Variation on a theme: Janus dog


As you may or may not know, Janus was the two-faced Roman god responsible for doors, gateway, beginnings, endings – anything transition.

One face would look back, and the other into the future. Whooo – the symbolism!

Now, for the first time in history, man’s best friend and this mind-blowing concept of ambivalence have been amalgamated into – the Janus dog.

Depending on how you approach him, he is a happy go lucky doggy or a miserable, tormented soul. Perfect toy to teach children a valuable lesson about the joys and perils of living.

Obviously, since the two faces look into opposite directions, this beast is somewhat hard to capture in a photo. Anyway, above are two copies, facing in different directions. This is how it looks from the side:

Actually quite some fun to use in playing with a kid:

“Eat your vegetables!”

“No. Noooooo. Noooooooo.”

“Oh, come on – look how sad doggy is.”


“Ah, that’s better. Now he’s smiling.”

Results may vary, though, and ┬áit’s likely that you will need other things besides this toy for raising a kid. Reality tends to be complicated, after all. Speaking of complications, this is what a pre-assembly double face head looks like:

And finally, as a direct comparison, happy face vs. sad face:

And here is the template (see also instructions here):

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  1. Kera Tomisin,

    Amazed to see such a collection of brain games, thanks for sharing

    1. admin,

      I just checked, and the dark red/brown strip at the bottom is intentional and part of the design.

  2. Robert Fletcher,

    On 25 June 2012, the template links loop back to the article; frustrating.

    1. admin,

      Yes, you are right – very frustating indeed! Sorry for that. This probably happened when I moved some files and introduced a typo into the file name. It’s fixed now.

      Thanks for notifying me!

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