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‘Jamaican Treasures’ – a book for dogs

Published:Friday | March 26, 2021 | 12:10 AM

Jamaican Treasures front cover.
Jamaican Treasures front cover.
Marie Baillie
Marie Baillie

Following the awe and wonder expressed by Jamaicans at the news of 144 Jamaican ‘mongrel’ dogs receiving visas and travelling by special charter to new owners and homes in Canada, readers might be mistaken in thinking that the book Jamaican Treasures is about dogs. In a way, they would be correct, except that Jamaican Treasures is a forthcoming book being published to raise funds in support of dogs.

The book is the brainchild of professional photographer Marie Baillie, herself a passionate dog lover who takes care of eight stray dogs at home. Marie is a friend and supporter of the Montego Bay Animal Haven run by Tammy Browne. She came up with the idea of creating a book of selected photographs from her portfolio, showcasing Jamaica’s beauty – its treasures – in all its various facets. All proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to the Animal Haven.

She created this book with the advice and help of publisher Ian Randle. It is slated for release in the first half of May. Jamaican Treasures is a hardbound volume of over 100 pages of photographs featuring rivers and waterfalls, seascapes and mountains, rural old houses and abandoned railway stations, people, animals and of course dogs.

The book is sponsored by JN Bank, CHASE Fund, and Hi-Pro Feeds.


JN’s Group CEO, Earl Jarrett, said that Marie Baillie takes us on journeys across Jamaica’s landscapes through her lens, showing us ways of life and hidden beauties beyond the urban spaces and culture. He observes: “The book serves as a worthy cause as proceeds of its sale will benefit the Montego Bay Animal Haven to protect the very animals which are part of our history and culture from abuse and neglect.”

Jamaican Treasures is not Baillie’s first project designed to raise funds for animals.

The former nurse and banker-turned photographer some years ago produced a CD, Dog Tales, a collection of dog photos, and on that occasion, she also gave the sale proceeds to the JSPCA.

“I hope that I have captured the soul of Jamaica as it is today but also that scenes from the past will evoke feelings of nostalgia,” Baillie said.

She hopes the beauty of Jamaica as captured in her photos will encourage Jamaicans to acquire copies of the book for themselves and as gifts for family and friends, and in so doing, display the beauty of the Jamaican character in its care for helpless animals and dogs in particular.