When Rafael Mantesso’s wife left him on his 30th birthday, she inadvertently kickstarted his career. Left with nothing but the (former) couple’s bull terrier, Jimmy, in an empty white apartment, Mantesso, a visual artist, began taking pictures of the pooch and doodling with a black marker on the wall behind him. Fast-forward three years, and the two best friends have over 600,000 Instagram followers and a New York Times bestselling book. Next up? Jimmy is getting his own animated YouTube series called Go Jimmy Go! Tune in.
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