Year of the Dog

With the arrival of the Lunar New Year on February 16th, we’ve entered the Year of the Dog in the Chinese Zodiac, which corresponds with the lunar calendar. My birth year, 1968, was the Year of the Monkey. Monkeys are great, but dogs are, well, the most beloved animal on earth, and they deserve that status. The great screen legend Elizabeth Taylor famously said that some of her best leading men in Hollywood had been “horses and dogs.”

I would probably compose a better Year of the Dog blog post if I wasn’t still harboring disappointment that Slick the border collie didn’t win Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club show last week. Did anyone else watch that broadcast? Slick was robbed!! Biggie the pug was also robbed. They gave the top honors to the bichon frise, who was really cute, but I just have a preference for dogs who do productive things, like herding, hunting, guarding, protecting, working their tails off on fishing boats and farms and mountains. If you haven’t seen border collies in action you should. Impressive to the max. Intelligent, resolute, amazing dogs. One of my favorite breeds.

Siberian Dogs in the Snow by Franz Marc:

Though I love all animals, these days I am technically a cat person. Museworthy readers are required to know of my girl Jessie. You can read about her on my post Crazy Cat Lady. There will be a pop quiz afterwards 😉

This video is hilarious. A compilation of cats stealing dog beds. As wonderful as dogs are in so many ways, they are no match for the territorial dominance of cats. Happy Year of the Dog! 😆

10 thoughts on “Year of the Dog

  1. artmodelandrew says:

    Husky sled team motto: If you’re not the lead dog, the view never changes.

  2. Steve says:

    Biggie, what a great handle for a pug, i love it! The last time that breed won best in show was in ’81, beating out a gorgeous German shepherd. I had one at the time and was so incredulous that a pushed-face runt won the best in show.

    Then years later I got a pug and forever fell in love with the breed.

    • artmodel says:


      Yes, isn’t ‘Biggie’ a great name? And boy was he a crowd favorite! Pug owners are so thoroughly in love with the breed. I like your story from ’81! I believe a German Shepherd won Westminster Best in Show last year.

      Thanks for your comments! Good to hear from you, friend.


  3. Bill says:

    Maybe the cats and dogs could have had bunk beds. On second thought,

  4. Jennifer says:

    Those cats really weren’t going to give up! But it’s true enough, we had both a dog and two cats for several years and the dog gave the cats’ claws a very wide berth! Hope the Year of the Dog proves to be a good one for you. Glad you’ve been kept very busy with modelling work so far!
    all best wishes

    • artmodel says:


      I’ve had dogs and cats all my life but never together. I’d love to have one of each though! But my girl Jessie would never accept it. She really doesn’t like the dogs in the neighborhood and wants nothing to do with them!

      Thanks for your comments and your kind thoughts. Much appreciated! I am keeping very busy with work. Hope things are well your way!


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