by Clay Barbour
The technical term is anthropomorphism: the act of attributing human characteristics to non-human things. But c’mon, spend any time with dogs and you will find yourself talking to them – and most likely, answering back as them.
This comes to mind now because in this issue, along with stories on fashion, restaurateurs and travel, we have a big, beautiful spread on vineyard dogs.
These little four-legged angels are among our oldest friends. They’ve been domesticated for more than 20,000 years and it’s a safe bet that for at least that long, humans have wondered exactly what was going on behind their curious eyes and adorable little faces.
I make up entire musicals in my house with my Boston terriers, Ollie, 3, and Izzy, 9. Usually it involves me making a sandwich and them singing to me about how badly they want it.
So I guess you could say I was an easy sell when photographer Keith Lanpher pitched his idea, which was to augment the photos with imagined comments from the dogs themselves based on their personalities and history.
Keith took this more seriously than you might imagine, which led to one of the more interesting email exchanges I’ve had in a while. I had edited one profile to have the dog talking about chasing those “damn” groundhogs – to which Keith responded, “Gracie, real and imagined, was so gentle, I don’t think she would use the word ‘damn.’”
What can I say? The man loves dogs. And he is spectacular at photographing them. I think you’ll enjoy the spread. And I hope you enjoy the rest of the issue. We had fun putting it together for you.
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