In December of 2005 Otto had been with me for only two months yet I'd taken enough pictures of him to fill a scrapbook. Yes, I was enamored with him; so was his other guardian Jeff and everybody who met him. But the real reason for all the photos is (besides my interest in photography) Otto's so damned phototogenic! It was as if he was born to strut down the canine runway.
I'd once seen a CD-case sized monthly calendar at a national park and I decided to make one of Otto's "baby pics." It was supposed to be a one-time-only project. But by the end of 2006, having handed out dozens of them to friends, friends of friends, family of friends, coworkers of friends, etc., it was clear if I didn't make another one I was in deep trouble - liver transplant or no transplant. Thus the 2007 edition. By late 2007 I realized this'll be an annual project until either Otto stops mugging for the camera or I expire, so in December I began working on the 2008 edition early but my various hospital trips delayed publication until mid-January. The howls this delay caused came from his human fans, not Otto.