I don’t have kids (my dogs are my babies — I’m that level of dog-crazy), but I have a lot of friends who either just had babies, are expecting/adopting, or planning to add to their two-legged family soon. As the resident kid-less dog lady, I feel it’s my duty to pass along an early love for canines, especially in the form of adorable and modern dog-themed baby items. Enter Smiling Tree Toys!
Editor’s Note: We’re excited about our new art column The Scratchbook! Each month we’ll be featuring an exclusive dog-themed illustration done by one of our favorite artists. Enjoy!
I’m super, super thrilled to kick off our second month of The Scratchbook with one of my favorite illustrators ever: Jo Chambers of Studio Legohead. I’ve been a huge admirer of Jo’s work for many years and am beyond excited to have her as our February Scratchbook artist. And, since February is the month of hearts and candy and ooey-gooey confessions of love, it’s only appropriate to feature some of Dog Milk’s “canine couples”!
Rumor has it, Smash and Coco Bean of Chic Sprinkles have had an on-going relationship for some time. It comes as no surprise, then, that they would choose February, the month of love, to publicly address these rumors — and ignite renewed interest in their fiery love affair. But, will the flames of passion burn eternal? Only time will tell.
My good friend Torben recently introduced me to the newest book publication from The New Yorker — and if this preemptive peek through its pages is any indication, I owe him a giant thank you! The Big New Yorker Book of Dogs, a beautiful 400+ page, hardcover tome, features full-color dog-themed cover art, articles, fiction, humor, poems, cartoons, drafts, and drawings from the magazine’s 88 years of archives. If you’re asking me, this sounds like a true treasure for dog-lovers!
Sooooo…. this has been making the rounds on the Interwebs this month: French photographer Erwan Fichou‘s 2007 portrait series of “dogs and their masters wearing coats or sweaters carefully knitted from lovingly gathered dog hair”. This isn’t a new phenomenon by any means (have you seen the Crafting with Cat Hair book? *shudder*), but it does pose an unavoidable question:
Would you, dear Dog Milkers, ever wear a sweater made from dog fur? Why or why not?
Bark out loud in the comments below!
[Thanks to Jen for sending this my way!]
January is National Train Your Dog Month and, although it’s nearly February, it’s not too late to step up your training game. In fact, it’s something we should all be working on every day! To help make things easier, Maggie Martin together with dog training veteran Denise Herman, recently launched an interactive book for iPad and iPhone: Positively Dog Training: The Better Path to a Well-Behaved Pup.