Photo Series Proves That Dogs Aren’t Just A Man’s Best Friend, But A Woman’s Toosponsored contentMarch 10, 2017
You’ve probably heard the pooch-adoring phrase “Man’s best friend” but have you ever stopped to ponder where exactly this expression comes from?
Dog owners might be surprised to find out that the phrase actually goes back to the 1870s and involved a trial.
In 1870’s Missouri, George Graham Vest represented a farmer who claimed that his dog, Old Drum, had been killed by another man and wanted to sue for damages. During Vest’s closing argument he said: “The one absolutely unselfish friend that a man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him and the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous is his dog.” Vest won the case and almost 90 years later a statue of Old Drum was erected on the Johnson County Courthouse lawn, summarizing Vest’s speech with the words “A man’s best friend is his dog.”
After more than 140 years, CESAR® is rewriting the history of this time-tested expression, launching the “Woman’s Best Friend Too” campaign. The program highlights the special bond that not just men, but women share with their dogs by showcasing women and the special canines who stood by them at all times.
To bring the “Woman’s Best Friend Too” program to life, Elias Weiss Freidman, photographer behind the popular website and New York Times bestselling book, The Dogist, set out on the streets of Manhattan to photograph and talk to 14 women about the relationships they have with their dogs. The women came from all different backgrounds and each had a unique story to tell about life with her dog.
Shakirah DeMesier is just one of the women who’s heart was touched in a profound way by her dog Khani. “My mom used to call her Macaque, which means monkey in French,” said DeMesier “We’re Haitian. She’d always respond to it, even though that’s not her name.” After DeMesier’s mother passed away it was Khani who also by her side to comfort her and bring a smile to her face with her playfulness. “We care for each other in ways that I don’t think exist in a human relationship,” added DeMesier.
The photos and stories in this collection prove that when it comes to dogs, our four-legged friends know no gender and give their unconditional love and loyalty to all.
Gloria and Bo & Rex, Havanese and Doberman Pinscher (3.5 y/o and 2 y/o) ● “I got Bo because I was having some very hard anxiety and depression issues. I trained her myself, and she basically does little things like remind me to take my medication, or when I’m sad, she’ll come up to me and do these silly things like digging at me or jumping around. You can’t be sad when you’re watching her be all silly and fluffy. You just can’t.” As for Rex, Gloria has wanted a Doberman since she was two (and even has one tattooed on her neck). “He’s just so happy,” she says. “He doesn’t know what it is to be mean. He’s a mama’s boy. And he has to be the little spoon when we sleep.” #WomansBestFriendToo
Stephonik and Ruby Tuesday, Chihuahua (3 y/o) ● “She’s very skittish. Loud noises and big trucks scare her.” Ruby was found on a beach in Puerto Rico, and Stephonik is writing a children’s book about her journey to New York. “My job is to comfort her and make sure she feels safe,” Stephonik says. “Ruby really puts life into perspective for me. When she’s scared of small things, it’s easy to write them off. But then I realize sometimes I’m scared of small things, too. We’re great companions. We help each other get through this world.” #WomansBestFriendToo
Kristin and Butters, Pomeranian (9 y/o) ● “I grew up with cats. They’re more independent, but they don’t bond the same way dogs do.” Butters is Kristin’s first dog, and since she fits easily into a bag, she travels everywhere with her. “I’ve met a lot of people because of Butters,” Kristin says. “I’m actually taking Japanese lessons for free from a woman whose only payment is seeing Butters when I go for lessons!” When asked why Butters is her best friend, Kristin says, “She’s a mirror of me. She’s the love of my life.” #WomansBestFriendToo
Ana and Stella, Chihuahua mix (2 y/o) ● “She’s a food snob, like me. That makes us true New Yorkers.” Stella is Ana’s first dog, and she loves good belly rubs, chasing after squirrels and romping in Washington Square Park. “I bring her to work with me every day,” Ana says. “She gives me a reason to take a break.” When asked how she’d describe their relationship, Ana says, “I love her unconditionally. The love between you and your dog is just different.” #WomansBestFriendToo
Nuala and Magnus, German Shephard (1.5 y/o) ● Nuala brought Magnus to New York all the way from Thailand, where he was born. “Most people are afraid of German Shephards,” Nuala says. “But they don’t need to be afraid of Magnus. He’s soft.” Every morning, Nuala takes Magnus outside for an hour of sprint play to help him burn through his energy before he accompanies her to work. “He’s my protector,” says Nuala. “The day my boyfriend left for basic training, I was very upset. Magnus stood at my desk and wouldn’t let anyone bother me. We’re best friends because he’s part of my soul.” #WomansBestFriendToo
Cozette and Cairo, German Shepherd/Collie mix (3 y/o) ● “I went to all the agencies in New York, and they didn’t want to give me a dog because of my age,” Cozette remembers. But when she found Cairo through a friend, it was an instant connection. “We bonded immediately in the car on the way home. He went right to the door, ran up the steps, jumped up onto the bed and said ‘I’m home.’” And Cairo needed a home: he had just come from Egypt, where he was rescued through Angels for Animals. “Around 7 o’clock in the morning he’ll come up on the bed, come to my side and ask for belly scratches,” says Cozette. “So we play together for about a half hour in the morning. I think that’s his favorite time of day.” #WomansBestFriendToo
Jasmine and Louie, Miniature Poodle (8 y/o) ● Louie has lived through it all with Jasmine: high school, college and a move to the big city. “Living in New York, you don’t get that many warm welcomes,” Jasmine says. “It’s just nice to go home and see a friendly face, someone who’s ready to hang with you – not go out on a Friday night.” Bringing Louie to New York from her parents’ place in the suburbs helped Jasmine grow up, from learning to keep a schedule to putting someone before herself to being patient (like she had to be the time Louie ruined everything in her apartment). “Women are more in tune with their emotions than men, I think,” says Jasmine. “And dogs are emotive creatures, especially Louie, so we vibe well. He grounds me.” #WomansBestFriendToo
We loved hearing @hellodarlingblog and Miss Kyra’s heartwarming story! #WomansBestFriendToo ・・・ "The second I laid eyes on her, I knew that she'd change my life forever. Miss Kyra came into my life on 10/18/2014 and I couldn't be any more thankful for that day. From day one, she's been my sidekick, my therapist, and my absolute best friend. I don't talk about this too often, but this year has truly been a test for me and Kyra has been there for me every time I start stressing out. For those of you who don't know, right now I'm going to grad school, balancing my blog, and a full-time job and some days — it truly gets the best of me. People always ask me how I do it, and I tell them – easy… Kyra and plenty of coffee. She truly keeps me sane and that’s something that I'll always be thankful for." Read more heartwarming stories about woman’s best friend at @CesarCuisine #InternationalWomensDay #WomansBestFriendToo #sponsored
Natalie and Bones, Australian Cattle Dog mix (4 y/o) ● “She was the only puppy that didn’t care about me,” Natalie says of her pup, Bones, on the day she picked her out. “But when I held her, she made eye contact. All the other dogs were kind of googly-eyed and couldn’t focus, but she was, like, IN IT. She saw me.” Natalie had always dreamed of having a male dog, but she and this sweet girl are everything to each other. “I think about her all the time when I’m not with her,” Natalie says, laughing. “Sometimes I wish she had a cell phone so I could text her and tell her that I miss her.” When asked how Bones would describe their relationship, Natalie says, “I think she thinks of us as being kind of the same, not so different. She’s just like, ‘Yeah, you and me. It’s just you and me.’” #WomansBestFriendToo #internationalwomensday #IWD2017
We’re thrilled to partner with @TheDogist on our #WomensBestFriendToo campaign and bring to life images and stories of 14 real women and their canine companions! #internationalwomensday ・・・ Magnus, German Shepherd (1 y/o), Prince & West Broadway, New York, NY • "He's my best friend, my boy, and my sweetie. When my boyfriend left for the military, he could tell how upset I was and would stop anyone from coming near my desk. He knew I wanted to be alone." • Dogs are women's best friend too. The Dogist recently teamed up with Cesar dog food to create a series of photos and stories of real-women as part of their new campaign: Women’s Best Friend Too, which celebrates the special bond between women and their dogs. Follow @cesarcuisine for more in this series! #WomensBestFriendToo
Tracy and Bear, Cockapoo (2 y/o) ● “Bear is our second dog. My daughter wanted another, and I told her she had to do research to find the best dog for us. She did research for years… and came up with a Cockapoo. We got Bear right at eight weeks old; she was three and a half pounds and looked like a little teddy bear.” Tracy remembers that when she and her daughter went to pick out their puppy, “Bear ran right into my daughter’s lap and gave her a kiss on the cheek. We always say she picked us.” And while Tracy was hesitant about adding a second dog to her family, she fell madly in love with little Bear. “I actually let her sleep in my bed,” Tracy says. “Which, well…. I didn’t let my kids sleep in my bed.” #WomansBestFriendToo #internationalwomensday #IWD2017
@WeWoreWhat and her pup Bleeker show us dogs are a #WomansBestFriendToo. #internationalwomensday #IWD2017 "Man's best friend" – what an archaic saying in such a progressive time. This month I partnered with @cesarcuisine to show that dogs (my baby boy Bleecker, and Brooklyn who arrives tonight eeek) are a #womansbestfriendtoo! Bleecker has been there for me through thick and thin with unconditional love, and were so excited to grow our little family. Check out Cesar’s IG page for more stories of women and their pup best friends #ad!
We loved hearing about the special bond between @lucyhale and her pup, Elvis! Their sweet story shows dogs are a #WomansBestFriendToo. ・・・ "You always hear about dogs being a man’s best friend, but it goes for us ladies, too! I’m partnering with @CesarCuisine to talk about my bond with this majestic little creature, Elvis. I was born and raised in Memphis and all of my family still lives there (hence his name Elvis!) . He also reminds me of my first dog Jack. It’s hard being so far from them, and Elvis helps. He goes everywhere with me. We love trips to the dog park and he’s my favorite hiking buddy. He’s sneaky, too – I always catch him up on the kitchen table when I get home, even though he knows he’s not supposed to be up there! But I love his mischievous streak." #WomansBestFriendToo #ad #InternationalWomensDay
Shakirah and Khani, Shih-Tzu (5 y/o) ● “My mom used to call her Macaque, which means Monkey in French. We’re Haitian. She’d always respond to it, even though that’s not her name.” When Shakirah’s mother passed away, Khani was there with unconditional love and playfulness to pull her out of her sadness. “We care for each other in ways that I don’t think exist in a human relationship,” Shakirah says. “She doesn’t really love other dogs, and I always let her know that that’s okay. I think that’s a special bond we have. And she’s always so happy. Even when I’m telling her ‘no,’ she’s like ‘okay, no, but later let’s play.’” #WomansBestFriendToo
Barbara and Molly, Daschund (9 y/o) ● “I had three dogs before, but they never felt like mine.” During her 35-year-long career, Barbara’s pups were taken care of by walkers and groomers. Since retiring and getting Molly, she has a lot more free time – and they spend most of it together. “She’s the first dog that feels like she’s truly mine,” Barbara says. When she went to pick out a puppy, Barbara was actually looking for a male dog, but then Molly trotted over and peed on her. Barbara smiles, “It’s like she chose me.” #WomansBestFriendToo
Nancy and Fiona, Mable & Archie, Chihuahuas (11, 8 and 12 y/o) ● “I know it seems nuts. Going from two to three is a bit of a leap.” But adding Archie to this wolf pack actually made the energy in Nancy’s house calmer, stopping Fiona and Mable from being so competitive with one another. “Animals are highly intuitive,” says Nancy. “It’s behavioral, and it’s beyond that. My mom passed away two months ago and I was having trouble crying. I just couldn’t get there. But they helped me; it was like they gave me permission to cry. There’s a lot of trust. They trust me and I trust them.” #WomansBestFriendToo
Ann-Cristin and Penelope & Gunther, German Shepherd and Boxer (2 y/o and 2 y/o) ● “Being a dog walker keeps me sane,” Ann-Cristin says. “It combines the three things I need in life: being outdoors, being active, and being with animals.” Ann-Cristin walks more than 20 dogs, and loves it because of the way dogs give back to you. “Just like how children frustrate parents, dogs can do that, too,” Ann-Cristin says. “But they offer the same unconditional love.” Ann-Cristin has two dogs of her own at home, a pair of daschunds. “Small bodies,” she says. “Big hearts.” #WomansBestFriendToo