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One of the many things I’m passionate about (alongside pets of course) is art, so when I discovered a man who has successfully integrated the two, I thought it was amazing. Although William Wegman intended to pursue a career in painting, he is best known for his unusual photographs of his  Welmaraners in various costumes and poses.

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It was while he was in Long Beach that Wegman got his dog, Man Ray, the dog became a central figure in Wegman’s photographs and videotapes. In 1982, Man Ray died. It was not until 1986 that Wegman got a new dog, Fay Ray, and another collaboration began.

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With the birth of Fay’s litter in 1989, Wegman’s cast grew to include Fay’s offspring — Battina, Crooky and Chundo — and later, their offspring: Battina’s son Chip in 1995, Chip’s son Bobbin in 1999 and Candy and Bobbin’s daughter Penny in 2004.

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Out of Wegman’s involvement with this cast of characters grew a series of childrens’ book inspired by the dogs’ various acting abilities: Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, ABC, Mother Goose, Farm Days, My Town, Surprise Party and Chip Wants a Dog. Wegman has also published a number of books for adults including Man’s Best Friend, Fashion Photographs and William Wegman 20 x 24.

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William Wegman with his Weimaraner dogs

 

Photo Credit: http://wegmanworld.typepad.com/wegman_world/dogs/