The Pets | Tom Ford and Richard Buckley's Dogs
— July 11, 2011 —
In this monthly column, AnOther meets notable owners and their beloved pets
Angus (left) and India (right) Courtesy of Tom Ford and Richard Buckley In AnOther's inaugural The Pets post, we meet Another Man cover star Tom Ford and his partner Richard Buckley's two beloved dogs, Angus and India. They both starred in Ford's debut 2009 film A Single Man and live with the couple, travelling to the UK once a year. Ford also keeps a horse called Naomi.
Angus and India are Smooth Fox Terriers, aged six and four respectively. Ford and Buckley have owned three of the breed; John lived for 13 years and appeared winking with his designer father on the cover of i-D Magazine in 2001. Ford once said that one of his favourite scents is the smell of his dogs ears (an inspiration for the scene in A Single Man in which George Falconer leans through a car window and takes in the scent of the dog's ears).
The Smooth Fox Terrier is a member of the terrier group and was the first breed in the family to be given official recognition by The Kennel Club. The Smooth has been a distinct breed in England since at least the 18th century and were originally used by hunters with the foxhounds to locate foxes. Today they are still used as hunters but more commonly as companions. The Smooth is a small active and lively terrier; they love to dig and bark. They have a long, lean head with dark eyes and folded v-shaped ears, and short back with a flat, smooth and dense coat. They are friendly, devoted and affectionate dogs with lots of personality; they are an intelligent breed, but like most terriers, they can be stubborn.
Ford and Buckley got their three Smooths from a breeder in Alabama. Buckley says Angus and India are "very intelligent, curious, energetic and wildly entertaining". He enjoys seeing them run free and playing, or snuggled up alongside him for a nap. "They make us laugh all the time. Whether it's Angus sitting like a sphinx so his balls don't touch the cold floor or India's obsession with squirrels, they always make us smile. Angus is also a master thief – the number of times he has taken my lunch in the split second it wasn't guarded is innumerable. One of the things I used to like about John was the fact that he loved to try and bite women's bottoms. When we lived in Milan in the early nineties, women would often be walking, actually lumbering, in front of us on the sidewalk. In New York people sense when someone's behind you and move to let them pass for fear they might mug you. In Italy they just kept walking. I could feel it when John was about to jump. I'd let him do it, but pull back on the leash when his teeth were millimetres away from biting the woman's butt." Buckley also admits they are spoilt: "they have no idea that not all dogs live the same high life they do. I like buying them toys. They are particularly fond of a plush toy in the form of a rabbit that has no stuffing. It looks like a skinned rabbit".
Here, Buckley and Ford share their cherished personal collection of images of John, Angus and India over the years.
Text by Laura Bradley