In 1999 my daughter Patty painted this for her sister Deb for her birthday. All the pups and kittens have Vineyard names. Mark (Chilmark), Edgar (Edgartown), Tizzy(Tisbury), Buffy (Oak Bluffs), Martha, Vinny, Chappy(Chappaquiddick) and Katy(Katama) to name a few.
When Deb received this she still had Katy, her first Boykin Spaniel, represented here by the dark brown pup Santa’s holding in his right arm.
The following Christmas Katy had since died and we had Chappy. When we took out the sculpture at Christmas time Deb took a look at it and gasped… “oh no, Chappy’s a kitten.” With a few strokes of her paint brush Patty changed Chappy from a kitten to the little brown dog on Santa’s right boot. All was well.
The details are incredible… Patty did a fantastic job.
This has become one of the family’s favorite Christmas decorations.