Four days after Christmas in 2009, Sgt. Michael Golembesky found a tiny puppy. Not in his front yard or by the corner store, but in an Afghani village he and his unit had bombed during a nearly weeklong firefight with the Taliban. He says he couldn’t pass up the chance to “rescue something so innocent in the midst of that chaos.” Once back on Golembesky’s remote base, Bear, as the 9-week-old dog was called, “was our little buddy and morale booster. Everyone cared for him and he was a part of our team.”
San Francisco-based illustrator, designer and painter Lisa Congdon is well known as a collector of vintage ephemera. Her book A Collection a Day, created from an eponymous blog, catalogues 365 photographs of her collections ranging from vintage matchbooks to midcentury kitchenware and pinecones. But don’t think her curatorial work stops there. Congdon’s four-year-old Chihuahua Wilfredo has his own growing collection — 15 outfits tucked away in his own dresser drawer.
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