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On-line exhibition showcases original art

A new online exhibition curated by this month showcases an exciting selection of original work selected in response to public demand for unique contemporary artwork for the dog lover.

We have a special bond with man’s best friend, and this bond has inspired many an artist over the years. Samuel Johnson spoke for many when he said that, "I would rather see the portrait of a dog that I know, than all the allegorical paintings they can show me in the world."

Our affection for our dogs is mostly a reciprocal reaction to the unconditional affection that they show to us. They demonstrate many of the qualities that we admire in humans - courage, loyalty, and a zest for life - only in dogs these qualities are genuine and not complicated by emotions or politics.

Our dogs will listen sympathetically for hours as we talk about our troubles, without ever feeling the need to answer back. When we shout at them to release our frustrations they will only work even harder to make us feel needed. We feel comforted by the protection afforded by them, apart from Labrador owners who will bear witness that they only bark at strangers through the excitement of meeting someone new.

Perhaps spare a thought for Vicky Furse’s huskies when you are next bemoaning your lot - ‘Life is like a dog sled team. If you ain’t the lead dog, the scenery never changes.’ (Lewis Grizzard).