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 think about 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.
Yours in Good Humor,