Today is Pepper's 2nd birthday! My how time flies. I remember bringing him home from The Pines Papillons (my cousin's place in Florida) when he was 8 weeks old, fat, lazy, and very ungainly with oversized ears. I intended to sell him but he fit in so well with us, I just couldn't do it. I had to watch him grow into those enormous ears. Here's his 2 year Birthday Portrait.
I extracted his image from the green screen photos taken at our agility trial a few weeks back (see below), water-colorized it slightly in Photoshop, and superimposed it over a watercolor painting we own by a friend and well known local artist - Joe Lackey. It came out good, I think. The whole family will get a 5x7, I'm framing an 8x10 for our entry table, and it will surely become one of my favorite desktop images on my laptop.
Love you, little Winnie Pooch, Honey Bear, Pepperoni, Babutchka, Maniac, and even sometimes by his real name, Pepper-Tu. Thanks for bringing us so much joy, little fella, and keep on tugging!
Upwards and onward!
Here's the green screen shot, in which only Pepper looks good. It would have been a wasted photo if I couldn't extract him out.