This custom dog portrait, vintage style, was handcrafted for Peanut the friendly Chihuahua!
Peanut the Mascot
Peanut, a former mascot for Dogs on Deployment (DoD), is sitting pretty for her portrait in the flowers of San Diego, CA. Dogs on Deployment helps find boarding solutions for military pets whose parents are deploying. Every year DoD accepts entries for their contest to find out who will be their military pet and parent for that year. The duo gets to be the spokesperson spreading the word about DoD and all they do to help military pet parents.
So, what is Peanut up to now in her retirement after her mascot stint? Her new found love is the beach Mom says. “She LOVES running in the soft, warm sand. Though still a little fearful of the water, she is getting more and more comfortable. Our next local adventures will be kayaking in La Jolla and stand up paddle boarding in Mission Bay. She is quite the little adventurer and seems to impress everyone we encounter with her angelic behavior (so un-chihuahua like!).”
Because the custom dog portrait etching I created for Peanut turned out looking extra vintage, it seemed perfect to reminisce about fun happy memories.
By the way, above is the original photo (transformed into black and white) that Peanut’s custom dog portrait etching was crafted from. These etchings are a fun way to transform a regular photo, even a phone snapshot, into fine art made by hand.
In fact, this isn’t Peanut’s first custom dog portrait etching! Here she is with her gifted portrait from 2018.
Each year Greyboy Pet Prints donates 3 custom dog portrait etchings to the top 3 contestants for that year’s DoD mascot competition. Each pet and parent duo always has an amazing story of companionship and perseverance – which is what we are all about here at Greyboy where “pets are therapy and art is healing!”
I asked Peanut’s mom to share about some of her and Peanut’s adventures.
“Some of my favorite memories with Peanut were in Europe the past couple of years. As an extremely dog-friendly continent, Peanut was allowed to go nearly everywhere (except grocery stores and most churches/cathedrals, though she did sneak into a few in her “purse bag”!). We loved walking along the paths near our house that ran through pastures and forestland. We also enjoyed seeing all of the historic sites in Berlin, our Elbe River Cruise near Dresden, visiting the Heidelberg Zoo (yes…dog friendly!), exploring the streets of Wroclaw, Poland, visiting castles throughout Germany, riding a hop on/hop off bus in Prague, Czech Republic, and visiting Christmas Markets throughout Europe.”