Pet Portrait: Bailey the Boston Terrier

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I don’t know if other pet portrait artists are the same, but one point of pride I have when it comes to my drawings is being able to remember the names of the dogs I’ve drawn (Most of them, anyway. It’s getting a little harder with each addition to the portfolio). A side effect of this is keeping a tally of repeated names, which brings me to this Boston Terrier named Bailey. With the total now coming to three seperate dogs (sorry Diesel, but you only count as one even though I’ve drawn you numerous times), Bailey has taken a commanding lead at the top of the list. Considering this was always one of my favorite names for pets growing up, I can’t say I’m surprised. Continue reading

Pet Portrait: Baxter the Beagle

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Like most dog obsessed individuals, I follow a lot of canine accounts in Instagram. Way more than human accounts, actually… There are a bunch of german shepherds, pugs, and french bulldogs on my list, but beagle accounts might rank above them in numbers. So it was only natural that when I was looking to add a beagle with a more purebred look as compared to my two mixes I would turn to the place where people are constantly sharing pics of their own dogs. Baxter was only a hashtag away. Continue reading

Pet Portrait: Rosie

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Because Rosie’s portrait was a gift, I didn’t get to ask her owner what breed she is. I’m guessing either a Labradoodle or Goldendoodle, but I can’t be sure. Any guesses out there? Continue reading

K9 Unit Portrait: MPD K9 Ryker & Officer Michael Kamerer

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A handful of weeks ago I was fortunate enough to be asked to be a part of the retirement of a K9 police officer from the Missoula Police Department, and now I can finally show you the portrait I did! Drum roll please! Yes, I know that the portrait was above and that you’ve already seen it so there’s no need for this reveal drumming, but I demand a drum roll! Here it is: Ryker and his partner in crime (stopping), Mike! Continue reading

Pet Portrait: Diesel and Oakley


Some of you may be thinking, “Geez, Lauren, you sure like to draw boxers!” Well technically this is correct because they’re pretty adorable, but more accurately I’m just lucky because there is one family out there who really loves their dogs. Does Diesel look familiar to you? Because he should. This is now the third portrait that he’s been featured in, along with a rotating cast of siblings. First Roxy, then Dior, now introducing…[drum roll noises]… Oakley! Continue reading

Pet Portrait: Willow the Airedale Terrier

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This past weekend was the 3rd Annual Airedale Carnival, an event put on to help support the organization Airedale Terrier Rescue and Adoption (ATRA). I’ve never seen an Airedale in person before, but now I can definitely vouch for their energy levels.  Get a bunch in one place and they sure have a lot to say to each other and a lot of excitement to share, that’s for sure! Continue reading

Paws For A Cause: Ricochet

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Meet Ricochet, a Terrier Mix currently available for adoption at Stray Rescue. I can only imagine the high energy levels that would have brought about a name like that (side note – I had a beta fish in college with the name Spaz for a reason), but just look at that face! Clearly he is happy to do what it takes to wear himself out. Now he just needs some help from someone out there looking to adopt. Continue reading

Pet Portrait: Sherly The English Shepherd Mix

SherlyRemember Dexter? No not the Showtime serial killer, the dog I drew earlier! He’s the one without a murderous bone in his body. At least I don’t think so; you can never really trust a Chicago sports fan… But just in case you don’t have a photographic memory in concern to all the portraits I’ve done, you can get a reminder of who he is here. Seeing as he’s most likely a lab/border collie mix, it was only a matter of time before his owner would need to find help from an in house buddy when it comes to energy drainage. That’s where Sherly comes in. Granted she could just act as a catalyst to up his playful personality. How’s that working out for you, Caitlin? Continue reading

Pet Portrait: Bailey the Irish Setter

Bailey (Irish Setter)For those paying close attention to my posting habits, then you may have noticed that the title was a little bit different this time around, marking history being made.  That’s right, history!  Surprisingly, for the first time since I first starting doing pet portraits I finally have my first repeated dog name.  I’ve always loved the name Bailey for dogs ever since I met a great little guy going by that name when I was younger, so it’s only fitting that this is the one to break the streak of “original” (for lack of a better word) names. Continue reading

Pet Portrait: King

King SmallEver since my portrait display back in July I have been spending many weekends at the AKC Museum of the Dog meeting other local artists and the featured dog of the week.  Basically if you’re a dog lover you should stop by sometime.  There’s great art and great people, all just as obsessed with their pets as you are.  One such pet is this Australian Shepherd, King, a prize winning show dog. Continue reading