10.26.2009

Bedazzled Dog

When I first saw this dog, I thought, "Ohhhhh, how cute!" ...


  
...And then, I learned that it's... STUFFED (?!!!!)

Now, I'm not quite sure what to think.  Amazing how this little detail changes everything. Can taxidermy possibly be cute? My gut says no.
  
Dog by Les Trois Garçons.  Image from Divinely Decadent, by Stephen Calloway 

13 comments:

little augury said...

I am always horrified then-torn-then- well intrigued. My friends say it is awful to think of doing this to a beloved- Yes it is true-especially when you see these pets from the past in a dusty antique shop-under glass or worse-perched up on a table as decor? Still torn. la
again I need to hunt up this book.

wecouldgrowup2gether said...

wowsy!

Jill said...

"Hipsters" are all over taxidermy right now...but it always gives me the creeps.

soodie :: said...

I don't know either... I understand many men wanting hunting trophies mounted on the wall, and I understand desperately missing a beloved pet... but... something about having it stuffed seems so so wrong.

home before dark said...

Sorry, but it reminds me of Hotel New Hampshire when the family pet, newly stuffed, rolls out of the closet giving the grandfather a heart attack. I made the mistake of reading this after surgery. I think I ripped a few stitches. This little angel should have been allowed to rest in peace and in memory.

Maria Confer said...

Ha, so weird. I could tell it was stuffed, but I wasn't sure if it was ever a real dog or just a fake!

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hannahlizabeth said...

hmm i'm really torn too. i suppose taxidermy can be a sign of affection towards a much loved pet but it is extremely creepy. however i do love those fur bag decorations... hypocritcal i know haha.

Couture Cookie said...

No, no, no! I am contemplating sending this link to a friend who has a bullie... how can you do something like that to your dog?!

Couture Cookie said...

Oh, now I get it. My computer whacked out so I only saw the image and not what you wrote. But still! Poor puppy!

temptednc said...

It's fabulous. It has an air of the exotic about it obviously and it sets a mood of decadence. It is gorgeous and sets the perfect mood. Now perhaps you keep it wrapped up part of the year, perhaps not. It is more than sculpture because it is steeped in the human-pet connection and relationship. Think past that, think of it as a rare objet. Beautiful, sinister, timeless, startling in it's power to shock

Greet said...

Oh my goodness!!! You really could think the dog is still living!!

Greet

pve design said...

Reminds me of the Wizard of Oz...
sort of odd but I love the eccentricity of that pug!

Lauren said...

Little Augury- Horrified then torn and intrigued is a good way of describing it.

Home before dark- Oh no! I hope you have a speedy recovery! In the effort of sparing your stitches, I'll refrain from posting any more taxidermy...

Hannahlizabeth- I know what you mean. It is a totally weird form of affection, almost like mummification in a way.

Maria- I think it look more real in the book, since the photo was a little smaller. It definitely took me a little while!

Couture Cookie- Taxidermy is a strange thing... I'm sure the people who have their pets stuffed do it with the best of intentions, perhaps as a way of immortalizing their loved ones? Have you ever read Evelyn Waugh's The Loved One? This actually reminds me of it; it's a hilarious book, and one of my all time favorites.

Temptednc- I agree with you. It certainly is an interesting incarnation of the human/pet relationship. Part of the intrigue is definitely related to its power to shock and induce this gut-wrenching response, although I can't really come up with any logical reasons it should be so...shocking. I'm also fairly certain that the decadence and exoticism that it conveys are exactly the reasons this image landed in Stephen Calloway's Baroque Baroque to begin with.

Greet- It would be a marvelous Halloween costume for a living pug!

PVE- It's the headdress, I think!

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