"I grew up on the moors in Devon, England. An extreme landscape with wild ponies, ancient forests, and windswept grasses. It was a landscape that inspired my imagination. I would spend my days damming rivers, getting my boots stuck in mud, and making dens. I oriented myself by the particular curve of a tree or a clutter of bluebells. I now live with my family in rural Maine, a place that often reminds me of my childhood. The sound of certain birds in summer, finding frogs in streams, and walking my dog at dusk: I use animals as metaphors for all things that are good in life." - Cig Harvey
With a unique quality for capturing the personality and humour of canines, Jo Chambers of Studio Legohead has drawn attention globally. Her contemporary take on pet portraiture has been admired since 2011 and continues to grow. Jos' portraits are loved for the unique style in which she captures the canines personality, whilst adding humour and charm. As featured by Martha Stewart, Daily Candy and Oh Joy for creating "the most stylish pups", her portraits can also be seen in the newly published book '1000 Dog Portraits'.
SrPerro.com is Spain's dog friendly website: I travel around with Colega, my patient mutt, and sniff out the best cafes, shops, art galleries and even hair salons where dogs are welcome. Our aim is to make life with a dog in the city much more fun and varied. We also promote a culture where educated dogs can access many more public areas than now: I’m certain that, in some strange way, dogs make a city much more human. They make us better people.
In my experience, after almost three years of walking around in many Spanish cities, talking to countless restaurant or shop owners, I have noticed that a place that a place which welcomes dogs also tends to be extra friendly with their masters. That’s one of the reasons why I really love sharing tips about cafés where there is always have fresh water for the pups and shops which keep a tin of dog biscuits on hand for their four legged visitors…
We've published two guides with the best dog friendly addresses in Madrid & Barcelona, in Spanish for now, but to give you an idea of the kind of fun experience you could have if you visit either of these cities with your pup, here are six special bars and restaurants where dogs are really welcome:
La Barra pictured above
Their “tortilla” (Spanish omelette) is to die for. And so are their original tapas. Great wines and super friendly staff: they also have a daily menu so it’s a great spot to sit and have lunch after walking the dog. Plus, it’s really close to a lovely square were many dog people meet every day. More photos and info here.
A traditional and classical restaurant which serves, possibly, the best Basque cooking in Madrid. It still surprises many Spaniards to find out that dogs are welcome here, but they most certainly are. They have a particularly lovely covered terrace, full of flowers, where it feels like summer all year round. More photos and info here.
For a chat, a glass of vino (wines) or a choice of cañas (beers), La Piola is unbeatable. Friendly atmosphere and great salads, jazz music in the air and, often, interesting photo exhibits on the walls, La Piola is one of those cafes where it is easy to feel at home, with your dog by your side. More photos and info here.
A very popular bar where it’s best to arrive early if you want to find a free spot. It’s a great place to have a good vermouth and their really special chips (they are home made, extra thick and served with spicy sauces). The staff simply could not be more dog friendly. Every time I eat here with Colega, I leave with a huge smile on my face. More photos and info here
Celler Cal Marino
This old wine cellar obviously has great wines - which you can buy to take home or savor on site- and they also serve delicious tapas, Spanish cheeses and many local delicacies. Their ‘croquetas’ are spectacular! Plus, they are always happy to welcome customers with their dogs. More photos and info here.
This spectacular bar is in on of Barcelona’s prettiest squares, la Plaça Reial. It has high ceilings and a theatrical atmosphere: wooden floors and flowers on the tables. It is a perfect spot to sip a drink or a coffee while watching all that is going on in the square. And dogs are always welcome, of course. More photos and info here.
It was the most gorgeous celebration for National Puppy at the Highline Hotel yesterday! Tuna Melts My Heart, Toast Meets World and Friends of Finn sat on propped personalized pillows from WAGGO to greet the crowds! Photos were had, rescue dogs looked for new owners, and people shopped, all in honor of Amanda Hearst's Friends of Finn organization which helps the Humane Society and raises awareness about puppy mills.
I was so thrilled to see many of my favorite brands including Found My Animal, Ware of the dog, Ruby Rufus, Bark Box, and to meet some new exciting people, for instance, Colleen from YARK and Laurie from Operation ResCUTE who has produced a fantastic new children's book that starts awareness at a young age! And what a glorious day it was, abundant with chic dogs and owners. The weather cooperated which was heaven; I cannot wait for the next event.
Lars Wahl says, "I began photographing dogs on the streets about 3 years ago. Now, it has gradually become an established ritual; I stake out the local supermarkets for "parked dogs" to add to my collection. My girlfriend thinks I’m embarrassing when I stop on our walks, to shoot a stranger's dog but that doesn’t stop me!
As a child, I grew up with dogs. My first dog "Rikke", a mix breed, was at home when I was born, in ´73. Subsequently, we got "Mads and Mette", a sibling pair, also mix breeds, and then we got "Line," a fox terrier who followed me everywhere until I left home. All these dogs meant a lot to me. Since I moved to Copenhagen, moving from apartment to apartment has not been permitted to have dogs. So now, I try to photograph as many dogs as I can!
When asked about the amazing Instagram @piggyandpolly account out of Florida, this is what I learned from Carla Schwabe, the cute dogs' owner!
"I'm originally from Brazil and moved to the US 10 years ago. We currently live in Delray Beach, FL. I'm not a photographer, just an amateur having fun with my dogs. I started the account 3 years ago. At that time we only had Piggy, the older one. The account had a different name and the posts were not as frequent as they are today. After we got Polly, our Instagram page become more popular. I guess it's hard to resist a baby Frenchie!
We launched a new website The Polka Dog this weekend and our first product is a Dog Teepee.
Our brand is The Polka Dog - I love polka dots almost as much as I love dogs. I also love modern design, quality and creativity, so the idea behind The Polka Dog was to bring these passions together and create a unique and fun brand.
Kudos to you Frenchies! A Mrs. Sizzle favorite!
Editorial Director of The Window at Barneys, Marissa Rosenblum, called me in to do what I now seem to think I do best - gather a team of dogs and photographer to join Barneys in their April 1st canine gathering.
We met at Freds over the course of two days with a total of 13 dogs and more luscious looking food than we knew what to do with. Lens-woman Amy Lombard kept cool amidst puppies walking on pizzas and unimpressed dogs. Marissa and her team at Barneys arranged gorgeous props from the stores to create lifelike scenarios for the dogs, while owners used treats and squeaky toys to get their "best friends" to pay attention! From Social Tees NYC rescue dogs to Insta famous dogs, a good time was had by all, and Amy and I got to finish off Chloe's salad before we rushed off to another shoot! Thanks for inviting me to lunch at FREDS at Barneys!