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Jul 16 2010

Spinster aunt posts photo of wagging tail without comment

Franny with white chair, 1963
Jilroy Silliphant. Franny with white chair. 1963.

28 comments

  1. Sarah

    What an adorable dog! What a mod chair! What a sophisticated gray-on-gray color palette! End exclamatory interlude!

  2. Antoinette Niebieszczanski

    Bert es muy guapo!

  3. Antoinette Niebieszczanski

    Oops, sorry, Franny es muy linda! I forgot – Bert is floofier.

  4. Alex

    Two observations: 1) yay! Franny! Totally adorable. 2) Cool rug/chair combo.

  5. Larkspur

    Franny! Oh, I needed to see Franny today. She looks so elegant and serene, and then there’s the warp-speed tail action. I cannot tell you how happy I am that you and Franny crossed paths, and that she bopped over to your rancho.

    So elegant. If I had money, a personal shopper, and a miraculous respite from anomie and/or ennui (anything with a Whee in it, except not fun), I would print out this photo and say “Make me and my house look like this”. Not necessarily literally – I might substitute a little twinkle of insouciance instead of the tail. Just tall, cool, elegant, in light khaki or sand colored natural looking clothing, all of which fits perfectly, with my face showing an engagement with life that is benign, even kind, but ultimately disinterested. Because Franny looks like that naturally. She doesn’t need an off-camera snausage or anything. I want to not need off-camera snausages either.

  6. Orange

    Those are Flor carpet tiles, aren’t they? Recycled, with no offgassing of fumes, and super-easy to clean?

    I differ with Sarah. I like the green-on-green color scheme. I don’t always agree with other people when it comes to identifying colors, though. Could be my eyeballs.

    Cool tail whooshing.

  7. Jill

    Orange
    July 16, 2010 at 8:07 am

    Those are Flor carpet tiles, aren’t they? Recycled, with no offgassing of fumes, and super-easy to clean? I differ with Sarah. I like the green-on-green color scheme. I don’t always agree with other people when it comes to identifying colors, though. Could be my eyeballs.

    Flor carpet tiles, yes. Green, no. The camerafone lies. Carpet is dog-on-blue. Dog is color of fresh biscuits.

  8. Jill

    It’s a little early to tell definitively yet, but it’s possible that Franny is the best dog ever. She’s a gun dog, so she’s wily and alert and engaged and athletic, and she’s a retriever so she can fetch up two Wubbas simultaneously from a fast-moving stream before they are lost forever, and she doesn’t get in the trash or jump on the counter, and she doesn’t chew shoes, and her recall is rock-solid, and she’s always in a good mood, and she’s not neurotic. Jackpot!

  9. Notorious Ph.D.

    Nice! I usually shy away from hipstamatic photos and their like, but this one somehow works.

  10. ma'am

    I have tail envy. My new dog’s tail was whacked off by her previous owners.

  11. Jezebella

    That picture has changed since this morning. You are messing with us, aren’t you?

  12. AlienNumber

    re: picture change- Trying to make it look more 1963 is my guess.
    Franny seems wonderful, I admire her elegant posture.

  13. pheenobarbidoll

    Franny needs to come spend some time with Dixie the Devil Catahoula. She chews everything, barks more than she should and sneaks off to pee on the rug. Her recall is excellent if she thinks you have food. She always thinks you have food. She will launch herself vertically up trees at squirrels, but hasn’t figured out how to get down. Franny sounds like she’d be a good role model. In fact, wanna trade?

  14. janna

    Aw. I think Franny and my dog are about the same age. It’s nice to see how she’s getting on. She certainly sounds like the best dog ever. My dog thinks recall is a hilarious game, esp when she veers off at the last second, and she eats tampons.

  15. Pinko Punko

    Retro futuroesque reminds me of this lovely view of the future, sponsored by friendly Monsanto natch.

    I think I picked up one of these post-cards at an “antique” (read junk) store in N. Webster IN.

  16. sonia

    “I once had a ranch in Texas…”

  17. Lisa

    The distressing that you’ve added (since first posting this morning) is lovely. Brava!

  18. shopstewardess

    I hadn’t seen Pinko Punko’s Monsanto house before. I notice it posited a future in which 1950s’ patriarchal stereotyping remained unchanged.

    Franny looks wonderfully athletic. My neighbours have a labrador which hasn’t had a chance of being anything other than fat and badly trained, and never will unless by some mischance they both die and leave her to someone with a clue. Such a waste of a potentially good dog, and I blame my neighbours for the dog crap on the grass I have to cut.

  19. Carpenter

    Just curious, did you photo-shop that or do iPhones have an oldification app?

  20. Pinko Punko

    shopstew-

    Yeah, exactly- it seemed to be the number one priority of that future.

  21. Cactus Sally

    To the tune of “The Impossible Dream”

    To teach, the unteachable pet,
    To bite, only those who are bad,
    To bark-only in daylight hours,
    To sleep- after the sun goes down

    This is my pet!
    she thinks she’s like me!
    Wants to dine at the table,
    and watch HGTV

    To sleep on the bed
    without question or cause
    To track dirt on the floor
    with her big canine paws

    And I know-if I’ll only be true
    To this glorious pet
    That she won’t dig me up
    when I’m laid to my rest

  22. Jodie

    Looks suspiciously like Art to me.*

    If it were allowed, I would have added an ellipsis after that sentence.

  23. AileenWuornos

    Dogs are the best people :)

  24. Sylvie

    She looks like a dog who knows that she knows.

  25. sargassosea

    Franny! My, but they grow up so fast.

  26. Jill

    Jodie
    July 16, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    Looks suspiciously like Art to me.*

    If it were allowed, I would have added an ellipsis after that sentence.

    But why? Why? I mean, you came to your senses in time, so surely you see that an ellipsis makes no sense here. The statement is nicely self-sufficient and has a perfectly good ending, your commitment to which is indicated with a perfectly good period. There’s noplace to trail off intriguingly to.

    I’m beginning to wonder if ellipsiphilia isn’t in fact part of the begin-my-arguments-with-”I” syndrome.

    Go ahead. Take a chance! Make a statement! Give it a period! Reap the rewards of a firm commitment to your idea!

  27. Pinko Punko

    What if one desires to indicate one’s trailing off in a reverie, considering the Grand Scale of the Topic, or perhaps to indicate the percolation of one’s lobe, or perhaps the beginning of the blowing of the lobe? Surely, in the face of such an expanding personal universe, the tiniest of ellipsicality could be apropos. Or is that more of a mid-sentence bre

  28. Orange

    I actually keep these commenting guidelines in mind when I write my reviews blog. I use an “I” clause if I want to be gentler–to leave open the possibility that my opinion on the matter is not fact. And if I want to have more punch, I excise the “I blah-blah” that I have written unthinkingly. I use the ellipsis only for dramatic pauses (very rarely), and lop off two dots when my co-blogger wafts off with the uncertainty of an ellipsis.

    It makes perfect sense for a polemical blog like this to heighten the reader’s awareness of rhetoric and message enhancement.

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