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Dogtique: Rescue of a Lost Friend

Before there was Lassie, there was this dog:

Rescue of a Lost Friend print

Howling for help.

This faithful collie is part of my late grandfather’s collection of dogtiques.

According to my grandmother, this print belonged to my grandpa’s mom, which means it has been in the family for a very long time.

Unfortunately, the part of the print with the artist’s name and the picture title was trimmed to fit into the frame so many years ago. However, a little online research helped me learn a bit about this popular image.

What artist is responsible for this picture and what it is called are all up for debate.

The artists Walter Hunt, Edgar Hunt and Albert Schenck have all been attached to pictures that look like this but have been commonly called “Found,” “Shepherd’s Call” or “Rescue of a Lost Friend.”

My grandmother, who has dealt in antiques for most of her life, swears she has come across this picture many times over the years, with the title “Cry for Help.”

Whatever the truth may be, I enjoy this picture. What do you think of it?

To learn more about the controversy, click here.

For a fun collie blog, check out Collies of the Meadow.

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Flurry Friday

This is Flurry.

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She’s skinny and furry and friendly and full of energy. She’s also adoptable.

If you are in the Kansas City area, you can meet her this Friday in the Crossroads art district.

She’s going to be a featured canine model at the Beer Paws Pop Up Shop, sponsored by Kennel Creek Pet Resort.

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“Pop Up Shop” in our case is a fancy way of saying “table on the street corner.” But it will be fun.

Flurry and friends are going to help me shill Beer Paws bottle openers and delight passersby with their wiggles.

Turquoise Beer Paws bottle opener

Join the Facebook event to be the first to know where our shop pops up.

If you’re not in Kansas City or don’t want to deal with the crazy First Friday crowds, order a Beer Paws bottle opener from the comfort of where you are right now via Storenvy.

Remember, 10% of proceeds benefit adoptable dogs like Flurry (and specifically, Tessa).

Dogtique: Last of the Litter

Where could this little puppy be headed?

Last of the Litter print

This print is from my late grandfather’s collection of dogtiques.

I haven’t discovered much history about the print, entitled Last of the Litter. It is also represented online in a collection of prints commissioned by the Wilson Chemical Co. on a page managed by the Tyrone Area Historical Society.

My grandmother said that Fluffy, the dog she got in high school during the 1940s, once traveled across the country in a crate much like the one in the print.

Incidentally, a few days before snapping the photo of this print, I also encountered a similar old timey dog kennel. It was in the back room of a new antiques and curiosities shop in my neighborhood.

Check it out:

antique dog kennel

Can you make out the dog’s name?

antique dog kennel

Solid construction but not a posh accommodation.

antique dog kennel

For times of thirst…

My grandma said her Fluffy was pretty ragged by the end of her trip in this kind of crate. I’m not surprised.

I’m glad pet carriers have advanced since this model.

How do your pets travel?

The Saddest Picture in the World

When I was a little emo kid, I would stare at this picture every time I went to my grandparents’ house.

The Lost Playmate

“The Lost Playmate” by Gustave Henry Mosler

This framed 1902 print of Gustave Henry Mosler‘s painting “The Lost Playmate” originally belonged to my great aunt Vera, a kind and hunchbacked old woman I can barely remember.

Upon her passing, my grandfather acquired this piece of Victorian art and it became a central piece in his collection of old dog prints and figurines.

My grandfather has been gone about a dozen years now, but most of his collection still decorates the house he shared with my grandmother.

“The Lost Playmate” will always be my favorite, but come back tomorrow, and I’ll show you more of his beautiful collection of dogtiques.

Who is Our Secret Admirer?

scooby under cover

Somebody out there sure loves me.

Yesterday, I received an email from Yellow Brick Home, informing me that I have been “anonymously gifted a custom mini, modern portrait” of Scooby the elderpin.

I’m so excited I could almost cry!

If you’ve never seen the awesome pet portraits that Yellow Brick Home offers through its tiny division called The Pet Shop, go check ’em out now. You might even recognize some familiar fuzzy faces from the blogosphere in the pet gallery!

Meanwhile, I’m now furiously sifting through pictures of the elderpin that I can send to Yellow Brick Home for inspiration as they turn him into a piece of fine art!

To whoever is responsible for this beautiful opportunity:

Thanks with all my heart  – and Scooby’s, too!

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Are you our secret admirer? Do you have a portrait of your pet?

Frida Kahlo: A Wayward Woman and Her Little Dog

In 1938, Mexican artist Frida Kahlo painted herself and one of her dogs.

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A reproduction of that painting – “Itzcuintli Dog With Me” – hangs on the wall of my house.

It’s a souvenir from our vacation to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, exactly two years ago.

Our strolls around the city were full of Frida imagery.

We even ate at a restaurant El Repollo Rojo (The Red Cabbage) that served foods Frida Kahlo used to make for guests at her own extravagant parties.

El Repollo Rojo Puerto Vallarta cafe

El Repollo Rojo is decorated with images of Frida Kahlo and her art.

Frida Kahlo has always been a favorite artist of mine.

I will never forget hearing her story for the first time, on movie day in my high school Spanish class. The students around me were all screwing off, but I could not tear my eyes from the screen and the tale of an extraordinary and rather wayward woman who lived, loved and worked passionately, for herself and for her people.

During her life, Frida Kahlo’s heart and her body were both broken, but her spirit never was.

Along with food, high art and fellow artist Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo loved animals.

AnOther magazine has a great slideshow of Frida with her many pets, including xoloitzcuintli dogs like the one in the picture I own.

Itzcuintli Dog With Me detail image

This is not a Chihuahua

Itzcuintli is the Aztec word for day, and its sign is the dog.

Itzcuintli Aztec daysign

Source: Wikimedia Commons

In ancient Mesoamerica, dogs were sometimes buried with humans, presumably to help guide the souls on their journey.

Frida Kahlo’s typically dark work often includes ancient symbolism. She suffered most of her life from compromised health, so it makes sense to me on many levels that this Mexican breed would appear in her self-portrait.

Modern xoloitzcuintli dogs are sometimes used as therapy dogs for people with chronic pain.

I wonder if they helped Frida.

Are you a fan of Frida Kahlo? Who is your favorite artist?

If you don’t know much about Frida, I urge you to watch the 2002 movie about her starring Salma Hayek.

For more about Frida Kahlo, check out related posts by InkPaperPen and Dear Kitty.

Dogtiques

All the women in my family love garage sales.

vintage print of victorian woman and dog

Vintage print of Victorian woman with dog.

When I was growing up, my grandma operated an antique shop. That meant she had to hit the sales every summer weekend to keep her inventory fresh.

My mother and I often joined her.

By midday on a Saturday, we’d have a car full of new-old furniture, pretty dishes, vintage clothes and accessories. And a lot of knickknacks and other small trinkets.

As you can imagine, even as a kid my eyes were naturally drawn to anything doggy.

vintage brass tie clip with dog and pheasant

Vintage brass tie clip with dog and pheasant.

My grandmother taught me to judge items based on their overall condition, the material from which they were constructed (solid wood, ceramic and stone beat out plastic any day) and where they were made.

Sometimes I ignored all that advice and bought things I just thought were cute.

My grandma still sells antiques, from a booth at fairs and festivals around the Midwest. My mother is a curiosity dealer now, too, with her own permanent booth at an antique market in the Kansas City area.

My dad’s sweetheart is also in the business. She has a popular craft and antique shop called Rosie’s in my hometown of Beatrice, Nebraska.

Although I don’t have a lot of time to personally shop thrift stores, estate sales, auctions and garage sales, I love to pick through Rosie’s treasures and examine my mom’s latest finds.

Framed Portrait dog food poster

Have you ever heard of Portrait-brand dog food?

I’ve instructed all the antique mavens I know to be on the lookout for dogtiques – canine-related relics and conversation pieces – that I can share with you.

Maybe they’ll find something you’ll want to buy!

Do like antiques? Do you have any dogtiques?

If you’d like to learn more about any of the dogtiques shown on this page, let me know!

Fashion-a-Bull Fall Fun

Are you feeling Fashion-a-Bull?

Pit bull supporter with sign

“I am a writer. I am a pit bull supporter. I am the majority.” Photo by Emily Hawkins.

Charlie Machete felt very fashion-a-bull yesterday when he donned a Thundershirt + bandana for the Coast to Coast Bully Walk with KC Pittie Pack. We’ll call it his Preppy Guy Halloween Costume.

KC Pittie Pack had a bigger turnout – and more bully breed dogs – than usual for our special Pit Bull Awareness Day Walk.

Emily from Our Waldo Bungie and her husband Daniel wisely left their dogs at home so that they could document the event and get photos of everyone holding up the signs inspired by Animal Farm Foundation’s “I Am the Majority” campaign.

You can check out more photos at the KC Pittie Pack pages on Facebook and Meetup.

If you’ve been following my posts all week, you also know that today is another big day for me in the way of bully breed awareness efforts and fashion.

Fashion-a-Bull Fall flyer

I am so excited about everything Katty Delux, the Madewell gals and I have in store (pun intended) for this fabulous autumn event!

Fashion-a-Bull shoppers will be greeted at the door by some friendly doggies, including one wearing a Tiennot Knits Sweater, and some four-legged Chiefs fans who are coming over from Kennel Creek Pet Resort.

The first 20 shoppers will receive a free treat bag full of gifts and notes from our event sponsors.

The raffle prize list includes gift certificates from Tiennot Knits, Kennel Creek and many other awesome donors. And the list of goodies you can win just keeps getting better!

Katty scored a donation from Umba Box, and I picked up these gorgeous, handmade magnets from the Magnet Lady Kathleen Henn last night.

pit bull magnets by Kathleen Henn

Wouldn’t these look great on your fridge?

So far, we are about $150 toward our goal of raising $500 for the care of the dogs of Midwest Adopt-a-Bull.

If you are in the Kansas City area, please consider stopping by the Madewell shop at Town Center Plaza in Leawood. Our party is happening from 4-6 p.m.

Raffle tickets are $5, and winners need not be present to claim their prize.

Those who don’t take home a raffle prize can win as shoppers. Madewell has several sales going on right now, plus a special discount for our party. Everyone who attends will be entered in a drawing for a Madewell gift card and get to enjoy complimentary refreshments.

For more information, check out the Facebook event  page

For more prize pictures check out the Fashion-a-Bull Fall at Madewell photo album on Wayward Dogs’ Facebook page.

If you entered the Retro Vixen giveaway and are wondering if you won, check out this post at Katty’s blog Chronicles of a Sweet Tooth.

Show “Pittieful Love” by Fighting BSL

As most readers know by now, I’m a huge fan of Magnet Lady Kathleen Henn‘s original doggy art.

After learning about the premature loss of Knox, beloved dog and a dog star of the Baltimore-based blog Pittieful Love, I knew I wanted to help them commemorate his life with a custom magnet.

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Although the Magnet Lady finished the project in short order, it took a while for me to get the gift in the mail. It was received around the same time that the Maryland Court of Appeals dealt a blow to all dogs like Knox — pit bulls and pit bull type dogs — by deeming them “dangerous.”

This is another in a frustratingly long list of cities and states adopting Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) that hurts pit bulls (and often other dogs like rottweilers) by making it unlawful or legally difficult to adopt or own them.

For more information about why BSL doesn’t work, check out this post by Peace, Love & Fostering.

For more perspectives on the situation in Maryland, check out pit bull lovin’ blog Running with Squirrels and, of course, Pittieful Love.

If you live in Maryland or know people who do, urge them to join the fight against Court of Appeals’ anti-pit bull ruling.

Magnet Monday: Meet Miles

Nearly every Monday, I work in a mention here about Magnet Lady Kathleen Henn, who can turn a snapshot of your pet into a clever, artistic magnet.

Like anyone else, Kathleen’s favorite dog is her own. Miles is a very short, very sweet rescue pup who loves to make new friends at the dog park every week.

Even-tempered Miles brings a smile to Kathleen’s face every day. He makes visitors feel at home, treats Kathleen’s cats and elderly dachshund Trudy with respect. Most importantly, he supports Kathleen’s artistic endeavors because he never gets tired of posing for the camera.

What does your dog do for you?

To order your own custom magnet, e-mail kathleenhenn@yahoo.com.

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