Dear Tails


Elaine Haby
with Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison
Dear Tails
May, 2016
Digital print zine
Edition of 100


Beloved Omar
9th May 2014

Beloved Percy
4th January 2016


A 10.5cm X 10.5cm, 31 page B&W zine with colour covers and a green spine.

One of nine new zines made especially for the National Gallery of Victoria’s Melbourne Art Book Fair in the Great Hall, NGV International, May 2016. One especially for Omar and Percy.


A central role, jointly shared, our home would be little to nothing without our pets, and so this is for them, as well as you, their whiskery, bristly presence immortalised in this selection of daily drawings by Elaine Haby (from 2013 to 2016). Nose to tail, page by page, and side by side, the dearly departed and the current crew, together as we hold quiet the tick-tock of the clock and invite you to pause and marvel at the paws marvellous of N. Fitz..

Omar, Percy, Olive, Lenni, and Lottie: here’s to you. The ring-ins and blow-bys too. Agile, clever, graceful, and bright. Playful, crafty, loving, and constant. Charming, base and snoring. Just like us and yet nothing like us. Pets, you wondrous pets, showing us all how to be. Showing us “the plain everythingness of everything, in cahoots with the everythingness of everything else.” 1

“Loving old acquaintances, sniff.” 2
Ain’t no doubt, we worship at the shrine of the pet.

1. Diane Ackerman, The Planets: A Cosmic Pastoral, 1974
2. E. B. White, Dogs Around the Block, 1938