Tales of a Traveling Canine
Destination Europe: Bone Voyage
On assignment with Europe's most peripatetic canine
By Jennifer Drapkin
Photographs by Toni Anzenberger
One day eight years ago, a young landscape photographer from Vienna was visiting a farm near Verona, Italy, when he learned about a spotted puppy with black ears that no one wanted. The photographer, Toni Anzenberger, adopted the dog and named him Pecorino, thinking it meant "little sheep" in Italian. Only later did Anzenberger learn that he'd named his new best friend after a cheese. "At least Pecorino sounds cute in German, like a clown's name," Anzenberger says. "It's not like calling your dog Gorgonzola."
Then, when Anzenberger brought the dog with him on an assignment in Tuscany, Pecorino kept running into the picture. At first Anzenberger was frustrated. But he soon realized that Pecorino added character to the pictures. So he began photographing the dog everywhere, on the streets of London and the shores of Greece, next to windmills in the Netherlands and statues in Rome.
Read the whole story here (thanks to my colleague Margaria Fichtner, major dog freak, for pointing it out): http://www.smithsonianmagazine.com/issues/2006/march/de_pecorino.php