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.

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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.

Photo via Pxhere.

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Angel Cat

Lots of people refer to their Beast as their little Angel. Or sometimes the opposite. It’s reasons like this that we have The Angel template. The Angel Cat will ever watch over you..as long as you have food.

But beware! Where there is an Angel Cat, there may also be a Devil Cat lurking about..

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Click here to order your own Angel Cat!

Be sure to contact us if you have your own Custom painting idea.

Caring for old pets

Your Golden-Years Guide for Caring for Senior Pets

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Guest post by Nick Burton

Whether you’ve been together for a decade, or you’ve just become new friends, living with a senior pet takes a special heart. But it can also take some special care to keep your aging pet comfortable. Use these tips to ensure your senior pet enjoys life to the fullest.

Help Your Pet Live With Achy Joints

For many senior pets, one of the most pressing health concerns is joint pain. Arthritis is a common issue with senior pets, but there are quite a few effective ways you can help your aging pet find pain relief. One of the most promising new treatments for joint pain and inflammation is CBD. CBD oil can also aid with other pet health problems, such as itchy skin and anxiety, so it could be a big boost for your senior pet’s quality of life. Use this CBD buying guide, which contains details on the top 10 CBD oils available in 2019, to figure out whether this natural remedy is right for your pet’s needs.

Be sure to check in with your vet as well before starting any arthritis therapies or treatments for your pet. Your vet may recommend certain pain medications to help your pet maintain their quality of life, or supplementing your pet’s diet with glucosamine and chondroitin to keep their joints strong. If you want to really pamper your senior pet, you can also try giving them a therapeutic massage. Start with gentle pets around problematic areas, working the pressure up to kneading and rubbing which can help relax stiff joints and muscles.

Learn to Deal With Senior Digestive Issues

Aside from joint pain, many senior pets also tend to experience more frequent stomach issues as they age. The best way to resolve these sensitive-stomach and digestive issues is to look for a food that is better suited to your aging pet’s needs. You can check out sensitive-stomach dog foods that can keep your pet’s tummy feeling well. Many options are also made to help your pup maintain a healthy weight, which can be another common health issue for senior pets who may not be as active as they once were. Some tasty treat options for your senior dog can also keep health issues from bringing them down. Look for softer treats that are more gentle on older teeth and that contain beneficial ingredients to help your pet’s coat, joints, stomach, and bladder.

For many senior pet owners, getting older dogs to eat their food can be a challenge. Once you’ve ruled out any underlying health problems, you can try switching their pet food, or you can even cook for senior dogs. Prepare dishes using healthy meats, veggies, and dog-friendly grains to make sure your senior pet is getting all of the vitamins and nutrition needed to stay healthy, happy, and strong.

Look for Ways to Keep Your Senior Pet Healthy

When you are trying to keep your pet healthy, at any age, you should never overlook the importance of good oral health. Just like people, pets need to have their teeth brushed and cleaned to keep them in proper condition, and just like people, poor pet dental care can lead to more serious problems with their overall health, especially for senior pets.

Another important step you can take to keep your senior pet healthy is to keep them active as they age. Regular physical exercise is important for sustaining a healthy body weight and keeping joints functioning. Senior dogs enjoy outside walks just as much as younger pups do, but you can also look into swimming as a therapeutic form of exercise for arthritic and aging pets. If time is keeping you from keeping your dog active, you may also want to think about using a dog walker to help exercise your senior pet. Look around for a dog walker that is willing to go at your older pet’s pace, and who may be willing to dispense medications needed to keep your senior pup from feeling pain after exercise.

You know your senior pet is special. So give your older pet the care, comfort, and love that will keep them healthy and happy for years to come.

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The Most Splendid Beasts of 2018

We had another amazing year here at Splendid Beast! Our thanks and appreciation go out to everyone who ordered a pet painting from us.

We’ve once again picked out a selection of our favorites from throughout the year. It’s a pretty large selection since we’ve had so many incredible cat and dog (and more!) paintings come through this year!

Please enjoy, and have a happy new year!

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Here’s a selection of some of our favorite framed paintings..

  

We’ve also made some really huge paintings!

6 Essential Tips to Extend Your Pet’s Life

Every pet owner wants their pet to live a healthy and long life, perhaps even as long as theirs. After all, who wouldn’t want to spend many happy years with their beloved pet?

 

Below you’ll find some helpful tips that can potentially help you to enjoy the company of your pet for as long as possible.

 

1. Ensure a high-quality diet

Animal companions who are fed with high-quality pet food have healthy skin, shiny coats, and bright eyes. Moreover, nutritious food boosts your pet’s immune system to help fight off any diseases. As long as your pet eats well-balanced meals in proper proportions, you can ensure that he or she will get all the essential nutrients required for good health.

 

If you feel that your pet’s diet needs an upgrade, talk to your vet to get recommendations that fit your pet’s needs.

 

2. Visit the vet regularly

All pets need regular veterinary care to maintain health and to spot any health concerns early on. Being able to see their animal patients often allows vets to monitor a pet’s health and give appropriate advice to maintain their health and wellbeing.

 

Also, in case something ails your pet, getting an early diagnosis of your pet’s condition can significantly increase the chances of a successful treatment.

 

  • Keep up-to-date on important vaccinations – This is beneficial in warding off diseases like distemper, parvovirus, hepatitis, rabies, and many others. Also, make sure your pet is taking preventative medicine to ward off ticks, fleas, and worms.
  • Spay or neuter – Early spaying or neutering will set your pet up for a lifetime of great health. Spaying or neutering doesn’t only prevent unplanned litters but also eliminates the risks of cancer and common ailments such as urinary tract infection. It’s a cost-effective method to avoid serious health problems in the future.

 

3. Keep your pet in shape

In addition to giving your beloved animal companion a high-quality diet, regular exercise is also crucial to your pet’s fitness and lifelong health. On a daily basis, set aside time to help your pet get moving. You can go on a brisk walk around your neighborhood or jog around the backyard.

 

You can also give your pet a fun toy he or she can play with for hours on end — something to keep him or her preoccupied and active.

 

The aim of regular exercise is to let your pet burn off excess calories to maintain a healthy weight. Just like people, pets that are overweight are at a higher risk for many health conditions. In fact, obesity can shorten a pet’s lifespan because it puts the animal at risk for heart disease, joint disorders and diabetes.

 

4. Stimulate your pet’s mind

Like humans, animals flourish with mental stimulation. A bored pet can become anxious, depressed, and even ill. Extend your furry friend’s life by keeping his or her mind active with socialization, training, games, and one-on-one attention.

 

It’s not too late to teach your adult pet some new tricks. If you have a dog, you can sign him or her up for obedience lessons, or let him or her try an agility sport. Your pet will thrive with the added stimulation and, at the same time, your bond will improve as you learn things together.

 

5. Maintain a clean mouth

Dental disease is a common problem among dogs and cats. It causes pain and makes it difficult for them to eat. If you leave it untreated, this oral health issue may lead to kidney and heart disease. The most effective way to care for your pet’s mouth besides regular dental checkups is to brush his or her teeth at home.

 

Not all pets are huge fans of toothbrushes, though. You can make use of other alternatives such as dental treats, diets, and toys. Ask your vet about oral hygiene recommendations for your type of pet.

 

6. Supervise your pet

Never allow your pet to roam around unsupervised.

 

You may think you’re doing your furry friend a favor by letting him run free, but you’re actually making him or her susceptible to many dangers. This may also make your neighbors angry if your pet digs up their flower garden or poops in their lawn.

 

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Enjoy the time you have with your pet

The sad fact remains that most people will outlive their pets. But with love, conscientious care, and regular vet attention – you may be able to give your pet some extra years, and more happy times for you as well.

 

If you’re looking for a way to memorialize your pet, you might consider commissioning a pet portrait.

 

When things get busy at home, you might choose a good professional cleaning company to help you with the chores. This way, you can have more time to spend with your beloved pet and the people you love. Having a clean home will also help protect your family and your pet from microbes that thrive in less hygienic surroundings.

 

Be sure to savor every minute, and make the most of the time you have with your animal companion.

 

AUTHOR BIO

Farah Al-Khojai is the Managing Partner of Pet’s Delight. A passionate entrepreneur, Farah holds a Bsc in Government from the London School of Economics. She is always on the lookout for new opportunities to develop and grow the pet and equestrian retail and wholesale market in the UAE and beyond, and is proud to be at the helm of the first and the largest pet care provider in the market representing world-class brands including Orijen, Applaws, Hunter, Savic, Flamingo, Ruffwear and Rogz.

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Splendid Owners and their Splendid Beasts

We absolutely love to receive pictures of our Splendid customers with their Splendid Beast(s) next to their Splendid Beast paintings! Here are a few of our favorites that recent customers shared with us!

Special thanks to Max for sharing our featured photo with us and enduring an especially long design phase! It’s no small feat fitting that many Victorian kitties playing poker together at the same table!

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Geoffrey the Airedale is looking nice and dapper in his Professor suit and monocle. Our thanks go out to Beth!

huge dog painting

A fine huge custom painting example of life imitating art..or is it art imitating life? Dog for scale. Yes, we really do paintings this big..and bigger!

 

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Of course, we cannot forget our Splendid patriots, taking after General Washington.

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Sailor here definitely makes a convincing Pirate! Just be glad he’s only after your catnip.

Have you bought or received a Splendid Beast painting before? Send us pictures of yourself and your Beast with it!

You could be featured here in our blog or perhaps in a super secret future section of the website..

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Space Cats!

What kind of paintings are always worth their own post? Space cats, of course! What better way to celebrate your feline friend than have a painting of them in outer space?

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We have two newly commissioned space cat paintings that we couldn’t help but share. Plus, a previous space cat star came by to say hello!

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Want to commission your own space cat? Come check out our template paintings or contact us for a completely original custom painting!

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