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This is Store Sidekicks, an end-of-the-week feature where we profile the fuzzy wuzzy creatures that inhabit shops across the city. If you'd like to nominate your favorite store animal, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eight-month-old dachshund Ludwig Von Truffle is certainly one of the most cultured pups out there. A permanent fixture in newly opened Art Since the Summer of '69 gallery, Ludwig could easily be mistaken for a co-director. Not only does he happily greet any visitor to the gallery, he also accompanies the directors to every studio visit and opening, and constantly tries to be involved while they're painting (he often stands right underneath them, getting stepped on).
Ludwig's love for adventure has inspired him to run away into neighboring studios and once almost escape out of the fire escape. This past summer when the gallery had an event with a DJ, he even showed off his dance moves. His innate confidence might come from living with people who are obvious dog lovers. Directors of the gallery Fabienne Stephan and Paul Aymar Mourgue d'Algue (Ludwig's owners) and Hanne Mugaas (Ludwig's aunt) have decorated the space with books about dachshund, and when their current exhibit, The Bichon Frise in Art, opened, some twenty dogs attended the party.—Lauren Frankfort
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