So, you wanna turn your beloved pooch into an Instagram influencer? Well, don’t quit your day job, according to Brian X. Chen in his revealing NYT piece, I Tried to Make My Dog an Instagram Celebrity. I Failed.
In these wild and crazy times of fake news and over-the-top hyperbole, it’s refreshing — and maybe a little insane — to see two young people put their lives on the line for a loose dog in the city, as you will see in this thrilling NYPost story, Dog Leads Cyclists on Dramatic Chase Through the Streets of New York.
This ‘old’ dog story by Adam Gopnik — from 2011 — about a couple getting a pooch for their daughter re-appeared on The New Yorker website last week, and I thought you might enjoy it!
On this 4th of July holiday weekend, why not snuggle up with a (somewhat) patriotic dog book? Bronwen Dickey’s excellent new non-fiction title, Pit Bull: The Battle Over an American Icon, clears up the myths and misconceptions of America’s most demonized dog breed — and also shows the cruel part that humans have played in abusing this loyal animal’s reputation.
If anything could unite this country, it’s probably not a politician — but a lovable Dachshund — if you believe the trailer for Wiener-Dog (not to be confused with Weiner, the documentary about the controversial former New York U.S. representative). This little IFC release tells the story of one dog’s life tied together by four different owners.
Since it’s an indie film directed by Todd Solondz (Welcome to the Dollhouse), chances are the movie might be a bit of a downer — but at least this trailer looks like it has a few definite feel-good doggie moments!
(SPOILER ALERT: It has been brought to my attention that the ending of this movie is very disturbing, especially for Dachshund/dog lovers, so please beware!)
Time catches up to all of us –– even our loyal dog friends. And if you’ve ever had the privilege of growing older with a pet, you’ve seen there is beauty and dignity in aging, as Pete Thorne documents in his graceful new doggie photo book, Old Faithful: Dogs of A Certain Age.
Those aren’t wrinkles — they’re laugh lines! (Pete Thorne Photo)
The Internet got spooked last week with this pic of a woman spreading the ashes of her beloved Golden Retriever named Wagner. If you look closely at the picture on the bottom right, you can make out the shape of a dog, right? But is it real or is it just Photoshop? Or maybe a Halloween hoax? You be the judge! (DogTime)
Somebody on the Internet has compiled a Tumblr blog of the most unintentionally — or maybe intentionally — hilarious self-published ebook covers that have appeared on Amazon. And what surprised me was that a disproportionate amount of these tomes seem to be animal books!
That said, I did have some trepidation about posting this since the article could be construed as book cover shaming — and I know how hard it is to write and publish a book. However, then I figured, as they say in showbiz, any publicity is good publicity! (BI)
Anybody who rescues a dog assumes the responsibility of taking care of and loving that dog — and providing its fairytale “forever home”. But what happens if the new dog just doesn’t fit in with the other dogs in the household, no matter how hard you try?