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A Fan of the Gray Ghost

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows


Ohlone Dog Park in Berkeley is considered the world’s first dog park, an effort that started in 1979.

William Wegman began photographing his Weimaraner, Man Ray, while teaching at California State College, Long Beach in 1970. Man Ray passed away in 1982 and Wegman waited until 1986 before he got his next Weimaraner, Fay Ray. With the birth of her litter in 1989, Wegman had a cast of several Weimaraners to feature in his works.

George Rodrigue began painting his “Blue Dog” series in the early 1990s. He was inspired by the French-Cajun  or werewolf legend.

Louis XV, king of France, often called Jean-Baptiste Oudry to Versailles to paint the royal hounds while in the king’s presence.

In 1903, cigar manufacturer Brown & Bigelow hired Cassius Marcellus Coolidge (1844-1934) to paint dogs in human-like situations, such as testifying in court, ballroom dancing, and playing poker and billiards. The original 1894 painting, Poker Game, went for $658,000 at a Sotheby’s New York sale in 2015.


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