Growlmama Loves #7
Our bi-monthly snapshot of things we love and things to do, doggy-style.
Hair of the dog
Sophie Gamand, what can we say? One of the first doggy photographers we discovered and one with the most heart. Her Pitbull Flower Project has helped soften the image of these misunderstood dogs and continues to help so many find forever homes.
While best known for Flower Power, Growlmama can't get enough of Sophie's other work, particularly her Metamorphosis series (pictured), which was a finalist in the gif category at the New York Photo Festival in 2014. Says Sophie of the series, "Metamorphosis is an ongoing project about dog grooming. Some people say that "grooming is like having a new dog". Exploring different stages of the grooming process, I discover the multiple dogs hidden in one."
You light up my life
Myra Heller will light up your life literally with a handmade custom lamp of your very own pup! While she lives up the road from us, it took Brighton-based art hound's Muir & Osborne to bring this talented Growlmama to our attention. See her work in the flesh at The Dog Show Brighton, weekends throughout May. Myra, we challenge you to capture Frida's gnashers in luminescent glory!
Reclaim your sofa!
As the saying goes: First they steal your hearts, then the sofa, then your bed!
For a Growlmama who has waited the best part of 20 years to be able to buy a sofa she can afford that meets with her design-expectations - and is still searching - sofa's are a big deal. So when we came across this clever design by Mun Studio for M.Pup Korea we got a little excited. Your dog muse can relax in the arm while you enjoy the comfort of your sofa fully-stretched...Well that's the idea anyway!
P.S. Unfortunately it appears M.Pup are no longer so you'll have to find a clever craftsman to knock up your own.
Delicate dogs in wire by Bridget Baker
By now you all know that we have a rather (un)healthy fascination with pups and art. And as much as we try to quell it, we continue to discover the most amazing artists producing beautiful works that just so happen to be of dogs. Continuing with this theme, meet Bridget Baker. We ADORE her minimalist wire dog sculptures. So stunningly simple and poignant. And did we mention you can actually commission a work of your pup. See her at The Dog Show, Brighton, weekends in May or commission a bespoke piece from Stockbridge Gallery.
Doggy Bowls that aren't doggy
So much dog stuff looks, well, doggy. If you're like us and don't want a house full of bones and paws you will love the beautiful simplicity of these handmade walnut bowls from Japanese Accessories brand Sfera. Beautifully designed, functional and won't ruin your lounge room. What's not to love?
In the past we've been guilty of indulging in unnatural fibres of the fleece variety for our little pup. While they wash well and dry easily, they are cold in winter and scorching in summer, not to mention terrible to look at.
More recently we've found an equally functional but nicer solution. Frida is now the proud owner of a lovely sheepskin. She loves it, as do we (not least because it can go in the washing machine). While she got the IKEA version, still on our lustworthy list are these beautiful skins from the Isle of Auskerry. Pick one up from The New Craftsmen.
Innocent treats for innocent hounds
Frida is not a fussy pup when it comes to food. But, oh my days! when she sniffed these treats from the Innocent Hound, she lost her shizzle!
Healthy, flavoursome and made from locally sourced, sustainable high quality meat where animal welfare is a priority these are the perfect reward/ bribe for your mutt. Shop direct from the Innocent Hound or treat a Growlmama you love to a beautiful gift box from The Artisan Pet Deli.
A jungle dog resort fit for Growlmamas
Situated on the edge of a nature reserve, approximately one hour from Kuala Lumpur, luxury dog resort Dog House Broga ticks all the human boxes for a great hotel.
Your pup will stay in a beautiful villa designed by WHBC architects, complete with sound system, play area and sun terrace for lazy afternoon naps. When he's not meandering through the manicured grounds on his twice daily walk he can indulge in the pet spa or splash about in the stunning pool (followed by bath and blow dry!)
It's about time someone realised that we want our pups to have as much fun when we go away as we do. Book now.