Tag Archive | "Pets"

Dear StyleNorth . . .

Saturday, February 19, 2011


The power of the internet never ceases to amaze me. StyleNorth reader Sarah recently left a comment on a two-year-old post called The Dog House about my and my former partner's passion for dog art. In the post, Sarah spotted a print titled W.C. Privé, which I found at an estate sale and really love (it hangs in my bathroom, appropriately enough). The point of this post is that Sarah knew all about the art and the artist -- she owns three prints in the series, left -- while I knew absolutely nothing aside from the fact that the estate seller said he purchased the print in Paris. The signature is indecipherable.

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Punch and Judy, Together Forever

Saturday, November 13, 2010


The circle was closed Thursday when we said goodbye to my darling dog Judy. She’d had health problems off and on since Punch passed in July and last week she took a terrible turn with some serious liver trouble. I prayed much of the day that Punch would be there waiting for her on the other side to show her around. Knowing that they’re together again is the only comfort I can find in her passing. The dogs came from a litter of three and the breeder insisted that they go together because they’d been inseparable since birth, a gang of two. I buried her on Friday beside her brother and marked the spot with the only thing I bought at Christie in September, a cast iron door stop of two Scotties leaning against each other, it’s just the most fitting marker in the world and I’m so glad I bought it when I had the chance. I don’t know what I’ll do with all the love I used to pour into them; I pray it doesn’t go to waste.

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Our Happy Chappy

Wednesday, July 21, 2010


The worst part of moving is that you can't find anything. I have a favorite photo of our boy Punch taken at a friend's cottage where he is calm and regal and you really get a sense of his size and handsome bearing. But the photo is eluding me this morning, this morning when I can't sleep because the loss of him is still so fresh and raw. Mike and I said goodbye to our happy chappy last night, the cancer had taken too firm a hold of him. So I'm publishing the best shot I can find, taken in one of Punch's favorite places with one of his favorite people, Mike.

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Dog-First Decorating

Sunday, July 4, 2010


Moving is hard on everybody, but it's especially tough on dogs. My Scotties, Punch and Judy, were slow to adapt to my last apartment and no sooner had they settled down than I up and moved them again. D'oh! What seemed to throw the dogs off last time was that all their favorite "spots" were dismantled: I didn't make enough of an effort to recreate the furniture placement of our previous house and so they wandered around looking for a place to get comfortable, to no avail.

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Retail Mascots

Tuesday, July 14, 2009


Freddie, the tough, little, one-eyed Jack Russel, and Lucy, the more amicable beagle-cross, are but two of the tail-wagging mascots I've come across in my styleNorth travels. My love of dogs is no secret so whenever I'm met by a canine greeter, I put the establishment on a mental list of favorites. Ethel co-owner Greg Perras, says lots of customers stop in just to say to say, "Hi," to the dogs.

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