THE FLAT BRUTUS PROJECT//FINE ART DOG PHOTOGRAPHER JESSE FREIDIN
Sometimes it's hard being an only child- you get bored, nobody understands you, there's never anyone to play with. It's a rough life. Pancake, being the spoiled only child he is, has been asking me for a brother every day for the past few months. "Dad, I'm soooooooooo bored. This is boring! We go to work and you do stuff and all I get to do is fart on people and sleep. Booooooooooring!". So, being the good dad that I am, I recently granted Pancake his wish. The stork delivered a very unique, and 2-dimensional, dog brother in flat 'standard mail' package. His name was Flat Brutus, and he visited us for a few weeks- traveling with me from San Francisco, to Los Angeles, to Boston, Cape Cod, and New York. Here is our story: First, Pancake and Flat Brutus had some serious catching up to do. P: "Hi, I'm Pancake. Are you my new brother?" FB: "....." P: "Um, why aren't you moving? You're really skinny. No one gives you treats? I get treats all the time." FB: "......" P: "Whatever, you're flat. That's cool." FB: "......"
Then Pancake took Flat Brutus to one of his favorite spots in Cape Cod: P: "We've got a pretty sick view from up on this hill, Brutus." FB: "...."
Then we all went to visit Boogie- one of our favorite Boston Terriers on the planet!
Boogie's mom is the infamous Lili Chin- mastermind behind Doggie Drawings, and creator of the original Flat Brutus illustration! It was a heartwarming reunion for everyone involved:
Finally, I took Flat Brutus for a brisk walk up to the Hollywood sign.
I think he really enjoyed basking in the lime-light, and told me he had hopes of getting his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame one day. Being the good dad that I am, I told him that if he tried hard enough, he just might achieve that goal. Then I stuffed him back in his envelope and sent him on his way.