Rubyfornia living

It’s Hello Kitty’s fault.

It’s Hello Kitty’s fault.

For my wife’s Valentines Day, I wanted to make our French Bulldog Ruby into a “kawaii” drawing. Kawaii, how fans describe the Hello Kitty logo, is a Japanese cultural philosophy: “super cute” on the surface, underpinned by values of emotional connectedness and empathy.

When Ruby scratches, she scratches. When she stretches, she stretches. When she strolls, she strolls. That’s Ruby. There is no past or future,...