Senior Small Dog Portraits

Most of us have had at least one really wonderful senior small dog over the years. Smart, wise and savvy creatures who may move a bit slower but make up for this in knowledge and understanding. But they eventually pass away, and even if it's at the ripe old age of 15 or 16 years, it's always way too young.

I wish I had a really good portrait of Robbie. He was my first dog; my best friend, first babysitter and house greeter for 15 years. But I wasn't doing a lot of artwork when he passed away, and didn't take a lot of photos of him.

So -- nothing I can now use to make a painting.

But Val was different. He was a bright star in the family for 15 years; a joyous dog who honestly thought that he weighed about 125 lbs (he actually was 12) I was in a different place during most of his life -- took tons of pictures over the years and have made a couple of great portraits. It makes all the difference.

Above is a picture of Sassy. She was not my dog but belonged to a good friend. It's the first time I have been lucky enough to immortalize someone else's senior dog. I heard from Julie that Sassy passed away 3 days after she and Wendy received the portrait. It was very sad, but at least they had my watercolor of her.

If you are lucky enough to be owned by a senior, make sure you take lots of pictures, and if you can, get a quality artist to do his or her portrait. It will be worth the money.

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