Although many have been considered an artist’s muse, none have served as repeatedly as the common feline. Often basking directly beside our world’s famous artists, cats have consistently served as creative companion and confidant. New from Chronicle Books is Artists and Their Cats, a collection of intimate portraits featuring many of the past century’s most recognizable artists and their feline counterparts.
Editor Alison Nastasi writes in the book’s introduction, “Many artists buck notions of a stereotypical temperament, but researchers have long speculated that creative individuals share common attributes—which mirror those of cats.” More than 50 pairs are highlighted throughout the book—cats perched on laps, desks, and even atop heads. Included in the cat compendium is everyone from Basquiat to Matisse with images of Picasso and Georgia O’Keeffe in-between. Salvador Dali himself graces the cover with cane and noted Colombian ocelot Babou. Artists and Their Cats is now available in the Colossal Shop.
Meet Brutus, a loving Rottweiler who was recently given a chance to enjoy a richer, fuller life thanks to four prosthetic limbs that were outfitted to his amputated legs. After the 1.5-year-old dog was left outside in the freezing cold when he was just a puppy, he suffered from severe frostbite on all of his paws. His breeder crudely hacked off the afflicted paws at home, leaving Brutus maimed and unable to walk without extreme pain.
Luckily, the sweet pooch was removed from the breeder by a Loveland, Colorado rescue group, who cared for him and found him a forever home. Wanting to make his life even better, his new human crowdfunded enough money to pay for a set of special animal prosthetics from OrthoPets. After undergoing surgery to correct some of the harm done by the botched amputation, Brutus has been working with OrthoPets and the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Colorado State University, learning to navigate his surroundings on his new paws.
According to his owner, Laura, Brutus is noticeably happier now that he can enjoy life with greater mobility. Walking on hard and uneven surfaces no longer causes him severe pain, and he will be able to engage in more physical activities. Although he will most likely need physical therapy for the rest of his life, it’s heartwarming to know that this wonderful dog will be able to look forward to a healthy, joyful future.
Minneapolis-based designer David Schwen has created a fun series of prints for Lucy & Co., where he imagined what dogs wearing the “cone of shame” would look like if they are wearing ice cream cones instead. Working with figurines of various dog breeds, he created playful images of these “ice cream cone dogs” that would no doubt delight dog lovers. You can purchase these prints here, or head over to Dschwen’s Instagram page for more of his creative work.