Freddy’s portrait hung with care.

Gadora, while playing on her Facebook page, received a note from Marissa. Remember her? She had Gadora paint an Animal Print of her pup Freddy and rescue-dog Shelby. She appreciated my work so much that she turned right around and ordered 5 more pet portraits (including another one of Sir Fred) for her Mom. Her note included Freddy’s photo…

Freddy's Animal Print

Her note: “Freddy approves if where we picked to hang his picture!! He says woof you!” Thanks Marissa! Love it.

Three of Five pooches in The Big D…

Gadora has been sitting on a few pet portraits for some very patient folks (and there is the one saucy set of legs still in the works)…what with the new PT job and losing my very precious kitties…I haven’t had the time, nor energy, to paint others pooches. But I have managed to eke out a few, recently three of five, and am pleased as punch with the way they’ve turned out. Meet Chocherman. “He’s a Pomeranian super personality boy,” lauds his Aunt Marissa and goes by Choche to those in-the-know.

Chocherman "Choche" ~ Pomeranian

You’ve previously met Freddy, he was situated belly-up in his favorite snuggly bed. And he’s still one cute pup.

Freddy ~ Beagle

And Sadie the Shih Tzu posing pretty for the camera.

Sadie ~ Shih Tzu

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Pooches Freddy and Shelby…

An Animal Print request came in two weeks ago, thank you again DailyCandy, for two delightful pooches: Freddy and Shelby. Freddy’s portrait would be delivered to Dallas resident Marissa, and Shelby’s to her Mom. “I have been looking for someone to do this for me for a while now! My dog Freddy is the best of course; he has big brown eyes and is a sweetheart… I would like to have the one where he is in his bed on his back with crazy eyes and his ear flopped over.”

Freddy's belly.

“For my Mom I’d like the one of Shelby, a Pitt we rescued and fostered and recently gave away to her forever home. My Mom misses her like crazy, and it would be a surprise, and a way we can keep her with us.”

Shelby's big lick.

Click on all of their pictures to see them close-up. Gadora is mighty happy with the way they turned out.

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Like a million travelers, Gadora spent time in an airport vortex this holiday. On a flight home from Chicago, leafing through a SkyMall mag, I giggled at the ridiculous gadgets one might procure… some requiring more cents than sense, but I digress. The Wisdom Panel DNA testing kit reminded me that I’d not yet posted Riley’s Animal Print.


One of the best parts of these many Animal Prints is getting to know Gadora’s subjects… “Riley is a lovable mixed-breed who is a little over 1.5 years old and has a ton of personality.  If it helps, we have gotten a DNA test, and these are the results:

  • Beagle 37-74% (explains the barking/jumping/general craziness)
  • Maltese 20-36% (explains the biting/guarding/curly white hair)
  • Borzoi 10-19% (shape and size)
  • Poodle 10-19% (black hair)…”

Doesn’t take a DNA test to know Riley is one cute pooch!

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