Give me a dog documentary…and I will give you a post!
The latest is the new Netflix addition The Champions about the relocation and reconditioning of the dogs involved in (noted asshole) Michael Vick’s dog fighting ring. It’s an adorable, heartwarming little film that doesn’t overstay its welcome nor does it hit you too hard with dog abuse realness. It straddles the good and the bad quite nicely and makes for a great, casual evening watch.
Much of the film’s best moments involve the rescue organization BADRAP, a group that hopes to rehab the image of Pit Bulls. The organization was founded by Donna Reynolds and Tim Racer, some cool, California based dog lovers. They seem quaint and common and dog loving enough but, at one point, Tim Racer outs himself as a fucking amazing sculptor.
Racer makes a living carving animals for carousels but, since working with dogs, he seems to have fused both of his jobs together into carving adorable pups to be placed on carousels or to use as rocking chairs or to have as sculptures. His work is fantastical and cute and breaks out of being cutesy and doggy and into an exaggerated view of very common animals. They all look so happy and sweet and they beg for you to have one made of your dog.
Perusing his Facebook helps to illustrate his versatility and shows that, yes, it probably costs a fuck ton of money to commission him to do your dog. Regardless of the price, his work is totally fabulous and worth falling into a clickhole for. I suggest starting with his custom works to see finished products and some Timeline posts for a sense of process and versatility.