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loves: you win if you guessed "pets" and "museums". Also books, art history, travel, British punk, Korean kimchi, bindis, martinis, and other things TBD. I will always make it very clear if a post is sponsored in any way. Drop me a line at thepetmuseum AT gmail.com !

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

vintage wordless wednesday

from the museum collection

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

drowsy cat time

thanks the-athenaeum.org. (PD:US)
Summer has definitely left, but here is a scene from a fresh warm day - the kind of day where you sit outside in the shade with the cat, both of you having a nice drowse.  Look Impressionist to you, sort of, not quite?  You're right.  This is Woman with a Cat by Louis Anquetin (French; 1861-1932), who had Toulouse-Lautrec for a fellow student, and produced works in the cloisonnism style (like cloisonne jewelry, areas of color within clearly defined lines).  In the mid-1890's he decided to work more in an Old Masters style, and he dropped out of fashion.  This piece is undated and I believe I can see both of his styles meshing here, but whenever it was made, that bonelessly relaxed kitty with its nubbin ears is comfort personified.

Monday, September 29, 2014

a brief thought on the dog

". . . If any of the lower animals bear about them the impress of the Divine hand, it is found in the dog: many others are plainly and decidedly more or less connected with the welfare of the human being; but this connexion and its effects are limited to a few points, or often to one alone. The dog, different, yet the same, in every region, seems to be formed expressly to administer to our comforts and to our pleasure. He displays a versatility, and yet a perfect unity of power and character, which mark him as our destined servant, and, still more, as our companion and friend. Other animals may be brought to a certain degree of familiarity, and may display much affection and gratitude."
-- William Youatt, The Dog (Blanchard and Lea, 1855), p. 31.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

cat in the hat, not that cat

thanks hathitrust.org.  public domain
Found on page 222 of a very odd, funny children's book:  I daresay it's the original Cat in the Hat.

(Rands, W. B. 1823-1882. Lilliput Lyrics. London: John Lane, 1899.)

Friday, September 26, 2014

tub time guinea pig

photo courtesy and copyright brynn g
Here's a snap of a family guinea pig enjoying good grooming.  Happy Friday!

"Guinea pigs, guinea pigs, how fine is the day!" 
I heard Mrs. Guinea Pig cheerfully say. 
"Come, come, little dears, we'll go out to play, 
But don't for the world run too far away."
 - from Sense and Laughter, 1881, p. 295,

Thursday, September 25, 2014

dogs in artful motion

I have to send you to vimeo.com for these, but enjoy some art in motion starring dogs ...

The pink and joyful Dog and Butterfly

Jeff Koons talks about the origins of his Balloon Dog

Maf the Dog: it's not every puppy who gets to be gifted from Frank Sinatra to Marilyn Monroe

Petting a dog

This one's just for the silly joy of it: lick lick lick

Wednesday, September 24, 2014


thanks vintageprintable.com. believed PD:US in good faith
Seated Dog, 1898, by Henri Toulouse-Lautrec.  This looks like a pencil drawing, which reminds me of his linear painting style - that is, he draws with his brush and then fills in.  No need for color here though to express a tubby girl dog taking a load off.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

dogs in church, scotland 1807

. . . I was amazed to see how much the minister in the interior of the Highlands are plagued with dogs in their churches. As almost every family has a dog, and some two, and as these dogs generally go with the people to church; so many dogs being collected often fight, and make such a noise during public worship, as not only disturbs the congregation, but endangers the limbs of many. I have seen more than twenty men plying with good cudgels, yet unable to separate a number of dogs fighting in a church. Nay, so much trouble do dogs give in some churches, that there is one appointed to go through the church-yard with a kind of longhandled forceps, which he holds out before him, and with which he wounds the tails, legs, and ears, &c. of the dogs, and thereby keeps the church and church-yard clear of these useful, but totally unnecessary animals in a place of public worship. Indeed, as these long-handled forceps have been found so useful in the Highlands, perhaps they might be of use in some other places; for ladies in too many places bring their lap-dogs to church, both on the north and south side of the Tweed. It often happens that a lady's lap-dog, running out and into her muff at church, and playing other antic tricks, draws more attention than the parson. . . 

I don't know about you, but I have to say that sounds entertaining.  
James Hall ("of Walthamstow"), Travels in Scotland, by an Unusual Route: With a Trip to the Orkneys and Hebrides. Containing Hints for Improvements in Agriculture and Commerce. With Characters and Anecdotes. Embellished with Views of Striking Objects, and a Map, Including the Caledonian Canal, Volume 2 (London: J. Johnson, 1807), p. 428