Happy International Dog Women Day!
We at Franks love a good celebration, so here are some inspiring women we adore who rock loving the pups.
"Everyone thinks they have the best dog. And None of them are wrong"
W R Purche
1. Juliet Clutton-Brock, London, 1933-2015
Firstly Juliet studied archaeology – but not to find countless old broken pots and bits of stone (as my 12 year old daughter calls it when I try to introduce some culture on holidays). She studied how we lived with animals way back then. We understand a lot about the (wo)man’s best friend in ancient times from studies like hers and her contributions can be found in the Natural History Museum.
2. Maud Alice Earl, London/New York, 1864 – 1943
Next we have Maud was an artist, a dog artist. Why does this matter? Well, two reasons. Dogs are changing – people are breeding and cross breeding them to create versions they find more appealing. To have someone like Maud show us what dogs looked like in her lifetime is a great way of recording them as they were.
Secondly, I dare you to Google Dog Artist. In a long, list of men in her era, you’ll see Maud shifting the man-spread to make room for her Edwardian assed skirts.
3. Temple Grandin, Boston 1947 – present
Thirdly Temple taught us how to see life like our animals do, in ways that were never considered before. She uses her autism as a doorway to understanding how we relate to each other, beyond speaking. If we mixed Dr Doolittle with the ultimate animal whisperer we still couldn’t correctly describe what she sees.
All minds matter. Temple Grandin.
Eniko with her hair down & looking slightly awkward, like every single one of us on any given school project!
4. Eniko Kubinyi, Hungary, 1976 – present
Eniko is a Hungarian researcher who studies all things dog. She firstly is a senior researcher of the Family Dog Project, the first research group to study the behaviour and relationship between us and our dogs. Also she researchs dog dementia and ageing so that we can learn better ways of growing older with our dogs.
5. Coco Chanel, France, 1883 – 1971
The founder and of the Chanel brand, Wiki tells me she was credited in the post-World War I era with liberating women from the constraints of the “corseted silhouette” and popularizing a sporty, casual chic as the feminine standard of style.
Want more? Ok, she created a whole look from not just having a dog but celebrating pure breeds. More? Ok! She created a style of grooming dogs, so that both them and us would smell and feel wonderful.
Coco Chanel, Brood Bitch of Fashion
6. Muriel Crooke and Rosamund Bond, Merseyside, Uk, 1930
These two ladies heard a rumour about something fairly brilliant happening in Switzerland and contacted Dorothy Harrison Eustis there. She sent over a trainer and so begins the story of: Guide Dogs for Blind. I don’t think I need to say more on this, but being Franks, I have just given you a 3 for the price of 1 Amazing International Women Collaboration. You’re worth it and you’re welcome.
7. Barbara Woodhouse, England, 1910 – 1988
I’m old enough to remember this lady on TV back when we only had 3 channels! She introduced dog training to the UK like no one before her and probably since. Perfectly British, she worked to change our minds from having a dog to being kind in how we train our dogs. Walkies!
Judith Blunt Lytton. She might have her middle finger raised at someone in this picture but we’ll never know.
8. Judith Blunt-Lytton, aka 16th Baroness Wentworth, England, 1873 – 1957
Her beef with them was breeding to the extent that it damaged them, accusing them of making the dogs making them ‘feeble and deformed’. Behold! Judith’s field of f**ks was barren! Virginia Woolf also wrote a small novel called Flush.
9. Brigit Bardo, France, 1934 – Present
We all know her name – that’s what a legacy is. But, futhermore she was also a massive animal rights advocate. Not just a little bit, but in a huge, big way. The way that leads to lots of controversy and someone becoming marmite and getting slated across news channels as a bit of a once loved celeb now a bit out there. Unless you just strip all that way and recognise her for protecting animals and creating a Foundation for every animal from pups to elephants. Not forgetting, for instance that time she went on the rampage against seal clubbing for fashion or took on an entire religion.. Love her or hate her, she’s a fierce one.
This caption should read Frida & her dog, 1944..but I’ve just discovered there is a website that has dogs dressed as Frida and I need to go check so, k, thanks bye.
10. Frida Kahlo, Mexico, 1907 – 1954
Lastly Frida loved her dogs. She painted them and wrote about them – but what she has become known for, when it comes to her dogs at least, is that she considered them, above all as her children.
Lots of women have children. More and more lots of women choose not to. For a long time this was considered a little bit ‘off’.
It was expected. We are not ashamed to say our dogs are our four legged children and we love, love LOVE THEM! Before we could say that and it was acceptable, Frida said it.
Um.. Except hers weren’t hairy but she loved her Xolo/Colima’s. . In Aztec that combines God of Death and dog. In other words basically Frida was edgier and cooler than anyone ever.
In conclusion, keep being your edgy, cool, rebellious, loving, quality, smarty pants, artsy and fierce selves! Xx
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