Spring 2005 Forward to a Friend

Mark Asher runs a pet portraiture company in San Francisco with his CEO (Canine Executive Officer) Payton, a 2-year-old German shepherd mix. Mark is also a published author.

For his first book, Old Friends, Mark’s publisher gave him a mere two months to photograph 50 canines. With dogged determination, photography equipment in tow, Mark hit the streets in his 2003 Forester.

“I went all over the San Francisco Bay Area to where the dogs were – steep hills in the city and mountainous areas surrounding it – and the car was incredibly dependable,” he says.

Mark leased his first Subaru, a gray Forester, in 1997. “I liked the design, but I was mostly attracted by the back cab, which could give my dog his own space.”

He continues, about his current Forester: “The two open compartments on each side of the back cab are great for dog treats, a water bowl and a leash.”

With Old Friends hot off the press, Mark asked another favor of his Subaru – to transport him safely across the western states to promote the book. “It happily complied as I drove through California, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona without a hitch.”

Old Friends captures tender canine moments on film and pairs them with captions that reveal each dog’s secrets for a long and happy life. The book has won the hearts of dog lovers around the globe, and Mark continues to receive heartwarming correspondence from those who are moved by his work.

“It is definitely a career high point,” Mark says. “Right up there with seeing my book on the bookshelf.”

Mark’s own secret for a long and happy life? “Try to do the best you can for yourself and others, and let go of what you can’t control. Remember, life is fragile and short.”