Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Is Your Pet Like a Member of the Family?

Today most people consider their house pet a member of the family. The portrait above is of our cat "Tanner." Eight years ago, Casey our daughter-in-law rescued this kitty and asked if we would be interested in giving this cat a home. He had been left to fend for himself, had an infected paw, and was very afraid of people. Jerry and I were a little hesitant at first because he was on the wild side, but we liked that he looked like the cat in the movie Pet Cemetery.

We thought he could live outside, be a barn cat, and catch mice. It didn't take long for Jerry to fall in love with the cat and now Tanner has the run of the house, but he still loves to go outside. A couple of months after we adopted Tanner, a client pointed out that we had a Russian Blue cat. We had never heard of that breed until she mentioned it that day. Tanner has turned out to be an unusual cat, he does not jump on furniture or the counters. (I loved that!) In fact, I made a silk pillow for him, and he sleeps on that most of the time.

After we had Tanner for several years, Penny Kester one of my friends that does pet portraits asked if we would like a portrait of Tanner. I loved the idea! We gave her a photograph, and she took it from there. She totally captured him. I also loved the fact she added the royal looking chair as part of the portrait. A pet portrait adds a very personal element to any space. It is definitely a conversational piece of art!

If you are interested in having Penny Kester paint a pet portrait of your pet you can contact her at 615-822-6032. All Penny needs to get started is a photograph of your pet.

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