a boy and his dog design

A Boy and His Dog, is a home-based graphic design studio that opened in New York City's Greenwich Village in 1993. After 20 years in New York, Robert returned home to help his father after back surgery, and mother after a broken wrist. In time his father was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. After he passed in 2013 Robert continued to care of his ailing Mother while doing the occasional design work. At the start of 2018 she was moved into a nursing home. This leaves Robert once again free to search for freelance design work. No matter where we are, we continue to guarantee to provide squirrel free work.

robert brook allen

Robert was born in the early 60's, the son of a farm family. He showed early aptitude in the Crayola arts, practicing his visual coordination by mimicking greeting card art. His [obsessive compulsive] organizational skills previewed themselves in his Crayola box as each crayon was kept in spectrum order and his Legos were organized by color, size and shape. His obsession with type finds its early roots in a Speedball book on calligraphy.

Now with 35 years of design experience he is known for bringing organization where there was none. After 10 years in Kansas City doing award-winning work in advertising and design, Robert took a position in New York City. There he began working in educational publishing and its marketing, specific to Pre-K through 6th grade. He has designed: annual reports, advertising, books, calendars, catalogs, illustrations, newsletters, packaging, paintings, posters, picture books, photography, and this website, not to mention the set of an off-off-broadway holiday program.

Robert taught digital design from 1997 through 2008, as an adjunct professor at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City. He has also taught at F.I.T. and trained in-house at HarperCollins Childern's Division and Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

rembrandt von schnauzer

Rembrandt, aka "Remy Doodle", was the brains behind opening A Boy and His Dog as a not-so-silent partner. Remy followed Robert as he visited his clients. After being announced as "A Boy and His Dog are here" the company was born. Remy, a member of the International Kennel Club, son of Ldj's Scamp and Jenene's Dream, was born on Long Island, February 15th, 1997.

doodle doodle

Son of Jackson (a black schnauzer) and Snowball (a white schnauzer), Doodle hails from Lake George in the Adirondacks. Born on March 31st, 2008 he bounced into the our hearts on the 1st of July, 2009. With the move to the midwest Doodle found himself on a farm with no other dogs to play with. A far cry from his New York life.


This beautiful girl is Baylee our rescue pooch. She already had the name so we stuck with it's odd spelling. She came from a shelter in Joplin Missouri shortly after a tornado ripped through town. When she was adopted she was about the same size as Doodle. They said she would grow to around 20 lbs. Today she is 35lbs. She takes her job as alarm dog very seriously. Even if she sees you every day, she will yell at, and about you until Robert engages her off switch. Baylee is also know for her speed which clocks in above 25mph. Bunnies beware!


Dug, aka "Dugga Dugga", is the son of Delilah May and Ricky Bobby was born on May 13th, 2013. Dug came to us from Indianapolis, home of the Indianapolis 500. Dug, also being a Nascar fan was the perfect companion for Robert's mom, napping in her lap almost every day. He was known to even warm the heart of cat people.

Sweet Potato

Son of Summer and Arrow, Sweet Potato hails from just outside Kansas City. He was born July 20th, 2017. Upon first seeing him at 4 weeks Robert said "He's the size and demeanor of a potato" hence the origins of his name. He entered our home and quickly took over the alpha dog position. His favorite toy is Boo Boo Kitty.

Boo Boo Kitty

Once upon a time Robert's brother ran his tractor out of gas, mid field. He walked across the road and up the lane coming to the house. Half way there he encountered a tiny crying black kitten. It followed him home, all the way into Robert's lap. Within a week she had already talked her way into the house. Don't tell Sweet Potato, but he's the cat's bitch. She is fearless and rules the house with an iron paw. A teeny tiny iron paw.


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