"Andre was the queen of all our pets, past, present and future. I adopted her when a couple of kids, at the school where I worked, brought her to me. They had found her on the playground. She fit in the palm of my hand. I named her Andre (after Oprah’s hairdresser) because I thought she was a boy. When I took her for her first vet visit, I found out she was a girl, but by then, she knew her name was Andre.

She was so smart and loving. She was also very trusting. She wasn't afraid of anything, including Great Danes. I think she was too curious for her own good. She fell in love with Ken right away, but was not at all happy when she no longer had half the bed to herself. Andre lived to be 16 years, so she was a big part of my life." Olivia
Andre Commissioned Ornament ©Shelly Burden
Olivia wrote this of Andre's keepsake:
"You caught the “Liz Taylor” beauty mark on her chin.

Thanks so much for what you do. Such a gift! Olivia & Ken

  "12 yrs ago I made a trip to Brookshires. Approaching the door I saw a basket & sign: “Puppies to good homes” - $20.00. Knowing I'm a pushover, I actually partially covered my eyes so I couldn’t see them. Coming out, hands full, I had no choice but to see only 2 left of a litter of 9. A little 4 lb bundle of black & white fur was calling my name. He was born the day after Christmas so we named him Nick. His mother was a Border Collie, his father a Jack Russell. People would ask what kind of a dog he was & we'd say a “Brookshire Border Jack” which was meaningless but sounded impressive!!
He quickly became my husband’s dog, rarely more than 10 ft from Bob. He sat on the console of Bob’s truck, knew his way around every corner in Weatherford that led to a drive thru that passed out treats, rode on the front seat of the giant forklift with Bob at work & went on cross country camping trips. Bob called him his chick magnet – everyone loved Nick. His antics over the years could fill volumes! We live in the country so he had ample opportunity to chase, run, occasionally catch, & dig. But at the core, Nick was a house dog. He was happiest at Bob’s feet looking up at him adoringly or covering him in kisses. Towards the end of his life when we were having trouble getting him to eat, Bob would get a roasted chicken, remove the skin & bones & portion it out for Nick’s meals. Along with fresh cooked oatmeal in the morning, medication & 24/7 intensive care, Nick lived a year longer than the vet predicted. It could have been 10 more years & it wouldn’t have been long enough for his master who truly was a broken man the day he had to put Nick down. And all of Bob’s friends who knew so well the bond between the 2 were nearly brought to tears with the news.

His portrait will hang in a prominent place in our home just as he occupied such a prominent place in our hearts."  Virginia

Nick 11x14 Commissioned Watercolor ©Shelly Burden
 
Virginia's comment about her husband's gift:
"It is simply magnificent. You have perfectly captured his (Nick's) soulful expression. Thank you for everything."
Hope your screen settings allows enjoying the range of tones in this cuties dark tousled fur & sweet brown eyes!
Speaking of which, a comment from (gift giver) Cher:
" It looks so good!  You got him. : )  "

"Most of Rachelle's childhood to young adult, Rocky was there for her. He protected her from everyone. If I'd wrestle or tickle her, he'd be there nipping at me or getting in between us.
He was a character. We used to call him the "fun police," because whenever things got chaotic he would run around and tell everyone, with his distinctive talking voice, to calm down. He could replicate sirens perfectly when they went by!
He was very smart. At night, he would lay in Rachelle's bed until she fell asleep, then go down and sleep through the night in the master bedroom with our mom, and then return back to Rachelle's bed before she woke up so she would think he was there all night.
We all miss him dearly, but none like Rachelle."
(Big Sister) Cher

  Rocky 11x14 Memorial Portrait ©Shelly Burden
  "I was given an incredible gift when my sweet Bogey passed away, a gift certificate for a portrait of Bogey. I was trying to think of a few sentences about my boy. With his beautiful honey colored eyes, he was a gentle giant that wiggled his way in everyone’s heart." Brigitte
Brigitte wrote about her portrait:"You nailed it. My boy in his hey day. Healthy and beautiful. God blessed you with an incredible gift. Thank you for sharing it with us."
Bogey 8x10 Memorial Portrait ©Shelly Burden

My daughter in law loved it!! The online color was a little off but the actual portrait (of Louie) is beautiful. So, once again, your work is wonderful...most enjoyed and appreciated. Thanks!" Susan.
Louie 5x7 Portrait ©Shelly Burden