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Watch Laurie Anderson’s dog Lolabelle improvise her own experimental music
07.30.2014
09:29 am

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Laurie Anderson loved her dog Lolabelle. Upon Lola’s passing, Anderson created a lovely sculpture of her ashes in memoriam. She delivered introspective monologues about their relationship. She put on concerts for dogs with Lola sharing the stage (for the record, the music is actually kind of interesting—structureless, but very tonal, and not entirely composed of high pitched whistles inaudible to the human ear). Anderson even sent Lola to music therapy, the adorable results of which you can see below.

Billing itself as “Common Sense Counseling for Dogs and their Humans,” Dog Relations NYC is a sort of Montessori-style obedience school, and as far as I know, they’re the only pet service with a testimonial from Laurie Anderson and the late Lou Reed and on their homepage—apparently dog behavior counselor Elisabeth Weiss has quite the magic touch.

Elisabeth was one of the key people in helping maintain the spirit and integrity of Lola’s life. Everyday Lola looked forward to her time with Elisabeth. It was a great relationship that we all rejoiced in. Elisabeth is a kind dog genius. Her help cannot be overestimated and went far beyond what one can buy. Lolabelle loved her. We all loved her.

Lolabelle’s musical ventures were categorized by Dog Relations NYC as Occupational Therapy—she had actually been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, but honestly I’d imagine this is the sort of thing that might just calm any nervous little terrier. At any rate, she looks genuinely rapt by her own keyboard skills. On the first video, she is receiving no instruction from a human. The second is a collaboration of sorts for Rock n Roll Rescue, a benefit for Art For Animals.
 

 

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Immortalize your pets in the style of Himalayan ‘Beware of Dog’ signs
03.17.2014
08:18 am

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Animals
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I am a cat lady—please feign a gasp or surprise—but I’ve never been one for animal commemoration unless it’s something super-creepy like an urn on the mantle that you can use to scare away Jehovah’s Witnesses. However, I have discovered some pet portraiture I can totally get into—the hand-painted “Beware of Dog” signs of the Himalayas! These beauties are often found on the gates of Nepali homes, but are now falling out of style in favor of mass-produced signs.

As luck would have it, American traveler Michelle Page has set up a new market for the art at Nepal Art Dogs. You can send in a picture of your beloved creature for a custom portrait! Not only is she expanding the market for these artists, she appears to be doing it ethically, saying, “I pay fair trade wages, the artists get to paint again, pet lovers get a choice of three paintings for each commission, and I get to help Nepali artists make a living.”

So you can actually have your dog/cat/chicken immortalized in this milieu. They’re bright, technically sophisticated, and just plain lovely. Yes, these paintings will do quite nicely as I collect more and more cats…
 

 
More after the jump…
 

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Dog pushes wheelchair-bound man through flooded street
06.12.2013
09:35 am

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Animals

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No one on the Internet seems to know the provenance of this Russian video uploaded to YouTube on June 8, featuring a man in a wheelchair being pushed by his dog friend through a flooded street.

This gives a brand new meaning to “man’s best friend,” doesn’t it?
 

 
Via Neatorama

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Dropping acid (for the first time) at the Westminster Dog Show
07.25.2012
02:34 pm

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Please help: Animal shelters in California seeing glut of Chihuahuas
12.10.2009
05:48 pm

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As the proud owner (parent?) of an ultra-cute little Chihuahua mutt myself (he’s half Chihuahua and half cartoon), I read this item from today’s Los Angeles Times Metro desk with tears welling up in my eyes. About 20 to 30 of these CUTE little guys and gals are being dropped off at Los Angeles dog pounds every single day. Call it the “Paris Hilton syndrome” if you like, she—and the Taco Bell commercials—are only partly to blame: It’s really the dog breeders who went way overboard in recent years.

As Maria L. La Ganga reports:

“We need a constant supply of new foster homes, because we have a constant supply of new Chihuahuas,” [Kim Durney, administrative director of Grateful Dogs Rescue] said, calling for a halt to “irresponsible” backyard breeding.

In January, Santa Barbara County will begin an effort aimed in part at such breeders. That’s when a new ordinance will go into effect requiring owners of unaltered dogs to get a special license.

Fourteen months ago, the county staged Adopt-a-Chihuahua Week to find homes for more than 100 of the abandoned breed that had ended up in its three animal shelters.

Each dog came with its own pink carrying case, trimmed in black fake fur.

Look into those soulful little eyes. Can you stand the idea that this sweet little creature probably won’t live into the new year? Feel your heart strings being tugged here? Full disclosure: I am trying to manipulate you. If you can provide a home for one of these sweet, hyperactive li’l critters—trust me, rescued dogs know they’ve been rescued and they love you all the more for it—why not pick up the phone right now, before you change you mind, and adopt?

Kudos to actress Katherine Heigl for her generous support of these defenseless creatures. Heigl’s charity, the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation, paid for 25 Chihuahuas to be airlifted to New Hampshire last week, where all of them found loving homes in a single day. On Saturday, the charity’s mobile adoption center will be at Topanga Feed and Seed, 106 S. Topanga Canyon Blvd., from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cross posting this from BrandX
Photo: A Chihuahua at the East Valley Animal Care Center in Van Nuys on Dec. 9, 2009. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

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