Thursday, January 20, 2011

United road dogs of America

This one is an old shot of Lucky and James taken in 2005. Lucky isn't with us anymore but James is (last I heard anyway).

One of my very own New Year's resolutions (this time around) is to locate and photograph as many carny dogs as possible over the next year. In years past I haven't made the dogs a priority, focusing instead on the owners and their lifestyles but it's always fun to change it up a little and the fact is, for a lot of carnival workers/showmen, just like the rest of us, their dog is family. In many cases, maybe more so because on a carnival lot, you can't just let your dog out in the back yard and forget about it. You have to be engaged and thinking of the dog's welfare twenty-four hours a day or things can go downhill fast. I've known a few guys that backed over their own dogs with a truck or left them tied up too close to one of those oh-so-delectable power lines. Talk about having your day ruined..

Many of you already know, there are all variety of dogs that travel with the carnival. Owners too. Some are spoiled rotten and some fend for themselves. They can be overfed, underfed, silly, angry, bored, and happy; happy to be bored, neurotic, athletic, entertainers. There are thoroughbreds and mutts and everything in between. As I've said before though, they're generally the most social dogs you'll ever meet. They have friends galore.

Having said that, I'm off to make them their very own Facebook Page. Please go over for a visit and "Like" it (them) and pass the link along to anyone you think might also like to see some magnificent road dogs from time to time. If you are one of those special people who actually owns a carny dog, we'd love to have you post a photo on the page as well and tell us in the caption a little bit about your dog. You never know, Stella and I might very well show up and photograph your best friend for next year's Carny Dog calendar!

Note: The calendars arrived last night and they are brilliant. My arm is cramping from patting myself on the back over it. In case anyone wonders, they start with February and go through next January. That way when you forget to get a new one next year, you'll still have an extra month of knowing what day it is ;-) Giveaway rules are forthcoming.


Colleen - the AmAzINg Mrs. B said...

I'm on my way to the Facebook page! Oh, and I don't have carny Mom-in-law's father owned a carnical int he 20's and 30's and she as a kid WORKED in the traveling carnival! (mid west) She was the "Head without a Body" Hahahaha
She remembers driving into the small towns, being in make-shift parades and all..what great memories, huh?

Colleen - the AmAzINg Mrs. B said...

Boy, I can't type today..I meant to say "carnival in the 20's and 30's" !!

giantspeckledchihuahua said...

I can't wait to see your work, in Carny dogs! Of course I "liked" it, there was a picture of Stella! How could I not?!

Anonymous said...

what a cool project! i love the vision that you have had with this.

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Kristine said...

Great Facebook page! This project is so awesome, I don't think anything like it has been done before. I would imagine carny dogs are some of the best socialised dogs in the world.