Archive for dog shows

Westminster Dog Show Contest

Posted in Contest, Etsy with tags , , , , , on February 1, 2012 by kellyjcallahan

With the annual Westminster Dog Show is fast approaching and I’ve decided to have a contest.

What you need to do to win…

Go to my Facebook Fan Page and comment on the Westminster Dog Show post with your favorite dog breed or the breed that you think will win Westminster… that is it.

Comments will be accepted from now (February 1, 2012) until February 12, 2012. Once the dog show begins on the 13th, comments will be close. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, February 15, 2012.

What you will win…

You will win a high-quality Comfort Colors garment-dyed t-shirt with any of my Wry Toast designs. You can check out the shirts/designs here.

Who will win?

Anyone can win. You’ll be assigned a number: 1 for comment #1, 2 for #2 etc. A number will be randomly selected through and that will be the winner.

A second bonus prize for the person who correctly guesses the Best in Show Breed. If more then one person picks the correct breed, I’ll return to and select between the correct answers.

Ready, Set, Dog Show…

A New Endeavor

Posted in CafePress Designs, Zazzle Designs with tags , , , , , , , on February 17, 2010 by kellyjcallahan

For a while now I’ve been having a debate with myself over my dog illustrations. While I see some sales on CafePress it’s not great. The majority of my audience would probably be found at dog shows. Which is do-able, with vendor booth spaces. But, then the dilemma become paying for vendor booths, paying for screenprinting/embroidery, maintaining stock. And all I can see are dollar signs.

Enter the solution… CKC Embroidery. CKC is owned by Sonjya Luke. Sonjya travels to most of the larger All Breed dog shows in the Oregon/Washington area and is frequently at Specialty shows.* CKC Embroidery will now be caring my designs. She carries a large stock of items including coats, hats, scarves, t-shirts, long-sleeve shirts, etc. You can check out her site at

So now I can have a dog show audience, without bankrupting myself. I hope to have my own Wry Toast website soon, featuring my designs, that will be embroidered with CKC’s help.

I will be working hard at expanding the breed illustrations for upcoming shows. For now you can checkout the available designs on CafePress.

*Specialty Show are restricted to dogs of a specific breed or to varieties of one breed. For example, the Willamette Valley English Springer Spaniel Association is a club for English Springer Spaniels only. And the club can only sponsor shows for English Springer Spaniels.

Lhasa Apso

Posted in CafePress Designs with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 14, 2009 by kellyjcallahan

Are you a fan of the joyful and mischievous Lhasa Apso? Show your love of this beautiful and elegant companion with our unique Wry Toast designs, which can be found on CafePress.

The Lhasa Apso originated hundreds of years ago in the isolated reaches of the Himalayan Mountains. It functioned primarily as a household sentinel, guarding homes of Tibetan nobility and Buddhist monasteries, particularly in or near the sacred city of Lhasa. In 1933, C. Suydam Cutting introduced the first Lhasas to the U.S. gifts from the 13th Dalai Lama.

Bred as indoor watchdogs for hundreds of years, Lhasas can be suspicious of strangers, so early socialization is critical. They thrive living with adults or families with older children, and enjoy regular walks. A long-coated breed, they also require frequent grooming. Many pet owners enjoy keeping their Lhasa in the shorter “puppy cut.”


Graphic Design, Painting and Dog Shows

Posted in Paintings with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 18, 2009 by kellyjcallahan

I’ve been busy lately finishing up projects in the graphic design part of my life. In the last week I’ve finished the logo for the 2010 English Springer Spaniel Field Trial Association (ESSFTA) National Specialty. The specialty will be held in Albany Oregon in the fall of 2010. The merchandise, however, starts being sold at the 2009 specialty. As soon as they select the logo (I delivered two) I will post it here.

I’ve also been working on a logo for a friend’s new company Luminescent, LLC. a company specializing in custom architectural lighting and LED lighting. They will also have a subsidiary called Glo-Rack. A company specializing in LED lit shelving units. More links and the logo once they are up and running.

In my “spare” time I’ve been working on an abstract painting of the Palouse Hills of Washington, It is a bold, colorful painting. I’m fairly sure I’m finished… just need to “percolate” it for a few days.

It is the first time I’ve used clayboard as a support (canvas). I’m still debating on how I feel about it. On one hand, it conveniently thin, and a hard surface to work on. But it seems to absorb paint my faster then canvas, and creates almost a dry paint technique. I also feel that paint doesn’t “stand up” on it, like on canvas. It seems to have self-leveling aspect to it. The paint also has an extra sheen to it. I am going to have to paint a mat varnish on the painting to cut the glare of the acrylics. With an art light shining on it, parts of the painting simply disappear in the glare.

After I make up my mind that it is finished, I’ll post a photo.