It's no secret that I'm a dog lover, so these moving portraits of American shelter dogs by photographer Traer Scott really hit the spot. These shots are just a few in the series, Shelter Dogs, a book available at the ASPCA website, of which all proceeds go to the non-profit. I'll admit, I did get a little choked up reading this article and this interview with the photographer. Especially when it was mentioned that not every dog photographed was adopted; some were eventually euthanized. These portraits serve as a tribute to the dignity and courage these dogs show in the face of their often short, troubled lives.