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The Dogs of MAM

Dog-human relationships can be very special, even life-changing, which is why these furry friends continue to be featured in books, movies—and art.

If you’ve owned dogs, you likely have a few stories to tell—maybe your pup has run through the house with muddy paws, learned an impressive trick, cuddled with you when you were sick, or kept you company when you were home alone. Dog-human relationships can be very special, even life-changing, which is why these furry friends continue to be featured in books, movies—and art. From fierce hunting partners to lazy-day companions, the Museum’s Collection shows a wide range of “good boys” (and girls).

They say dogs are “man’s best friend;” well, here are some of MAM’s best friends.

Three people standing with a white dog
Eddie Arning, Three Figures and Dog, 1972. Oil crayon on paper. Gift of Anthony Petullo. Photo credit: Carl J. Thome Photography, Naples, FL.
Sculpture of a woman walking her large dog
Miles B. Carpenter, Woman with Dog, ca. 1971. Painted wood with leather and fiber. The Michael and Julie Hall Collection of American Folk Art.
Young man with his dog and a farmhouse in the background
Jack Savitsky, Breaker Boy with His Dog, n.d. Crayon and ink on paper. Gift of Anthony Petullo. Photo credit: John R. Glembin. © Estate of Jack Savitsky.
Black and white image of a woman and her greyhound
Carl Ludwig Friedrich Becker, Lady with Greyhound, 1858. Oil on canvas. Gift of René von Schleinitz. Photo credit: P. Richard Eells.
Terrier pawing at a hedgehog
Edwin Landseer, Portrait of a Terrier, The Property of Owen Williams, ESQ., M.P. (Jocko with a Hedgehog), 1828. Oil on canvas. Gift of Erwin C. Uihlein.
Young children playing with a dachshund
Christian Rohlfs, Playing Children and Dachshund, 1918. Watercolor. Maurice and Esther Leah Ritz Collection.
Carved wood sculpture of a hunter and his dog
Shields Landon Jones, Hunter and Dog, 1975. Carved, painted, and stained wood. The Michael and Julie Hall Collection of American Folk Art.
Man walking with his dog along a wooden path lined with trees
James Lloyd, Landscape with Figure and Dog, 1968. Gouache on paper. Gift of Anthony Petullo. Photo credit: Larry Sanders.
Photograph of an older woman in a nice dress and hat holding a dog
Lisette Model (American, b. Austria, 1901–1983), Woman with Dog, French Riviera, 1937, printed 1980. Gelatin silver print. 19 1/2 × 15 5/8 in. (49.53 × 39.69 cm). The Floyd and Josephine Segel Collection, Gift of Wis-Pak Foods, Inc.
Gray, long-haired dog sitting in a field by the lake with its tongue out
Alex Katz, Sunny #4, 1971. Oil on canvas. Gift of Mrs. Harry Lynde Bradley. Photo credit: John R. Glembin. © Alex Katz/Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York.

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