Dating back to the 16th century, the expression “a dog’s life” alludes to a miserable existence. But times they are a changing. My dogs, Todo and Alfie, live in ecstatic comfort and ease. Plus, unlike us humans, they don’t have to give a thought to masks and social distancing as the photo below illustrates.
Fortunately, things are easing up where we live near New York City. I was lucky enough to break my self-enforced home quarantine with a Father’s Day dinner al fresco with my family. The price I paid for such happiness was finally getting out of sweatpants and a t-shirt and into some real clothes—something Todo and Alfie never have to do.
Pooches don’t dress up to signal they want to go out for a good time – except in one of our most popular cartoons by my longtime New Yorker colleague and good friend Arnie Levin. Arnie did over seven-hundred drawings for The New Yorker magazine over his decades-long career.
Arnie penned this great gag back in the day when going out was easy, fret-free and fun. Looking at it today gives me cheerful confidence that good times are just around the corner of your corner restaurant.
Until then, we’re offering a limited edition of 25 giclee prints of Arnie Levin’s “Howard, I think the dog wants to go out” cartoon, hand-signed and numbered by the artist himself. Each giclee print is on 100% acid-free and ph-buffered cotton rag paper and accompanied by a certificate of authenticity. Choose from framed ($425) or unframed ($350).
Not only will this print cheer you up, it makes a great gift too.