Space Cat Art – Paintings in Space!

Space Cat art has basically been a staple of the internet since the internet was a thing. We’ve had a lot of Astronauts blast off from our pet painting shop designs, sometimes with or without a space suit. We’ve also had plenty of custom space designs come through over the years. The end result from all this is, of course, Space Cats! Here we will celebrate and showcase a bit of our favorite Space Cat art that we’ve created.

We recently finished a new Space Cat, @spaceboyirl‘s BonBon! You can see Spaceboy and BonBon live here on Twitch.tv.

Spaceboy influencer space cat painting

Of course, there’s no shortage of space-y backgrounds for these Space Cats. Here’s another more vintage Space Cat of ours that we call, The Space Cadet.

space cadet pet painting

This next Space Cat-det doesn’t seem very amused to be stuffed into a suit.

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Timeless Splendid Beast Space Cat Art

Space Cat paintings have been produced by us since some of the very earliest days of Splendid Beast. Here are some of our favorite space cats from previous years:

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This Splendid space cat even paid us another visit!

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space painting of cat

cat in space with nebula painting

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space cats pet painting

Another classic Space Cat from the way back when days of even worse cameras. The amount of detail can still shine through it, though.

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Unfortunately, some of our earliest Space Cat art wasn’t framed or captured very well on camera. Regardless, this regal space-faring feline remains as our earliest example of a true Space Cat painting. Truly, a cat ahead of his time.

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These starry eyed kitties may not quite measure up to brave Félicette, the first cat in space (cat astronaut?), but they still do pretty well! Not many have the nine lives to spare to go into space without a suit.

Ready for your own space cat art? Immortalize your own feline friend from our list of no costume pet painting shop designs! We also have a plethora of costumed designs to pick from too!

Harry Potter Oil Paintings – Wizard dogs, witch cats, and magic, oh my!

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Ever since the early days of Splendid Beast, the world of Hogwarts has been a constant inspiration. Harry Potter oil paintings have been a staple of ours for years now.

Here you’ll find our favorite examples of wizard cats, wizard dogs, witch cats..well you get the picture.

The Potter portrait early years

harry potter dog portrait

This is one of the original Harry Potter portrait requests from way back when. It later turned into our shop design, The Potter. The overall design has since changed only slightly and we now offer the same design for each Hogwarts House.

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Harry Potter cats, Harry Potter dogs, we’ve done them all.

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Our current Harry Potter dog / face of the aforementioned shop design. The Chosen Pup.

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Other Hogwarts Houses can be represented in the same design with few design changes needed. The standard Harry Potter portrait can become a Ravenclaw painting with nothing more than a new emblem and some changed colors. The bow is just for witch cat style points.

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A great example showing how we can change up the colors any way you like. A truly glorious and golden-clad Splendid cat wizard for the ages.

Customized Harry Potter oil paintings

dumbledore portrait

As time went on, we had customers want their Beast represented by other Potter characters and locations. Albarkus Dumbledog and Fawkes made fantastic subjects for a Dumbledore portrait.

dumbledore portrait

Dumble-Husky made for another amazing addition to the ranks of our Harry Potter oil paintings. You can never have enough wizard dogs, Headmaster wizard dogs, and Dumbledore portraits.

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Sometimes, Harry Potter cats just want to hang out in the Hogwarts library.

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But other times, those Harry Potter cats will fight pixies and lounge around in the Defense Against the Dark Arts room. Still though, you can never have enough witch and wizard cats.

harry potter cat

The term Harry Potter cats can certainly sometimes be taken a bit more literally. Certain freeze-frames of the wizard cat can make for some of the best Harry Potter portraits.

snape portrait

One of our absolute favorites, this Snape portrait along with his doe Patronus. Definitely one of the most Splendid of all the Harry Potter cats..and not a wizard cat you want to cross.

harry potter dog

Of course, it’s tough to beat Harry Potter oil paintings that are also a book cover and include a delicious pun.

When it comes to pet paintings, we’re definitely the ones you want. But then add Harry Potter into the mix? Who else could you ask for?

Send us an email at [email protected] if you’re interested in commissioning your own customized, magical Harry Potter pet portrait. The Potter shop design is available for order at any time.

Want even more pet paintings in your life? Follow our Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter pages to enjoy the newest and best Splendid Beast pet paintings.

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Poker Playing Dogs Paintings & more!

Paintings of dogs playing poker have been around for a long time, popularized in the early 1900’s with the recognizable “A Friend in Need” painting…but what about cats playing poker paintings? Or paintings of cats and dogs playing poker together? Or even horses playing poker?

Fortunately, Splendid Beast is here to answer this call. We’ve done everything from solo pets to 8 pets playing poker together!

Here are some Splendid duos to start it off:

two dogs playing cards

2 dogs playing poker together

You’ll quickly begin to see how various additions and changes to these portraits can make them much more personalized.

Customizing the poker playing Beasts

Visits to the Old West (and further) are not out of the question. What better place to find poker playing dogs?

two dogs playing poker in old west saloon

Sometimes those poker playing pets like to dress up for the occasion as well.

dog and cat playing poker

But there’s always room for more poker playing dogs and cats!

3 dogs and a cat gambling and drinking

Sometimes their humans like to join in as well..

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They’re quite the dapper looking group of poker pets.

5 cats playing poker in costume

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But most of the time, there’s no room for humans! We can really pack in the poker dogs, poker cats, and..poker horses?

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8 dogs play cards together

Sometimes, a poker dog’s best friend is just 7 more of himself! Because why not?

The OG Splendid poker pets

Here’s a few more of our favorite poker playing dogs and poker playing cats paintings from previous years:

coolidge dogs painting

A Splendid Beast oldie but goldie. Based on the original “A Friend in Need”, this was the first poker dogs painting that we ever made. Not a single one has been the same over the years, so each has their own unique flavor and design changes.

cats playing poker

dogs and cats playing poker

There will never be a shortage of poker playing pets to make paintings out of, so we’ll update this page with new portraits as we create them!

Want your own pet painting depicting a poker battle for the ages? Order your own custom pet painting or pick from our list of template pet paintings! You can also email us with your idea directly by clicking here.

The 7 Best Ways To Honor Your Pet’s Memory

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It’s never easy to say goodbye to a beloved dog or cat. These special creatures spend their lives showering us with unconditional love. It can be absolutely devastating when they leave us to cross the Rainbow Bridge.

To help you get through the difficult period that follows the loss of a beloved animal, make sure to allow yourself plenty of time to grieve. Your pet wasn’t just a dog or a cat, it was a member of your family and one of your best friends. You may also want to find a way to honor your pet’s life and the special bond the two of you shared. If so, the following are seven of the best ways to do that.

1. Have a Memorial Service

Holding a simple memorial service for your pet can provide closure for your grieving family, especially for children. In fact, it’s not unusual for kids to need a goodbye ritual, such as a memorial service.[1]  For some children, it’s a way to let their beloved pets know that while they may be gone, they won’t be forgotten. A memorial ceremony does not need to be elaborate. Just saying a few simple words by your pet’s final resting spot can bring some much-needed peace to everyone’s broken hearts.

2. Dedicate a Space in Your Home to Your Pet’s Memory

Does your house feel empty without your constant companion by your side? Then, set aside a space in your home where you can display something that will remind you of your fur child. Some people, for example, will have a beautiful painting commissioned of their pet and hang it in a place of prominence. Other owners will use their pet’s collar to create a tribute to their beloved dog or cat.

One popular idea? Placing the collar around a pet’s water bowl and repurposing the set as a planter/memorial. Other owners prefer to use the collar to frame a small picture of their pet, which they can hang on a wall.

3. Volunteer or Foster a Pet

If you miss your pet, but are not quite ready to get another dog or cat, consider volunteering in a shelter or fostering a rescue animal. Not only will you be helping a homeless soul in need, but you’ll also be able to enjoy the love of an animal once more.

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4. Plant a Living Memorial

Pay tribute to your pet’s memory by planting a lovely tree in its honor. This is an especially fitting memorial if you will be burying your pet or its ashes on your property. The tree can serve as a living grave marker and will grow into a beautiful reminder of the bond you once shared with your pet.

5. Create a Memory Book

You probably have plenty of pictures of your pet on your phone or maybe online, but do you have many printed copies? If not, consider creating a beautiful photo book dedicated to the memory of your pet.

6. Keep Your Pet Close to Your Heart

Before your pet passes away, clip a bit of its fur to remember it. You can then place that fur in a locket that you can wear close to your heart.

7. Honor Your Pet With a Public Memorial

Did your dog love to play with tennis balls or was a regular at the local dog park? Then consider donating something that will honor that special side of your pet. For example, if your canine loved to take wild romps at the dog park, leave a water bowl with your pet’s name on it for others to use in the park.

Or you can do what one lady in Scotland did. She left boxes of tennis balls and tug-of-war ropes at several locations around her home. The woman also left a picture of her beloved dog who had passed away, with a note that read, “Please take a treat for your own furry pal, and treasure every minute you have with them. There are never enough.”[2] 

Preserving Our Love

When a pet dies, its body may be gone, but the love that you shared will always be in your heart. These seven tribute acts will also help to preserve the memory of your shared love.

Author bio: Stephanie N. Blahut is Director of Digital Marketing and Technology for Figo Pet Insurance. Figo is committed to helping pets and their families enjoy their lives together by fusing innovative technology — the first-of-its-kind Figo Pet Cloud — and the industry’s best pet insurance plans.


Be sure to check out our shop or send us an email if you’d like to commission a portrait. These are often ordered as memorial pieces and make a great way to remember your pet.

 [1]https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/08/well/family/when-a-pet-dies-helping-children-through-the-worst-day-of-their-lives.html

 [2]https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-45222099

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Help Your New Puppy Sleep Through the Night

Puppy sleep cycles are much like that of a newborn sleeping in short naps throughout the 24-hour cycle. However, around six to eight weeks your puppy may start sleeping in longer stretches throughout the night. The thing is that your puppy will need comfort, praise, and a little routine to help them not only sleep through the night but sleep soundly enough to not keep you awake. Here are three ways to help your new puppy sleep through the night.

Guest post by Krista Harper

Introduce a white noise machine

There are a lot of noise distractions at night. From neighbors talking loudly and insects chirping to far-off emergency vehicle sirens. You can bet that your new puppy and their seemingly supersonic hearing (unless you are calling them of course) will hear and respond to everything. While this helps your puppy turn into a good guard dog in the future, their ability to hear also keeps them up at night. A white noise machine will provide a blended sound by producing all the frequencies at the same soothing tone. This aids in reducing background noise as well as your puppy’s anxiety over what is making the noise.

Let your puppy sleep with you through the night

Research has shown that when you sleep with your pet you are more prone to have a better night of sleep. Cuddling up with your pet at night provides warmth, comfort, and the security your puppy needs to relax and feel safe. People and puppies are both social creatures and inherently require a degree of affection which is often displayed when touched. So, cuddling with your puppy at night and stroking her fur is a great way to calm her into sleep which should last all night.

how to help your puppy sleep through the night

If you have a puppy that moves around a lot or wags their tail in your face you may need to move your puppy once they are asleep, but typically your puppy will be in a deep enough sleep that moving them won’t wake them.

Go outside before bedtime

Going outside before bedtime helps in two ways. First, playing outside for at least thirty minutes will allow your puppy enough time to go potty before bedtime. This is important because as a puppy your pet is still trying to learn where to go potty. This often results in accidents strewn about the home and potentially in your bed. Relieving their self at night helps your puppy sleep without potty disruptions. Secondly, while your puppy has a ton of energy, it may not last long before they need to replenish their energy stores. Exercise before bed is a great way to exhaust your puppy which will naturally help them to sleep better and deeper.

There are a lot of reasons why a puppy may not sleep through the night. Much of this can be related to natural sleep cycles that create their wake-sleep routine. However, as your puppy ages they will begin to sleep longer and deeper through the night unless there are stimulants such as stress and anxiety, potty breaks, and noise. Trying to reduce these stimulants will help your pet relax during bedtime and be comfortable and secure enough to sleep until morning.


For the opposite end of the spectrum: Do you have an older pet to care for? See our guest blog post here about senior pet care!

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Fun Activities To Do While Traveling With Pets

Nowadays, dogs are as much a part of the family as anybody else. Therefore, it makes sense to include them in your plans while traveling with pets. At the end of the day, just like you, they also need a break from everyday life. Naturally, you want your 4-legged best friend to have the best of times during the trip. This means that you have to plan out pet-friendly activities that you will engage in while you are away from home.

Before you hit the road, it is vital to make sure you get everything you need to make the trip as comfortable as possible. Sites like pupped.com can help you pick some of the best harnesses, food, and other essential products for the journey. When you are all set, here are some ideas you can explore when searching for fun activities to enjoy while traveling with pets.

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  1. Walk Around Historic Cities and Towns

Exploring new places with your pet is one of the activities recommended while traveling with pets. It is one of the great ways to bond as you look at buildings and learn about the rich history of various places. It is also convenient because you will be doing this outdoors, hence the issue of the mutt being allowed in will not come up. This is also great because your pet will get some beneficial physical exercise as well while you are walking around.

 

  1. Teach Your Canine a New Trick

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This will only be possible if you are close to your pet, say if you are in a car or boat while traveling. Rather than let the mutt get bored before getting to your pet outings destination, it may be time to teach them something new. Remember to always observe safety first regardless of what you are doing to avoid problems.

 

  1. Feast on a Gourmet Meal

Surprising the taste buds of your dogs is something else you can consider while traveling with pets. Do some research to identify a restaurant you can pull over to that offers gourmet meals for your tail-wagger. If you cannot locate one, you can prepare the meal before you leave. Look up recipes online and make a special meal that mutt will enjoy during pet outings.

 

  1. Play a Game

If you will be on a long trip, the chances of getting bored on the way are pretty high. You can spice this up by playing games en-route your pet outings. It does not have to be anything complicated just something that will make sure everyone has a good time while traveling. You can even get a new toy that will distract your mutt before you get to the location.

 

  1. Sing-Along and Dance to Music

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This is a practical idea when you are using a car for your pet outings. Blast the radio (but not too loud) and dance and sing along to tunes that you both love. Make sure you talk your travel mate calling it by its name often. This way, it will participate willingly in this going-on. Remember to have breaks often where the mutt can get out of the car to relieve itself and stretch its legs to ensure it is comfortable all through.

 

  1. Pack Treats

Munching on treats can also be considered a fun past time for dogs when you are on the move. It is something that keeps them occupied doing something that they love. It can keep your mutt still for hours so that you do not even have to worry about entertaining it.

 

Conclusion

Leaving your dogs behind as you travel can be heart breaking. Hopefully, you have picked up on some exciting activities above you can try out while traveling with pets to have the best of times.

 

For more information, also see our post about Moving Your Pet to a New Home.

Rabbit Painting: A Fresco-inspired oil painting of Hardcore and Cuddles

Perhaps the only thing cuter than bunnies is a bunny painting.

At least, that’s what we’re thinking now that we’ve made this Fresco-inspired rabbit painting.

bunny painting Fresco-inspired oil painting by Splendid Beast

Now that’s celestial!

In the video below, David talks about this Splendid Beast rabbit painting his wife Laura commissioned of their two rabbits: Hardcore and Cuddles.

 

 

Want your own custom pet oil painting? Check out our custom work page!

 

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4 Tips for Moving Your Pet to a New Home

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Guest post by Laurie Larson

Home is where the heart is, especially for your dog. Pet owners should understand that most of what your dog knows of this world is your house, so it’s important that he’s comfortable in it and feels at home.

The routine in your home, the smells, your dog’s belongings, and the attention you pay your dog at home are his or her world. Moving to a new home can uproot routine, comfort, and normalcy for a dog just like for a child. Pets are like our family members, so we should give them the same amount of attention when it comes to easing their concerns.

Introducing your dog to a new home can cause fear and anxiety in your dog that can be troublesome for you as well. You may encounter issues with your pet that you aren’t used to such as accidents in the home or aggression.

To avoid any issues and maintain keep your pet stress-free during your move, see the following four tips on how to ease a dog through the transition to a new home.

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  1. Keep a Consistent Routine

Quite simply, dogs love a routine that establishes order in the pack and normalcy. Losing this sense of routine during transition into a new home can be stressful and unsettling for them. Try your best from the first day he or she sleeps in the new house to have the same sleep schedule, same eating times, and same walk time.

If you have completed a long-distance move, time and climate changes may impact your dog’s sense of routine and normalcy as well. Since it takes about three weeks for a dog to adjust to a new setting, keeping the same routine as in the last house is essential for helping him or her adjust.

  1. Provide Lots of Love

Your dog will need some extra tender loving care during his or her transition into your new home. Love and attention go a long way in reducing fear and anxiety your pet may have when entering the unknown.

On moving day, you will feel pulled in so many different directions by movers from moving companies, contractors, spouse, and children, that you may forget to give the same amount of love and attention as usual to your pet.

It’s understandable — just try to walk him or her the same amount of times and make sure to create one-on-one play time for just you and your pet. Spend some extra bonding time together by sleeping together at night as this is shown to provide great comfort and bonding time for both you and your pet to enjoy.

  1. Create Familiarity through Smells

There may be anxiety for your dog when you first leave him or her at your new house by him or herself. A great way to reduce anxiety when this happens is to leave the same kind of treats behind that you would at your old house, and make sure and keep the old toys and blankets that he or she is already attached to, along with all the smells they have.

Don’t clean your dog’s sentimental items, as the smell of the old house on these items helps with the transition. As part of this familiarity, make sure and create a familiar space for your dog, with the same setup as before for crates, beds, and toys.

  1. Remember: Patience is Everything

Above all, the most important thing to remember when transitioning your dog to a new home is to be patient with your dog. Remember to empathize with your dog, as no one can actually explain to your dog what is happening and why. Your dog simply trusts you and will follow you wherever you go, so honor that loyalty by being patient.

Every dog will adjust in his or her own time and way, so remember to be flexible and also persistent in how you instill normalcy and routine for your dog in your new house. Accidents may happen, so account for this and perhaps limit his or her area to limit marking territory and reduce the chance for mistakes.

In the end, you are your dog’s home. As long as your relationship with your dog stays the same and you stay mindful of your dog and his or her needs and emotions, making accommodations and adjustments where necessary, your dog will adjust in just a matter of time.

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How To Have A Gorgeous Home As A Dog Owner

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Guest post by Nick Burton

You love your home and your dog. However, as most dog owners will know, those two loves can sometimes be conflicting. You want your dog to be happy, comfortable and carefree, but not at the expense of your floors and furnishings. Achieving this balance is not as complicated as you may think, and in fact, it just requires some smart maintenance and the right tools.

Dog Grooming

Start by making life easier for yourself by regularly grooming your dog. This will mean different things for different dogs, so check this guide by iHeartDogs which outlines the best grooming schedules for different lengths and types of coats. Regular grooming will minimize shedding, protecting your soft furnishings (and clothes) from the onslaught of pet hair usually associated with certain breeds.

As well as keeping their coats in check, you need to regularly trim their nails, especially if you are trying to protect your hardwood flooring from scratches. Most dogs need their nails cut every 1-2 months. Unlike trimming, which is best left to the professionals, you can trim your dog’s nails at home quite easily if you have the right tools and technique.

Dog Cleaning

Cleaning your dog after outside visits is also important. Ideally, you should have a dedicated area in your home where you can wash down any dirt or mud and dry your dog off before letting him back into the house.

When it comes to shampooing and giving them a proper bath, it’s up to you to decide a routine. Regular baths can get rid of some of the dog smell, but you should never bathe a dog more often than once a week unless specified by a vet. If you choose to do it more often than once a month, choose non-soap solutions that are protective of their skin.

Keeping Your Floors Clean

The biggest challenge for most dog owners is keeping their floors clear of pet hair. The best way to deal with this is to invest in a vacuum cleaner that’s designed to pick up pet hair — if it doesn’t advertise this feature, chances are it won’t do the job very well.

Side note: if you use cleaning products on your floor, make sure they are safe for your dog. Most detergents and DIY cleaning solutions are safe, but look closely at the label for warnings against use around animals.

Protecting Your Furniture

Furniture can be a bit trickier, especially if your items are antique, vintage, or painted, as these can be easily damaged. This doesn’t mean you are doomed to storing or giving away your timeless pieces. Instead, you’ll have to take some extra steps to keep your furniture safe and damage-free. Some people opt to ban their dogs from climbing onto furniture entirely, while others like to have them sit with the rest of the family. If you are one of the latter, you will have to either protect the furniture from pet hair or regularly clean it off.

Protective methods are more convenient, but plastic covers and mats are often ugly. You could cover the furniture your dog sits on with a nice blanket or throw, but you will have to wash it regularly to get rid of the fur and the smell. Another option is use a spray repellent, as well as bring in a dog trainer to nip any chewing or furniture hopping in the bud.

If your furniture is something you want to display rather than cover up, the best option is to invest in a dog hair removal tool. These make it easy to simply swipe the hair away at the end of each day, meaning the hair doesn’t accumulate.

Keeping your home gorgeous and your pet happy is really just a case of undertaking proper maintenance. By staying on top of your dog’s grooming schedule and finding the best tools to keep pet hair at bay, you have already won half the battle. All that’s left to do is enjoy the company of your furry friend in the comfort of your lovely, clean home.

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