As a small dog enthusiast and an artist, I seek out opportunities to support fellow artists who share my love of dogs. Etsy is a terrific venue because it’s bursting with creative dog-lovers. Now that I’ve volunteered to be Ottawa Dog Blog’s Etsy Addict for Small Dogs blogger, I look forward to sharing these treasures and other small dog finds with you.
First up– miniatures! The only thing cuter than a small dog is even tinier versions of them, right? When I discovered that I could have miniature sculptures made of my dogs, I jumped at the chance to give them to my partner as a gift. We’re nutty like that. I decided to also have their favourite toys crafted into miniatures because, well, I’m addicted to cute.
I emailed photos of the dogs and their toys to the artist, paid the deposit, and patiently waited. The day the sculptures arrived, I set them up next to my dogs to take some photos. The dogs didn’t seem as enamoured with their miniatures as I was and it wasn’t long before my terrier duo grew tired of the photo shoot and fell asleep:
Having a sculpture of your dog may, at first, seem like a frivolty but they are a perfect way to memorialize your best furry friend, they make a unique conversation piece, are tempting to take along on vacation as a stand-in (unlike your dog, they fly free!), and they make a great gift according to me AND the queen of gift-giving – Martha Stewart!
Although the artist I chose to create the portraits of my dogs (and their favourite toys) no longer sells through Etsy, there are plenty of artists who do! Here are some of Canada’s best:
FibreHeart (Barrie, ON)
Specialty: Based on photos you provide, Mandy will recreate your dog into a realistic miniature or even a life-size sculpture! She uses both animal and vegetable-based fibres but will create your piece in vegetable-based materials if you would like it to be vegan or are allergic to wool.
Price range: $75-500+
Maltese by FibreHeart
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