A few months ago I decided to join Twitter…I was a little skeptical at first, but thought it might be a fun way to send quick little updates about my spotty dogs, especially while we are away at agility trials. Well, I found out quickly how addicting “tweeting” can be and have since formed little friendships with other “tweeters” here in Florida and all over the world. Well, in addition to being a cool way to connect with like-minded “tweeps”, there’s also an abundance of fun little contests you can enter. I think I’ve only entered one so far, but it’s by far the coolest one I’ve come across – Pet portrait artist Aimée Hoover in Southern California is having a monthly contest where you can enter to win a free custom portrait of your dog. And keeping with the Twitter theme of 140 characters or less, she’s doing these portraits in 140 minutes – and they are absolutely beautiful!
This month I decided to enter two of Pongo’s pictures in her contest. Not because I don’t have a ton of Indy and Peyton pictures that I love just as much, but since Pongo is my original spotty dog, I think he’s probably the most deserving of a custom portrait. And well, to make this long story short(er), he didn’t win, but he did get first runner up! Aimée really likes his picture, but apparently painting a (good) spotted dog portrait in 140 minutes would be extremely difficult. Sigh, leave it to a Dalmatian to be impossible in more ways than one!
Anyway, I am just excited that we made the honorable mention list…and I think it’s very cool that Pongo is getting some attention. Poor guy has to put up with Peyton and Indy being in the spotlight most of the time! I’ve included a black and white version of my entry below, but please go check out Aimée’s blog to see it in color and be sure to check out her galleries – she does awesome work (and she might just have me convinced to have this portrait done some day)!