Dog (and Cat) Days | Arts News | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice

Seven Days needs your financial support!

Dog (and Cat) Days 

State of the Arts

250-sota5.jpg

Regular readers of Seven Days have likely noticed that the cover of our pullout classifieds section frequently features a winsome cat or dog. The animals are up for adoption at the Humane Society of Chittenden County, and we’re happy to say they usually find homes. Given the creature compassion in our office, “Pin-ups, Pups & Pussycats” caught our eye. And not just because of the slightly suggestive name.

“Pin-ups” is a new calendar — yes, folks, for 2013 — from the HSCC, and it’s a clever one. Many such fundraising cals illustrate the months with photographs of potential pets whose guilt-inducing eyes plead “Take me home.” This one features people (most of them HSCC staffers) and their animal friends in a variety of outfits and staged situations. But don’t think Vargas Girls in lingerie. Only Amanda Blubaugh (HSCC office manager) comes close to cheesecake in a fetching red and white polka-dot bathing suit. She’s ostensibly applying red nail polish to an accommodating boxer mix named Gil.

These pics — professionally shot on a white stage by Mountain Dog Photography of Monkton — are wholesome and good-natured, as befits the image of animal rescuers. Think woman in 1950s poodle skirt, guys and gals in evening garb, dude in cop outfit.

Oh, wait, he is a cop: Corporal Wade Labrecque of the Burlington Police Department is pictured with his K9 colleague, Andre, a German shepherd that, incidentally, has been Narcotic Detection Canine of the Year three times! Also in this photo is Cara Weymouth, HSCC’s small-animal coordinator, in a gam-revealing leather skirt.

October’s photo, titled “No Strings Attached,” features animal care and adoptions gal Susie DiDonato and local musician Justin Levinson with the latter’s Chihuahua, Gigi. The image was recently accepted into an international competition and will be on display this winter at a photography conference in Atlanta.

Credit for concept and direction of the calendar — the first in HSCC’s 111-year history — belongs to Megan Stearns, director of development and outreach. The graphic designer was Suzanne Fay of Burlington studio oh!suzannah. Photographer Kelly Schulze (Miss November, with dog Molly) coaxed spirited poses from all of her human subjects. And the dogs, cats and Leo the bunny? Natural hams.

“Pin-ups, Pups & Pussycats”: The calendar is available at businesses around Chittenden County, as well as at HSCC, 142 Kindness Court in South Burlington, or at its online store. $25. Some of Kelly Schulze’s photos will be on display during the South End Art Hop, September 7 and 8, at Play Dog Play. chittendenhumane.org; mountaindogphotography.net

Got something to say? Send a letter to the editor and we'll publish your feedback in print!

About The Author

Pamela Polston

Pamela Polston

Bio:
Pamela Polston is the cofounder, coeditor and associate publisher of Seven Days. In 2015, she was inducted into the New England Newspaper Hall of Fame.

Comments


Comments are closed.

Since 2014, Seven Days has allowed readers to comment on all stories posted on our website. While we’ve appreciated the suggestions and insights, the time has come to shut them down — at least temporarily.

While we champion free speech, facts are a matter of life and death during the coronavirus pandemic, and right now Seven Days is prioritizing the production of responsible journalism over moderating online debates between readers.

To criticize, correct or praise our reporting, please send us a letter to the editor. Or send us a tip. We’ll check it out and report the results.

Online comments may return when we have better tech tools for managing them. Thanks for reading.

Keep up with us Seven Days a week!

Sign up for our fun and informative
newsletters:

All content © 2020 Da Capo Publishing, Inc. 255 So. Champlain St. Ste. 5, Burlington, VT 05401  |  Contact Us
Website powered by Foundation