Scott Lifshutz is a New York based painter best known for his iconic pet (and people) portraits. His work has been exhibited internationally, from New York to London, Los Angeles to Berlin. He has created work for Target, Visionaire, Interview, and The New York Times Magazine, as well as commercial projects for Microsoft and Nike. Clients commissioning his signature portraits include Isaac Mizrahi, Susan Sarandon, Todd Oldham, Patricia Field, Simon Doonan and Jonathan Adler.
Architect Christine MacNeill started the Doberman Gang of NYC in 2013 in part to find playmates for her high-enegy puppy, Lucy, and to find like-minded people who love the breed. Today, the group, which has 60 members on its Meetup page and has all kinds of dogs, from show dogs to shelter rescues, gathers regularly to burn off the abundant energy--both physical and mental--for which the Doberman Pinscher is famous. Also, they fight stereotypes about these dogs through such activities as a mass Canine Good Citizen test and marching in the Steuben Day Parade.
What is the Canine Good Citizen test, and why does it matter?
It’s difficult to convey the importance of the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test and the impact it can have on dogs and their people. CGC is the AKC’s national program designed to teach basic training skills to dog owners and good manners to dogs. In the past 25 years, more than 700,000 dogs have earned CGC certificates.
The test is basic, consisting of 10 simple commands (see link). But it is so much more. Since its inception in 1989, this test has been proven to change lives and, in the case of dogs who have lost their homes, to save lives. By working on those 10 exercises, you set a foundation for anything you hope to master. CGC has been a springboard for everything from competitive agility to therapy-dog and search-and-rescue work. You learn how to teach your dog and he learns how to learn. It has guided all kinds of dogs from all kinds of backgrounds into new lives, including some from Michael Vick’s fighting ring.
In some cases, learning CGC skills can be difference between life and death. Walk into any shelter, and you’ll see dogs—smart, beautiful, and bursting with potential—abandoned and with their time running out. They have landed there because of bad manners.
In a 2013 study from School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, researchers spent about a month at shelters, trying to find out the why dogs were losing their homes. Sixty-five percent reported a behavioral reason for relinquishment. The scientists suggest “helping owners solve problem behaviors of their dogs with tools that are utilized in humane training.”
CGC, and its sister programs, S.T.A.R puppy and Community Canine, can give owners those tools. In 2014, Dr. Mary Burch, director of the CGC program for the AKC, presented the results of a CGC survey at Animal Behavior Society Conference, in Princeton, New Jersey. Of the 1445 dog owners who responded to the survey, 99 percent had their dogs a year later.
In other words, after passing a CGC no dogs were dumped. Even more significant, in Dr. Burch’s study, 70 percent of CGC graduates went on to more advanced training, rally, obedience, agility, and therapy work, where the fun really begins. Through CGC, the bond was strengthened, the skills were mastered, and people discovered that most ancient truth, that everything is better when a dog is by your side.
Serge Normant loves Sarah Jessica Parker, Julia Roberts, Jessica Chastian and Katie Holmes to name a few, but the woman who truly stole his heart is Emma. Emma is a short haired blonde beauty with two very long ears and who can speak three different languages. Très chic!
Serge first met Emma when she was two years old and now she's a young 10. "Her best quality is that she is so cuddly and tender that she makes me melt, always. I don't take her to work as she takes a while to warm up to people and she scares easily".
We visited the gorgeous new salon on 23rd to shoot this cute couple and were greeted with smiles and licks from all. My burning question for this renowned hairstylist was what kind of shampoo does he use on Emma! The answer: Earthbath! Good to know, coming from a professional! Take note.
Ysa Perez and I visited the home of Tudor Cucu, a photographer, and Iulia Cirstea, an Elite model living in New York city with little Mr. Blue, an enthusiastic Yorkie that they got upstate about three years ago. In my honest opinion, I couldn't tell who was better at modeling, Iulia or that Mr. Blue who has a closet that would put any other dog to shame. Mr. Blue goes everywhere with the couple and even has his own passport to boot!
Happy beginning of Spring! Just because the weather might not have gotten the memo does not mean you and your dog's wardrobe should be left behind in the cold! Brighten up your mood and "springify" your wardrobe with these floral inspired pieces. Now you and your pooch can show this weather who is the boss with your flower power!
Edited by Jahdai Kilkenny
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 thought it would be fun to show you some of the behind the scenes for the making of Neville for Mrs. Sizzle last Summer. Thank you Nicholas Newbold for helping with the shoot and bringing your wonderful Charlie to hang with us.