Welcome to little BIG Pet Portraits! This is a blog that tries to help shelter animals and rescue dogs in need of loving homes.
Matt Tames, creator and artist of little BIG Pet Portraits, does paintings and pet portraits of these adoptable pets showing
them in their best light, which hopefully will inspire some people to open their hearts and homes to these animals in need.

Pet of the Week: Faye


Faye was next in line for our Pet of the Week, but she got an early Christmas present; her foster family has decided to adopt her.

This is a happy ending for Faye, who'd had a pretty rough life before coming into foster care. She was found last summer, dumped off on the side of the road after just having a litter of puppies. Many pit bulls end up in shelters through no fault of their own, and unfortunately because of breed stereotypes, their chances of adoption can be pretty grim.

Luckily for her, she was taken in by Second Chance Animal Shelter in East Brookfield, Mass, and right away demonstrated that she was very smart and eager to learn. In less than 24 hours, she learned to ring a bell when she needed to go out.


She's been staying in a wonderful foster home for a little over a year now and has been adjusting well to family life. She has a great life now; she loves to swim in the summer and go for rides on the boat. After 14 months with this sweet girl, her foster family decided they just couldn't give her up, so they are keeping her. The search is over for Faye's forever home. She couldn't be happier, and her adoptive parents are delighted to have her join them as a permanent member of their family.



Newfie Christmas Tree Pull 2011

This past weekend we went to the annual Newfie Christmas tree pull at Smolak Farms in North Andover, Massachusetts. We gave out over 100 postcards of the Newfie tree pull painting to dog owners and families who were there buying their Christmas trees.

There were probably about 40 Newfies there, including several who were working and pulling trees for donations to Newfie rescue. There were a handful of 5 and 6 month old puppies, too, which are always fun to see. A lot of the bigger Newfies were looking festive wearing scarves, Santa hats, jingle bell collars, and even tree skirts! It was a lot of fun, and we can't wait to get our own big, black bear!


It was this Newf's first year doing the Christmas tree pull, and he did great.

Roxie & Sampson were giving out candy canes in their cart. 
Roxie's getting over leg surgery so she couldn't pull trees this year.

Smokey arriving, ready to work. Smokey's owner told us 
he is one of only 2 grey Newfies in New England!

Last Chance Custom Pet Portraits for Christmas!

A custom pet portrait makes a great holiday gift for a close friend or loved one. We have many options available, ranging from digital illustrations to original oil paintings.

Oil paintings take a couple weeks because of additional drying time, but there's still time before Christmas if you order now! 

If you need a last minute gift for the holidays, you can also buy a gift certificate. We will print a beautiful certificate for your to present as a gift, then your recipient can contact us when they're ready to have their custom pet portrait painted.

Cyber Monday Sale


Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and got some good stuff on Black Friday. In honor of Cyber Monday, little BIG Pet Portraits is having a sale! Free shipping on anything in our shop with coupon code CYBER11 at checkout.

Custom Portrait of DiNosso


This was a commissioned pet portrait for a family in Wisconsin. Their dog, DiNosso, is a goofy little guy who enjoys passing the time playing fetch with his favorite toy (a rubber duck), chasing birds, and romping in the snow. But his favorite thing is going for a ride with his owner in the kayak.

This portrait was particularly fun in that I got the opportunity to paint DiNosso doing something he really loves that is a special activity for him and his owner. His fun spirit reminds me of our Maltese, Zoey, who enjoys boogie boarding and the occasional swim.

Christmas is right around the corner, and a custom pet portrait like this one of DiNosso is a really thoughtful, special gift for a friend or family member who has a beloved pet.  Check out our new custom portrait section of our shop to see prices and options that are available to you.

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Fall Greeting Cards Available

We've added a couple new greeting cards to our shop for Fall. Great for Halloween or Thanksgiving cards, but they are blank inside so you can write your own message.



Dog Fancy Article

Dog Fancy magazine did a feature on little BIG Pet Portraits in their October issue! Click on the article below to enlarge.