Archive for the ‘mutt’ Category
“With respect to the dog, this is a major issue. I think it’s generated more interest on our website than just about anything. We have — we have two criteria that have to be reconciled. One is that Malia is allergic, so it has to be hypo-allergenic. There are a number of breeds that are hypo-allergenic. On the other hand, our preference would be to get a shelter dog. But obviously, a lot of shelter dogs are mutts, like me.” President-elect Barack Obama, quoted in the New York Times.
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Just moments after David Wroblewski sat down on a shaded bench in the oval-shaped dog run at 72nd Street in Riverside Park, a goldendoodle (half golden retriever, half poodle) jumped up and started licking his face. It was exactly what you might expect would happen to the author of “The Story of Edgar Sawtelle,” Mr. Wroblewski’s epic novel about a mute boy’s extraordinary communion with his dogs.He pushed the dog down gently but firmly. “I’m no great shakes as a trainer,” Mr. Wroblewski said. “I’m much more interested in what the dogs choose to do. But they must have manners.”
Clearly, dogs are not the only ones in whom Mr. Wroblewski is able to strike a chord. “Edgar Sawtelle,” out less than a month, is climbing up the New York Times best-seller list, with more than 196,000 copies in print.
Reviewers in this newspaper and others have rhapsodized about Mr. Wroblewski’s outsize storytelling power and his lyrical language. (Janet Maslin described his book in The Times as “the most enchanting debut novel of the summer.”)
One theory is that there are more unadopted black dogs because there are simply more of them than canines of other shades. “I have heard that black is the dominant gene and in general that’s why there are so many of them,” says singer/songwriter Emmylou Harris. Active in the animal rescue movement, Harris adopted a big black dog, Bonaparte, years ago. “He was a goofy, poodle-looking dog,” she says. “He looked like something Dr. Seuss would have designed.” Bonaparte was her “road dog,” traveling with her on tour and when he died she went into deep grief. In his honor, she built Bonaparte’s Retreat, a rescue and foster operation in her backyard, designed with input from Friedman, and she embarked on a campaign to support pet adoption. She now travels with two “road dogs” – Keeta, a yellow mix dog saved from a 2005 hurricane in Mississippi, and Bella, a black dog with a sugar-dipped muzzle, the white and gray wisps of hair that often give black dogs an aging appearance. “Bella is Keeta’s dog,” Harris says, a “soulful” black dog of unknown age who came from an urban Nashville shelter just days before she was scheduled to be euthanized.
From Emmylou Harris’ website
The movie dog with the greatest personality of all time is a completely unknown to most people. In fact, the movies themselves are hardly known to most. Long before Linda Hunt won an Oscar for playing a man, Spooks the dog should have won a doggie Oscar for playing Daisy the dog in the series of Blondie movies made in the 40s.
The Blondie film series was about as perfectly cast as any movie based on recognizable characters could ever hope to be. It’s hard to imagine anyone other than Penny Singleton playing Blondie and as for Arthur Lake, well, it’s as if he channeled Dagwood Bumstead. In addition, Larry Simms as Baby Dumpling, later named Alexander as he grew older, is probably the least cloying and annoying child actor of his time, maybe of all time. And then there’s Daisy.
Daisy, the Bumsteads’ dog, appeared in all the movies and was a vital component in all of them. This dog was truly amazing, able to express more range than Keanu Reeves and Bruce Willis combined. Well, okay, that’s not really all that amazing. Daisy was able to portray excitement, fear, and joy more expressively than Reeves, Willis and every actor who is even tenuously related to the Brat Pack. Then toss in the cast of Friends as well. What I’m saying is that Daisy could act rings around not only every other movie canine, but 95% of the actors making movies today.
Timothy Sexton. April 9, 2006