Archive for June, 2012

Dogs can skateboard too

June 7, 2012

Many thanks to my friend Kris for sharing this with me. It is in Stuttgart Germany and shows three Boston Terriers who have mastered the mystical art of skateboarding.  I just hope it is not a subtle Mercedes-Benz commercial.  Anyway, you will really like this video:

Your best friend,

Rita the dog [ignore video ad, if any, immediately below]

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Some dogs from LIFE

June 6, 2012

LIFE magazine published many photos so inevitably there are some of dogs.  A few of these are featured here.  Maybe some more in a later post.  The first is a really handsome whippet and a really great photo:

Portrait of whippet chosen Best in Show--LIFE--1963--photo by Nina Leen

Portrait of whippet chosen Best in Show–LIFE–1963–photo by Nina Leen

Next we have the gorgeous Brooke Shields and her dog Ginger, back in 1986:

LIFE--Brooke Shields with dog Ginger--March, 1986

LIFE–Brooke Shields with dog Ginger–March, 1986

The next photo shows presidential candidate Bobby Kennedy running with his dog Freckles on an Oregon beach, back in 1968, before — but only a few days before his assassination on June 6, 1968:

Bobby Kennedy and his dog, Freckles, running on an Oregon beach--1968

Bobby Kennedy and his dog, Freckles, running on an Oregon beach–1968

An adjusted version of this photo by Bill Eppridge appeared on the memorial issue of LIFE on June 14, 1968, but I think the one above looks better. You can see the cover version here.

Much earlier President Harry Truman had a dog  named Feller shown in the next image as a puppy on the White house lawn, back in 1948:

President Truman's Dog-Feller--white house lawn--1948-by-Thomas D Mcavoy

President Truman’s Dog-Feller–white house lawn–1948-by-Thomas D Mcavoy

Finally, and this one gives me considerable pause for thought, we provide this stark and prescient image of Guantanamo Bay in Cuba back in 1961:

Guantanamo Bay In Cuba--1961--by Dmitri Kessel

Guantanamo Bay In Cuba–1961–by Dmitri Kessel

May the rest of your day be great.

Rita the dog [ignore video add, if any, immediately below]

For my Dad

June 4, 2012

From time to  time I just like to make my dad happy.  Here is for you Dad:

LeBlanc Stewart, Julius - Nymphs Hunting - 1898

LeBlanc Stewart, Julius – Nymphs Hunting – 1898

He’s an old guy, but I’m sure he will like that picture.  The artist Julius LeBlanc Stewart (1855-1919) was an American who lived mostly in Paris.  I’m not sure where he found these nymphal huntresses.

Your best friend,

Rita the dog [ignore video add, if any, immediately following]

A dog’s pick

June 3, 2012

Mostly too heavy for me, here are a few selected by yours truly, Rita the dog :), from 40 of the most powerful.  Thanks Laura.

A dog named "Leao" sits for a second consecutive day at the grave of her owner, who died in the disastrous landslides near Rio de Janiero on January 15, 2011

A dog named “Leao” sits for a second consecutive day at the grave of her owner, who died in the disastrous landslides near Rio de Janiero on January 15, 2011

A dog is reunited with his owner following the tsunami in Japan in 2011

A dog is reunited with his owner following the tsunami in Japan in 2011

A girl in isolation for radiation screening looks at her dog through a window in Nihonmatsu, Japan on March 14

A girl in isolation for radiation screening looks at her dog through a window in Nihonmatsu, Japan on March 14

Greg Cook hugs his dog Coco after finding her inside his destroyed home in Alabama following the Tornado in March, 2012

Greg Cook hugs his dog Coco after finding her inside his destroyed home in Alabama following the Tornado in March, 2012

For credits of these photos or to view the other 36 goto to buzzfeed, the site from which these come.

Have an incredible day, yours,

Rita the dog [ignore video add, if any, immediately following]

Queen Elizabeth Loves Dogs

June 2, 2012

I don’t know much about her royal highness but I do know that she loves dogs, and that’s enough for me.  Can there be any doubt:

Princess Elizabeth at 10-years-old in 1936 with her first corgi

Princess Elizabeth at 10-years-old in 1936 with her first corgi

Here she is looking really happy five years later in 1941:

Queen Elizabeth II as a young Princess, with dog -- 1941

Queen Elizabeth II as a young Princess, with dog — 1941

I have no idea when this next photo was taken, but it is cute:

Princess Elizabeth with dog

Princess Elizabeth with dog

She favors a breed, which you see even in the pictures above, called a Welsh Corgi.  They look like this:

Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Pretty cute I’d say.  But maybe not as cute as the queen herself who looked like this back in 1952 when she became the queen, which event my old man says he actually remembers:

Queen Elizabeth ii--photo by--Drothy Wilding

Queen Elizabeth ii–photo by–Drothy Wilding

Since I love dog art, I dug around the net a bit and found that maybe the dog loving thing is in her genes:

van Dyck--The Three Eldest Children of Charles I--1635

van Dyck–The Three Eldest Children of Charles I–1635

And more recently this painting which shows Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in the early years of their marriage, and more importantly with some of their dogs:

Landseer’s ‘Windsor Castle in Modern Times’

Landseer’s ‘Windsor Castle in Modern Times’

If you’re interested in more historical royal dogs look here, where some of these images came from (thank you!).

And a painting of the young princess in 1933 at age 7, unfortunately without dogs:

Philip Alexius de Laszlo--Princess Elizabeth of York--Currently Queen Elizabeth II of England--1933

Philip Alexius de Laszlo–Princess Elizabeth of York–Currently Queen Elizabeth II of England–1933

Born April 21, 1926 the queen is now 86 years old.  Here is a picture (from Wikipedia) taken 5 years ago:

Queen Elizabeth II in 2007

Queen Elizabeth II in 2007

I hate fanfare, but maybe the queen likes it.  In any case, as you probably know, a huge fanfare called the Diamond Jubilee celebrating her 60 years as Queen of England is this year, and some of the big stuff is about to start right about now, including horse races and I don’t know what all, but (and I’m not sure I like this) at least one dog thing:

Rhodesian Ridgeback preparing for Diamond Jubilee

Rhodesian Ridgeback preparing for Diamond Jubilee

Seems like they could have had a Corgi or at least a Dorgi, the ‘breed’ the queen herself created as a cross between a Dachshund and a Corgi, apparently with a brick as height adjuster :).

Have a nice day, yours,

Rita the dog [ignore video add, if any, just below]

P.S. I found another dog blogger who wrote about the queen:  here.