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Artist Robert Zakanitch
Icon of contemporary art captures dogs’ “aggressive goodness”
Contemporary artist Robert Zakanitch first reached critical acclaim in the 1970s in New York City as one of the founders of the pattern and decorative movement. His paintings are now in the permanent collections of many major museums, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, and have been exhibited around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art. As...
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Sitting Pretty
Immortalizing your dog on canvas
Our founding dog, Nellie, looks down upon me, her toothy grin reminding me of the great times we shared. Her distinctive black and white markings contrast with a color field of yellow and green in a painting by Mark Ulriksen, famed for his many New Yorker covers. Some may recognize the painting from the cover of our book Dog Is My Co-Pilot—it hangs in our office now, a tribute to the little dog...
Culture: DogPatch
Show Time with Bill Berloni
Broadway’s premier animal advocate and trainer tells all
For Bill Berloni, every year is the year of the dog—and the rat and the lamb and the cat and the pig. Beginning in 1976 with the extraordinary musical, Annie, for which, as a young aspiring actor, he found and trained a shelter dog to play Sandy, Berloni has spent more than 30 years working with some of the best in the business. When it comes to show-stopping animal actors, he’s likely to have...
Culture: DogPatch
Earth Talks: Earthdog and West Paw
In celebration of Earth Day, I spoke to two innovators, people who think green 365 days a year. Dave Colella of Earthdog and Spencer Williams of West Paw Design share their thoughts on a green world, dogs and the future. Earthdog Dave and Kym Colella, OwnersEarthdog uses hemp to create a stylish assortment of US-made dog collars, leashes, beds and other pet accessories. On the power of choice:...
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Global Pet Expo—It’s All About the Dogs
Highlights and trends from Global Pet Expo 2009
The Global Pet Expo, billed as the world’s largest annual pet products trade show, recently convened in sunny Orlando, Fla. The show, equal parts innovation and salesmanship, is a good barometer for those of us who track trends in the companion animal world. The show is sponsored by the American Pet Products Association, which claims that the nation’s spending on pets is holding steady at $43...
News: Editors
Surreal Canines And Other Critters
A chance to experience first-hand the wonderful paintings of the preeminent California painter, Roy De Forest, is not to be missed. His surreal mindscapes filled with dogs, horses, birds and people resonate with bright colors, thick paint and mythic tales. De Forest is loosely grouped together with 60’s Funk art, yet his vision stands alone in its originality. His paintings attain something rare—...
News: Editors
10 Not-to-be-Missed Exhibits in 2009
The convergence of art and canines can yield thrilling results—a visual feast, an engaging tutorial of ideas, unadulterated fun. The new year brings a host of intriguing exhibitions to museums across the country—There’s something to satisfy every taste: the traditionalist, the modernist, the academic and even the I-don’t-like-museum types. 1. Vernacular Photography Fair; January 10–11; Santa...
Culture: DogPatch
The Talk of ’Toon Town
New Yorker cartoons reflect our changing society
If art is a mirror that reflects our world, then the art of the cartoon is a funhouse mirror—a distorted and comic image of ourselves, taking the smallest seed of truth and twisting it into a hilarious meditation. Cartoons speak simply and directly about the ironies and foolishness of the human dilemma. The comic arts are a kind of pop psychology—delving into a collective id, the cultural funny-...
Culture: DogPatch
Video Interview with Margaret Cho
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   Funnywoman Margaret Cho has a serious side when it comes to dogs. This stand-up comedian, writer and actor is not only a political and social activist, but also speaks out for shelter and rescue dogs. And she walks her talk: Cho’s three pups—Ralph, Bronwyn and Gudrun—are mixed breeds she and her husband adopted from LA shelters (the dogs can sometimes be seen flitting through the background...
Culture: DogPatch
People Who Matter: An Interview with Doris Day
April 3, 2012, marks the 88th birthday of Doris Day — adored for her nonpareil career as a singer and actress, and equally admired for her dedication to animal welfare and the creation of the Doris Day Animal Foundation. In 2006, Bark had the opportunity to interview Ms. Day by phone, and was joined by singer Nellie McKay, an incredible singer and animal activist in her own right. She said "Call...

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