Your Fur Baby Could Be My Cover-Dog

I’ve gotten some nifty submissions for my cover-dog contest. Check out Skyla, an agility dog who has mastered the art of jumping fences

Skyla's Outta Here!

And Sweet Baby, who is a real climber:

Baby Climbing the Fence

Then there’s Tug, exilting through a car window. Which is exactly what my Max used to do. Notice the fetching pink restraint:


I love seeing everyone’s furry children. I also love the different ways in which people are approaching the concept. I had a pretty clear idea what I wanted when I made the original post, April 21. Now I’m looking at this project in an entirely new way. The theme is still Canine Jailbreak, and I still need a good picture of the face, but the type of jailbreak is up to you.

The contest does not end until July 30th, so there’s still time to catch your personal escape artist in the act.

In case you’ve forgotten the rules, here they are:

Caught in the Act Cover-Dog Contest

Is your dog the reincarnation of Houdini? Can he find his way out of tight places? Is no fence safe?

I need a cover dog. And I’m willing to give the finished oil painting portrait of this dog (16″ x 20″ or larger) to whomever supplies me with the photo after I’m done photographing it for the cover. The winner gets the painting, I keep the reproduction rights. The winner and canine will also get an attribution in my book, along with a brief profile.*

The name of the book is Maximum Security. It features my dog Max as an escape artist. Only problem is, I featured Max on the cover of A Shot in the Bark and I can’t use her again. So I need another dog face.

I need a decent photo of a dog squeezing under a fence or other tight place. It must include the dog’s face, from the front or a slight angle. Extra credit for a manic look in the eyes. The more expressive, the better! More points for rescues. You can submit as many photos as you like. You don’t need to be a professional photographer, just be able to capture the face and have it in focus. I’ll post my favorites on this blog. Send your photo to Put “Caught in the Act!” in the subject line.

You must have taken the photo yourself and either own the dog or have the owner’s permission.

I expect to be working on the painting in August or September, so there’s plenty of time to take pictures. As an enticement, I am posting photos of prior covers and other pet portraits so you can see what I do. We’ll say the deadline is July 30, 2013.

*By submitting your photo to this contest, you are giving me permission to post it on this blog. If your photo is selected, you are giving me permission to use it as source material for a painting to be used as a cover on my up-coming book, Maximum Security, and for other commercial purposes.The winner will receive the finished painting and no other compensation. The winner receives bragging rights only, and does not receive any reproduction rights associated with the finished painting.

7 thoughts on “Your Fur Baby Could Be My Cover-Dog”

  1. Hi, Carolann! Saw your link on the Shelton Dog Park page! Lady Godiva has been wating for her moment in the sun, so to speak- she goes with me to Shelton Dog Park, and to trap Falls Kennel Club meetings. She loves going to the A.K.C.’s Meet the Breed Exhibits all over Connecticut, and loves to meet new people!


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