Dog People by Sandra Muller

Canine Culture

Welcome to Friday everyone, CEO Olivia here. “Dog People“, is a photography book by Dutch artist Sandra Muller. In it are 83 wooftastic dog portraits – from a purebred Standard Schnauzer to a “street mutt” – & many “human” characters. She describes the book as a thought experiment: what kind of person would my dog be?

Sandra Muller bought her first SLR camera at age 14. She has been an animal lover since childhood – from guinea pigs to her aunt’s dog, with whom she spent entire summer vacations. Today, she is the proud huMom of Maja, the “most beautiful Bernese Mountain Dog mix in the world”. She specializes in portraits of both people & good dogs. She tries to capture the unique personality of each of her subjects, be they two-legged or four-legged.

Have a look at a sampling of the pawsome portraits from her book.

Have a wooftastic weekend.

CEO Olivia

 

Good Dogs Smell What You’re Feeling

Health

dog sniffing child's face

Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here. As you all probably know, we dogs have a well developed sense of smell. Many of us have degrees in Stinkology. But did you know we dogs can smell how you’re feeling emotionally? It’s true.

A study was done where humans watched video’s that would trigger a response of happiness or fear, then their sweat was collected & was then used to see how dog’s reacted to the chemicals in the collected sweat. The dogs were left in a room with their human & a stranger. Then the sweat was introduced into the air through a vent system.

The “happy” sweat seemed to have little effect on the dogs. They remained calm & curious about the stranger. But when exposed to the “fearful” sweat, the dogs became stressed & cautious. The dogs exposed to the fear sweat sample also had consistently higher heart rates than the dogs exposed to the happy sweat sample.

The dog’s didn’t become aggressive & researches concluded the dogs were mirroring the emotions they were smelling. The question must be asked, how does long-term exposure to human stress & emotional imbalances in the home (fear, anger, frustration, etc.) impact a good dogs health?

There are studies being done about how a human’s emotional health can effect the health of a companion animal such as a dog. When I sniff out something about this research, I’ll be blogging about it.

My huMom tries to be mindful about her emotional state when we’re together. She’s aware that I mirror her, but now she knows it’s not just body language or her voice I respond to, it’s about smell too.

Are you following us on Instagram? Please do. HuMom takes great pictures.

CEO Olivia

Good Dogs Marching

News

Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here. As you probably know, last weekend people came out in huge numbers for the March For Our Lives rallies around the United States as well as solidarity marches around the world. Some of the demonstrators happened to be good dogs.

The March For Our Lives movement was spearheaded by students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, after a gunman killed 17 people there . Teens around the country & their supporters are calling for action to fight gun violence.

I’ve gathered a few pictures of some good dogs making it clear that we don’t want gun violence either.  After all, gun violence can affect us too.

Have a wooftastic weekend, & for those who celebrate, have a happy, peaceful Easter.

CEO Olivia