Mule Doggie

Last year the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania was one of the partners in a public art display called Miles of Mules in the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor in Eastern Pennsylvania.  Area businesses, schools, nonprofit organizations, families and individuals sponsored local artists to paint more than 170 life-sized fiberglass mules.  The mules, in either a standing or sitting position, are about 6 feet tall and weigh about 90 pounds each.  Mules were selected because of the crucial role they played in the area's development in the 19th Century by pulling mine cars and towing canal boats to bring coal and other products to and from markets in New York and Philadelphia.

Marion Needham Krupp submitted a design called Mule Doggie, which was approved by the selection committee.  Marion painted a total of 21 dogs in various poses and situations.  Dogs represented on Mule Doggie are all dogs that Marion has known who have walked on the canal's towpath and include 6 Scotties, 2 Westies, 2 Wirehaired Dachshunds, 1 Airedale, 1 Affenpincher, 1 Greyhound, 1 Australian Shepherd, 1 Bernese Mountain Dog, 1 Bassett Hound, 1 Black Lab, 1 Beagle, and 2 mixed breed dogs.

Mule Doggie was purchased by Cynthia Branigan, a well-known writer on Greyhounds and President of Make Peace for Animals, an animal protection group.  This spring Mule Doggie will reside at the Animal Medical Clinic in Buckingham, Pennsylvania.