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Did you know that in one of the many example Art Galleries on our website  you can Zoom In, way in, and see how much detail the full-sized completed portrait really has? Coincidentally we call this gallery, “Zoom In“.

Just by looking at the examples of our artwork on the website you can tell our Pop Art style designs are very vivid and bold; our Traditional style works are soft yet dramatic; and our Comic Art is really, well.. comical. But just based on the online images, which are only a few inches wide it’s difficult to see how detailed the canvases really are.

But in the Zoom In gallery you can go from this..

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to this..

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in about three clicks!

And it happens almost instantly, no slow downloading required. The zoom function allows you to click on any area of the image to enlarge, and the arrows at the bottom help you navigate around. It’s very cool functionality and just another way for you to see what we can do with photos of your pet!

Click here to check it out!

We fount these statistics for 2008 on the website for the Humane Society of the US and found them very interesting.
Did you know?…

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* There are approximately 74.8 million owned dogs in the United States  adopt_a_dog
* Thirty-nine percent of U.S. households own at least one dog
* Most owners (63 percent) own one dog
* Twenty-five percent of owners own two dogs
* Twelve percent of owners own three or more dogs
* On average, owners have almost two dogs (1.7)
* The proportion of male to female dogs is even
* Ten percent of owned dogs were adopted from an animal shelter
* On average, dog owners spent $219 on veterinary visits (vaccine, well visits) annually
* Seventy-five percent of owned dogs are spayed or neutered

Cats
* There are approximately 88.3 million owned cats in the United States   adopt_a_cat
* Nearly 34 percent of U.S. households (or 38.4 million) own at least one cat
* Fifty-six percent of owners own more than one cat
* On average, owners have two cats (2.3)
* More female cats are owned than male cats (73 percent vs. 63 percent respectively)
* Eighteen percent of owned cats were adopted from an animal shelter
* Cat owners spent an average of $175 on routine veterinary visits
* Eighty-seven percent of owned cats are spayed or neutered

These statistics were compiled from the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association (APPMA) 2007-2008 National Pet Owners Survey.

We would really like to see that percentage of dogs and cats adopted from an animal shelter go way up.. So please when it comes to pets, ADOPT, don’t shop!

Did you know that most every Major League Baseball team offers events for you to take your dog to the ballpark? Now you can share baseball_dogAmerica’s Favorite Pasttime with your favorite four-legged friend! What better way to spend a summer day with your dog?

They give them a variety of different names like, Atlanta Braves Bark in the Park on Sept. 6th; St. Louis Cardinals Pooches in the Ballpark; and San Francisco Giants Dog Days of Summer. Several other cities have home teams that simply host “Dog Day” or “Pup Night.”

Then there’s Petco Park, home of the Padres in San Diego where they host Adoption Sundays! At Sunday home games all summer they showcase local shelters and the pets they have available for adoption. What a great idea! Go Padres!

So if you’re a baseball fan, or just a fan of doing stuff with your dog, you should check your favorite team’s website for dog-friendly games near you.

We have been ashamedly absent from the blogosphere for quite some time now. Sorry about that, but you know sometimes you just need a break!

Anyway we’re back with a ‘Did You Know?’ feature on a little-known section of our own website..

Did you know that the best way to see what Pop Art Pet can do with your pet’s photos is to visit our Before And After Gallery?

This section of the site shows off a varied selection of our custom pet portraits from photo to finish. When you initially visit the page you’ll see the finished artwork, but by mousing over the image you can see the original pet photo we had to work with to create it.

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The complete gallery includes examples of our Pet Pop Art, our Comic Style and our Traditional Style pet portraits to give a unique perspective on all your options for your custom pet portrait.

But now that we think about it, perhaps it should be called the “After & Before Gallery.”

Did you know we have a whole site dedicated to doing people portraits?

We recently helped create an awesome anniversary gift for a lovely little family by transforming a simple photo into something special.

We did a simple background and a soft technique to design this traditional style portrait. But we can also do Pop Art of you or your family for that whimsical Warhol-esque look.


Just check out Pop Art Go and consider art that is uniquely you!

Did you know that in addition to the customized Pop Art portraits we create from photos of your pet, we also offer limited edition prints of our original animal artwork?

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At Pet Pop Art you can order a print of our original Pop Art, Traditional or Comic designs. We offer several favorite breeds from a Chihuahua to a Great Dane, plus cats and cockatoos too!

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Some of the special limited edition pieces are printed on artist grade canvas, others are printed on premium luster photo paper and beautiful when framed. They range in size from 18×24 to 20×20 and start at just $55.

So if you’re a pet lover in need of artwork for your home or office, be sure and check it out!

Over Labor Day weekend we went on a safari, and we only had to go about 30 miles from home to do it! The Wild Animal Sanctuary has been rescuing animals for 28 years, but we just found out about it so we had to go and check it out. It’s really quite amazing!

Did you know that there are more privately kept tigers in the United States than remaining in the wild around the rest of the world combined?

According to their literature, The Wild Animal Sanctuary is a true sanctuary for abused, abandoned, exploited and endangered exotic captive wildlife. They are the home to over 150 of some of the most magnificent creatures on the planet, including Tigers, African Lions, Jaguars, Leopards, Wolves, and Bears. This unique refuge for captive wildlife is like no other. The animals they rescue who have suffered abuse, neglect, abandonment, commercialization and exploitation get to come “home” to a wonderful safe haven that provides them with spacious indoor-outdoor living quarters, large habitats, the best quality food available, and lots of free time to roam, play and swim on the center’s 160 acres. They also receive the most important ingredients to a happy life, lots of love, affection and interaction.

As visitors we were able to view the animals from walk ways above their habitats without disturbing them, and we were given a handbook which included the names and the rescue stories of every single rescue. They also provide tons of educational films and information, it was a truly unique experience.

You can learn more about The Wild Animal Sanctuary, how you can make a donation, or even adopt an animal to help support them on their website.

A great reason actually.. Did you know that spaying or neutering your pet may actually help your pet live a longer, healthier life? According to this article from the NY Times, there are multiple direct and indirect benefits of spaying and neutering:

Giving Pets Long Lives

Q. Do dogs and cats that have been spayed or neutered live longer?

A. “No definitive studies have shown evidence of the extension of life” just from sterilization, said Brenda Griffin, director of clinical programs in shelter medicine at the School of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell. “But the diseases it prevents are very common.”

Also, she said, “Two studies have found that the No. 1 risk factor for a pet being taken to shelter is that it has not been spayed or neutered.”

The many known health benefits for male and female dogs and cats vary by gender, Dr. Griffin said.

“If it is done before she comes into heat, spaying virtually eliminates the risk of breast cancer, the most common type of cancer” in female dogs, she said. In female cats, too, breast tumors are common, and 90 percent of them are malignant. But a cat spayed before age 2 is one-seventh as likely to develop them.

Spaying also prevents ovarian or uterine cancer, uterine infections and other diseases. And it cancels the risks associated with giving birth.

In dogs and cats, males that have not been neutered are at risk for testicular cancer, prostate disease and hernias, among other problems. Neutering also often reduces fighting, roaming and scent marking, behaviors that may land a pet in a shelter, where euthanasia is a risk.

The most recent age recommendation for spaying cats is down to 5 months from 6. That is because female cats are sexually mature and may even have had litters by 6 months. An unplanned pregnancy puts both mother and kittens at risk of being sent to a shelter.

Did you know that Animal Rescues and Shelters have become a very popular vacation destination among animal lovers in America? A few years ago we took a trip to Best Friends, the amazing animal shelter in Kanab, Utah; then last year on vacation we went to Pasado’s Safe Haven in Washington, which was truly heartwarming. Apparently, according to the story below from Yahoo we were being trend-setters! :

For most people the word “vacation” conjures images of relaxing in a tropical paradise, but for some animal lovers, their precious time off isn’t spent sipping margaritas. Fueled by a desire to make a difference, they’re using all, or part, of their vacation time to help improve the lives of homeless pets here and abroad.
One of those people is Crystal Hall, an administrative assistant who lives in Calgary, Alberta.

Hall’s last five vacations were spent at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah, where she happily works eight-hour days filling food bowls, washing litter boxes and grooming cats.

“I think I have a bit of a cat addiction,” she says with a laugh. “I just love them and can’t get enough of them. It just makes me happy to see them happy.”

Labor of love

Hall isn’t alone. Each year, almost 5,000 volunteers make the journey to Best Friends, the nation’s largest no-kill shelter caring for abused and abandoned animals.

Located in the heart of the Golden Circle of national parks, the refuge is a short drive to the Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce Canyon and Lake Powell.

Some people help for a few hours; others stay few days, said Barbara Williamson, a spokesperson for Best Friends.

“Some even end up moving here permanently so they can contribute their labor of love to the sanctuary on a regular basis,” she said.

Offering volunteer vacations wasn’t a formal idea when the sanctuary was founded two decades ago. Over time, though, enough people began showing up that a full-time staff was needed to handle the requests.

In the beginning, rustic cabins on the 33,000 acre ranch – built when the area served as a movie location in the 1950s – provided accommodations for folks who didn’t mind “camping indoors.”

Today, modernized cottages and a few RV spots provide clean, convenient places to stay for a nominal fee. Deem yourself lucky, though, to land a coveted reservation. The vast majority of visitors must stay in the nearby town.

Global effort

For an overseas adventure, World Vets – a nonprofit organization that provides medical aid to areas with limited or no access to veterinary care – might be the right feel-good trip for you.

Small groups of licensed veterinarians and technicians, as well as animal enthusiasts, fly to far-off destinations to work mainly on spay-neuter projects. Upcoming trips this year include Costa Rica, India, Mexico and Panama.

No prior experience is necessary. Volunteers are trained on location for tasks ranging from giving injections and applying flea treatment to capturing cats and dogs for surgery.

Even though you’re donating your time, the trip isn’t free. On average, expect to pay $600 (plus airfare) for hotel, local transportation and other related expenses.

World Vets director Cathy King, DVM, said most trips are designed as ongoing projects for maximum impact to both the community and animals.

“We don’t just go one time and do a project and leave,” she said. “We want to go and have a pretty significant impact through sustainability.”

In November, for example, a team is traveling to the tiny village of Tena, Ecuador, where mass poisonings control the burgeoning population of stray dogs and cats.

In exchange for stopping the practice, World Vets members are launching a community-wide, spay-neuter program that includes surgical training for local veterinarians, public education and sterilizing as many animals as possible.

On these trips, though, expect to work more than play. Volunteers toil daily for 10 hours during excursions. And usually only a day or two is allotted for sight-seeing.

Still, that hasn’t stopped animal lovers from signing up.

“Because we’re working closely with the local people in these communities, it really gives you a different perspective of the country than you would get as a tourist,” says King. “For many people it’s the experience of a lifetime.”

..Unless of course, the horse has been captured in a beautiful custom portrait! Then the horse becomes a one of a kind, work of art created from your photos. Did you know we also do portraits of horses? We have only had the pleasure of working with a few equines but they do make excellent subjects.

Dreamer got the whimsical, Warhol Style treatment.

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Orion looks awesome,  also in Pop Art, but in this single-panel layout.

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While Justin looks just amazing in one of our Traditional Style portraits.

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All these custom pet portraits were created by our artists using some fantastic photos of these picturesque animals.

We love working with horses and hope to do more in the future. In the meantime, of course, we enjoy our work with dogs & cats – our bread & butter so to speak!

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