Today we have a special story to share... and a giveaway!
But first, a special story
Kayla has a heart for animals and an artistic flair - so naturally when she started painting, she painted pets.
In 2016 she started her official artist page & accepted commissions from many pet owners across the United States. Folks loved her colorful watercolors. She captured dogs, cats, big and small, and painted watercolor paintings so full of life & personality - everyone loved them!
Kayla's life is full of animal love, particularly for bully breed dogs, of which she has three.
At the same time, not far away in Waterford Michigan, an American bulldog was getting a lot of attention. Diggy the smiling dog was adopted, after over 100 days in the shelter, he had found a perfect companion, and they both were full of smiles.
After his photo went viral, Diggy was soon the center of a serious legal battle between Waterford Township police and Diggy's new family. The battle was over a law that banned "pit bulls" from the township.
You see, the police "decided that Diggy was a pit bull" and wasn't allowed. But Diggy is an American Bulldog, and his owners did everything they could to fight the unfair & unjustified new labeling of their dog.
"Waterford, Mich., is a township where certain dog breeds are outlawed, under a type of ordinance known as breed-specific legislation, or BSL.” - Washington Post
The world paid attention, petitions were signed by thousands of supporters, and the lawyers fought hard all summer to help Diggy stay home.
Around this time, Kayla was inspired to paint that smily dog Diggy and turn his portrait into something joyful, full of color and life, like Diggy himself.
Not bad, huh?
In September, the court case was dropped. Diggy will get to stay home, where he's happy and free. Hurray!
Kayla, didn't know Diggy's owners personally, but she wanted to gift them the portrait, so she shouted out to her friends on Social Media to see if anyone knew Diggy's owners. And sure enough, someone did!
Cue the happy reunion:
We're so happy this story has a happy ending!
Kayla's portrait business has continued to grow, thanks in part to the attention her Diggy portrait received. She's being recognized for her talent by new fans everyday, and enjoying drawing countless pets. Dogs, cats, etc. Her watercolor paintings are large - 11x14 or 16x20. Perfect for a nice large frame.
We are inspired to pay it forward to someone else who has a pet who makes them smile, laugh, and even occasionally take funny selfies together.
To enter, follow the instructions belowa Rafflecopter giveaway
...then leave us a comment on the blog and tell us what's your pet's best feature: Gorgeous eyes? A goofy smile? Maybe a funny ear that sticks up? Every pet is pretty special <3
Note: Giveaway open to US residents only. Prize is an 11x14 or 16x20 original watercolor print. Apply by April 4th, 2017. Winners chosen at random from the pool of entries. See rules and how to enter above. Have additional questions? Don't hesitate to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org