The three faces of Sighthound Squad make serenity look tangible. Olivia, a red-coated greyhound, Fargo, a wispy-haired borzoi, and Luna, a pearly saluki confer a sense of well-learned calm as they effortlessly work their angles while modelling their human’s vegan dog accessories. Scroll through the Lithuanian brand’s Instagram feed and you’ll find each picture promises something different: an affectionate lick, a furtive glance, a giggle-inducing wig from a stable of costumes.
The visual image has always been a part of Sighthound Squad’s story. Co-founders Karolina Voicehvoskaja and Bernadeta Janukenė discovered one another on Instagram and bonded over shared tastes in pets and passions. An in-person meeting led to a photo diary project, and ultimately, their common concern over a lack of high-functioning gear led to Sighthound Squad. “After a while, we started talking [about how neither] of us had that high-quality collar-and-leash set which we could count on, no matter what the weather conditions,” says Voicehvoskaja. The upshot is a range of collars, leashes, belts and key-chains which have a persuasive leather-like feel in vibrant shades of BioThane, a near indestructible material perfect for active dogs. While the block primary colours channel a canine Memphis vibe, the collection of patterned collars is inspired by medieval marginalia art. “Those drawings opened the door for me to think about representing simple, primitive shapes and forms [in] their most essential components,” adds Voicehvoskaja.
That any location could unfurl into a runway of finely spun proportions for Sighthound Squad’s camera-loving trio says something of the accessories they invariably don: a sterling sartorial choice designed to endure, from the dog days of summer to the wilds of a Lithuanian winter.
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