|another repeat from the curatorial holdings|
i really need to go treasure hunting
- Washington, United States
- 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, July 19, 2017
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
|James Ward, 1769–1859, British, Arctic Dog, Facing Left, undated, Graphite on medium, smooth, cream, wove paper, mounted on, modertately thick, slightly textured, beige, laid paper, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection|
Monday, July 17, 2017
|image copyright and by kindest permission of the artist|
Saturday, July 15, 2017
|thanks british library flickr|
yes, I know they're ravens not rooks
you try finding PD images of rooks
Oatlands estate records of her:
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Her Royal Highness had an eccentric taste for keeping pet-dogs, and near the grotto there were between sixty and seventy small upright stones, inscribed with the names of an equal number of dogs, which were buried here by direction of the Duchess: she extended her kindness even to the rooks, which, when driven from the neighbouring fields, experienced a marked protection on this demesne, where, finding themselves in security, they soon established a flourishing rookery. This humane trait in the character of the Duchess was thus commemorated by Lord Erskine:
"At Oatlands, where the buoyant air
Vast crowds of Rooks can scarcely bear
What verdure paints returning spring!
What crops surrounding harvests bring!
Yet swarms on every tree are found,
Nor hear the Fowler's dreaded sound.
And when the Kite's resistless blow .
Dashes their scattered nests below,
Alarmed, they quit the distant field,
To seek the Park's indulgent shield;
Where close in the o'ershadowing wood
They build new castles for their brood,
Secure, their fair Protectress nigh
Whose bosom swells with sympathy."
-- Timbs, J. Abbeys, castles and ancient balls of England and Wales, their legendary lore, and popular history. Re-ed. by A. Gunn. London: Frederick Warne & Co., 1872. 147.
I found an article on the dogs' graves. Here that is.
Friday, July 14, 2017
|photo coopyright and kindest permission of k orr|
*Note from your friendly curator: While this post discusses a new pet product, I received no payment of any kind for this post. I simply think this is an excellent idea that would help keep dogs safe.*
See that dog up there in the car? Are you worried about him? Don't be: he's being watched over at a remove. I know this because I see the sticker on the glass:
"iMyK9"? Yes. According to founder and CEO Karen D. Orr, iMyK9 was developed as a pet monitor providing a safer way to travel with your pet. Have a look at the features and how it works: a monitor in the car is twinned with an app. You can set the app to monitor the car temperature and see your dog (or cat, if yours travels) one-way, or you can also have a connection that permits your pet to hear you. This product is launching this summer, and I hope it helps save many dogs from needless tragedy.
You know me - I couldn't resist asking Karen Orr if she had a favorite pet poem. She did, and it's one I honestly did not know before. She sent the photo below for the fun of it, and the poem, which follows:
|photo via kindest permission of k orr|
If I should ever leave you whom I love
To go along the Silent Way,
Nor speak of me with tears,
But laugh and talk of me as if I were beside you there.
( I'd come - I'd come, could I but find a way!
But would not tears and grief be barriers? )
And when you hear a song
Or see a bird I loved,
Please do not let the thought of me be sad...
For I am loving you just as I always have...
You were so good to me!
There are so many things I wanted still to do -
So many things to say to you...
Remember that I did not fear...
It was Just leaving you that was so hard to face...
We cannot see Beyond...
But this I know:
I love you so -
'twas heaven here with you!
- "To Those I Love," Isla Paschal Richardson (b. 1886), provided by Karen in memory of her Blue Heeler
Thursday, July 13, 2017
|Takeuchi Seihō [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons|
A last word: I can't let you go without letting you see his 1901 Lion, apparently painted after a trip to the Dresden Zoo.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Monday, July 10, 2017
|thanks the-athenaeum.org (PD)|