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“a poodle is an art form” New York Times

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From the New York Times

From “trouble at the dog show” a monologue by David Letterman:

A yorkie was pistol whipped by a rat.

A Jack Russell had to pull out because of tax problems.

I haven’t seen this many roll over and play dead at Madison Square Gardens since the Knicks played.


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February 11, 2009 at 4:11 am


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Wishbone is a television show which aired from 1995 to 2001 in the United States featuring a Jack Russell Terrier of the same name. Re-runs currently air weekly on select PBS stations. The main character, the talking dog Wishbone, lives with his owner Joe Talbot in the fictional modern town of Oakdale, Texas. As he tends to daydream about being the lead character of stories from classic literature, drawing parallels between the stories and events in the lives of Joe and his friends, he was known as “the little dog with a big imagination”. The show follows his daydreams, as Wishbone (usually dressed in human clothing) acts out a famous story from literature or folklore. Only the viewers and the characters in his daydreams can hear Wishbone speak (and furthermore, the characters from his daydreams see Wishbone as whatever famous character he is currently portraying and not as a dog). The show has won Daytime Emmies, a Peabody award, and honors from the Television Critics Association. Wishbone’s exterior shots were filmed on the backlot of Lyrick Studios in Allen, Texas, and its interior shots were filmed on a sound stage in a 50,000 square foot (4,600 square metres) warehouse in Plano, Texas.The show garnered particular praise for refusing to sugarcoat many of the sadder or more unpleasant aspects of the source works, which usually enjoyed a fairly faithful retelling in the fantasy sequences.

The television series also inspired several book series. Altogether, there are more than fifty books featuring Wishbone, which were published even after the TV series ended, up to 2001. It continues to air on some PBS affiliates as re-runs.

From Wikipedia

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June 23, 2008 at 11:17 pm

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To keep the peace at home, Keith Hearn had to scold his new robotic vacuum cleaner.The trouble started when Mr. Hearn first turned on his Roomba automatic cleaner. When the device started scooting around the floor, Mr. Hearn’s dog, Argos, attacked it.

Seeking help, Mr. Hearn found an online forum dedicated to the hundred-dollar Roomba buzzing with similar stories of pet assailants. Owners were offering advice. Among the most popular: Chastise the vacuum in front of the dog.
WSJ’s Adam Najberg reports that dogs exhibit a curious dislike for technology, which they often attack. Watch as he negotiates a truce between Sunshine, a Heinz 57 hound, and a Roomba, the robot vacuum cleaner.
And so, with Argos looking on, Mr. Hearn shook his finger at his gadget and sternly called it “a bad Roomba.” Argos appeared to be mollified. “After that, he never tried nipping at it again,” says Mr. Hearn, a software engineer in San Carlos, Calif.

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June 22, 2008 at 3:34 am

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Photograph of the original Nipper looking into an Edison Bell cylinder phonograph.

Nipper was born in 1884 in Bristol, England, and died in September 189. It has been claimed in various sources that he was a Jack Russell Terrier, a Fox Terrier, a Rat Terrier, or an American Pit Bull Terrier. He was named Nipper because he tried to bite visitors in the leg.

Nipper’s original owner, Mark Henry Barraud, died in 1887, leaving his brothers Philip and Francis to care for the dog. Nipper himself died in 1895 and was buried in Kingston upon Thames, London, in a small park surrounded by Magnolia trees. As time progressed the area was built upon, a branch of Lloyds TSB now occupies the site. On the wall of the bank, just inside the entrance, a brass plaque is displayed on the wall commemorating the famous terrier which lies beneath the building.
Nipper becomes an advertising Icon
In 1898, three years after Nipper’s death, Francis painted a picture of Nipper listening intently to a wind-up Edison-Bell cylinder phonograph. On February 11, 1899, Francis filed an application for copyright of his picture “Dog Looking At and Listening to a Phonograph.” Thinking the Edison-Bell Company might find it useful, he presented it to James E. Hough who (displaying the kind of thinking that would eventually doom the Edison Records company itself) promptly said, “Dogs don’t listen to phonographs.” On May 31, 1899, Francis went to the Maiden Lane offices of The Gramophone Company with the intention of borrowing a brass horn to replace the original black horn on the painting. Manager, William Barry Owen suggested that if the artist replaced the entire machine with a Berliner disc gramophone, the Company would buy the painting. A modified form of the painting became the successful trademark of Victor and HMV records, HMV music stores, and RCA. (See HMV for a complete history of the brands based on Nipper.)
The slogan “His Master’s Voice” along with the painting were sold to The Gramophone Company for 100 pounds sterling. As Francis Barraud stated about this famous painting: “It is difficult to say how the idea came to me beyond that fact that it suddenly occurred to me that to have my dog listening to the Phonograph, with an intelligent and rather puzzled expression, and call it “His Master’s Voice” would make an excellent subject. We had a phonograph and I often noticed how puzzled he was to make out where the voice came from. It certainly was the happiest thought I ever had.”


Francis Barraud’s modified version painting of Nipper listening to a disc gramophone. 

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June 9, 2008 at 6:21 am

Like Art

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Tillamook Cheddar working at one of her art pieces. Photograph by Dirk Westphal

From the Jack Russell artist’s website.

Tillamook Cheddar is a Jack Russell Terrier from Brooklyn, New York. Widely regarded as the world’s preeminent canine artist, she has already had seventeen solo exhibitions in the U.S. and Europe. Tillie is eight years old.

In July 2005 the artist gave birth to six healthy puppies. One of her sons, Doc Chinook Strongheart Cheddar, continues to live with her. Thus far, Doc has not followed his mother in her artistic forays.

Her first official biography, Portrait of the Dog as a Young Artist by F. Bowman Hastie III, is published by Sasquatch Books (2006).

The artist’s primary process is a dynamic color transfer technique. In preparation for each of Tillie’s works, her assistants assemble a touch-sensitive recording device by affixing pigment-coated vellum to a sheet of lithograph paper backed by mat board. The artist takes the prepared “canvas” in her mouth and brings it to her workspace. Working on the outside surface, she applies pressure with teeth and claws in a methodic ritual marked by dramatic shifts in tempo and intensity. The resultant sharp and sweeping intersecting lines complement the artist’s delicate paw prints and subtle tongue impressions, composing an expressionistic image that is revealed on the paper beneath when she is finished. She works with shocking intensity, sometimes to the point of destroying her creations.

Press and Reviews

“The most successful living animal painter.”

-The Art Newspaper

“A masterpiece of conceptualism.”
-Time Out New York

“A sham.”
-Jerry Saltz, Village Voice

“When possessed by an artistic vision, Tillie is fearless.”
-AKC Gazette

“[Because of tillie] I have had to rethink two of my most basic assumptions about art and life: first, the notion that animals cannot have an aesthetic sense; second, the core conviction that no sentient being could possibly paint anything worse than what Julian Schnabel recently showed at the Gagosian Gallery.”
-James Gardner, New York Post (May, 2002)

King Lear by Tillamook Cheddar

Oil stick on paper, 29 x 20.5″     Brooklyn, NY. 2007



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June 2, 2008 at 9:46 am

Snowy, superstar

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He was named for Tintin’s fox terrier by an eight year old girl who was just starting to read Herge’s adventures. Her eyes lit up when she saw him for the first time, as if he’d jumped out of the pages of her comic book. He’d been rescued in Hollywood running across a busy main road, dodging traffic. He then found a true and happy lifelong home with a dancer and an artist.

He was quite a dancer and artist himself. The first time he met the dancer he stood on his hind legs and performed a perfect pirouette. He performed with the Tiger Lillies, upstaging them with an inspired improvised comic gesture that brought the house down. They say he was more professional than them. He was well-travelled and when he wasn’t going off into the world for adventures the world came to him: bones from steak frittes in Paris were brought back to Los Angeles for him.

He was smart. When he was first rescued he lived in a house with three big dogs, and a labrador who was a day-dog there. He thought rings round all of them. When his bed was taken apart after he moved to his new home it was found to be full of big dog biscuits he’d taken from the big dogs.

Snowy’s life was cut short yesterday by a devestating form of cancer. He was nine years old.

Snowy was a cocktail, some poodle, some terrier, all the smart and sweet characteristics of whatever breeds he was made up of. His phenomenal ability to learn new tricks, and to enjoy performing them for a crowd, reminded me of Higgins, a terrier mix known to the movie world as Benji, who also appeared in Petticoat Junction, Greenacres and the Beverly Hillbillies. He was “marked like a Border Terrier and Frank Inn, his trainer, believed him to be a mix of Miniature Poodle, Cocker Spaniel, and Schnauzer,” says his Wikipedia entry.

“Higgins had an extraordinary ability to convey a broad range of emotions through his facial expressions. Frank Inn, who trained thousands of animals of all species during his lifetime, told reporters that Higgins was the smartest dog he had ever worked with, and noted that during his prime years in television, he learned one new trick or routine per week, and that he retained these routines from year to year, making it possible for him to take on increasingly varied and complex roles. Higgins’s special tricks included climbing ladders, opening a mailbox and removing a letter, yawning, and sneezing on cue.”


Some of the best terrier stars started out as abandoned dogs. Higgins was rescued from the Burbank animal shelter. Moose, the Jack Russell who portrayed Eddie on on Frasier, was a wild puppy, and given away by his original owners.

Moose was born on Christmas Eve, 1990 in Florida, United States, the youngest littermate. He was the largest puppy in the litter. Like Pal, the original Lassie, the obstreperous puppy was too much for his original owner. According to an article by Lori Golden:

” In fact, chasing cats was one of the activities that led to this troubled terrier becoming one of TV’s most precious pooches. Originally owned by a Florida family, Moose was too hard to handle. He couldn’t be house trained; he chewed everything; he dug and barked a lot; and he was constantly escaping and climbing trees. Eventually given to the Florida manager of Birds and Animals Unlimited, a company that trains animals for TV and motion pictures, Moose was put on a plane at 2½ years old and sent to Mathilde DeCagny, an LA trainer working for the show-biz animal company. ”

DeCagny has been quoted as saying that Moose was very highly trainable and won the role on Frasier after only six months of training. Moose had the ability to fix Kelsey Grammer with a long hard stare; this became a running sight gag on the show.




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May 30, 2008 at 12:22 pm