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Bone Up on Your Breeds With This Dog Alphabet

Combining animal portraiture and typography, Romanian-based graphic designer Andrei Clompos created an alphabet that doubles as a information sheet on 26 different dog breeds, from the Akita to the Zuchon.

On the Behance profile where the project was shared, Clompos writes that the idea came after he got a dog of his own and began experimenting with its portrait. "I decided to make another version of my old project 'The study of the typographic element in the virtual world,' but instead of objects I used pictures with dog breeds, my dog (B-letter), my friends' dogs, and also few from the internet," he notes. Each letter in the full alphabet chart features a portrait of a dog from the specified breed, while the individual letter designs spell out the name of breed and include a paragraph of fun facts about the dogs. Check out the full chart and a sample of the breed cards below.

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25 Shelter Dogs Who Made It Big
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If you’ve been thinking of adding a four-legged friend to your brood and are deciding whether a shelter dog is right for you, consider this: Some of history’s most amazing pooches—from four-legged movie stars to heroic rescue dogs—were found in animal shelters. In honor of Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month, here are 25 shelter dogs who made it big.

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Get IKEA's New Pet Furniture Collection for Not a Lot of Scratch
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The biggest surprise about IKEA's newest product line is that it has taken this long to debut. This week, the North American arm of the Swedish furniture giant unveiled a new assortment of furniture designed specifically for four-legged customers. Dubbed LURVIG (Swedish for “hairy”), pet owners can now browse IKEA aisles for everything from dog beds to cat scratching posts—many of which have a distinct IKEA twist.

Their pet couch ($49.95), for example, folds out into a bed; another bed is small enough to slide under a human-sized mattress. Their “cat house on legs” ($54.95) looks like a retro TV and allows space for a cat to stalk you from behind a screen.

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The retailer solicited advice from veterinarians on product design that would be functional while sitting comfortably within the IKEA aesthetic. “It is quite important for IKEA to have a pet range that fits into our normal furniture range,” Barbara Schäfer, IKEA’s product risk assessment leader, told Curbed. “As a pet owner I can say, so far, the normal pet products are quite ugly.” (Don't hold back, Barbara.)

The LURVIG line is currently being rolled out to IKEA stores, but you’ll have to be willing to be your furry pal’s personal shopper; the company doesn’t allow pets in their stores, save for service animals.

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