"Casey" is for Diane, who commissioned the painting for her Dad. Casey was a pound dog and was probably a German Shepherd/Doberman mix. He passed away this October at the ripe old age of 14.
Casey had his quirks, like hiding in the bathtub whenever it stormed, or running away from flies. On the brave side, he loved chasing the wildlife that ventured into his yard. One time he actually caught up to a bunny; he pawed at it until it took off running again, so that he could chase it some more!
He had a cool sense of style. He never liked to be without his snazzy bandana. In all the pictures Diane sent me, he was with different bandanas! The blue one he is wearing in the painting sported Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, which I edited out in fear of the cute reindeer detracting from the noble pose.
Casey's favorite time of year was right around Christmas. He'd sleep by the tree and be the first one up on Christmas morning, nudging his stocking to get at the treats. He was an awesome companion and adored Diane's dad. He is missed terribly by his family.