My friend and wonderful art advisor, Barry Podgorsky, sent me this magical series of Bob Kolbrener works. Bob shares a bit about his new series, “AUTOGRAPHS”. "The photos address road signs and other auto-related subjects. This ongoing series represents 5 decades of nomadic travel throughout the American West. I believe my vision celebrates a sense of joy and freedom to what is otherwise mundane subject matter. When seen in an urban environment, road signs are simply information devices that only contribute to overwhelming visual clutter. In the vast expanse of the American West, however, the same sign can exude power, humor and, for the photographer, live a monumental existence."
I couldn't help but wonder if he had a dog and the answer was yes! "This is Moose. He was my best friend and loyal companion for 14 years. We were together 24/7. Moose was always by my side when my wife Sharon and I hiked in the mountains, deserts and plains. And as always, Moose was beside me when I took these photographs." Thanks for sharing these Bob.
YOU MAKE US PROUD LADY! Congratulations for last night at the Emmys!
"Four years ago I had a million reasons why I shouldn’t have a dog; career change, apartment living, travel, etc. I started volunteering at a local dog shelter, why I’m not sure, but I had always volunteered and thought it might suppress my longing to have a dog and spare me the responsibility.
This is where I met Ollie. At the time he was less than a year old (we think), grossly underweight, stressed out, a little mangy, and not in great shape. At the shelter they told me that he was having a hard time living mostly in the crate. So I decided to foster him until an appropriate owner could be found.
About a week or so went by, Ollie was certainly unsure and very nervous. It was a slow adjustment. He wasn’t used to human contact or affection of any kind. One afternoon after an especially rigorous shoot I pretty much passed out on the couch. The phone rang, I reached over and it was the shelter saying a family wanted to come by and take a look. I held the phone and I looked at Ollie sleeping comfortably on the cedar filled Orvis dog bed I spent too much on, paused and said “I don’t think so". With that this little dog who had little interest in me so far, got up walked across the room, licked my face then went back to bed.
I am a food photographer, and Ollie is great to have around the set. The clients love him and he is a great distraction when the day is getting too long and nobody is speaking to one another.
We still have no information as to his origin, his pedigree, or age. He did come with some impeccable manners. He never went in the house, chewed furniture, or got into any trouble. He was happy to be here and that is obvious.
All in all, I can’t say enough about shelter adoption. In a great many ways this dog rescued me."
The dog days are not over just yet! Rather than mope that summer is ending, I suggest eating away your feelings. I know, I know, emotional eating is wrong so why not bring your dog along? That way, after you enjoy stuffing your face, you and your four legged best friend can walk it all off!
Here at Mrs. Sizzle, we compiled a list of awesome dog friendly NYC restaurants that you should visit before the summer is over!
Upper East Side
Barking Dog (1678 3rd avenue at 94th Street): Tons of outdoor seating for you and your dog! Your dog is greeted with milk bones and its own water dish. The best part is that breakfast is served until 4pm, we suggest the eggs Florentine which is served with the crispiest shredded hash browns in town. You can also order grilled chicken breast for your dog which comes sliced and served in a stainless steel bowl.
Fetch Bar and Grill (1649 3rd avenue btw 92nd and 93rd): This family friendly, dog-themed restaurant is actually right down the street from the Barking Dog. Pictures of dogs cover the walls; even more line the hallways and these dogs are adoptable! Seating for you and your dog is right outside the storefront of the restaurant. We suggest the individual baked mac and cheese, cheesy deliciousness topped with ritz crackers, and for your dog, we suggest ordering a side of bacon!
Bcup Cafe (212 avenue B on the corner of E.13th street): This cozy neighborhood cafe is located in the East Village. Not only does this place have great coffee, smoothies, and organic nosh, it also has fast and free wifi! We suggest ordering the chai latte or the strawberry mint lemonade smoothie, and the summer salad. For you furry companion, we suggest a order of roast beef!
Habana Outpost (757 Fulton avenue): This brightly colored art infused restaurant is located in downtown Brooklyn. Walk in and order Cuban and Mexican cuisine and pick up your order when your number is up from the food truck outside! The outdoor seating is perfect for your dog. Another perk is the Sunday movie nights and the Tuesday Baby Breakfasts. We suggest their frozen spiked guava margarita, their traditional Mexican grilled corn with Cotija cheese, chili powder and lime, and their signature burritos! For your dog we suggest the "Roscoe on a Stick", fried chicken breasts and waffles with maple syrup on a stick (make sure you remove the stick before giving it to your dog!).
Edited by Jahdai Kilkenny
Corey Towers is a great photographer and animal lover who I met after many colleagues brought his work to my attention. At a meeting with Corey and my friend Stacy Alldredge, the trainer, we came up with the idea to introduce Corey to MaeDay Rescue, a brilliant rescue organization for dogs in Los Angeles. Corey and MaeDay partnered to make these exclusive portraits for Mrs. Sizzle, and we hope that the dogs above, Frances and Tabitha, get adopted tomorrow at Urban Pet in Los Angeles.
About MaeDay, "we are a pending non-profit that is based in LA. We save dogs from high kill shelters and find them their soul people. MaeDay Rescue also organizes travel opportunities to La Ventana, Baja Sur Mexico where our focus is offering free spay and neuter clinics to the local community. MaeDay was founded after the owner, Natalie Garcia, was in a roll over car accident, her dog Maggie Mae was killed and her foster dog, Pistache lived. This experience pushed Natalie into animal rescue. Follow us on Instagram and on Facebook/Twitter at MaeDay Rescue."
Neville Jacobs may get his fashion sense from his dad Marc Jacobs but his good behavior and manners come from working with master dog trainer Stacy Alldredge owner of Who's Walking Who since the day he arrived in NYC at 8 weeks old. Charlie, seen, above, is a best friend of Neville's. All clothes seen are part of Marc's men's Fall collection.
I don't recall that Robert cared for dogs or animals but I did remember seeing the top shot of the dog in the Mapplethorpe archives. For clarity I reached out to a friend and Robert's confidante, Dimitri Levas. This was what he remembered: "I don't know what to say about Robert and dogs either. I couldn't imagine Robert with an animal that he would have to take care of, especially with his erratic, shall we say, social shedule. I would guess he was more of a cat person. Sam Wagstaff had cats and loved them. Sam was working on a photo exhibit of cats in photography for a long time but that never happened. I thought Patti Smith was a cat person and asked her about them recently, and she told me she prefered dogs but had cats because there where so many rats and mice from the abandoned building next door, that she got cats to keep them away. Robert had a pet snake, Stinky or Slimmy or something like that. He liked to get a reaction from people when he showed them the snake. I got my beloved dogs after Robert died so I never saw him interact with many dogs. He did give Clarissa Dalrymple her poodle, Flora, (seen in Billy Sullivan's post) and also photographed his friend John Abbott's dog (a Chow), but I don't remember many other dog pictures."
I met this amazing gal on none other than Instagram. She takes a mean pic and I couldn't help but be curious about what @healthyasahorsevet stood for! Well, you got it, she's a VET! and I was lucky enough to get some great photography and some excellent animal vet tips!
1) Exercise is extremely important for you and your dog. Even breeds that are not high energy, benefit greatly from a nice walk in the park. You will find a decrease in unwanted behavior such as chewing, digging and barking if your dog is adequately exercised and stimulated. Daily outings are a big commitment, if going for a walk on a dark, rainy, freezing night sounds like something you just can't handle...don't get a dog!
2) Remember that routine things like clipping your dog's nails, cleaning their ears, flea and worm treatments and baths often need to be done on a monthly basis. If you have a naughty dog (aka if nail clipping turns into World War III), get your vet to help.
3) Don't turn into Dr. Google! If there is something concerning you about your dog, don't assume that your internet search will provide an adequate diagnosis and treatment. Sometimes serious illnesses can be overlooked and remember, medical issues are never black and white. Get a vet's opinion sooner rather than later.
4) Dogs should be a member of the family. You are the centre of your dog's universe. Include them in your life as much as possible, give them a space by the couch to sit with you in the evening (my dogs prefer to sit on top of me but hey....whatever works for you!), take them on holiday, include them in games in the backyard and make sure they know how important they are to you!
5) Consider alternative therapy for your dog. Holistic veterinarians, massage therapists and naturopaths are widely available for our pets! Alternative therapies can often enhance standard veterinary care. Seek out recommendations of reputable alternative pet therapists in your area.
I have been a big fan of Martien Mulder's work. A few months ago when TRUNK ARCHIVE did their month of animals on instagram, there was one image of Derek Blasberg's dachshund that made me contact Martien immediately and see if she had any other treasures to share.
As Martien would say, "I don't have a dog..I wish! These are either my friends' dogs that I love spending time with, or dogs that I encountered in the streets. I just always notice dogs and I connect with them. I love observing them with my camera, figuring out what they are up to."
Toast Meets World is a brave puppy mill survivor who is here to teach us that rescue dogs are as beautiful as our purebred supermodels, Jagger a Yorkie and Riley a Shih Tzu. We use the word survivor because most “breeding” dogs at mills meet and early and unpleasant end once their bodies can no longer produce. Toast was photographed in a studio on August 7th in NYC by Tom Schirmacher and had her hair done by Gavin Harwin who had also previously worked on the shot of Jagger and Riley a few months back.
I am obsessed with this juxtaposition of perfection. Toast hails from a North Carolina puppy mill where she was rescued and sent to New York and adopted by a famous Dad and stage mom.
Please support raising puppy mill awareness and ADOPT instead of SHOP. Survivors are Glamour girls too! Enjoy the Toast fest below.
Moira McLaughlin is here to tell us how her gorgeous little rescue guy changed her life! "When Darby, my 17-year-old Longhaired Dachshund, died in 2011, I unravelled. He was my muse and partner, the inspiration for my blog Dog Art Today and my lifeline to normalcy after losing everything to fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue ten years earlier. My grief terrified me. I knew that I needed a dog, my mental and physical health depended on it, but I couldn’t conceive how I would ever find one. Every single person that I confided my fears to answered me with the same three words, “You will know.”
After adoption fairs, doggie dates, and in home visits of dogs I couldn’t commit to, I saw a photo of Tyler on Petfinder.com and it happened. I knew. There was my dog, a stray pup with a grisly wound who was saved from death row because of his smiling eyes and wagging tail.
I nursed Tyler back to health, and he brought me back to life. But I struggled with making art. I had been working on a Darby calendar when he died. I had only finished the month of July. Continuing that project only triggered more grief, but making art about Tyler seemed disloyal. I shut my studio door for six months and became a farmer.
Meanwhile, Tyler started collecting bits of nature on our walks. His curiosity was humbling because I couldn’t identify a single branch, feather, snake, acorn, butterfly or mushroom he brought to me. Inspired by 19th century naturalists, I began to tag and date each object and note my uneducated response to them. His persistence made me wonder if he might be the reincarnation of John Muir.
As our project progressed into the driest seasons of California’s history, the objects took on new significance. The drought is imperiling our ecosystems. Already 47 animals are on the state’s endangered species list, and another 36 are listed as “threatened.” Native fish, normally able to weather natural drought years, are unable to survive the man made systems that mimic perpetual drought. And the foothill pine, native to Nevada County, is succumbing to dwarf pine mistletoe brought on by water deficits that make way for bark beetle infestation and death. At the rate we’re going, on a global level, 400,000 species will be extinct by the year 2100.
This summer, our collaboration, entitled, Tyler Foote Finds: A Compendium of My Ignorance, is part of The DANK Inaugural art exhibition in Nevada City, California. Viewing it in a a gallery setting added another dimension to our endeavor; inviting questions about art, money, impermanence, beauty, commodification, and knowledge. Collaborating with Tyler Foote has forever changed my process as an artist, and, more importantly, my connection to nature. It’s made me rethink, when we’re tethered together, my animal companion and I, who’s leading whom?"
P.S. "Tyler Foote is a road in Nevada County, California, built in 1913 by Arthur DeWint Foote, artist and writer Mary Hallock Foote's husband. It connects North Columbia, California to a town called Cherokee that used to be called Tyler. "
Francois had this irresistible photo that I had to ask to share on Mrs.Sizzle. Here is what he has to says about Nellee, his chic pooch, "I got this dog (Nellee) 13.5 yrs ago in Grand Island near Niagra falls. My wife and I flew out to pick her up and since the breeder called her Nellie and she came running around the corner we were smitten and couldn't change her name, although we did change the spelling just to complicate things from then on....I grew up with Poodles all over Africa and when I was 11 we emigrated to Montreal bringing our poodle "Dodgie" (my sister named her) with us. Dodgie lived to be 18!"
While working at my grandfather's vineyard, Loughlin Vineyard, I met Kerri, Billy, and their adorable rescue dog, Clara. They shared their incredible adoption story of saving Clara and how she changed their life!
"Clara arrived to ARF in October of 2012 as one of a group of dogs rescued from kill shelters in Los Angeles. We met Clara as "Minnie." We decided to name change her name to Clara, after Martha Clara Vineyard where my husband and I had our wedding reception. She was a small, sweet, adorable little girl but she was in poor health. Clara had several masses on her mammary glands and severe dental disease. She had a partial chain mastectomy on her right side and individual lumps removed from her left side (2 surgeries). Luckily after the biopsy, all tumors turned out benign! She also had two separate dental surgeries and ended up losing a lot of her teeth, however ARF assured us she is now much more comfortable now. Clara also has a mid-grade heart murmur, early heart disease and is on heart medication for life.
I never knew a dog would teach me so much about life. Despite her hardships, she is just so eager to please and provides not only us, but also our friends and family with unconditional love each day. Clara is doing very well considering her journey and will be celebrating her 7th birthday this August! She enjoys taking walks around the local lake, licking anyone she meets, preparing her bed for "bed-time", belly-rubs and healthy turkey meatballs. Clara is very lucky to have been passed off to such amazing shelters who do beyond honorable work in reducing the number of animals killed in shelters in the United States. Not only do they provide a loving atmosphere for these animals, but they also provide them with the services they need (such as Clara's many surgeries). We feel thankful everyday that Clara is part of our lives!"
Sourced by Brittany Cutrone
Edited by Jahdai Kilkenny
Stacy Alldredge is here to tell you how to get it done! "House training is a pretty straightforward process. I have yet to meet a healthy dog or puppy that couldn't be housetrained 100%. Here are the key points to getting you and your dog trained:
- Puppies must be supervised at all times - no sneaking off to have an accident.
- Keep a small leash and collar on puppy at all times when not crated or gated to keep them close by.
- Controlled water - depending on puppies age and size between 2-5 meals a day.
- Controlled water with all meals and several other times a day when you can take puppy out for a relief, if going for a exercise walk offer puppy water on walk and make sure they pee before coming back inside.
- Daily outdoor exercise is important to a housetrained and happy dog.
- If paper training use only one wee wee pad and make sure to take pup to pad often however puppy still needs to go outside for exercise and socialization.
- If the goal for house training is outside only paper training is an unnecessary step.
- NEVER correct a dog after the fact this will only confuse the dog, it’s mean and ineffective.
- Some puppies and dogs are easier to train but all can be trained be consistent and patient.
- Take away the water 2-3 hours before bedtime, then a short pee poop walk before bed.
- Feed puppies their last meal 3 hours before bedtime, then a short pee poop walk before bed.
- 2-2.5 hours is the longest for a puppy to be alone this can expand to 4.5 hours at the most.
- Puppies need to pee/poop when they wake up, after meals, after play and any other excitement.
- Daily play dates and/or play groups are a must for proper puppy socialization.
- Feed premium food - read the label.
- Dog crated or baby gate when dog alone or can't be watched."
This lovely photographer, Dawn Whitmore, sent me her delicious story about her rescue dog Ben. "Ben is an incredible pup despite a rocky history. He was pulled by authorities from a hoarding/puppy mill situation in rural Minnesota. He was the only Standard among a ton of tiny dogs. Sadly, he was very aggressive and sent to German Shepherd rescue for a few weeks to determine whether or not he might be adoptable to someone. I had applied for a rescue poodle weeks before (with Mid Atlantic Poodle Rescue) and received a call that there was a dog available. I was the only acceptable candidate for him because I'd worked as a vet tech several years prior and am familiar with crazy dogs. Needless to say I took him in October 2011 and have done lots of positive training classes with the Washington Animal Rescue League (WARL) here in DC.
Now, he now is a dream dog. He still has a few anxieties and is definitely very attached to me, but he has opened up into a fantastic pooch. He travels everywhere with me - my studio on a daily basis, our local frame shop, friends houses...everywhere. We have a young cat, Joe Jack, and they love each other. "
I am quite taken with Sophie Gamand's work which I have seen shared widely over the internet and most recently in the premier issue of Four&Sons. A brilliant photographer and dog lover, Sophie has a unique point of view and tells us about her latest series.
"Watchdogs are dogs used to protect a person or property against threats. The use of guarding dogs originates over thousands of years ago. They are traditionally, big and scary-looking breeds.
In the recent years, a new trend has emerged in big cities: small dogs (called toy dogs) are carried around in purses, and have sometimes become accessories to their owners. They wear expensive clothes, collars and leashes. Dog carriers are becoming luxurious and made in expensive materials. These dogs follow their owners everywhere and sometimes live lavish lifestyles.
I cannot help but wonder: Aren't these dogs becoming some sort of emotional ramparts against the world? Security blankets for women who are afraid to go into the world alone? They are like little soldiers, sidekicks, confidants, best friends. With them by their side, these women never have to feel alone and exposed anymore."
I just got back from the most exquisite vacation I have ever been on in the Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado. I came to meet a dog friend that I had met on Instagram who, it turns out, had also worked at Glamour magazine but in the UK. Kate Matheson is now at Zapata Ranch, a working on a ranch in Southern Colorado.
When Kate moved out West she got her first dog from a friend who was about to take Pepe to a shelter as it was not the perfect match for he and her friend. Not so with Kate; the two immediately hit it off. Kate took Pepe to live at the Ranch. "Zapata is a 103,000 acre working Cattle and Bison Ranch set in the most unique location, backing on to the Great Sand Dunes National Park. It was a steady transition from working in magazines to living on and running a ranch but I had fallen in love instantly with the west after beginning work on a ranch in Montana in 2008."
"Helping promote the original American dream at Zapata isn't difficult when the landscape does most of the work for you." I would say I have to agree. The experience was sublime and here are some of the characters I met while I was there with my husband.
My friend Sarah Lalenya Kazalski sent over these pictures of her irresistible pup, Donovan, and in my opinion, he is ready for the big time!
Casting calls anyone?