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Nothing New under the Sun

A series of articles that shows that through the ages, many aspects of the dog world hasn’t changed.

The articles were published in the Canadian dog magazine ‘Dogs in Canada’, in the American dog

magazine ‘Canine Chronicle’ and in the Dutch dog magazine ONZE HOND

Dog Writer and Contributing Editor of Dog Magazines


We all know that it’s good for dogs to work. Gun dogs, sled dogs, detection dogs, police dogs, avalanche dogs and guide dogs all complete long and often intensive training schedules. The same goes for circus dogs, past and present. Illustrated with paintings and old photographs.


In 1640, François Verwilt (ca. 1620-1691) of Rotterdam painted a man dancing with his dog. Today, dog dancing is on the program of many dog exhibitions, large or small. New elements were added, the colorful costumes became spectacular, but respect and trust are still the keywords. It’s a short step from the 17th- century painting, via an old photograph, to the videos of Mary Ray. And indeed, there is nothing new under the sun. Illustrated with old en new paintings and photographs.


The expression “our loyal friends” is often used in reference to dogs. However, there’s a special category of dogs that always deserves this qualification: Dogs for war are brave, intelligent, well trained, loyal animals under all circumstances. Frequently, they pay for their loyalty with their lives. Illustrated with old en new paintings and photographs.
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If you are interested in publishing one or more of these articles, illustrations and photographs included please contact me. E-mail: All articles are available in English and/or in Dutch.
1. Avalanche Rescue Dogs 2. Circus Dogs 3. Dog Dancing 4. Dogs for War 5. Self Portrait with a Dog


Dogs have been assisting people since early times, as companions during the hunt, flock herders and guardians, sled dogs, draft dogs and pack dogs. In dangerous situations, dogs can save lives. Illustrated with old and new prints and photographs


Creating a self-portrait is a time-honoured tradition among painters. Including their own dog in a self-portrait implies a special bond between artist and dog. I didn’t find any reference to self-portraits with dogs from classical antiquity. Only during the Renaissance, with its renewed interest in secular art and the individual as a subject, did self-portraits become popular. This article will be limited to paintings with dogs that can be identified as a breed or type. Illustrated with old and new paintings by Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt van Rijn, William Hogarth, Frida Kahlo and many others.