On the Rug

Dogs

“They brought me in to a white-bearded bald old fellow who was lying on a worn Turkoman carpet in front of a half-dead fire. He had a book beside him, a catalogue of his railroad bridges, and he held a pen between his toes. He used his magnificent, sleepy, burgundy-and-gold-colored hunting dogs… as pillows and rugs.”

Swan Lake (1989), text by Mark Helprin and illustrations by Chris Van Allsburg

On Napping with a Dog

“I’m having the most lovely rests with Kay these days; he slept for an hour on my breast this afternoon. He lies, not at all sure that he will stay, while I skilfully and soporifically scratch his chest, and then, at last, with a deep yielding sigh, his little head sinks, he crimps his feet together — then relaxes — and falls asleep — while enraptured mother broods over him!”

— Anne Douglas Sedgwick in a letter to Adèle le B. Alsop, November 2, 1929

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Three favorite images from The Book of the Dog (2015) by Angus Hyland and Kendra Wilson, a wonderful collection. Above, “Big Boy” (2008) by Sandra Flood, and below, “Miss Beatrice Townsend” (1882) by John Singer Sargent and “Lime Tree Shade” (1913) by Amy Katherine Browning. Buy this book.

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