An article by Christine Coulson titled "The Secret History" appeared in The New York Times Magazine on Sunday, April 17th. We are proud to say that of the thousands of painting in The Met, take a look at the one chosen for the article!
The painting is by Anthony van Dyck: Flemish, Antwerp 1599- 1641 London .
What The Met says about it:
In 1641 the fourth Duke of Lennox was created first Duke of Richmond by his cousin, Charles I, King of England. Four years earlier he had married Mary Villiers, daughter of the king’s favorite, the Duke of Buckingham. Van Dyck probably painted this majestic portrait shortly after Stuart’s investiture into the Order of the Garter, in November 1633. The silver star, the "Lesser George" medal on a green ribbon, and the garter itself (below the left knee) are the order’s insignia. The greyhound suggests nobility (by alluding to their hunting privileges) and perhaps the virtue of fidelity.
LONDON — Move over Lassie, there's a new hero pooch in town.
Meet Lucca, a retired U.S. Marine Corps dog who lost one of her legs while hunting for homemade bombs in Afghanistan.
More than four years after she was reduced to three paws, Lucca was awarded a top military medal for the 400 missions she completed during her service.
The People's Dispensary for Sick Animals — a British charity known as the PDSA — honored Lucca with its Dickin Medal during a ceremony at London's Wellington Barracks on Tuesday.
The PDSA says the award is "the highest award any animal in the world can achieve while serving in military conflict" and has given it out just 66 times since 1943.
The charity calls it "the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross," referring to the highest military decoration awarded by a British monarch. However, the Victoria Cross Trust has previously opposed the comparison.
Tuesday's ceremony was also attended by the dog's owner, Gunnery Sergeant Christopher Willingham, who lives with Lucca in California.
"Lucca is very intelligent, loyal and had an amazing drive for work as a search dog," Willingham said in a statement. "She is the only reason I made it home to my family and I am fortunate to have served with her."
Lucca completed more than 400 missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, sniffing out explosives and protecting "the lives of thousands of allied troops," according to the charity. There were no human casualties during any of her patrols.
She was injured while on patrol with her other handler, Cpl. Juan Rodriguez, in Afghanistan's Helmand province in March 2012.
"The explosion was huge and I immediately feared the worst for Lucca," Rodriguez said in the PDSA's statement. "I ran to her and saw her struggling to get up. I picked her up and ran to the shelter of a nearby tree line, applied a tourniquet to her injured leg and called the medics to collect us."
Lucca was evacuated to Germany and then to California's Camp Pendleton. Rodriguez stayed near her through each stage of recovery — even choosing to sleep side-by-side some nights.
On this day when Belgian Malinois security dogs are serving their country and fellow citizens in Belgium, there is a good story from Roanoke.
BLACKSBURG (WSLS 10) — A Virginia Tech K9 team known across the Commonwealth is set to retire later this month.
Officer Larry Wooddell and Boomer are leaving the force. Wooddell has been in law enforcement for 30 years.
He started working with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office then joined the Virginia Tech police department in 1994.
Wooddell and Boomer have been together since 2008. In that time, the two have worked everything from crime scenes to bomb threats. Wooddell says the team is often called across the state to help in difficult situations.
“They’ve called Boomer to go out to look for the weapon and we actually found the weapon which was good. It was a good feeling for me and he was excited about it too because he knew how excited I was.”
Wooddell says they work well together, even other handlers notice.
“Just understanding the dog,” he said. “We call it reading the dog because we know when the dog is doing something. It’s a unique bond that we have together.”
Wooddell says he’s looking forward to relaxing and letting Boomer, now 9-years-old, ride in his personal vehicle once he’s officially his April first.
Meet Domhnall. This 4 year old Irish Wolfhound is the official mascot of the Irish Guard. He was in attendance and service yesterday when the traditional sprig of Shamrock was presented during the St. Patrick's Day Parade in London. Cool dude.
Shop dogs say this with great admiration and just a tinge of envy. Love the outfit.
History and photo from wiki:
Since 1902, an Irish Wolfhound has been presented as a mascot to the regiment by the members of the Irish Wolfhound Club, who hoped the publicity would increase the breed's popularity with the public. The first mascot was called Brian Boru.
In 1961, the wolfhound was admitted to the select club of "official" Army mascots, entitling him to the services of theRoyal Army Veterinary Corps, as well as quartering and food at public expense. Originally, the mascot was in the care of a drummer boy, but is now looked after by one of the regiment's drummers and his family. The Irish Guards are the only Guards regiment permitted to have their mascot lead them on parade. During Trooping the Colour, however, the mascot marches only from Wellington Barracks as far as Horse Guards Parade. He then falls out of the formation and does not participate in the trooping itself. The regiment's current wolfhound is named Domhnall. His predecessor, Conmael, made his debut at Trooping the Colour on 13 June 2009. At the end of 2012 Conmael retired and was replaced with the new wolfhound- Domhnall.