Dog Days Photo by Jeremy Enlow The stylized lion statues we know as foo dogs are believed to have first been carved of wood in ninth-century China, where they were installed as guardians of sacred places. They evolved over the ages, gaining popularity across Asia as massive carved stone beasts — both more weatherproof and more imposing. When, in modern times, they began appearing in companionable sizes, travelers began importing the (often still hefty) guardians into their home gardens. British artist and Weatherford gardener Douglas Chandor adopted his pair of foos in New York’s Chinatown and gave them a home in Texas. See Page 68 for more on their journey.
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