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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 !

Friday, August 22, 2014

just a little break

. . .  See  you all Monday!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

christina rossetti on our fellow creatures

You may have run into this tender poem before, but I had not.  The poet Christina Rossetti (English; 1830-94) is known for such poems as "Goblin Market," and her work may seem innocent on the surface, but is full-hearted and passionate if you keep reading her.

A Poor Old Dog

Pity the sorrows of a poor old dog
Who wags his tail a-begging in his need;
Despise not even the sorrows of a frog,
God's creature too, and that's enough to plead;
Spare puss who trusts us dozing on our hearth;
Spare bunny, once so frisky and so free; 
Spare all the harmless creatures of the earth:
Spare, and be spared — or who shall plead for thee?

- circa 1879.  This is from a book of her poems, New Poems by Christina Rossetti, collected and published after her death by her brother William Michael Rossetti; her other brother was Dante Gabriel Rossetti, the Pre-Raphaelite artist.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

wordless vintage wednesday

from the museum collection
...a great find while out with tara mcd

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

in memoriam of a well-mannered dog, 1699

From a 1699 funeral oration upon "Favorite," the dog of a noble lady identified only as Urania:

…Was there ever any thing so well-mannered?  For the purpose, If at any time Ladies of Condition and Quality came to pay their Respects and Devoirs (formal respects - curator) to Urania, he was never observ’d, like other ill-manner’d Dogs, to run with open Mouth to the Door, and receive them with the clamourous Salute of his Voice; but entertain them with a respectful Silence, and introduce them with Civility unto his Mistriss, nor, during the whole Visit, as is also the wont of the rest of Dogs, thrust himself in a rude and troublesome manner into their Laps, disordering their Dress, and with dirty Feet incommoding their Linnen; but, like a well-bred Creature, sit at a due Distance, and silently wait the call of the Ladies.

- "Person of quality," A Funeral-oration Upon Favorite, My Lady * * * Lap-dog (London: 1699), p. 4.  I had a hard time selecting which delightful nugget of dog-description to share with you today, so I might have to whip out a little more of this one in days to come!  To give you a sense of where 1699 was in English time, the reigning couple was William III and Mary.

Monday, August 18, 2014

i would love to hear this bunch sing

image copyright and by kindest permission of the artist
Seattle artist Jacqui Beck's Unquiet Menagerie (acrylic and mixed medium) is a joyful riot of some of my favorite creatures and complementary colors.  I do love a good orange and blue together, and the humor of this piece made me laugh out loud when I first saw this on the wall at Columbia City Gallery.  I'd love a world where the birds sing next to their usual kitty foes, bold and uncaring, while the cats sit unconcerned. That same bright peace glows from all her animal-themed pieces.  Here's a selection I hope you'll visit at her website.  "I paint about the connection of all things, keeping in mind both the depth and whimsy of life," Beck writes on her Statement page, and that's precisely what I love about this piece.  It cheers me up and gives me hope that all the "birds and cats" in my own life will get along.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

naughty kitten for "naughty anthony"

public domain, thanks freevintageposters.com
full citation here
Cats and stockings are not a good idea.  Something is bound to get hurt.  As it happens, that's a fine way to sum up the story of David Belasco's 1899 comedy Naughty Anthony.  In this light tale, an uptight professor becomes enamored of a girl in the hosiery business, kisses go astray, and the professor tries to get out of it by pretending to be someone else.  In this lithograph poster, also of 1899, I think the good prof is the peeping Tom (I can't resist) enjoying the sight of a kitten pulling on a shiny silk stocking. The play wasn't a success, but the poster's adorable.

Friday, August 15, 2014

bonus vintage: happy dog!

from the museum collection
Something about antiquing with Tara McD brings out the best in the lost vintage photo gods.  Look what I found in a shoebox somewhere in downtown Tacoma!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

"if you could say one thing to your pet that they would understand..."

. . . what would it be?  The question was recently posed on Reddit's "Pets" subreddit, and though you'll have guessed a lot of them, some of them are funnier, sweeter, and more overall entertaining (and sweary, so don't say I didn't warn you).
"Please stop eating stuff before you have assessed what it is."
"I miss you..."
"To my geckos: please don't poop on me."

Excellent.  Have a read.  What would you tell yours?