Friday, January 18, 2008

Musings on Dogs and Style

Are dogs stylish? I guess that is a matter of opinion and style ought to be the last consideration when getting one but of course it is ONE consideration.

As I said in an earlier entry, The Queen, having been brought up among great pieces of art and taking them for granted, must be pretty oblivious of aesthetic aspects or she wouldn't have Corgies.

How did I become aware of any aesthetic aspect? It was when I moved from West Germany to where I am living now. The almost-a-drawing-room was 80% finished with all furniture where it belonged, rugs, curtains and most pictures in their places. Then there was my old smooth-coated Weimaraner lying on a sofa, very quiet, already starting to feel ill. (He had to be put down a couple of days later because of kidney failure.) Then it occurred to me: That wonderful animal lightened up the room. Ennobled it. Elevated it to a level it never reached before and will never reach again.

My terriers keep me young and they are wonderful working dogs. They love the human race with an indiscriminate and totally uncalled-for passion. Nobody would accuse them to ennoble a place, although they certainly make it more homely, even though they do horrible things of all sorts to one's furniture and other belongings and all that in countless different ways. But I guess to suffer that with good grace is, in a way, another expression of style. Excessive tidiness is frightfully lower middleclass anyway.

6 Comment(s):

the House of Beauty and Culture said...

Absolutely, and I could not agree with your last statement more!

I love terriers, never thought I would though. My first real love was a Bouvier des Flandres. And it took a very long time to get over loosing him. Now I have my Schnauzers, and can't imagine life without them.

Stephen Renico said...

Terriers are one of God's gifts to man. They are the only kind of dog I've ever had.

Evil Style Queen said...

HoBC, we have ever met just one Bouvier des Flandres. The old girl is a real gem, but sadly grotesqely fat, which doesn't do anything for her looks. Don't they look a bit like Schauzers or is that just our friend? I love Schnauzers. Not the kind of dog I would choose for myself, but great dogs with a lot of character.

Love your blog, btw. The bit about "hunting for cock and furniture in the Internet" had me in stitches! ;-)

Evil Style Queen said...

Stephen, great to see you here, my friend. And welcome!

I am somehow not amazed that you like those crazy beasts. I guess you have the necessary discipline and fitness to handle both - knives and terriers. I haven't always enough of the first and I'm sadly lacking the second, right now.

I have an old friend who trained dogs for shooting/hunting most of his life. He says: "There are dachshunds, terriers - and dogs."

Pigtown-Design said...

Swore that the next dog that I got would be a small black type. Swore that I'd never get another yellow lab again. Saw my guy at the pound. Brought him home. He's a yellow lab that I love with all my heart.

Evil Style Queen said...

I know how you feel. A short-coated Weimaraner was always the dog of my dreams. Then Bracko came along and should I ever get a Weimaraner again it will be a smooth-coated one.