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Parents love when their kids make them gifts — even more so when the gifts star their furry grandchildren. For their mother’s birthday, Kristian Septimius Krogh and his sister produced a short film starring their two pups, Nono and Sia. Similar to the famous William Wegman photos of his Weimaraners posed with human limbs, Two Dogs Dining in Busy Restaurant features Nono and Sia, siting at a dining table wearing sweaters, while Kristian and his sister hide behind them, providing the pups with arms and opposable thumbs. “I have seen William Wegman’s work, but it did not really inspire this video,” says Kristian. “Really it was the dogs themselves that were the source of inspiration. And making our mother laugh, naturally.”
In early 2010, Christopher Weingarten noticed a trend on Tumblr — more and more sites were emerging dedicated to the lampooning of hipster culture. He decided to jump on the bandwagon but give it a four-legged spin. Weingarten grabbed some photos of dogs draped in hipster garb off Flickr, added facetious commentary, and launched his own Tumblr site, Hipster Puppies.
Within hours, people started submitting images of pups in Buddy Holly glasses, too-tight hooded sweatshirts, and tacky Cosby sweaters. “Within a month, my inbox was overflowing,” Weingarten says. “Then, once the Village Voice Music Editor, Maura Johnston, posted it to her Twitter feed, Gawker got a hold if it, then The Onion bit it, and it just blew up.” Within the first month, the site received more than 500,000 visits and over 1.2 million page views. Naturally the popularity led to a publishing deal. The book, Hipster Puppies, hit shelves last July.
The jury’s out about whether or not you can teach an old dog new tricks, but it seems you can teach Jesse the Jack Russell, well, any trick at all. The three-year old terrier has won over YouTube hearts with footage showcasing his exceptional abilities around the home, including closing the blinds, making the bed, cleaning windows and much more.
At just nine weeks, Jesse began to sit up on his hind legs and beg – and for a touch of extra cuteness, wave with his front paw. Since then, owner Heather Brook of Phoenix, Arizona, has taught Jesse more than 200 tricks — but adds that she couldn’t do it without his input. “Jesse loves offering different behaviors, complete with a huge smile across his face,” she says.
When it comes to TV tastes, most pets prefer animal-oriented programming. With that in mind, it shouldn’t have come as much surprise to Jamie Kang and her husband, Eugene, when their bulldog, Bullet, took a liking to Family Guy. After all, one of the main characters is a dog. A talking dog at that.