“The Pain of Loving Old Dogs”, Margaret Renkl’s beautiful column in The New York Times today, will not only touch your heart and soul — but also reminds you of what a gift it is to have a dog in the first place! (NYT)
Sigrid Nunez’s new novel, The Friend (Riverhead), wryly and thoughtfully details how a woman copes with the loss of a dear friend — when she inherits her late friend’s dog, a gigantic Great Dane named Apollo.
Surely there will be a lot of laughs — and tears — in this one! (Amazon)
The Montgomery family recently lost their beloved family dog — and boy does she (and her neighbors) have a wild tale to tell! (NYT)
Treat yourself, dog lovers, and read this heartwarming end-of-the-year op-ed piece, Inside of A Dog, by Jennifer Finney Boylan, which beautifully describes the pain and glory of dog rescue! (NYT)
The Dodo’s Facebook show, COMEBACK KIDS: ANIMAL EDITION, has become so popular online — over 130 million views — that there’s talk it may be moving to cable soon! (BI)
I’m usually not a fan of these clickbait polls, but this new study cited on Business Insider seems to find most dog lovers have a serious bias towards their furrier friends. (BI)
A couple new dog books featured in The New York Times today — Afterglow (by Eileen Myles) and Fetch: How A Bad Dog Brought Me Home (Nicole J. Georges) — showcase how these two female authors’ respective dogs not only made them better artists, but better people as well! (NYT)
Wes Anderson, the colorful director of The Royal Tenenbaums and The Grand Budapest Hotel, has made an epic stop-motion animated movie about dogs…
Nice photo-essay of William Wegman’s weird, wild, wonderful world of dog art in this weekend’s New York Times Magazine!
GEICO has long been known for its charming (though some might say annoying) talking lizard spokesanimal — but the insurance behemoth has sprinted ahead of the pack with this new clever Pamplona spoof! (YouTube)
Sometimes a dog isn’t just a dog — as we’ve seen these past few years with the explosion of commercials using celebrity dog spokesmodels discovered on Instagram and Twitter. These well-paid (and surely well-fed) “pet influencers” get book deals, endorsement deals, and TV shows — but I’m still not convinced how well they take direction — as this recent article in (The New York Times) explains.