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September 15, 2013  Subscribe
The Buzz About French Bulldogs, plus On Becoming an Artist
Just in time for the upcoming French Bulldog Club of America National Specialty in Topeka, Kan., Editor In Chief Dan Sayers takes on a tour of the dog sometimes referred to as “a clown in the cloak of a philosopher.” Dan dug up some interesting facts about the history of this compact companion. It’s hard not to smile when reading about the French Bulldog. As Dan writes, “With its bat ears and screwed tail, the breed’s physical charms – and affectionate nature – have always seemed more than mere mortals can resist.”

People deal with the grief of losing a beloved dog in all kinds of ways. Some commemorate their companions with memorial books chronicling the dog’s life, while others keep a bit of ash close to their hearts in a necklace. Graphic artist Julie Bender decided that no urn was quite right for her Zoë’s ashes, so she decided to use pyrography – the art of wood burning – to turn one into something special for the dog that got her over her divorce and out into the world. She had no idea it end up turning her into a professional fine artist. We think you’ll be inspired by her story.

Best In Show Daily invites you to share your knowledge and experience with our readers – among the most active participants in the dog game. If you’ve written an article you’d like to see published on Best In Show Daily or would like to pen one, please email info@bestinshowdaily.

Susan Chaney
Cocoon of Grief Turns a Dog Lover into an Artist
By Susan Chaney

What do you do when your beloved companion dies, and you just can’t find the right way to keep her memory with you? If you’re Julie Bender of Loveland, Colo., you take up a new art form to customize your dog’s urn, become obsessed by it, and eventually decide to leave your career to be a full-time artist. more

Breeder Buzzwords – The French Bulldog
By Dan Sayers

The first French Bulldog I ever saw was a brindle bundle of energy walking with his owner through Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square. It was early evening as the pair strolled around the central fountain causing a minor sensation as they went. more

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