10 of the Most Beloved Dogs in Literature

As July threatens to turn into August, and our hair seems irrevocably plastered to our foreheads, we’re feel like we’re squarely in that special time of year that our mothers used to call the “dog days of summer.” And dogged they are, but in truth, the phrase comes from the ancient Greek and Roman belief that Sirius, also known as the Dog Star for its prominence in Canis Major, controlled the hot weather. The Romans would sacrifice a brown dog at the beginning of summer to appease the sultry rage of Sirius, but our offering is a little more whimsical (and less bloody) — a list of a few of the most beloved pups in literature. Because after all, if sacrifices to stars don’t work, who better to help you actually enjoy the sweltering summer than man’s best friend? Click through to read our list, and of course, if we’ve spurned your favorite canine, sing his praises in the comments! … Read More

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Personality-Filled Portraits of Adorable Dogs

Living on a Wisconsin farm with 3 dogs, 18 cats, 10 horses, 2 ponies, 7 sheep, 30 chickens, 5 ducks, and 3 goats is a great endorsement when you’re an animal lifestyle photographer. Barbara O’Brien does, and she’s shot commercial work for everyone from Target to Purina, but it’s her Dog Face series that won our hearts.

O’Brien captured the personalities of adorable canines whose expressions say it all. You can tell exactly who’s a little shy or nervous, who’s mugging for the camera, and who’s oblivious and probably thinking about food or sleep. We love it and hope you do too. Check out the images past the break, and then head to the artist’s Behance page for more sweet and spunky pups. … Read More

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Heartwarming Photos of Elderly Dogs with Personality

Puppies may be unparalleled for sheer adorableness, but as the pictures below illustrate, when it comes to personality they’re no match for older dogs. For her series Senior Dogs Across America, New York-based photographer Nancy LeVine spent years traveling the country to collect portraits of elderly canines. Inspired by her own dogs’ twilight years, which brought mortality to the forefront of her mind, and Robert Frank’s The Americans, the photos show everything from retired greyhounds revisiting the racetrack to a pair of two-decade-old farm dogs atop a hay bale to furry Manhattanites out for a walk in the snow. Click through to see some of our favorite shots from the series, which we spotted at Feature Shoot; visit LeVine’s Senior Dogs Across America blog for many more (and the opportunity to commission a dog portrait of your own); and if you’re in the area, see the photos in person at the Houston Center for Photography through June 23rd. … Read More

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The Strange, Sweet Ways People Adore Their Pets

When we first spotted Isabella Rozendaal‘s On Loving Animals photo series at Brain Pickings, we could sort of relate. Many of us own pets and aren’t entirely guiltless when it comes to humanizing animals. However, the Dutch photographer’s work proves that many folks take this to the extreme.

Rozendaal’s affectionate, strange, and even devastating images reveal the many ways we project facets of our lives and personalities onto our pets. The artist spent a year in Holland documenting these complex relationships — or what she calls an “obsessive, sentimental, and sometimes inconsiderate love of animals.” She followed owners and their furry darlings to the vet, at home, to pet shows, and to the grave. In some cases, the luxuries these attentive moms and dads afforded their beastly babies were entirely peculiar. Other customs and rituals — like dogs and cats with their own chairs (or should we say, thrones?) — are more widely practiced, but when considered through Rozendaal’s distant lens, suddenly feel unusual.

Rozendaal was kind enough to share her work with us. Head past the break for a closer look, then visit her website for the fascinating stories behind each photo. … Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds In Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we wished cute puppies would fall from the sky more often — and we’re super glad a hawk didn’t eat this free-falling pooch. We hoped no one would actually wear Queen Elizabeth II’s underwear currently up for auction. We had a moment of silence for Donna Summer and… Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds In Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we got hungry for the the Girl Scout cookie candy bar. We went inside Baltimore’s new National Pinball Museum. We listened to The Hood Internet’s new mixtape. We browsed Courtney Love’s food diary. We found out how mobsters decorate their homes. We welcomed… Read More

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What's On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds In Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we hoped to avoid America’s worst airports. We watched a schizophrenic world tour of various accents. We read about two Cuban actors who defected to America following the success of their movie about Cubans defecting to America. We thought this Nickelodeon and Avengers mashup was fun. We… Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we got blinded by the bling on these wrists. We discovered DogTV. We watched a bizarre crustacean-meets-tampon Earth Day moment. We remembered Dick Clark. We met nine movie characters we suspected were stoners. We found out how to turn a rubber band into… Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds In Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we watched the Internet help one couple get engaged. We learned what the ten most popular dog breeds are and were surprised at the absence of Pugs. We approved of Steve Martin’s prank on Gwyneth Paltrow. We were excited to see the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden’s … Read More

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Photo Gallery: A Dog’s Great American Roadtrip

Subtitled “a super serious project about dogs and physics,” Maddie the Coonhound might be both the simplest and the most delightful Tumblr you see all week. As he travels all 50 states for his ambitious This Wild Idea project, photographer Theron Humphrey has made a daily side game of perching his canine companion, Maddie, on top of bicycles, giant faux watermelons, park signs, and other bits of Americana for a quick photo shoot. The results are both pleasingly composed and adorable. Check out our favorites after the jump, and click here to buy prints. … Read More

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