"Kendell and Tomp" is for Missy. She commissioned the painting for her father-in-law, who misses Tomp, a very large golden retriever. Tomp, even at 165 pounds, thought he was a small lap dog, so he would sit on Missy's, or any visitor's lap!
Missy's father-in-law had health issues for the past few years. Whenever he was hospitalized, she and her children would take care of Tomp. They would take him for a ride. He expected to be taken to the drive-through donut shop for a blueberry donut.
Tomp had huge feet and a huge head with more slanted eyes than usual, so he looked like smiling with his whole face at times. Among several pictures Missy sent me, one particular photo with a rosy-cheeked girl caught my eye. Kendell was holding his face to accentuate his happy look! They say that a dog is a man's best friend. That may be so, but dogs are also children's best friends. Who doesn't have fond memories of dogs one had as a child?
By the way, it is not too late to order pet portraits for Christmas. Please send your pet's pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org. A separate page on my blog, "Pet Portrait Orders", will answer all the questions you may have about ordering a pet portrait. Thanks!