Monday, September 12, 2011

Smokey & Shadow!

Shadow and Smokey with their custom portrait by The Pet Studio!

Smokey | Chocolate Lab / Am. Bulldog mix
Shadow | Australian Shepherd Mix

Favorite Games:
Shadow: Flyball & Canine Freestyle
Smokey: Sleeping & Eating Doggie Cookies 

Why did you decide to adopt Smokey & Shadow?
My husband and I adopted them both within 3 days of each other.  After losing our last dog Snickers to cancer, we decided we were ready to adopt another Aussie. We found Shadow on Petfinder.  She was one of 7 female puppies in the litter. So we arranged to adopt her. Before we could travel to Milwaukee (a 4 hour drive) to get her, Smokey popped into our lives.  She was from a litter of farm puppies that were going to end up in the shelter and so we agreed to take one.  Smokey was 6 weeks old and Shadow was 10 weeks old.
Shadow & Smokey, best friends!
What was it like having two puppies in the house?
Having 2 puppies in the house at the same time was very hectic to say the least.  They destroyed all of my wicker furniture on my sun porch (bitter apple spray didn't work- Smokey would just lick it off and then keep chewing) and we were up many nights with them.  But they also became the best of friends and bring out the best in each other.  Smokey is serious and Shadow is a goof.  But they love each other and us.

Do you participate in any rescue work?
Shadow was transported to Wisconsin from Kentucky and so I do some dog transports in return to help out some other dogs.  We also participate in fund raisers for the local animal shelters and I do some volunteer work for them.
"I just wanted to thank you for the portrait you did of them.  My husband was very impressed with your work and really liked the painting.  ( So do I).  I also appreciate the fact that you donate a portion to the animal rescues. Thank you for everything you do."
Lynne S., Smokey & Shadow's mom.

With each commission, a 10% donation is made to the local rescue organization of my client's choice. Shadow & Smokey's family decided to donate the 10% from their painting to Eu Claire County Humane Association.

Stephanie Conrad
The Pet Studio | Owner | Artist

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