SPOT THE DOG — Four&Sons
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SPOT THE DOG

Illustrator AguWu cleverly doodles her Dachshund into brand logos, textiles, prints and more.

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SPOT THE DOG

When AguWu says, “I design with my dog,” she means it. You can spot Helmut, a four-year-old Dachshund, splashed all over the Polish illustrator’s Instagram feed—not just in shamelessly charming snaps (the boy knows how to play up the camera), but wriggling in and out of her designs themselves. There he is, curled up on the bottom of that ceramic mug, and there! chasing his tail across a pair of slippers, and over there! lounging comfortably in that yoga school logo.

Her professional collaborations—think branding and textile design—aren’t the only channel for Helmut’s regular cameos. In her own time, the graphic designer doodles her dog “at every opportunity,” so you-know-who also features in a series of prints and patterns where he’s seen nuzzling a friend, riding in a balloon, planning a party, or just looking at you, with his exophthalmic Dachshund eyes. Her kid-friendly designs all have a distinct look reminiscent of a Swedish children’s book: minimal geometric lines and splashes of block colour, with fragments of nature (a stick, a bee, a raincloud). And the mood? Squirming with joy, just like Helmut.


All artwork courtesy of AguWu
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CELEBRATING FIVE YEARS

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?

TOGO

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+.

ROMPO I LACCI

Directed by Tilda Swinton and starring her four handsome springer spaniels romping and playing fetch in sea, fields and lakes. Set to the aria “Rompo i lacci” from Handel’s Opera Flavio, performed by countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo.

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