Do You Look Like Your Dog?

There are some researchers, who’ve been very lucky with their funding, who have studied the ways in which pets resemble their owners. If you’ve ever been to a dog show you’ll probably have noticed the phenomenon yourself. Sure enough, it’s been noted that when shown a random mixture of owner/pet photos, people are able to match those owners with their pets at a higher than random rate.

30 Owners Who Look Like Their Dogs, from Buzzfeed

I sometimes wish I could see photographs of illustrators alongside their pictures. I bet illustrators most naturally draw people look like themselves — similar face shapes and stature, even if they don’t mean to. Indeed, even if they go out of their way. Because we spend a lot of time looking at family members, and they tend to look like ourselves. We must also have a ‘default setting’ for a face, and that default is ourselves.

Do you look like your pet? We own a rather attractive Border collie. Though if I think harder, he hasn’t had a good brush in quite a while, and I have to admit I care about my own coiffure just about exactly as much. Think I’ll duck off to the bathroom and run a comb through my hair…

Wladyslaw Theodor Benda (1873 - 1948)  Elegant Woman and Afghan
Wladyslaw Theodor Benda (1873 – 1948) Elegant Woman and Afghan
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The Penguin Ronald Searle By Ronald Searle (published by Penguin Books Ltd, London 1960)
The Penguin Ronald Searle By Ronald Searle (published by Penguin Books Ltd, London 1960)
The Penguin Ronald Searle By Ronald Searle (published by Penguin Books Ltd, London 1960)
The Penguin Ronald Searle By Ronald Searle (published by Penguin Books Ltd, London 1960)
The Penguin Ronald Searle By Ronald Searle (published by Penguin Books Ltd, London 1960)
The Penguin Ronald Searle By Ronald Searle (published by Penguin Books Ltd, London 1960)
The Penguin Ronald Searle By Ronald Searle (published by Penguin Books Ltd, London 1960)
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The Penguin Ronald Searle By Ronald Searle (published by Penguin Books Ltd, London 1960)
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Related: Stuart Freeborn designed Yoda based on himself. Who else looks like the character they designed?

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Slap Happy Larry Stories

I put this analysis into practice when writing my own short stories.

Lemon Girl: A movie-length novella by Slap Happy Larry. Everyone is someone else's little psycho.