Before there was Lassie, there was this dog:
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.
Where could this little puppy be headed?
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:
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?
When I was a little emo kid, I would stare at this picture every time I went to my grandparents’ house.
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.
All the women in my family love garage sales.
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.
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.
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!