This blog is dedicated to celebrating dogs and noting all the ways they enrich our lives and put smiles on our faces every day, because dogs truly do make everything better. They seem to love nothing more than being included in whatever is happening at that moment, stealing the show and making friends out of strangers along the way. I’m convinced there’s a universal language between people of all cultures and kinds when it comes to dogs, and that impact is an incredible gift. So when I can capture that, it’ll be up here.
I’ll try and avoid dwelling on the tragic topics of overpopulation, abuse, breed specific legislation and puppy mills but since my last seven dogs have been society’s outcasts it’s obviously very close to my heart. So I’m sure there will be posts that inform or touch on these things from time to time—because I’m amazed there are still good-hearted folks out there who don’t know about these things—but hopefully it will be good news on those fronts.
As for myself, I’m a designer and I own a company called Pantofola that combines my passion for dogs, design and Italian leather goods craftsmanship. The goal is to create beautiful products made only in Italy for dogs of all sizes—including the often ignored large dogs—that people will love. The bigger picture is two-fold: raise awareness and broaden public acceptance of adopting from shelters to save lives, and to donate a portion of profits to rescue organizations worldwide. My work takes me to Italy pretty often, so I can usually be found in Milan’s Corso Como or some piazza doing a lot of dog-watching. And an awful lot of smiling.