In 2020, with many of us staying home, the Milk-Bone brand decided that August should be National Dog Month. Since then, the National Day Calendar has declared that every year we should celebrate August as such. Pictured above is one of the many pups in our collections, a portrait of C. C. Branson’s dog, from our Bass Photo Collection.
Dogs have only started to resonate in my mind in the past year or so. I didn’t get my sweet dog, Grissom, until 2022, so I didn’t celebrate National Dog Month that first year. However, I celebrate what he does to complete our family every day, and I’ll especially take note of his importance in August.
Let’s take a virtual stroll through the IHS digital collections to find some representative Indiana dogs over time. I’ve selected three from each third of the state (north, central, and south). It was a difficult choice, as there are so many wonderful dogs to find in our collections. I hope you enjoy these images and look for more when you need your dog fix.
Northern Indiana Dogs:
Central Indiana Dogs:
Southern Indiana Dogs:
In addition to the above photographs, thanks to the recent inclusion of our advertising ephemera to the digital collection, we can also find imagery of dogs used to sell products. The interesting part is that the products are not typically related to dogs or their upkeep. I feel this just further highlights the idea that dogs are much loved and therefore well suited to drawing the eye to an advertisement.
I understand not everyone is a dog lover. Maybe they’ve had a bad experience, suffer from allergies, or there is some other reason behind it. However, for those of us who love dogs, these images are hopefully a source of joy and smiles. While I’m new to the dog-loving community, never having owned a dog before now, I happily embrace my Grissom, and the imagery of all these other Hoosier dogs. I hope you do too. Enjoy!