This is Why Bentley Stays on a Leash

I moved in the past few weeks. All the critters are getting settled in pretty well. The dogs, naturally, think it’s all a big adventure, especially since our new place is right up against the forest. And by “right up against”, I mean the trees are actually touching the house. It’s RIGHT there. That’s a perk for me as well. The forests here in the Pacific Northwest are one of the big reasons I love it so much here, so I was pretty excited as well.

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The Pacific Northwest has the best forests.

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Art in Time for Christmas

If anyone wants to put in an order for custom art in time for Christmas, now is the time! The deadline for ordering in time for Christmas is the 12th of December, although I may stop guaranteeing Christmas delivery before then if I get enough orders, so don’t delay!


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Ornaments $35
Small bust paintings of your pet on the front, with an inscription on the back. This can be a name and the year, initials, memorial dates, etc. The ornament itself is about 3 inches across.

One Panel Pet Portraits


This painting not for sale


This painting will be on Etsy soon

1 panel portrait $90
One panel paintings include an abstract background and one subject. The subject can be done in a realistic or whimsical style. Photos of your pet are needed, along with any preferences or requests, such as background color.

Day of the Dead paintings

oriental shorthair cat sugar skulls

This painting is sold


This painting will be listed on Etsy shortly

2 panel Day of the Dead pets $130
These can be done as a 2-piece painting, or 2 paintings that go together with separate subjects. I need to know the breed and/or have photos of your pet.

I can also do commissions that don’t fall into these categories. Please contact me to discuss details and pricing. Any type of pets are welcome. Dogs, cats, horses, guinea pigs, reptiles, etc.

A 50% non-refundable deposit is required for all custom pieces before work begins. You may also pay in full up front, if you prefer.

Shipping is typically between $10 and $20 for paintings, depending on the size and quantity, and and $6 for ornaments.

Turn around time is 10 to 14 days, including shipping to most locations.

Sugar Skull doxies, and other non-commissioned artwork will be available on my Etsy account as soon as I finish photographing and listing them all.

Day of the Dead Doxie Painting

So I’m not actually dead or anything, I’ve just been painting instead of blogging. I guess I should find time for both, but I was having so much fun! :) Here is the Day of the Dead Doxie Painting I did in the last couple weeks.

Day of the Dead Doxie Painting

This all started with my friend’s birthday, and his obsession with cats and Día de Muertos sugar skulls. I wanted to get him something nice for his birthday, but couldn’t think of what that would be… and then the idea struck me to paint his cats in this style. This was the result:

oriental shorthair cat sugar skulls

That was so much fun, that I just kept going! I’m trying to decide which breed to do next. Maybe a Cocker Spaniel? We will see.

If you like the Dachshund painting enough to see it in your own home, it is for sale. Check out the Etsy listing here.

Cocker Spaniel Cute-Off: Quincy vs Dexter

Quincy has an online friend, Dexter. They’re very tech savvy dogs, of course. They even exchange Instagram videos on occasion. Dexter and his mom live on the other side of the country, but that doesn’t stop these two pals. We’re all big Jimmy Fallon fans as well, and Dexter and Quincy were inspired by Will Ferrell and Chad Smith’s Drum-Off on The Tonight Show recently. They decided to hold their own contest to settle a very important debate: who’s cuter, Dexter or Quincy?

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Seattle Pug Gala 2014

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Yes, the Pug Gala is just as awesome as it sounds. We went last year, and had a blast, so we’re really looking forward to Pug Gala 2014! Bentley and I plan on showing up this year as well, and taking lots of pictures. So if you can’t attend, check back in the days following for a ton of pictures of pugs having fun!

Evergreen State Fairgrounds is out highway 2 in Monroe. There’s a ton of parking (I believe it was free parking last year, but don’t take my word for it). There weren’t many signs at the fairgrounds to guide you to the right building, but all you have to do is follow the pugs and someone will lead you there.

Be prepared to see pugs EVERYWHERE at Pug Gala 2014. Bring your own pug, put them in a costume, take lots of pictures… Maybe even talk to them about adopting one of the rescue pugs that will probably be in attendance. It does cost $10 for adults, and $5 for kids between 6 and 11. The money raised at Pug Gala 2014 will go help more rescued pugs, so definitely a good cause!

Hope to see you there! Stop us and say Hi if you see Bentley and me.

Dogs Are the Best Medicine

cute dog toy gift

Bentley can be so sweet sometimes! Earlier today, I was having bad allergies and took a Benadryl, which made me very sleepy. I laid down for a nap to sleep it off. Bentley kept nosing around so I told him to lay down. I promptly fell asleep. When I woke up, I discovered that Bentley had made a little pile of his favorite toys next to my pillow before going to sleep at my feet. This isn’t something he normally does, so I think he knew I wasn’t feeling well, and figured his favorite toys would help. I made him pose for a picture with his pile because he was just too darn cute! Sometimes dogs are the best medicine!