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Coasters and Cards Full of Lovely Dogs

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Dogs, dogs, dogs, bring on the dogs. Two unusual dog-themed items — coasters and a card game — landed at Bay Woof recently. Bay Woof is giving them four paws up.

First, the coasters, simply called DOG coasters from Laurence King Publishing. The handsome collection features the art of Marcel George of London, a watercolorist and illustrator. There are 15 dog represented: Border Collie, Boxer, Beagle, Cocker Spaniel, Daschsund, Dalmation, French Bulldog, German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, Pug, Saint Bernard, Shiba Inu, Siberian Husky, and Whippet. Most are somber-ish portraits of serious dogs straight on or from the side. The Husky looks a little mean, the Boxer and Beagle have slightly goofy eyes, the Shiba Inu and Beagle are positively regal, and the Frenchie is adorbs.

The coasters are sturdy, matte-finished cardboard. They work fine with coffee cups and water glasses. They sell for $14.99 and are said to be “The perfect gift for dog lovers — bring them out for your next dog show viewing party.” As if.

And now, for the cards, or technically Dogs & Puppies: A Memory Game. Created with Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, a London shelter, the game debuted in February and is essentially that old card game known as concentration. Royalties from the sales help support Battersea in caring for and find homes for its animals.

In this game, however, instead of matching numbered or face cards, players match cute puppies with their handsome/beautiful adult dog parents. Marcel does a great job of illustrating 25 breeds, from Siberian Huskies to Staffordshire Bull Terriers and Dachshunds to Dalmatians. The cards include fun breed facts by Emma Aguado, an animal behaviorist, so it’s a learning game as well a memory one. The object is to collect the most pairs.

 Bay Woof played the game with an adult friend, also a fellow dog lover, on a recent weekend trip to Altadena. We had fun spreading the cards out across our Airbnb hosts’ dining room table and talking dogs while we leisurely flipped up and turned over dog after dog.

The deck is $14.99. Learn more about the dogs, coaster and other doggy printed stuff at www.LaurenceKing.com.

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Main article photo by: Photos courtesy Laurence King Publishing