovable and domesticated dog, there are more primal forces at work. All the while Casteel gives us a playful and energetic testament to the rough-and-tumble joy that dogs bring into our lives.

Alex, the seven-year-old Labrador Retriever

As an established member of the animal rescue community, Casteel has been recognized by Time magazine, the Today show, and the Humane Society of the United States for his efforts. He is based in Los Angeles and Chicago and is the proud ‘dad’ to two dogs, Nala the Mini-Labradoodle and Fritz the Norwich Terrier.

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Underwater Dogs by Seth Casteel is published by Little, Brown and Company, $19.99.

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