After a two-year courtship, I am proud to announce that earlier this month I was offered and accepted a job at Nike. More will be reveled about that when I start in September, but what that choice has done is kicked off the fastest west coast family migration since the Gold Rush!
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!
Fashion editor, stylist, storyteller, and gamine barely describe the expertise and energy that Maggie Mann exudes. Partner her with her creative director husband Ferdinand van Alphen and you have a real powerhouse of a couple.
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).
An as told by my dear friend Alexandra Beitel, "Rufus, otherwise known as Woofus came into our lives almost 3 1/2 years ago. We felt it was time for our 13 year-old, obstreperous Jack Russell, Olive, to have a sibling.
I met a man who loves dogs - so much, in fact, that he has 5 of them with his husband. He is my idea of a hero and here is his story.
Meet Joey, his husband Michael and their 5 furry kids as seen by Jonno Rattman.
11-24-06 My dog, my muse, died today... on my birthday. She died only 5 months after her sister, my other muse. She licked my face – my tears – in the last moments of her life. My nine months of caring for two failing bodies is over now. The vet visits, acupuncturist, swim therapist, cardiologist, medications, supplements, diapers, stroller, my vigilance to their silent needs…hoping not to miss any. I loved them passionately. To the quiet, exquisite presence of each aged dog, I honor them with this work. To the tight cord of love between them and their person(s), so profoundly palpable, I dedicate this work.
Last week my dear friend Ira Silverberg brought this very fun work to my attention - a boy and his dog story but this one has a special twist. Mitch Boyer has a giant dog and that's dog's name is Vivian. He is here to tell us a bit about his inspiration and the giant dog.
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.
Is it just a funny coincidence that so many dancers have dogs? I was beginning to think so and had to check it out for myself. I had been introduced to the magnificent dancers of The America Ballet by vet extraordinaire, Jennifer Chaitman. I truly had no idea of the grace and ease that these dogs add to a dance routine!