Would You Let Your Dog Go on HOLIDAY - without you? Feedback welcome


Beaches, long walks, country pubs and happily tired dogs. I wonder if dog owners might let their dogs come on holiday WITHOUT them?   With us, on doggy orientated weekends away?

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8 Things I learned during 'The Dog Garden Dog Sitting' Trial Week

This week I completed what’s called a ‘soft launch’ that is I began my dog-sitting service in my studio, The Dog Garden.  I borrowed two dogs along with Barney my own, and herewith the key things I learned along the way.

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How do I ACTUALLY Paint my Dog Portraits? Part Two of Tools & Techniques I employ to make your painting.

I begin to paint.  In my last post, we talked about the tools and techniques I employ to get the drawing of your dog onto my painting surface. (you can find it here).  In this second post, I’ll be writing about the actual painting of the canvas.

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ipaintdogs Newsletter, March 2019.

Are you on my mailing list? I hope so, in which case you will have received this today. I NEVER over-use my list and NEVER-EVER bring you tat! All letters are full of information, new offerings and oodles of dog-related news. Couple that with being the first to know about new offerings, sales and more - You can join up below and enjoy first dibs on everything!

Sam x

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A Winter Walk with Suffolk Dog Day - wet and wonderful!

Do you struggle to find your dog-walking mojo when it’s cold, wet and windy as it was today? Today Carl, Barney and I found the PERFECT solution - wrap up and join The Suffolk Dog Day team for their Winter Fundraising Walk at Helmingham Hall.

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Sometimes new ideas spring from nowhere - Welcome to my 'Dog Ditties' (2/3 min read)

Last week I took my dog for a walk which culminated in George (another beautiful Cocker Spaniel) taking a bath in the muddiest puddle possible before having a good old shake in my car, all over clean 12 shirts waiting to be ironed.  My bad completely for leaving them in the car, but his good for giving me a idea.

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What Breed of Woofer is Britains Number 1 Choice for 2019? Read this..

Britains Top 100 Dogs for 2019.  ipaintdogs.com

Yesterday I gave myself a lovely 150 minutes on the sofa, notebook in one hand & bottomless cup of tea in the other.  

Just Barney & I watched Britain’s Top 100 Dogs. Sheer bliss.

Ben Fogle & Sarah Cox ran through our nation’s best furry friends.  There were some surprises - who knew that our VERY favourite woofer is the one that is the hardest to rehome?  Read on dear hearts, read on…

If you are considering gaining a new member of your family, do make sure to do your research first.


100 Otterhound

99 Afghan Hound

98 Australian Shepherd

97 Leonberger

96 Normon Sproodle

95 Chinese Crested

94 Irish Wolfhound

93 Sussex Spaniel

92 Borzoi

91 Hunagrian Visla

90 Boston Terrier

89 Schipperke

88 Chow Chow

87 Cairn Terrier

86 Bull Mastiff

85 Wire Fox Terrier

84 Samoyed

83 Welsh Springer Spaniel

82 Gordon Setter

81 Airedale Terrier

80 Pomeranian

79 Maltese

78 Japanese Akita

77 Scottish Terrier

76 Bernese Mountain Dogs

75 Norfolk Terrier

74 St Bernard

73 Saluki

72 Parsons Terrier

71 Alaskan Malamute

70 Irish Setter

69 Puggle

68 Sealyham Terrier

67 Bearded Collie

66 English Pointer

65 Rough Collie

64 Bichon Frise

63 Lhasa Apso

62 Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

61 Bloodhound

60 Basset Hound

59 British Bulldog

58 Irish Terrier

57 Siberian Husky

56 Olde English Bulldogge

55 Newfoundland

54 Yorkshire Terrier

53 Welsh Cardigan Corgi

52 Bedlington Terrier

51 Chihuahua

50 Hungarian Visla

49 Old English Sheepdog

48 Rhodesian Ridgeback

47 Pug

46 Manchester Terrier

45 Poodle

44 Schnauzer

43 German Short-haired Pointer

42 French Bulldog

41 Shitzu

40 Greyhound

39 Whippet

38 Rottweiler

37 Lurcher

36 Shetland Sheepdog

35 West Highland Terrier

34 Irish Water Spaniel

33 Tibetan Terrier

32 English Bull Terrier

31 Beagle

30 English Setter

29 Great Dane

28 Welsh Pembroke Corgi

27 Border Terrier

26 Springador

25 Dalmatian

24 Lakeland Terrier

23 Sprollie

22 Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

21 Cavapoo

20 Jack Russell

19 Doberman Pinscher

18 Dachshund

17 Weimaraner

16 Welsh Terrier

15 Cavachon

14 Dandie Dinmont Matt Terrier

13 Labradoodle

12 Miniature Schnauzer

11 Flat Coated Retriever

Britain’s TOP TEN DOGS 2019

10 Mixed Breeds

9 Golden Retriever

8 German Shepherd

7 Border Collie

6 Boxer

5 Cocker Spaniel

4 Springer Spaniel



1 STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIER!!!  (Well done the Staffie!)

Hooray for the Staffie!  This dog has suffered so much labelling in the past, most of which is unfair and biast.  

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier suffers for its negative press, sadly their stay in the rehoming centres up and down the country are the longest.

Hopefully it new status as Britain’s Top Dog, as chosen by over 10,000 participants will see them out of the centres and into loving homes faster.

Think rehoming dear hearts, please.


Samantha Barnes is ipaintdogs.com

About Samantha

Sam is a practicing artist of 25yrs with a deep love of dogs.  Her drawings, paintings and prints are exhibited in galleries throughout the country.  In 2017 she painted her dog Barney and clients began to ask for bespoke portraits of their own best friends.  Since then, Sam has successfully painted over 60 personalised commissions and sends her dog paintings all over the world.  

She has a stand-alone testimonial page on Trustpilot and is proud to support canine charities too.

To talk about having your own dog painted or to give as a gift, email Sam on info@samanthabarnes.co.uk today.

Thanks to hannah-lim-708852-unsplash for the dog photograph

Finding Your New Best Thing, Here's Mine.

When working at Latitude Festival a couple of weeks ago, I found a stall called ‘Simon Says Fork Out’.  His is a business that hits all my buttons, creative upcycling, making something beautiful from things discarded, in this case Silver Cutlery.  Occasionally, I happen upon something that stops me in my tracks, when was the last time this happened for you?  I’d love to know.

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