Dog Art:Self Pawtrait Challenge

We were so excited when we saw the blog post from Louis Dog Armstrong, the Director of Arts and Entertainment for Blogville and the brilliant woofie behind the blog, Louisdog’s Life about the Self Pawtrait challenge!! Loving art the way Mom and I do, we KNEW we just had to pawticipate!  Here is our entry!

Mom and I created my self pawtrait by taking a photo, and then we popped over to Dreamscope (one of our favorite photo “painting” apps! After painting, we headed over to Ribbet to add some additional elements and a frame. We hope you like it! Mom and I are also posting this on Athena and Marie’s Caturday Art Blog Hop!!!

(No worries, woofies are allowed to enter too!!!)

Words on Wednesday: Pet Portraits:Paws For A Cause

Hi every furry and happy Wednesday!

One of the many things that Mom and I love about blogging is that we have met so many talented people (and doggies and kitties and piggies and ferrets, etc., etc.) along the way.

One of these talented people is the Mom of Reilly and Denny from the blog The Cowspot Dogs  If you don’t know Reilly and Denny, please be sure to visit them. They are Shelties like me!

Reilly and Denny’s Mom is a talented painter, and she surprised Mom and I by painting a beautiful pawtrait of me! When the mail person arrived at my house I barked more than usual because I sniffed out that there was something special coming my way!

Here is what I opened first:

cowspot card

This is an adorable card that Reilly and Denny’s Mom sent to Mom and I. We love it!

Now, here is the BEST part!

““The painting has a life of its own”  ― Jackson Pollock

cowspot painting

“Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.” 
― Oscar WildeThe Picture of Dorian Gray

Isn’t the painting just pawtastic!? Mom and I pawticularly LOVE how my eyes were captured. I liked it so much I had to take a closer look:

cowspot painting dakota looking at it


Mom and I are THRILLED with my pawtrait! We think that Reilly and Denny’s Mom is super talented! Wouldn’t a painting of your pet make a PAWTASTIC gift? It would be a great surprise for a birthday, retirement, the holidays, or “just because!”

You can see more PAWTASTIC paintings on Reilly and Denny’s Mom’s special page on their blog  called Paws for A Cause. Here is some info that I think you will love, directly from Reilly and Denny’s Mom!

Six years ago I became “Mom” to a wonderful furbaby by name of Reilly. We started a dog blog to chronicle his growing up and the adventures he went on.  boys7 Two years ago we added another furbaby to our family Denny. Through our ‘dog blogging’ we came to know the lives of so many online buddies.  We laugh with them, worry about them if they are sick and cry when they pass away. What started as a way to let furbaby parents know we were thinking about them through the act of sending a simple card – became a way for us to help all kinds of animals in need. Thus I created “Paws For A Cause”  A percentage of the items I make and sell is donated to variety of causes.

Mom and I think it would be great if pet people would order a painting from Reilly and Denny’s Mom! Just think of all of the animals that you will help! To get pricing info and other information just visit Paws For A Cause!

Barks and licks and love,


What a LUCKY Dog! I’m in “Doggitude:What Dogs REALLY Think–In 17 Sassy Syllables” by Carole Pivarnik

Hi my furiends! I am spinning with Sheltie delight to present a MOST SPECIAL BOOK to you today!!

The book is called:

Click on photo to purchase!

Click on photo to purchase!

It is a most exquisite book by Watercolor Artist and Author Carole Pivarnik who specializes in dog portraits and canine fine art.

“Our dogs love, worship and adore us (or so we hope) but what’s really going on in those canine minds when they’re giving us “the look” or staring off into space? Doggitude takes a light-hearted look at the irreverent inner dialogues of 36 endearing dogs, given voice in amusingly sassy haiku poems.”

Doggitude came to be after a successful Kickstarter campaign that Carole had begun approximately a year ago. Mom is upset that at the time she submitted my photo, she had never heard of Kickstarter, and is embarrassed that she didn’t get to donate for this project. Mom would love if Carole would let her know if she may donate either to HER or a cause that is dear to her.

I am honored to be one of the dogs who had the privilege of being painted by Carole. When my book arrived I couldn’t wait to get my paws on it to see my page!

doggitude and dakota

When Mom and I opened the book

we were blown away by the

Blue Ribbon  bookmark that says:

“Bark Well! Play Often! Wag Much!”

I was also touched that Carole had written a special note


doggitude inside book

My Mom was speechless when she saw

the beauty of my page:

doggitude my page


Isn’t that EXQUISITE?

The Haiku that Carole wrote for me

was just perfect too!

Mom had told Carole about my “thief-like” tendencies.

I will steal socks, shoes, newspapers, if it isn’t nailed down, it’s MINE!

Carole’s Haiku for me is below:

“Want it? Come get it!

Faster, faster, go, go, go!

Good luck catching me!

The other dogs featured in Doggitude are equally as stunning as my painting is. Carole’s talent is superb!

You can keep up with news about future Doggitude projects by visiting Carole’s Facebook page and clicking the like button.

Also, you MUST visit

Follow Carole on Twitter @Doggitude

Be sure to visit Carole’s art website as well!

To purchase Doggitude visit: Amazon by clicking here

And Goodreads by clicking here

Thank you Carole for making me a part of a book that my Mom and I will cherish forever!

Barks and licks and love,


The “Soul of the Dog”–Dakota’s eyes captured by Artist, Sheila Wedegis

click on my eyes to visit Sheila's blog!

click on my eyes to visit Sheila’s blog!

Isn’t this just unbelievable?

Mom and I think that Sheila captured my eyes beautifully. So beautifully that Mom has bought this painting and cannot wait for it to arrive!

Some of you might be familiar with the art of Sheila Wedegis, but for those who aren’t,  this painting is part of a 30 day challenge that artist Sheila Wedegis is taking part in called


“The eyes are the windows to the soul” 

so it was no wonder that Sheila chose to paint dog’s eyes for her challenge.

Mom and I are just in love with this painting!

If you would like to submit a photo of your dog,  visit Sheila’s blog here and I linked to her in various other areas of this post.

You can also visit her on Facebook by clicking here

Thank you so much Sheila! You are sooo talented!

Barks and licks and love, Dakota and “Mom”