Bad Marlon can simply do no wrong. Best known for creating lush places for pups to take a rest, from sleek dog houses to felt cabanas with microfibre cushions, their attentive eye for aesthetics is matched only by a keen understanding of canine needs. And now, they’ve made good on a collection of adorably minimalistic dog toys.
“Everyone forms attachments to their toys and beds when they’re young,” designer Ji Yeon Yu says. “It’s the same for our pets. We wanted to create something they would love forever.” Moo is a cute, plush creation in three styles: one that rustles and two that squeak. “Toys are the only thing dogs can claim as their own, both as a plaything and a dear friend,” Yu says. Formed in soft white cotton, they’re the perfect size to cuddle and of course, gently maul in their mouth.
In two hand-carved toys made from hard maple, walnut and ash, Yu reinterprets objects found in nature. Acorn-shaped Dotori contains a loose wooden ball to rattle up curiosity while Hazelnut plays to the classic game of tug and chew. Each is designed to endure over years of use. And if your fur-kid is the kind to dig up the yard instead, Bad Marlon has created Dotoriham, a small wooden container for keepsakes of all sorts.
A heartfelt thank you to all the photographers, artists, illustrators, and writers who trusted us, dived in, and brought us delight, grace, excitement, courage, wilderness, and wonder over the last five years. Their work not only reflects the bonds we share with our animal companions, it also celebrates their spirit.
None of this would be possible without our four-legged counterparts who sprinkle magic dust time and time again, and our readers, who embraced this kooky idea, rallied around us, and made this world theirs too. With friends like these, who needs nine lives?
February 5, 2019
He may not have a statue in Central Park devoted to him like Balto does, but Togo was the unsung hero husky of the 1925 serum run to Nome, Alaska. Togo, a film starring Willem Dafoe, is here to tell his story. While Balto and his team ran the final leg of the run transporting diphtheria antitoxin to Nome, Togo led his team through the longest and most hazardous leg of the journey, covering 264 miles (Balto ran 55). He navigated his fellow sled dogs and their musher Leonhard Seppala (played by Dafoe) through white-out storms, over a mountain and across the perilous exposed ice of Norton Sound. You can watch Togo on Disney+.
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April 7, 2020