Dogs are man's best friend & we are happy that the younger generation of carvers are making their own mark in stone by carving them. Dogs represent loyalty - a true & noble friend to the Zuni and to all of mankind.
In the pre-contact era, many Southwest Indians considered dogs to be pests. This has gradually changed. Now dogs as pets are common in Zuni. In recent years, many realistic carvers have found that dogs make good subject material and that collectors search for dog fetishes, especially dogs of the same breed as their own favorite pets. Dogs make up part of the contemporary subject repertoire of such Zuni carvers as Kenny Chavez, Bremette Epaloose, Cody Nastaio, Felicia Martin and Burt Awelagte. Their canines include Great Danes, Poodles, Pointers, Chihuahuas, Bulldogs, Dachshunds, German Shepherds, Scotties, Saint Bernards, Dobermans, etc. carved in a variety of materials including cedar, Picasso marble, jasper, alabaster, and pipestone.