Yesterday I was a dog. Today I’m a dog. Tomorrow I’ll probably still be a dog. Sigh! There’s so little hope for advancement. (Charles M. Schulz)
Love is the emotion that a woman feels always for a poodle and sometimes for a man. (George Jean Nathan)
Regular TSL readers will know about Bella, the miniature poodle. There’s a bit of a story about when I met LM. Bella was his dog, and frankly while I love dogs, I couldn’t imagine getting excited about, what was in my mind at the time, a slightly effeminate breed.
Oh, how wrong could a girl be…? I have fallen so hard for this poodle. I now cannot imagine life without her.
We all know that a dog can only have one master. Well, Bella has proven to be just the teensiest bit of a turn-coat, and has chosen me to be her master instead of LM. This may have something to do with the fact that I feed her every day… She is now very much my dog. You can even occasionally hear LM say, “I used to have a dog…”
Anyhoo, I am a poodle convert. Just love ‘em.
I’m not so sure how Bella would feel all dressed up for a photograph session with pet photographer extraordinaire, Ren Netherland, tho’… Oh the indignity!
They’re not dogs [poodles], they’re art. (Rachel Leigh)
I wonder if other dogs think poodles are members of a weird religious cult. (Rita Rudner)
According to his bio, Ren Netherland of Animal Photography is a highly sought after pet photographer. He travels the length and breadth of the States for eight months of every year in his mobile digital studio bus.
To be fair to Ren Netherland, he has many wonderful images of pets on his website (and these are not limited to poodles in drag, although there are more of these, too). If you’d like to see more, you can access his site here.
Seth Casteel is pretty widely known as ‘The Underwater Dog Guy’. His work has been all over the place recently. I reckon’ it is because his love of animals shows through in every image.
You’ve probably seen these photographs before, but as they put such a smile on my face on this cold and wet Sydney day, I thought you may feel the same way…
And, if you didn’t already know, Seth has his first book, ‘Underwater Dogs’ due for release in October 2012. That’ll be a winner for the coffee table (or perhaps for under the Christmas tree?). You can pre-order the book through Amazon (here).
In my mind I have designed my own self-styled oasis of gorgeous-ness. And in this dream-place are two of these so-kitsch-they’re-cool Abigail Ahern bulldog lamps. (Swoon!)
London-based (where else?) Abigail Ahern says, “The best interiors are those that don’t take themselves too seriously.” Hence her brilliant bulldog lamp, part of a series of dog lamps, which reference both the English love of canines — the collection was inspired by her Welsh Terrier, Maud — and her fondness for mixing granny-style kitsch with sleek modern pieces. It’s a sleight of hand design approach that’s earned her Islington atelier the title “one of the coolest places to shop in the UK” from Elle Decoration. But despite their adorable retro appeal, these aren’t your grandmother’s ceramic knick-knacks. Made from high-quality porcelain, these pooches are most definitely Best In Show.
You can check out Abigail Ahern’s Atelier here.
When I first met the lawyer man and he told me he had a dog, I was expecting a Staffy (or something similar). You can imagine my disappointment when he informed me that he had a poodle, and a miniature one at that. I thought poodles were sort of Claytons dogs. You know what I mean – dogs for people who aren’t serious about having dogs… And then I met her. It’s impossible not to fall in love with Bella. Now, I can’t imagine life without her. As I write this, she’s lying underneath my chair.
Domenica More Gordon clearly loves dogs, too. And, I mean all dogs. She also loves toys, and through her amazing dry felting creations attempts to revive the special feeling of attachment one has for toys as a child. I think she’s incredibly clever both in terms of her art, and the emotions her creations evoke. Just looking at pictures of her wee dogs makes me smile. I promise you, it’s worth a look at her website.