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Natalya Zahn
Cambridge, MA
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Big news, dear readers! After many years of requests for prints and artwork from (or just in the general style of) this website, Oscar and I have finally collected our ducklings and stocked the virtual shelves of a proper online print shop! Though it be small, it contains a mighty... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at OSCAR ATE MY MUFFIN
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Well, friends, it's happened... we've reached the end of our Wicked Wonderful Autumn-Inspired week of posts (brought to you by the letter "W"!)... It's been a JOY to work on this series (and reminisce about some of our favorite parts of the season), and we couldn't think of a more... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2014 at OSCAR ATE MY MUFFIN
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Today's autumn-inspired feature (brought to you by the letter "W"!) needs little introduction - here on the East Coast we only wait all year for sweater weather! (if only Oscar were as big a fan as I am of accessorizing - winter would see him wrapped up in neck scarves... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2014 at OSCAR ATE MY MUFFIN
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We all have that one friend... you know - that easy-going, good looking guy or gal who charms everyone they meet, is always excited to see you, and spends their summers in well-traveled fashion somewhere in the French Alps. For Oscar, that friend is Meeko (and yeah, he really does... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2014 at OSCAR ATE MY MUFFIN
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Summer is a season of cool fruits, cold salads, and those weird cousins of soup that never touch a stove. We crave chilled meals to counter the heat on our skin, and combat what feels like constant dehydration... but when a bite returns to the air and our bodies start... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2014 at OSCAR ATE MY MUFFIN
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Kicking off this first feature, from a whole week (stay tuned!) of autumn-inspired posts (brought to you by the letter "W"!) we'd be remiss if we didn't launch out of the gate directly into the changing leaves of the New England deciduous forest. Because let's be honest - there's nothing... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at OSCAR ATE MY MUFFIN
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Oscar has had his sniffer to the horizon lately, detecting the imminent return of a ghoulish old friend. Tough as it may be to stomach after such a prize-winning summer, winter... yes... WINTER... is on it's way. Again. Right on schedule, really. But even if you cringe at the thought... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2014 at OSCAR ATE MY MUFFIN
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It's not hard to deduce that my heart belongs to one dog, and one (big, red, lazy) dog only, but when it comes to drawing, I'm far from exclusive. If I've got a sketchbook in hand, you can bet the awkward bob of a passing poodle, or the smushed-in mug... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at OSCAR ATE MY MUFFIN
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Here in New England, the traditionally sultry months of July and August are known affectionately as the dog days of summer. The term goes back to Greek and Roman times when it paired with the celestial phase of Sirius, the dog star. The Romans weren't fans of this heated season... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at OSCAR ATE MY MUFFIN
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If there's one thing Oscar dog knows how to do, it's stretch himself out long and flat on a plush patch of grass and RELAX. Today, June 21, 2014 marks the summer solstice, and we're celebrating this magnificent longest day of the year by luxuriating in all the glory that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2014 at OSCAR ATE MY MUFFIN
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Dearest readers, best dog friends, fans of fine donuts, and alllll of the lovers... Sooo, let's just never mind the fact that you've seen neither hide nor hair of the Beast and I in... nearly four months... Yeesh. *One should really only indulge in so many self-shaming apology posts before... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2014 at OSCAR ATE MY MUFFIN
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Pretty much everyone who has ever met Oscar has promptly joined his fanclub. Even the people whose picnics he has ruined (yes, that's 'picnics', plural); even the ones he has grumbled at startled the socks off of on first meeting; probably most especially those that work for weeks and months,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2013 at OSCAR ATE MY MUFFIN
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Oscar and I are super fans of the canine designy-goodness blog, DogMilk, so of course we were enthusiastic and a half when the site rolled out a new monthly feature last January: The Scratchbook. Celebrating the work of talented illustrators who happen to have a passion for dogs, the Scratchbook... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2013 at OSCAR ATE MY MUFFIN
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It's happening... the air is once again smelling of wool sweaters and cinnamon, and pumpkin lovers are rejoicing at the newest flavor of the month. Up in Vermont, the surest indicator of autumn's snug return is the donning of the safety orange accessories. Rifle season (for whitetails) won't start until... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2013 at OSCAR ATE MY MUFFIN
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Saturday mornings are made for leisurly strolls - and what better destination for a weekend spin than a pop-up farmer's market inside a handsome Anthropologie store in Harvard Square? Last Saturday that's straight where we headed, and despite tables of enticing nibbles made by local foodie superstars, Oscar navigated a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2013 at OSCAR ATE MY MUFFIN
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Oscar, of course, has a bed in the studio next to me. Most of the time he sleeps on it, though sometimes (especially when the summer air gets unbearably hot) he sleeps around it. On the day pictured above, he chose to sprawl directly where I needed to stand... fine... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2013 at OSCAR ATE MY MUFFIN
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A number of years ago Oscar woke up with a crick in his neck. The poor thing presented with an inability to lift his head higher than his chest without wincing - in fact, if he didn't have to lift his head from the spot where he was curled up,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2013 at OSCAR ATE MY MUFFIN
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What better way to start a Saturday morning than with an early-hour woods walk! OK, truth be told, I reeeeeally wanted a few more hours of sleep today... but I had some inexplicably chipper outside influence urging the Beast and I out of the house and into the car, and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2013 at OSCAR ATE MY MUFFIN
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Initiative: Rescued Bestie Feature, in collaboration with The 13 Project Featured Canine: Maddie, 3 y/o Red Tick Coonhound Rescue Facilitator: Cobb County Animal Shelter, Marietta, GA Despite what some may think, rescued and re-homed dogs are every bit as beautiful, trainable, loving and faithful as those born to champion parents,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2013 at OSCAR ATE MY MUFFIN
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Remember those exciting print projects I mentioned in an earlier post? It is my great pleasure to unveil the following two dog-related features that officially hit newsstands and mailboxes this May: An illustrated recipe spread (art and text by yours truly) in none other than glorious The Bark* magazine; and... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2013 at OSCAR ATE MY MUFFIN
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Let's see now... where did we leave off back in March, before that eggregious pause in dog-blogging activity... THAT'S right - we were just celebrating Oscar Dog's BIRTHDAY! Indeed, I put up a post on March 27th, to mark the occassion, but we hadn't yet had time to throw the... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2013 at OSCAR ATE MY MUFFIN
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Gosh golly - it's been too long!! What a disgrace... I mean, really... we were plodding along just fine - stumbling through snow storms and city adventures, cookie-baking and DIY projects... and then, *just like that*, life got crazy and two whole months flew by without a post!! What on... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2013 at OSCAR ATE MY MUFFIN
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I was asked recently by a friend (and elemetary school art teacher) to create a short video for her students of my life as a professional illustrator: How does one day unfold for me; where do I collect inspiration; what sort of tools are specific to what I do; what DO I do - and what ever do I even look like?! These are big questions, with potentially complicated answers, and the truth is - I do a wide variety of things in order to keep the lights on and Oscar well fed. It seems I have fewer and fewer... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2013 at i (heart) odd-toed ungulates
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... this gorgeous Beast said hello to the world. Three months later "Ricky" (yeesh, right?!) rocked into my life... and within a week of becoming "Oscar" he had launched his modeling career by doning an XL baby tee and posing in front of the lens in the Zutano photo studio... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2013 at OSCAR ATE MY MUFFIN