Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "Pet Tales: An illustrator falls in love with dogs"

Twelve yellow-framed windows are closely spaced on the front of a three-story red-brick townhouse. A dog intently peers out of each window, looking toward the street.

The intricately detailed acrylic painting depicts dogs of many sizes, colors and breeds, including a beagle, a Chihuahua, a Boston terrier and a chocolate Labrador retriever that looks just like the tail-wagger on the cover of the book “Dogs Rule, Nonchalantly” by Mark Ulriksen.

Dogs are loyal and patient, and “whether you’ve been gone for 5 minutes or for 5 hours, they’ll greet you like you’ve been gone for 5 years,” says the text next to the painting of 12 doggies in the windows.

Mr. Ulriksen originally created the painting for a 2007 cover of The New Yorker. A freelance artist and illustrator since 1994, he’s done 49 covers for the fabled magazine.

The 143-page book is filled with 67 beautifully reproduced, brightly colored paintings of dogs — including “The Dogs of My Life,” as Mr. Ulriksen titles one of the six paintings he did specifically for this book.


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