“There is a definite alliance between dogs and dog owners. It’s something you can see as you walk around here. There is a little canine community downtown. These dogs have become canine citizens of Easton.”
Internationally known photographer and Easton institution Ed Eckstein walks his dog Thomas from his home on college hill to his studio in downtown Easton everyday. Captivated by the other dogs they meet along the way, Ecsktein was recently moved to shoot portraits of these dogs about town. In a neighborhood where it is commonplace to see dogs keeping their owners company at work, there was no shortage of four legged subjects. An Elucidator feature was born, spotlighting local shop owners, restaurateurs, artists, and more, and the dogs who love them. Next time you are in town, take a different kind of walking tour of downtown Easton. Stop and “chat” with some of these friendly dogs and maybe get a chance to get to know their owners and their work too. Enjoy.
Thomas was a rescue from the Northampton SPCA. I call him my four legged doorbell. When I’m working in the darkroom he always lets me know when someone is coming in. He’s fun with the kids who stop by. They pull and tug at him and he doesn’t mind. He’s just a good, trusty dog.
-Ed Eckstein, Photographer
Professor Churro is 4 years old. He was a gift to us from my best friend who flew him down from Florida, dropped him off, and gat back on the plane. His full name is Professor Churro J.P. (Joe Pesci or Joaqin Phoenix) Whiteside Roberts Hinkson. His personality shows in all of the names. He is the ruler of the house and owns the hearts of everyone in it.
-Gershon Hinkson, Filmmaker, Film Editor
Lady is going on 7 years old. I always say who rescued who when asked how Lady and I came to be. I was lost and in a bad place, as was Lady. Alone on the streets of Atlanta. We found each other and have been together ever since.
-Brad Scott Smith, DJ
Bettie and Charlie are two black lab mixes from a rescue in Pittston, NJ. Betty is very sweet, anyone who knows her will tell you that she is vary sweet dog. Charlie is pretty funny. He’s playful. They get along great. Mostly Betty ignores Charlie.
-Adam Fairchild, owner, Easton Outdoor Company.
Holmes is 2 years old, he was rescued through Road Trip Rescues, an organization that picks up dogs from kill shelters and transports them to foster homes and no kill shelters in the north. He’s so well behaved and friendly, great with kids, everyone loves him. He is our number one employee at Homebase.
-Andy Po, owner, Homebase Skateshop
Bubbles is my year old chi chi puppy named after my favorite trailer park boys character. Zoey is my darling 15 year old doxie.. I found both my dogs when not looking for a pet at all and I fell in love both times right there on the spot. My dogs are so special because they are both so very loving and sweet spirited. They look forward to being at the shop every day and get so excited every morning when I ask them- “You guys ready to go to work?” They get love and give love all day long.. Could you ask for a better life?
–Gwen Crouse, owner, Hair To Dye For
Tessa was just a wonderful dog. She passed away shortly after this photo was taken, so it is a special photo. She was very protective, a true companion. We walked two miles every day together. I still walk, but it isn’t the same. Everyone knew her. People said that Tessa was an Easton institution. Of course, people also say that Marta Whistler is an Easton institution (laughs.)
-Marta Whistler, artist
Ethel, the big great dane is 3 and Jenkins, the boxer is 4. They love coming here and the clients love them. Jenkins thinks he is a lap dog, he will lay his head and whole body on you. Ethel is a big goof. She is afraid of the time of the time of day. They are always together. They get along famously.
-Gary Ringhoff, right , with Michael Holford, left, owners, The Strand
Lucky is a 6 and half year old labradoodle. I take care of her for my 91 year old friend, Herb. He’s epileptic, so he requires people around. He loves people, loves walking around the streets of Easton. He’s a good yoga studio dog.
-Michelle Vrentas, owner, Lift Yoga
Toby is an 8 year old lhasa apso. He likes to come to work with me. He is a friendly dog, he likes to chatter with everyone. He’s one of those dogs that likes to have little conversations with people. He’s no trouble. He keeps me company. He’s one in a million. There is only one Toby.
-Sandra Caldwell, owner, No. 13
Jax will be 4 in October. He is a dual purpose dog, narcotics and patrol. He’s very high driven, lots of energy and social at play. But when it’s time to work, he’s ready to work. We have a special bond. All K-9 handlers and their dogs have a special bond.
-Lt. Stephen S. Homoki, EPD
Auggie is my Tibetan terrier. He’s 8 months old. We got him from a breeder and he was born on the day that my husband and I moved to Easton. He’s a pretty mellow dog, he sleeps a ton. For the most part he mellows out in the studio while I’m working. He’s just a really nice dog.
-Paige Rizvi, artist
Beau is about 17 months old. He weighs 160 pounds and is not yet full grown. His mother is a Saint Bernard and his father is a standard poodle. He loves to sit outside at Sette. He’s so big but gentle. He is great with small children and other dogs. My grandchildren ride him and sit on him. Oh and his favorite treat is American cheese.
-Bud Palmer, Sette Luna