This is Smith. He is one of my whippets. His full name is Robert Smith, on account of his sexy black eyeliner (You know, like Robert Smith out of The Cure). He’s a poet, philospher, farter, sprinter & cat poo eater.
Unfortunately, Smith’s little top front teeth are not at all well, and have to be taken out, as well as one of his big back teeth. It’s not his fault – he’s always eaten dog food with no sugar added, and only occasionally stolen delicious (poisonous) chocolate with Arthur, his partner in crime.
He’ll need his other other teeths cleaned as well, to keep the dreaded rot from setting in elsewhere, and give him a beautiful smile with his remaining ivories.
I’ll miss his little front teeths very much, especially as the two in the middle have a wonderful Spongebob-like quality to them when he lies with his tongue out. I remember when those little teeth first grew in. But Smith will be much happier without them & smell considerably better, too, which will make ALL of us much happier.
When Smith comes home from his appointment with the vet on Wednesday, he will be our special gummy whippet, with a very expensive mouth (about £200 worth).
For just £5, I shall draw your beloved beast & email you a 300dpi (that’s proper hi-res print quality, should you wish to have it made flesh & framed), A5-sized portrait.
Each portrait will be uploaded to Smith’s twitter feed (shush, there’s nothing wrong with dogs having twitter) & my twitter feed, with some kind of watermark on them, so nobody can steal your picture (they won’t be super hi-res like yours either).
If you want to keep your picture secret (if, say, it’s for a present, or your pet has a secret crimefighting identity), just let me know & I’ll not post it to the feed.
To claim your portrait, Paypal me a simple fiver (laurie [at] veryworrying [dot] com), with your twitter name in the info box & then skitter over to twitter & tweet me a pic of your little furry/scaly/feathery/slimy/rocky loved one for reference.
I’ll put a banner with their name on each image (unless you request otherwise) & can add small props (hat, toy, bone, bow-tie). If you want your pet in an exotic location or with more exciting props (recently vanquished dinosaur, fighter plane, etc), contact me beforehand & we’ll sort out a price. Speech bubbles added at no extra cost!
If you’re not twitter-enabled, you can send your pet pic to the same email address.
I’ll keep taking requests until midnight (GMT) on the day of Smith’s op (wednesday 15th), but if it’s super popular, Pet Portraits could well come back in the future! I’ll make sure all requests paid for before the deadline are drawn, and return money for any received afterwards that won’t get drawn.
Any monies I make that go over the cost of the op will be spent on further whippet maintenance: booster shots, de-fleaing, de-worming (etc), which I shall of course keep you updated on via the Twitter.
Other potential whippet expenditures include a new coat for Smith when it rains, and a pyjama onesie for Arthur (whippets have thin fur & really do like wearing onesies when it’s cold – vital for the British summer).
Also, of course, really horrible smelling dried-meat treats will be purchased for Arthur & Smith to chow down on (soft treats, if Smith’s mouth is tender).
Thank you so much for your support. I hope you like your pictures!
Love from Laurie (and Smith)