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 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.
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!"
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."