All in Rescue

Lia Chavez is a visual and performance artist with a very chic rescue greyhound named London

Beverly Allan introduced me to the work of Lia Chavez, a visual and performance artist who divides her time between Brookhaven Hamlet and Manhattan with her husband, David Shing, a futurist and their rescue dog London.  Lia will be performing a piece entitled, "Light Body", a contemplative dance piece this Saturday at the farm of Isabella Rossellini.  "The performance marks the artist’s emergence from a 40-day vow of silence. Inspired by John Cage’s renowned experiments with sensory deprivation and historical accounts of activating the light body through deep meditation, Chavez has drawn upon the mystical concept of “feasting on light” — a reference to the Yogic practice of sustaining the physical and energetic bodies with meditation and the breath. 
The visual artworks created over this period will be the subject of a private exhibition at Isabella Rossellini's home concurrently. (Beverly Allan and Nur EL Shami's press release). 

Hi, my name is Yeray López Portillo and I have been marching the hard and solitary lands of deep Spain for the past three years making a documentary about the Spanish sighthound, the Galgo.

We have always had a very hard relationship with animals in my country, Spain. Folklore, rituals and festivities have been using animals as a way to signal certain dates and have fun for a long time with the backing of the state. Bullfighting is just an example of it and a popular one, but there are many other animals who also suffer in silence our so-called sports and traditions. The Galgo is one of those cases. The Galgo been in tales and myths, by the side of kings and queens and in art history for centuries. It was a very special dog that only people of noble birth could have, but now it’s worth has changed and galgos are, after being used for the hunting season, killed in the thousands. Between 50.000 and 10.000 galgos are killed or abandoned during each hunting season in Spain.

It's no surprise that fashion designer Rachel Antonoff's dog does clothes so well but prefers being naked


This week we visit the apartment of Rachel Antonoff the super duper inspired fashion designer and cutie extraordinaire.  Although Mrs. Sizzle got lost in the rain she was relieved to get to the cozy apartment with the barking dog, none other than Lafitte Antonoff.  Amy Lombard was on hand to photograph and there to help us look stylish was the brilliant DOG & CO.!  I had to ask Rachel many questions about this handsome scruffy dude.

Mrs. Sizzle's Dogs Days of Summer photographed by Peter Ash Lee

It's hotter than ever here at Sizzle and not just because of the heat. Nope, it's because of The Dog Days of Summer, our latest project featuring handsome pups and sexy people. Photographer Peter Ash Lee, stylist Anne Christensen and a brilliant hair and make up (and also fur)  team collaborated on this project which started with a call to agencies to see which models might treat us to a sitting with  their very own dogs. Not only did we get a great turn out, but, to my utter delight, about 70% of the dogs were rescue, including the famous Puerto Rican born Rincon da Bully, who has three not bad looking dads, including  his main dad, pictured here Julian Schratter.  Feast your eyes on these hotties and think about adopting your own friend today!

Steven Rowley loves Dachshunds and his gal Tilda Swinton

I have a new friend.  My friend, Steven Rowley, has given me a gift: permission to laugh and cry and talk about the death of a loved one.  Lily and the Octopus (Simon & Shuster, June 2016) is a love story by Steven.  A love story you might ask…about an Octopus?  Well no, it’s a love story about a man and his dog who is succumbing to a cancerous tumor he has named The Octopus.  Is it sad?  Yes.  But it is so much more!  Steven makes it fun (at times laugh-out-loud funny) and a true celebration of life and the lengths we go to for our beloved dogs.

Robert Stoetzel photographed some beauties from Animal Haven #takemehome

Last week Robert Stoetzel and I went to Animal Haven mobile until located at 200 Centre Street to photograph some of the dogs that were visiting and up for adoption while the new space is being renovated.  On hand was my intern, Anna Capel, and Tiffany Lacey stopped by to say hello and give me a tour.  A great day was had by all. Consider adopting one of these gems.