By Meredith Ganzman
Ellie, the mini Australian Shepherd service dog, is actually a first for- get this- the American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog. And the one-year-old pup, who otherwise loves dog parks and hiding under the couch, got to take a sneak sniff of the space.
The museum first opened in New York City in 1982, but later moved to St. Louis. Over 30 years later, it’s reopening in NYC- again focusing on the history of the animal through artifacts, literature and fine art like this piece by Richard Ansdell, museum executive director Alan Fausel says.
"What’s great about this painting is that it shows all the Hyland dogs. You have Otterhounds, and Scottish Deerhounds, and Dandie Dinmonts and you have Collies. There are 14 different dogs here."
However the space is only for humans, service animals and career dogs. But even those who are not dog lovers can still learn a lot in the space, Fausel says.
"I think they will come away with all the different types of dogs that there are, the jobs that they have- how they fit with the human and canine experience."
And that’s something those with four feet or two can certainly chew on.