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Help us restore some of the last Doggie Diner heads—a symbol of SF’s scrappy, can-do spirit during the post WWII era & beyond
Help us restore some of the last Doggie Diner heads—a symbol of SF’s scrappy, can-do spirit during the post WWII era & beyond
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Dog Update May Day 2014

Posted by John Law (Creator)
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Howdy out there Dog Head fans and supporters.

It's been some time since the last update. A lot is going on. I've compiled a few photos of the progress below.

We've sent out the stickers, the Cacophony Books, so let us know in a week or so if you haven't received them. We'll be sending out "T" shirts and bags soon too. Loid has has cast the first of the mini-Dogs, but it might be a whikle yet before he finishes. It's a pretty labor intensive task. They look awesome. 

The first of the exploration adventures are starting next week and the Tribune visits in July.

I'd like to thank some of the people who have been helping with the Doggie restoration and with the Kickstart fulfillment program. There is no ******* way I could have done ANY of this without all of their help. I am hugely grateful.

Ken Duffy has been shooting and posting DD restoration pix on his donors flickr site. You all should have access to that site. He also set has a general public access flikr page with some general Dog Head images:https://www.flickr.com/photos/ken_duffy/sets/72157640505591926/

Xiaowei Richard Wang (izzat a cool name, or what?) has been running our fulfillment obligations and I would be completely lost and useless without her help. She and Tim Hwang run a very cool urban infrastucture studies and experimentation organization called Infrastructure Observatory. You should check em out!

Bob Mendez of Qube Auto in SF is mixing the custom colors for the Dogs body color coats. We're talking 8-10 coats of super exotic, expensive automotive based paint. The first Dog (Moe) is coated (see below) and the other two are coming up for their coats soon. Bob runs Qube with his sister Carmen and he is one of the best automotive painters in the Bay Area. He was working on a 1/2 mil Ferrari before starting on Moe. He said "Ahh hell the Ferrari can wait! Lets get this Dog looking good!"

Caroline Weaver painted the shirt and tie for Moe before racing off to Canadia before her visa ran out! She did an awesome job. Moe looks amazing & just as soon as we finish the Hat, nose and logo, I'll post some pix.

Loid and Yano will be customizing Manny and Jack later on. We'll update then.

Thanks to shop wrangler at TI Skip Soares and of course to Brian (Fisherman) Leese for the HUGE amount of labor he's put into prepping the Dogs for paint.

Thanks to Ed Holmes, Amy Troutman, Alex Powers too, for body assistance.

Thanks to Big Daddy of Cyclecide for Dog moving and BBQ and deep fried everything!

Emily Duffy and Judy Garvey will be helping with the mailing party coming up soon.

Paul Troutman, Billy Collister and I are back on the frame this week. Paul and Luther Thompson will start on the rotating platform on the trailer soon too.

I would like to thank Tammy at Travln Toys in Tracy for her great help in getting our new trailer. Thanks a million to to TT owner Terry for the big discount he gave us on the trailer when he heard what it was going to be hauling!!

A special thanks to Steve and Anna Smith of Smith Trucks, Montara Beach CA., for the KILLER Dog Head hauling truck I bought from them. (See pic below) It is truly awesome. I've bought all of my work vehicles (6 vans over 20 years) for my business and (and a rad 2000 Crown Vic Police Interceptor) from Steve. He is the best used work vehicle dealer in the greater Bay Area. Honest, meticulous and has the best rides. If you are needing a van for your band or a work pick up, call Anna at 650-728-2800 or 650-728-7276

Thanks also (again and again) to Olivier Bonin for the great video for the KS and to Nifer Kilakila for running our successful KS campaign. 

new truck and trailer
new truck and trailer
Big Daddy and Bob Mendez contemplate moving Moe
Big Daddy and Bob Mendez contemplate moving Moe
Bob and the Ferrari (that hadda wait as Moe got his coat!)
Bob and the Ferrari (that hadda wait as Moe got his coat!)
Before
Before
"it's NOT SMOOTH ENOUGH! SAND SOME MORE!!"
"it's NOT SMOOTH ENOUGH! SAND SOME MORE!!"
Inside Qube
Inside Qube
the grunt helper (me) sanding, sanding, sanding, sanding,sanding, sanding, sanding, sanding,sanding, sanding, sanding, sanding,sanding, sanding, sanding, sanding,sanding, sanding, sanding, sanding........
the grunt helper (me) sanding, sanding, sanding, sanding,sanding, sanding, sanding, sanding,sanding, sanding, sanding, sanding,sanding, sanding, sanding, sanding,sanding, sanding, sanding, sanding........
The Maestro at work
The Maestro at work
Bob outside his Bay View shop. Note the car coming out of the wall!
Bob outside his Bay View shop. Note the car coming out of the wall!

Inside Qube 

Skip hauling Moe around (again)
Skip hauling Moe around (again)

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    1. Emily on

      Are the books and stickers being mailed separately? I got my sticker today, but not the book!

    2. kjwx on

      Are the DVDs also in the mail?

    3. Pearl Tryntje Rapalje
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      Yay I am looking forward to enjoying a latte (or something stronger) and a good chat up on top of the Tribune with you John!