The Arizona Republic
CAVE CREEK – Tell a tale of your dog’s tail, and maybe you’ll both win a prize.
In her “Dog Days of August” contest, artist Linda Budge is searching for the story of the Northeast Valley’s most precious pooch, one deserving of a professional oil painting valued at nearly $2,000.
Budge will accept applications through Aug. 31. Already, the decision is dogging her.
“Oh it’s really tough,” said Budge. “Someone brings in a story and I think, ‘Oh, that’s it!’ ”
So far, Budge has been touched by:
Two people in wheelchairs and their therapy dogs.
A little boy and his best friend, a scruffy old mutt.
A woman who found a dog on the street, which has since become her closest companion. “It’s a tiny little bitty thing of fluff,” Budge added.
Where to apply
Budge is accepting applications for the contest at Linda Budge Studio, 38252 N. Jacqueline Drive, Cave Creek.
Applicants must submit a 4- by 5-inch color photo of their dog, along with a 300 word essay describing their dog’s personality and why the dog deserves a portrait.
Applications and photos must be hand delivered to the studio 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. The $10 entry fee should be made payable to their favorite animal charity. Cash fees will be donated to the Arizona Humane Society.
Entry forms can be downloaded at www.LindaBudge.com.
“Dogs are unique creatures who truly have a way of winning our hearts,” said Budge, a poodle owner.
The winner will receive a 12- by 16-inch original oil, custom framed along with a packet of 50 greeting cards featuring the painted image of his or her dog.
Budge will contact the winner by Sept. 10.
“I have loved doing this benefit. People go bonkers over their pets,” Budge said. “It’s just been a great idea. I wish I could do a portrait of every dog.”