Ariele Alasko is a Brooklyn-based furniture builder and woodworker whose stunning pieces have been at the top of my wishlist for years. (I mean, have you SEEN the headboards she makes??) I’ve also been a quiet fan of her gorgeous Instagram feed for a while, where her dog Mazie makes regular appearances in a variety of dreamy settings. With all this fangirl-ness, I figured it was high time we got to know Ariele’s four-legged studio mate and furry companion here on Dog Milk!

The Scoop: Ariele Alasko and Mazie in other

Name? Mazie. Mazie Palmer Alasko if we’re getting technical.

Nickname? Muscle Butt, usually.

Age? About 1.5 years.

Breed? Pitbull-Boxer mix.

The Scoop: Ariele Alasko and Mazie in other

The Scoop: Ariele Alasko and Mazie in other

What’s “The Scoop”? I had wanted a dog for a couple years, but we have a cat, Mr.C, and we were very worried it would upset him. Since I run my own business and I could take a dog with me to my studio everyday, I decided our lifestyle was perfect to fit a dog into our lives. It took some convincing, but finally we decided to take the first step and visit our local Brooklyn shelter, figuring it was a slight chance that we’d find the perfect dog there, but we really wanted to rescue directly from a kill shelter. When we walked in and stated that we were interested in a Pitbull, they basically rushed us inside and shut the door. Mazie was the first dog we saw that day, and we only got to spend five minutes with her because the shelter was so crowded and they were so rushed, pushing us to say yes or no. We took the plunge. She was calm and sweet, about seven months old at the time, but we really knew nothing about her! Our biggest concerns were that she would get along with our cat, and was gentle around kids. We were so, so lucky to have found the perfect girl.

The Scoop: Ariele Alasko and Mazie in other

The Scoop: Ariele Alasko and Mazie in other

Favorite Toy? Her rubber glow-in-the-dark ball. And our cat Mr.C if he’s in the right mood for a bit of friendly play wrestling (the cat usually chases her around the house!).

Favorite Food? We just switched to Taste of the Wild, grain free. She loves it. She also loves a good carrot from time to time. And peanut butter of course. She’s really good about food, and is happy to share her dinner with you if you ever want a bite!

Favorite place to sleep? She sleeps in her teepee I built for her, that sits right next to our bed and is lined with sheep fleece. Her other favorite spot is, of course, the couch.

The Scoop: Ariele Alasko and Mazie in other

The Scoop: Ariele Alasko and Mazie in other

Pet Peeves? People entering the house or our studio, she’s a growler! She’s the most friendly dog ever, but the sound she makes is terrifying! Might come in handy some day though, you never know.

Best Trick? Spin! She’ll flip around in circles like a bucking bronco on command, it’s quite cute.

Gear? Our Found My Animal leash and collar is a favorite. She get’s really cold in chilly weather, so I sew all her jackets and sweaters myself.

The Scoop: Ariele Alasko and Mazie in other

The Scoop: Ariele Alasko and Mazie in other

If your dog were another animal what animal would that be? I think she’d be a really loving cat. But I can’t quite think of any other animal that would be as adoring, sweet and smart as she is…

As a studio assistant, Mazie is about as cute as they come. What are her tips for creating a good work/belly rub balance? Sometimes we accidentally spend hours just watching her or cuddling her when we really should be getting work done! She’s amazing company, and loves to follow me around as I build things, almost as if she’s learning how to operate the tools herself! I built her a dog house in the studio, which actually helps me focus on work because she willingly spends so much time in there sleeping. A good bone is also the trick, keeps her busy and I stay busy too.

The Scoop: Ariele Alasko and Mazie in other

Thanks Ariele and Mazie! See more of Ariele’s work right here or follow her and Mazie’s adventures on Instagram.

Portraits by: Arden Wray