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Natalya Zahn
Cambridge, MA
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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
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NOTE: This is not a portrait of Oscar as a puppy. Nor is it a portrait of yours truly cheating on my Ridgeless wonder with (gasp!) someone else's Ridgeback babe. Nay, this is beautiful Alison and her adorable boy, Nigel (who is likely too big already to hug at this... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2013 at OSCAR ATE MY MUFFIN
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At long last, there is a tree on our block that has erupted into frilly yellow blossoms - they're the odd little flowers that "regular" trees make, but they are also a bona fide sign that wicked old winter has finally taken a step towards the exit, and spring is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2013 at OSCAR ATE MY MUFFIN
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Last summer a mural went up on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, just next door to South Station. Created by the twin Brazilian street artists known as Os Gemeos, the work covers the entire 70 x 70' asymmetrical end of a Big Dig ventilation building and was erected in conjunction with... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2013 at OSCAR ATE MY MUFFIN
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Best of Breed at the 2013 Westminster Dog Show. Wears the name well - Handsome fellow. Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2013 at moustachemoustache
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Match boxes designed by Shane Schneck + Clara von Zweigbergk. Office accessories by Hay. Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2013 at moustachemoustache
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This blog spends a fair lot of time discussing edibles of the pastry, cookie and sweet variety - swell subjects, near and dear to Oscar's taste buds, but not terribly natural (or healthy) for dogs... To date, I have made little mention of Oscar's proper, day-to-day diet, but I assure... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2013 at OSCAR ATE MY MUFFIN
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Thanks to winter storm Nemo, over 24" of pretty glorious fresh powder fell on Boston Friday night. It was a proper blizzard, with clapbord-rattling wind and impressive drifts. The city, erring on the side of prevention, shut down public transit and enforced a 24-hour driving ban - effectively creating a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2013 at OSCAR ATE MY MUFFIN
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If you live anywhere in New England, you know it's been FLIPPING FREEZING for the last week or two. The kind of cold that renders sunshine "ineffective" (apparently that's a weatherman term - and shockingly appropriate!). The kind of cold that crystallizes your tears as you weep at the numbing... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2013 at OSCAR ATE MY MUFFIN
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Initiative: Rescued Bestie Feature, in collaboration with The 13 Project Featured Canines: Storm (left) & King (right), 4 y/o Great Danes Rescue Facilitator: Great Danes Around New England & Big Fluffy Dog Rescue King and Storm, a steely-blue Great Dane brother and sister pair, first appeared on my radar when... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2013 at OSCAR ATE MY MUFFIN