'Grampus' Newfoundland Puppy Card
Size: 150mm x 150mm
Original Painting Medium: Graphite Pencil
This portrait of 'Grampus' is one of my earliest sketches and was drawn a few years before I became a full-time Pet Portrait Artist.
Newfoundland dogs are renowned for their outstanding temperament. They are gentle, patient, faithful companions and make great family pets. Newfies are very outgoing and live life to the full and will get on well with both people and other animals. They are said to be one of the friendliest breeds and generally the Newfoundland has a superb temperament.
When I was younger I hoped that one day I would also have such a companion and during the early 1980's contacted various rescue groups. After many months I finally received the news that I had been waiting for and Orca, a Newfoundland girl, became a very special and well loved member of our family. Orca was a beautiful dog with a gentle and understanding nature. She was a super companion and my bestest buddy. I feel extremely lucky as we had fifteen very happy years together.
Unbeknownst to me Orca was pregnant when I collected her and Grampus was one of a litter of eight puppies. Grampus lived a happy and healthy life, in the New Forest, with a family who were also our friends.
Newfoundland dogs love water and are instinctive water-rescue dogs. They are excellent swimmers and many owe their lives to this breed. In 1919, a gold medal was awarded to a Newfoundland that pulled to safety a lifeboat with twenty shipwrecked people on board. As they have a natural life-saving instinct, many heroic stories and poems have been written about this lovely breed.