Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Edible Holiday Gifts for Dogs and Dog Lovers

With holiday food and fun overflowing, I love to give gifts that are easily contained and carried — and are adorable, too! Mason jars are all the rage right now, and it’s no surprise why. They are the perfect container for all edible holiday gifts:

Mason jars are the perfect container for all your holiday treats!

Mason jars are the perfect container for all your holiday treats!

Recipe for Dogs: Layered “Gingerdog” Jars

Easy to make and easy on your wallet, these layered jars include all the dry ingredients for a holiday dog treat so the recipients can make them for their dogs.

Mason jars are available in many sizes, so you can double these up or cut them in half depending on your jar and how many pups your recipient has.

What you’ll need:

  • Mason jar
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup quick (not instant) oats
  • 2 tablespoons ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon cloves
  • Bone-shaped (or other dog-themed) cookie cutter

Additional ingredients for when the cookies are ready to be made:

  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup molasses

Directions:

Layer the flours and oats in your jar, and top with the spices. To make the gift complete, tie on the recipe card and a cookie cutter.

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Recipe for Humans: Pupcake in a Jar

These people-only snacks will bring a smile to the face of any dog lover. Putting them in the Mason jar makes a usually messy dessert easy to travel with, fun to eat and keeps them fresh for up to a week!

What you’ll need:

  • Mason jar
  • Your favorite cake mix — I love spice cake or gingerbread for the holidays
  • Icing — I recommend using a decorator’s icing, which is thicker and will hold your design. You can make this or buy it at a craft store.
  • Food dye (optional) — these are perfect in white, but if you want to match a dog’s coat or make them in holiday colors, you can color your icing.
  • Black icing — you can color the white icing or buy gel icing already colored black available at most grocery or craft stores
  • Piping bag
  • Icing tip — small open star (looks like it has teeth)

Directions:

  1. Bake your cupcakes and allow to cool.
  2. Cut in half and place one half in the jar.
  3. Add a layer of icing.
  4. Place other half of cupcake on top.
  5. Depending on your jar size, keep going with your cupcake layering until your jar is almost full. When you get to the top do not add more icing yet.
  6. Using the tip, create fur on the top layer, using upward motions until your cupcake is covered.
  7. Using the black icing, create eyes, a nose and a mouth.
  8. Close up the jar and give the gift of a sweet puppy surprise.

Decorating your mason jars:

Mason jars are adorable on their own, but you might want to add a little extra pizzazz to your gift

  • Stick a holiday bow on top.
  • Using thick ribbon, tie a bow around the jar, just below the lid.
  • Cut out holiday fabric. Measure your jar lid and cut a circle 1 to 1 ½ inches larger. Center the fabric on top of your jar before closing the lid around it.
  • For a more rustic look, string yarn or raffia around the lid.
  • Put a festive sticker on top of the lid.

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Sam is a dog lover, writer, baker, crafter and Instagrammer. When she’s not writing, she’s decorating cookies at her blog SugaredAndIced.com or Instagramming her dogs @FrenchHuggs_ and @Quinnstadoodle.

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When Do Dogs Stop Growing?

My youngest dog, Sirius is an 11-month-old Newfoundland puppy. She is adorably fluffy, huge — and still growing!  It seems like everywhere we go, people stop to ask about how much she weighs. Many of the people we meet are surprised to learn that she’s not her full size yet — even at almost a year old. To answer the question “when do dogs stop growing?” we spoke with Dr. Jeremy Klein, the Chief Veterinary Officer for the American Kennel Club, to learn more about the ways dogs grow and the stages of growth for dogs and puppies.

Rate of dog growth

A puppy wagging his tail.

When do dogs stop growing? That depends on a few different factors. Photography ©MirasWonderland | Thinkstock.

Different dogs grow at different rates, based mostly on the size of dog they will be when they reach adulthood. Small dogs grow much quicker than large dogs, and reach maturity at a younger age. “Toy breed dogs may reach full growth as early as 9-10 months of age, while some of the giant breeds of dogs may take up to 18-24 months of age to fully attain their final mass and growth,” Dr. Klein explains.

Dog growth and mental maturity

Small dogs mature quicker mentally, too. “As a rule, smaller breeds mature more quickly than larger or giant breeds,” Dr. Klein says. Since I’m raising a large-breed puppy, this is something that is always on my mind. Even though Sirius is much larger, and nearly twice as old as her best friends (a pair of six-month-old Border Terriers), she is actually significantly less mentally mature than they are.

How puppies develop

While all puppies develop at different rates, there are a few consistent stages of growth for all puppies. From the day they are born until about three weeks old, puppies are extremely fragile and reliant upon their mothers. At this age, their “eyes remain closed at birth and stay closed until two weeks of age,” explains Dr. Klein.

From three weeks to eight weeks, puppies become much more mobile; engaging with their littermates and the world around them. Between two and three months of age  “a puppy encounters different situations, which could cause apprehension …x Positive reinforcement is needed to prevent future mental anxiety,” cautions Dr. Klein. “From 3 to 6 months of age, puppies start their ‘terrible twos,’ as they are teething, active and challenging. Ages 6 to 12 months can be understood as a puppy’s ‘teenage’ years,  awkward mentally and physically. They are at their most active and playful and, in some breeds, may start to develop sexual maturity.”

Factors that determine how quickly dogs grow

A variety of factors contribute to how quickly dogs grow, and when dogs stop growing. “Genetics certainly are a huge factor, but also environment as well: proper nutrition, health and stimulus, such as exercise/training, even lighting, has been known to affect growth,” explains Dr. Klein.

It’s no surprise that food is high on the list of things that factor into puppy growth — both the quality of the food the puppy is eating and the quantity. While your puppy is growing, be especially attentive to how much you feed him. It sounds counterintuitive, but if you are raising a large-breed puppy, you don’t want to necessarily feed him a lot. “Studies have proven that obesity in puppies, especially in rapidly growing larger breeds, can greatly contribute to the development of hip dysplasia and other orthopedic issues,” Dr. Klein advises.

Caring for a puppy’s growing joints:

Puppies have a lot of energy, but be thoughtful about how much exercise they get, and how strenuous those activities are. Dr. Klein explains that, for example, “there are risks of pushing an extensive, prolonged jogging program on an immature dog as it could cause stress on the joints and growth plates and mean long-term health problems.”

Things like hiking, or more high-impact dog sports like agility or disc dog, should also be approached very cautiously with a growing dog. It’s important to only work on foundation skills that are low impact until your puppy is done growing. Dr. Klein advises to tailor exercise for puppies to the “individual dog, size, age and breed” after consulting with your veterinarian.

Is my puppy done growing? How big will my puppy get?

“The question many dog parents want to know is if their puppy is done growing,” Dr. Klein remarks, before advising that “a good way to know if a dog has stopped growing is when you can no longer feel the ‘knobs’ on their ribs” He also suggests consulting directly with your breeder (if you have a purebred puppy) and/or with your veterinarian to help you determine if your puppy is still growing. Each breed, and each puppy, grows differently.

As puppies grow, their growth plates close, and until that happens, you don’t want your puppy doing any strenuous activity. Many parents of large-breed puppies who intend to train/compete in sports like dog agility, will have x-rays taken of their young adult dogs to confirm if their growth plates have closed. This signifies that it’s safe for the dog to begin jumping and begin learning other more physically demanding skills.

How big will a mixed-breed puppy get? When does a mixed-breed dog stop growing?

Unfortunately, Dr. Klein confirms that there is no way to know for sure how big a mixed-breed puppy will get when he reaches adulthood. “One can try to ‘guestimate’ the future size of a mixed-breed dog if you have an idea of the parents or breeds behind a dog, but unfortunately, there is never a guarantee that you will be 100 percent accurate, as many mixed breed dogs come from a combination of multiple types of dogs,” he says.

I’ve had friends believe they were adopting Chihuahua mixes only to find that they have a large, 60-pound dog a year later! One option to aid in trying to estimate how big your puppy will get is to do a DNA test. While this still can’t guarantee the size of dog your puppy will grow into, knowing what breeds your puppy is a mix of can give you a better idea of what to anticipate in terms of adult size.

Big or small, puppies are a lot of work. It’s key to remain patient and consistent in your training while they are growing. “Raising a puppy is like raising a child,” Dr. Klein says. “They go through the infant stage, [then] the ‘terrible’ stages of chewing and reckless adolescent behavior, until they eventually settle into their own maturity.”

Thumbnail: Photography ©WilleeCole | Thinkstock. 

Sassafras Lowrey is an award-winning author. Her novels have been honored by organizations ranging from the Lambda Literary Foundation to the American Library Association. Sassafras is a Certified Trick Dog Trainer, and assists with dog agility classes. Sassafras lives and writes in Brooklyn with her partner, a senior Chihuahua mix, a rescued Shepherd mix and a Newfoundland puppy, along with two bossy cats and a semi-feral kitten. Learn more at www.SassafrasLowrey.com.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Dog Milk Holiday Gift Guide: Clothing & Accessories

Dog Milk Holiday Gift Guide: Clothing & Accessories

Bandanas and hoodies and coats — oh my! For dogs who love to accessorize (and stay warm!), we’ve rounded up a few picks from some of our go-to pet apparel brands. Check out our faves below!

[Featured Image] 1. Hoodies from Clothing by Classy 2. Baker & Bray Trench Coat from Sir Dogwood 3. Coats from Paco & Lucia 4. Bandanas from Native Instinct Co. 5. Sweaters and Scarves from Betters 6. Hoodies from Camp Cloon 7. Raincoats and Sweaters from Ware of the Dog 8. Coats, Hoodies, and Sweaters from Fab Dog 9. Coats, Jackets, and Sweaters from LoveThyBeast

Dog Milk Holiday Gift Guide: Clothing & Accessories

1. Vests, Jackets, and Sweatshirts from Eye of Dog 2. Raincoats and Sweaters from Wagwear 3. Hoodies and Tees from Penn + Pooch 4. Bandanas from Woof & Wild 5. Striped Shirts by Dentists Appointment from Sir Dogwood 6. Sweaters from Dusen Dusen 7. Sweaters, Tees, and More from Bauhound 8. Sweaters, Scarves, and Cardigans from The Worthy Dog 9. Matching Hawaiian Shirts for Dogs and Humans from BBQ Shirt

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Dogs and Holiday Guests: How to Prepare Your Pup

The holiday season is upon us — and by “us,” I mean both our human and our canine families. Dogs are affected by changes in their environments, and from October through the new year, dogs will experience many changes in their homes with visitors, celebrations, and highly distracted humans. Prepare and protect your canine best friend from these environmental changes.

What dogs should be kept away from holiday gatherings altogether?

Some dogs are best left out of the holiday festivities! Photography by / Shutterstock.

Let’s look at protecting dogs from what can be overwhelming human activity. This is the first line of offense for keeping your dog calm and content. The following kinds of dogs need to be kept away from large gatherings, preferably in another room or crate (if they are properly accustomed to and like being in a crate), far from the hubbub, with classical music used to block noise and with an excellent, long-lasting, safe chew toy:

What kind of dog can handle large crowds of festive humans? Some days I think the answer is none! Even if you do have a happy-go-lucky, loves-every-human dog, he too needs some quiet time during the holiday season.

If a dog does bite someone — especially a child — that’s often the death knell for the dog, even if he was put in a stressful situation and the adults didn’t properly supervise him with children. It’s better to be safe than the dog being sorry and losing his life for a situation that could have easily been avoided. Any dog with teeth can bite if he feels frustrated or threatened enough.

Training tips for dogs and holiday guests:

If you’re certain that your dog loves to be around loud humans in a celebratory mood, start acclimating him well before the family drives all that way to stay at your house with you and Rover. Here are some training tips to prepare your dog for holiday madness:

  • Make sure you can safely pet your dog on all body parts. Start with slow, steady petting over his back; then give a treat. Move to the ears, and rub gently; then give a treat. Same with feet and tail, always following up the touching with something REALLY rewarding for the dog. I don’t think you should have to desensitize your dog to ear- and tail-pulling because, ideally, that should never happen to a dog. Most dogs, however, can be taught to enjoy or at least tolerate gentle human petting.
  • Be sure your dog truly enjoys being petted by you or anyone else. If your dog tries to duck out of the way, flicks his tongue out, sinks to the floor, or tucks his tail while you are reaching for him, reevaluate his fondness for being petted. Something is aversive to the dog if that is how the dog interprets it.
  • If you are sure your dog is comfortable around strangers, take him on several leashed walks on the outskirts of an event where there are many humans gathering, such as a street festival — but please, no fireworks or loud bands! Use truly motivating food treats and let your dog to sit to greet people, and monitor how they approach and pet your dog. Ask them to pet him under the chin or down his back instead of a pat, pat, pat on his head. Treat your dog for being a good boy after the human interaction. If your dog stops eating, leave the area and try from a farther distance. If you dog appears stressed, call it a day; then closely monitor him when you do have a full house.
  • Don’t allow kids or adults to hug your dog. Humans love to hug; most dogs do not. Owners have a hard time believing this one, but, in general, most dogs can live a fine life without humans throwing their arms around their necks and squeezing them.
  • Keep an eye on your dog if there is a lot of holiday food laying around within easy reach. I remember one Thanksgiving when a guest put a chocolate cake on a low table, and before I could even walk over to move it up higher, my German Shepherd beat me to it and gulped down half of it! He had never taken any food off of a table in his six years with us, but that day he chomped on that cake. Chocolate is poisonous to dogs, so we made a trip to the vet on Thanksgiving Day.
  • Make sure your dog still gets his routine physical activity each day, even when you’ve fought off other shoppers for the “it” Christmas item that day at the mall and you are exhausted from all of the holiday parties. Dogs don’t celebrate holidays or mark them on a doggie calendar, so work to keep their routines as normal as you possibly can.

Dogs are a lot of responsibility. We need to remind ourselves to make sure our pets’ needs are met during a busy but fun time of the year for humans. Often, we humans even get worn down from the business of the season, and where do we often go to seek refuge? A quiet setting with man’s best friend. So, return the favor to your dog, and make sure he has a doggone good time, too.

About the author: Annie Phenix, CPDT-KA, is a force-free professional dog trainer enjoying her mountain-filled life in Colorado. She is a member of the Pet Professional Guild and the National Association of Canine Scent Work. She is also working on a book due out in spring of 2016: The Midnight Dog Walkers, about living with and training troubled dogs. Join Annie on her dog-training Facebook page.

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Dug Up at Dogster: Why I Am Against Tethering a Dog When You’re Not Around

I was visiting my home state of Pennsylvania recently, which was experiencing a bit of a warm spell for this time of year. The temperature was about to change, however, and that sparked conversations from my dog-loving friends about PA’s new law. Act 10 of 2017 places limitations on chaining or tethering a dog outside. You can’t tether a dog if the dog’s basic needs aren’t met. This includes not tethering a dog for longer than 30 minutes when the temperature drops under 32 degrees Fahrenheit or goes over 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

I grew up in PA. Having dogs chained in the backyard was common when I was a child. Our own hunting dogs were kept in pens with a run, not kept inside the house. My childhood “best-friend-next-door” Shelby and I talked about those days and how we would never even consider doing that to a dog now. Although she and her husband don’t currently have a dog now, she proudly showed me photos of her new “grandchild,” a Lab mix, who she expected to be pup sitting. Today, my mother’s coddled Yorkshire Terrier Dickens wouldn’t even know what a dog pen looks like.

Reasons Not to Tether a Dog in Most Situations

A dog tethered to a dog house.

A dog tethered to a dog house. Photography by Shutterstock.

There are many reasons why I am personally against tethering a dog in most situations, except where he’s tethered to a table for a short period of time when you are at a restaurant and are right there with him. Here are my reasons:

  1. Liability: A tethered dog, except in the situation above, is a liability. The dog has nowhere to go, so in a fight or flight situation, you are forcing him to fight. When a scary stranger approaches him — whether that’s a 5-year-old girl, adult or other animal, bad things will happen. Your dog is always the loser in that situation. If he wins the “fight, you may have to put him down and you’ve got a lawsuit. If he loses, he may lose his life or you’ve got big vet bills.
  2. Health: When a dog is tethered outside, it’s very difficult to make sure his basic needs are met and he’s not being neglected.
    1. He has to pee and poop in the same area over and over, which is not sanitary.
    2. The dog is outside the house, so it’s easy to forget about him. He’s not getting exercise or checks for health issues on a daily basis. He may not even have fresh food and water daily.
    3. He is exposed to all sorts of weather, especially dangerous extreme temperatures. Giving him a doghouse doesn’t always rectify this situation.
    4. Tethered dogs may damage their necks from all the straining and yanking or an ill-fitting collar. Dog’s throats weren’t meant for constant yanking, or heavy chains or ropes hanging from them. As we have quoted from vets previously, dog necks are no tougher than our own. Also, the collar probably isn’t checked frequently for a proper fit. An ill-fitting collar can cause the dog’s neck to become sore and raw and get infected.
    5. He’s exposed to ticks and fleas and mosquitoes, which carry nasty diseases.
  3. Socialization: Many animal welfare organizations have said over and over that a dog continually tethered outside is not getting properly socialized or trained. Studies support this. Dogs will stop trusting people, and become aggressive and anxious. Dogs are pack animals and isolating them leads to negative behaviors. Chaining your dog does not create protectiveness, just aggressiveness, so having a chained dog outside for protection doesn’t work.

Tethering Dogs is Bad for Humans, Too

What I find so surprising about people who tether their dogs and then walk away is that if they don’t care about the welfare of their dogs, what about the welfare of their pocketbooks? Dogs — and humans — are all nervous about strangers, no matter how socialized we and our dogs are.

You can’t predict how your dog will react to strangers while tethered. You can’t stop strangers from coming into your yard or walking up to a dog tethered outside while you run into a store. Insurance companies certainly are clear-eyed about it. I’m sure they’ll drop you quickly after you put in the claim for your dog biting someone, whether that person was trespassing or not.

While in PA, I spoke to my sister-in-law who works for an insurance company. Her company won’t give home insurance policies to homeowners who have certain large dog breeds because they’ve had experience with those kinds of claims.

I suggested to my sister-in-law, that instead of just banning these breeds, perhaps they should consider allowing homeowner’s insurance policies to large breed dog owners who do the following:

  1. They don’t tether their dogs under any circumstances.
  2. They have a fenced-in yard that presents a complete barrier to anyone or anything from the outside (wooden fence without holes). The gates are padlocked so no one can enter through the backyard.
  3. The dog passes the 10-step Canine Good Citizen test
  4. The dog goes through a refresher-training course every couple of years.

Obviously, I think we should all do this. (I have done 1, 2 and 4. I really need to work on 3.)

Does Your State Have a Law Against Tethering Dogs?

I’m not alone in my concerns about tethering your dog outside instead of allowing him to live inside with you. (IMHO, why else get a dog?) According to the American Veterinary Medical Association’s website, there are 32 states and DC that have restrictions on tethering (since its last update). I’m sure more cases, such as the rescued sick and emaciated Boston Terrier that prompted PA’s Libre’s Law on tethering, will come to light and states will one day outlaw tethering a dog altogether.

No surprise, but there is an even an organization specifically created to get people to stop long-term tethering their dogs called Unchain Your Dog . I personally hope that with all the information we have now that people become educated and stop tethering their dogs. It’s not good for the dog and not good for the dog parents. There is no win to this situation.

Thumbnail: Photography by Sanit Fuangnakhon / Shutterstock.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Dog Milk Holiday Gift Guide: Collars, Leashes, and Harnesses

Dog Milk Holiday Gift Guide: Collars, Leashes, and Harnesses

Your favorite walking buddy will be strutting their best stuff in no time with the help of some awesome new gear! Check out a few of our favorite collars, leashes, and harnesses below!

[Featured Image] 1. Luxury Leather Harnesses from Wolfpack 2. Collars and Leashes from Vagabond Dogs 3. Leather or Velvet Collars and Leashes from Nice Digs

Dog Milk Holiday Gift Guide: Collars, Leashes, and Harnesses

4. Harnesses from Big & Little Dogs 5. Martingale Collars and Adjustable Leashes from Dog + Bone 6. Collars and Leashes from Absurd Design 7. Climbing Rope Leashes from The Foggy Doggy 8. Harnesses and Leashes from Zee.Dog

Dog Milk Holiday Gift Guide: Collars, Leashes, and Harnesses

9. Harnesses, Collars, and Leashes from Wolves of Wellington 10. Rope Leashes from Sleepy Cotton 11. Collars and Leashes from Citizen x Hound 12. Harnesses, Collars, and Leads from Wolfgang Man & Beast

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5 Dog Books to Gift This Holiday Season

Looking for the perfect gift for a dog-loving friend? Or spending your Christmas vacation wrapped up in a blanket with a book in your lap? Check out these five dog books to gift this holiday season:

1. Warrior Pups: True Stories of America’s K9 Heroes | By Jeff Kamen, with Leslie Stone-Kamen

Warrior Pups.

Warrior Pups: True Stories of America’s K9 Heroes | By Jeff Kamen, with Leslie Stone-Kamen.

This illustrated tribute to the dedicated people at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland Air Force base takes you behind the scenes to meet those who transform puppies into heroic military working dogs. Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist Jeff Kamen and his wife, Leslie Stone-Kamen share heartwarming profiles of the military and civilian volunteers who foster and train the puppies. The dog/handler team goes first into battle ahead of the troops, with the dog sniffing out hidden IEDs, booby traps and ambushes. The handlers must have rock solid faith in the dogs’ abilities. This book captures that faith and love on every page. Published by Globe Pequot. $19.95. globepequot.com

2. Upside-Down Dogs | By Serena Hodson

Upside-Down Dogs

Upside-Down Dogs | By Serena Hodson.

Celebrated pet photographer Serena Hodson takes beautiful color photos of our best friends — all upside-down. The results are whimsical, stunning and laugh-out-loud adorable. Whatever the breed or background, Hodson captures the sweet personality of each and every dog she works with. This charming book will bring a smile to every dog lover’s face. Published by St. Martin’s Griffin. $19.99. stmartins.com

3. Men & Dogs | By Marie-Eva Chopin and Alice Chaygneaud

Men & Dogs

Men & Dogs | By Marie-Eva Chopin and Alice Chaygneaud.

If you can’t decide between man or man’s best friend, now you don’t have to. In this new book by the creators of the popular blog Des Hommes et des Chatons, you’ll find 100 clever photo match-ups with a handsome human on one page and a pooch in a similar pose on the next — taking a walk, playing catch or basking in the sunshine. Published by TarcherPerigree. $15. penguinrandomhouse.com

4. Will’s Red Coat: The Story of One Old Dog Who Chose to Live Again | By Tom Ryan

Will’s Red Coat: The Story of One Old Dog Who Chose to Live Again

Will’s Red Coat: The Story of One Old Dog Who Chose to Live Again | By Tom Ryan.

Fifteen-year-old Will was languishing in a shelter, deaf and almost blind. When author Tom Ryan saw an online post about Will, he adopted him and brought him to his home in New Hampshire to give him a loving and dignified place to die. As Ryan witnessed Will’s fear, lack of trust and heartache, he realized what Will really needed was to learn to trust and love again. And that’s when Will began to thrive, transforming into a happy, playful pup. He lived for two and a half years, inspiring hundreds of thousands of people with his resilience and renewed heart, and now this memoir will do the same. Paperback edition available in February for $16.99. Published by Harper Collins. $25.99. harpercollins.com

5. William Wegman: Being Human | By William A. Ewing, curator

William Wegman: Being Human | By William A. Ewing

William Wegman: Being Human | By William A. Ewing, curator.

Fans have enjoyed William Wegman’s whimsical Weimaraner photos for nearly four decades. This new collection features more than 300 images from Wegman’s personal archive, spanning five decades of work and including some that have never been published. Wegman is known for images that are at once funny, striking and surreal — dogs wearing human clothing, posing as fairy tale characters or perching on pedestals like sculptures. If you’re a Wegman fan or just discovering him for the first time, this book definitely deserves a look! Published by Chronicle Books. $24.95. chroniclebooks.com

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