Artist Lucy Maloney has a unique business – Designer Dog Miniatures. Lucy produces one-of-a-kind miniatures by commission using quality materials including alpaca, cashmere, silk and leather.
Scale reproductions of your precious pooch are created from photographs that you submit. Some examples of Lucy’s work include:
Bichon Frise miniature
Sealyham Terrier miniature
What really impresses me is how lifelike and realistic these miniatures are. Lucy is obviously very skilled at what she does, using natural materials to sculpt her miniatures.
Lucy also makes play-sized miniatures for dollhouses. For example, here’s a Barbie with a doll-sized Papillon:
Lucy’s commissions start from about US$200 – but remember that you are buying an individual, handmade replica and not a mass-produced or amateur reproduction.
Miniatures don’t take up a lot of space in your home and are a wonderful option as a memorial to your dogs that have passed.
Good work, Lucy!
That’s the motto of Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort in Santa Barbara, California. This resort doesn’t place a limit on the size of dog that can stay – so your Newfoundland, Great Dane, and St Bernard are welcome (along with your Chihuahua and Papillon)!
A pet-friendly room is an additional $25 per night. Toys and treats are available at the resort gift shop and there is doggy room service to order your dog’s meal and treats (2 pigs ears will set you back $7.00)
The concierge can supply you with details of local pet-friendly attractions and establishments, veterinarians and pet sitters.
Best of all in two of the resort’s restaurants they have established “Pet Posts” where you can tether your dog in the patio area adjacent to your dining table. (this is the best the resort can do because of Santa Barbara laws that prohibit pets in the dining area).
So, if you are planning a trip to California – Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort should be on your itinerary (please send photos)