Shannon Klein wants your dog. Well, she wants your canine to be featured in her book “Dogs of Los Altos 2.”
Klein, manager of Village Stationers on Main Street, is seeking dogs to photograph for a book she hopes to release this summer. The original “Dogs of Los Altos” book debuted in 2014 and is still available at the store.
Like the first book, the second edition will highlight local residents’ dogs.
“Basically each page is going to have a dog and then pictures and then information – just fun little facts about the dog,” Klein said last month.
The initial book featured 40 dogs, and she hopes to have at least that many in the sequel.
“Right now, I have a little over 20, so we’re halfway there,” she said.
Klein noted that she came up with the idea after discovering a “Wine Dogs” book starring the dogs of winery owners throughout the Bay Area. She thought it would be interesting to create a similar book for the Los Altos community.
She said all Los Altos residents are welcome to submit their dogs for inclusion, free of charge; just send Klein a photo and short description of the dog.
This time around, Klein said she plans to include an “In Memory of” section at the end of the book. The first book included a single memorial page for a dog that died before publication; she anticipates more residents honoring dogs they’ve lost in the new book.
In addition, Klein encouraged those who submitted their dogs for the first book to do so again as “a catching up type of thing.”
Klein added that her two dogs – 10-year-old Khalua (a Pomeranian Chihuahua) and 5-year-old Diesel (likely a German shepherd-rottweiler mix) – would appear again.
Her two canines and a Bernese mountain dog rank among her favorite entries in the first book.
“I like big dogs – well, I like all dogs, but I really like big dogs,” said Klein, who described that Bernese as “huge and adorable.”
The book price and exact release date have yet to be determined.
Klein hopes to continue the “Dogs of Los Altos” series in years to come.
“That’d be kind of fun,” she said. “The first one was four years ago, so I’ve had two kids since then; that kind of derailed me. But a lot of people still talk about it. Because even if your dog’s not in it, it’s still cute to have.”