Sunday, December 22, 2013

The Twelve Dog Days of Christmas, Day Eight

These are a few of my favorite things!

EverythingDogBlog #108: Day Eight - Don't forget to Gift Yourself.

On the eighth day of Christmas, I want to remind you to not forget to gift yourself this Christmas! Or give a lasting memory to a favorite friend or family member.  Give a work of whimsical dog art by Sara England, Sherry Kendall and/or Jenny McMurtrie. You may know them better as Sara England Designs, Wagging Tail Portraits and Wet Nose Greeting Cards, and My Dog Art. 

My friend Sara started out with whimsical black lab T-shirts which can still be seen all up and down the Eastern seaboard. After a few years, she branched off onto her own with a resort clothing store (now closed) and her own delightful dog prints. She does custom art of your dog and of all the breeds she can think of in each of her every-growing repertoire of artwork. Sandstone coasters, jewelry boxes, message boards (‘memo tiles’), magnets, suncatchers, necklaces, and more. Sara is devoted to a boxer and supports dog rescue from her home in Maryland. In addition, she has designed many conformation awards for different breeds across the country.

Wagging Tail Portraits are not only some of my favorite things but also some of Oprah Winfrey’s favorites of 2012 and 2011 as seen in her magazine, O. That’s two years in a row! Ornaments, prints, custom art work of your pet, glasses and mugs and much more, including Wet Nose Greeting Cards by Sherry Kendall’s daughter, Natalie, still in college. My friend Sherry, a golden retriever person, also supports dog rescue and lives in Maryland’s horse country. And it’s not too late – Wagging Tail Portraits has gift certificates for that last-minute gift.

Jenny McMurtrie’s My Dog Art business. . .
 . . . creates trophies for breed specialty shows, logos for clubs and designs for dog rescues, among others. Originally a golden retriever person who designed the logo for the Golden Retriever National for several years, Jenny, a full-time artist, has branched out into all breeds. Jenny’s work is on Etsy (JennysDogArt), Pinterest, Facebook, and more. You can even find a Jenny McMurtrie T-shirt. My Dog Art also provides gift certificates until Monday night.

Tomorrow: Toys, toys, toys

Disclaimer: I have purchased artwork by all three artists over the years. This article first appeared in, 22 December 2013.

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