Exceptional Dog Portraits

Since I can only have ONE Exceptional Dog in my home, I like to feature others on occasion by creating soft pastel portraits of these special pups.

in-process artwork of black and brown Pomeranian mix dog


I do one portrait every month as a free gift, the winner of the drawing is randomly selected from stories submitted during the previous month.

See the Gallery of Exceptional Dog Portraits and read their stories.

To qualify for the drawing for a free portrait, please Copy & Paste the text below into the Message field and fill out.

  • Dog Portrait Drawing
  • First name
  • Email Address
  • Name of your dog
  • A brief story about how your dog is an Exceptional Dog


Official Rules:

  • Your dog must be an Exceptional Dog (what is an Exceptional Dog?)
  • You may fill out a form once each month for each Exceptional Dog in your home, rescue, or shelter. Please provide a link to your rescue or shelter in the form message field and an e-mail address of the contact person where we can request permission from the rescue or shelter to illustrate the dog in their custody. Only one dog will be selected each month, regardless of how many are submitted in total or by any one applicant.
  • No purchase or payment of any kind is necessary to enter or win this drawing.
  • This giveaway is only open to residents of the United States, 18 years of age or older. Void where prohibited.  
  • Application period runs from midnight the first day of the month until midnight the last day of the month, each month. Winner will be notified within 7 days after the last day of the month.
  • Exceptional Dog Portraits have no retail value.
  • Winners selected will receive one (1) soft pastel portrait done on pastel paper of the dog submitted. No matting, glass or framing is included. Portrait will not be sprayed with fixative. Size and orientation of portrait will be based on the photograph submitted, a maximum of 9"x12". An 8x10 works best for pre-made matting and framing, so it is my goal to create something that fits into this format. 
  • Pet Portrait may be realistic or stylized, depending on the quality of the reference photo and at the discretion of the artist. Custom requests, multi-pet portraits, and portraits with humans are not eligible.
  • Portrait will be shipped USPS Flat Rate in a rigid mailing envelope. The Exceptional Dog, LLC is not responsible for damage to the portrait that may occur during shipping and will not repair or replace a portrait that is damaged or lost in the mail.
  • Acceptance of prize constitutes permission for The Exceptional Dog, LLC to use winner’s first name or shelter/rescue's business name, pet's name, submitted photograph, artwork both in-process and completed, and entry story for purposes of advertising and trade without further compensation unless prohibited by law. 

Drawing Winners

  • Winners will receive an e-mail notification that they have been selected, and provided with a Consent and Release Form.
  • The Exceptional Dog, LLC shall have no liability for winner’s failure to receive notices due to spam, junk email, or other security settings or for winner’s provision of incorrect or otherwise non-functioning contact information.
  • If winner cannot be contacted, is ineligible, fails to claim the prize within 7 days from the time award notification was sent, or fails to timely provide one or more photos and return a completed Consent and Release as required, the prize may be forfeited and an alternate winner selected.
  • You must provide a digital copy of one or more good quality photos of the dog for me to select from within 7 days of notification that you have won the previous months drawing. Photo must be one taken by the applicant. If photo is by someone other than the applicant, a photo release must be signed by the photographer.
  • Submitted photos, in-process artwork, finished portrait, and the submitted story about your Exceptional Dog may be used for publication including, but not limited to: social media marketing, e-mail marketing, and articles on The Exceptional Dog Shop website.
  • Individual dog guardians will be identified by first name only, individual dog guardians will not be identified by last name or by location. Shelters or Rescues will be identified by name, City and State. The dog will be identified by name unless requested otherwise. 
  • Recognizable backgrounds or other location identifying features in photos will not be reproduced in the portrait, and will be edited out in submitted photos used in any shared images.

 in-process artwork of Rowan, an apricot colored dog wrapped in a blue blanket

If you're interested in commissioning a pet portrait - my instructor does commission work and her work is incredible! https://elysegalloway.com/