Griffin, a cute Boston Terrier, was my first pet portrait! And because my new friend Sarah, liked it so much, her husband asked me to paint their aging chocolate lab Dixie, for Sarah's birthday. Isn't that sweet? They are young and newlyweds and I was so touched by this request. Afterall, wouldn't a 20-something prefer Joe jeans or a designer bag? As it turns out Dixie and Sarah have grown up together and have shared a lot of life. Fourteen years to be exact and Sarah wanted to make sure that she always had Dixie nearby.