LOWDOWN Winter 2010

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WINNIE’S WHEELBARROW?

It’s not offal, ...it's not awful, ...it's just a dog's dinner!

WINNIE’S WHEELBARROW, a feature named in honour of Winifred Burgis. This contains all the ‘odds and sods’ without a home elsewhere in LOWDOWN.

BARKING? In May this year a rather bizarre, free concert, ‘Music for Dogs,’ was held outside Sydney Opera House.

The distinguished performance artist, Laurie Anderson, together with her rock star husband, Lou Reed will perform a twenty minute composition specifically intended to be heard by a large canine audience. Although there were passages of vocalisation and string instrumentation, most of the work was in a high frequency audible only to dogs.

They have used an electronic sequencer to compose the music for the performance that is described as ‘an absolute must for any dog and their two-legged friends’.

The short duration of the concert was explained by Anderson as being because ‘Dogs don’t have a giant concentration span’. She and Reed sometimes make music for Lollabelle, the couple’s terrier.

I don’t know what the dogs thought of it, but I would have loved to be there.

WINNIE’S WHEELBARROW, a feature named in honour of Winifred Burgis. This contains all the ‘odds and sods’ without a home elsewhere in LOWDOWN.

BARKING? In May this year a rather bizarre, free concert, ‘Music for Dogs,’ was held outside Sydney Opera House.

The distinguished performance artist, Laurie Anderson, together with her rock star husband, Lou Reed will perform a twenty minute composition specifically intended to be heard by a large canine audience. Although there were passages of vocalisation and string instrumentation, most of the work was in a high frequency audible only to dogs.

They have used an electronic sequencer to compose the music for the performance that is described as ‘an absolute must for any dog and their two-legged friends’.

The short duration of the concert was explained by Anderson as being because ‘Dogs don’t have a giant concentration span’. She and Reed sometimes make music for Lollabelle, the couple’s terrier.

I don’t know what the dogs thought of it, but I would have loved to be there.

Beryl, the sixteen year old Basset Hound, and Wol, the Tawny Owl, first met at an animal rescue centre.

Now living together in Kent, the pair are the firmest of friends; apparently they enjoy watching television from a favourite sofa. Well, Beryl is on the sofa, Wol seems to like being on the hounds back.

Pretty cute, eh?

Photograph: KATHARYN BOUDET/KNP

LOWDOWN IS A WINNER! Well, at least a racehorse called Lowdown was for several races this summer. Roy Drew brought this to my attention. The horse had won about three races - at quite long odds - however, when I ventured a few quid on him, the nag got nowhere. Believe me, Lowdown the newsletter, is a much safer bet.

Cover of the Basset Hound Owners Club newsletter Lowdown
Winnie’s Wheelbarrow ☞

first published in LOWDOWN

editor Tony Roberts