Man's Best Friend

 

A dog is a man's best friend? Well, if the animal's popularity is anything to go by, perhaps that's true; according to the American Kennel Club, there are more pet dogs in the USA than there are people in Britain.

The statement that Dog is man's best friend was first recorded as being made by Frederick, King of Prussia in 1789. Frederick referred to one of his Italian greyhounds as his best friend. The earliest citation in the U.S. is traced to a poem printed in the The New York Literary Journal, Volume 4, 1821:

The faithful dog - why should I strive
To speak his merits, while they live
In every breast, and man's best friend
Does often at his heels attend.

The 2016 San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques Show is a great place to make few new such friends.

From Antonio's Bella Casa
Left: Pair of rare circa 1840 Roman Carrara marble hounds. 
Right: Pair of  19th century hand-thrown English terracotta poodles on raised bases, from the East Hampton estate of Lee Radziwill

 

 

From Earle D. Vandekar of Knightsbridge
Left: English  Berlin wool needlework picture of Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, circa 1840-60
Right: Bradley and Hubbard Company, Meriden CT cast iron Boston Terrier  doorstop, circa 1920

 

 

From Lang Antiques and Estate Jewelry:
14K golden-coated Irish Setter pin

 

 

From Peter Fetterman Gallery:
Elliott Erwitt (United States, b. 1928)
New York, [Great Dane, Chihuahau & Boots], 1954
©Elliott Erwitt/Courtesy Peter Fetterman Gallery