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Amazing Animals in Clothes Portraits

We paint a lot of animals in clothes portraits for people. Unsurprisingly, most of these are dogs but we do paint the occasional cat, horse and even pigeon in uniform!  Dog Artists was asked to paint 7 animals in clothes portraits for an ad campaign for Go Compare Pet Insurance. All these animals were so heroic and received the Dickin Medal for bravery.

1.  Rip the Brave Blitz Dog
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Rip, a mixed Terrier during the Blitz would help the air raid warden and his team sniff out people who were trapped under the debris.He saved the lives of over 100 people!  What an amazing dog! His medal sold at auction for £24,250 in 2009. He is buried at the Ilford animal cemetery in Essex.

Next, take a look at Gander below a very heroric Newfoundland dog 

2. Gander the Dog

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In 1941, Gander, a Newfoundland dog flew over with Canadian army regiment, the Royal Rifles of Canada and fought in Hong Kong fighting the enemy in that battle of Lye Mun on Hong Kong Island. Heroically, to save the lives of others Gander picked up a Japanese hand grenade that had been thrown towards Canadian troops and ran towards the enemy with it in his mouth. Gander tragically died in the explosion, but his immense act of bravery would have saved the lives of nearby soldiers.

He was awarded the Dickin medal for bravery in 2000 and has a statue of him in his honour at Gander Heritage Memorial park.

3. Simon the Cat

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This is a fab animal in clothes portrait. Simon was a well-loved cat on the HMS Amethyst, he kept the lower decks free of mice and other rodents.  The ship was involved in the Yangtze incident in Nanjing, and came under attack of Chinese communists. The captain, a Lieutenant Commander Skinner was shot and killed. Simon the cat received medical attention and managed to survive the whole ordeal. Unfortunately, on the way home, Simon had to be put into quarantine and contracted a virus, which eventually killed him. He too received the Dickin medal for bravery.

4. Warrior the War Horse

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As you know we really concentrate on painting dogs but for this project we painted our first ever horse in uniform! Warrior was known as the horse that the Germans couldn’t kill because he survived machine gun attacks, falling shells at the Battle of the Somme he survived battles at Ypres. He got stuck under burning beams at his stable twice and survived! Warrior returned home – the Isle of Wight in 1918 at the end of the war. He lived to be 32 and was awarded the Dickin medal for bravery in 2014.

if you’re still looking to see different animals in clothes portraits you’re in luck as the next one is a pigeon!

5. Winkie the RAF Carrier Pigeon

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Winkie was a carrier pigeon who was travelling with her crew on board the RAF Beaufort Bomber during World War II.  The plane was hit and went down into the North Sea. The crew released Winkie in the hope she would get help.  She flew all the way home to Scotland, a whoping 120 miles away and alerted her owner, who then alerted the RAF and a rescue mission was immediately launched. Because of Winkie They managed to find the whole crew! Winkie was awarded the Dickin medal in 1943.


Buster the RAF Dog

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Buster served with the RAF and was an Arms and and explosives search dog, his ability to detect and sniff out bombs and other detonating devices, saved many lives in Afgansthan, Iraq and Bosnia. In fact he served over 5 tours, which is thought to be the most a service dog has ever completed.  Buster retired in 2011 and was made the official RAF police mascot. He is credited with saving over 1000 lives.

Onto our next 2 animals in clothes portraits….

Appollo, a German Shepherd Search and Rescue dog

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When the Twin Towers collapsed, Appollo was drafted in to help with 9/11 rescue operations, he was the first search and rescue dog on the scene. He worked for the K-9 unit of the New York Police Department and laboured under intense conditions 18 hours a day to search for injured victims.  This beautiful German Shepherd had to be washed daily to get rid of any harmful substances on his body and at the same time he lifted the spirits of other helpers who watched him tirelessly search for victims.  This amazing brave dog was awarded the Dickin medal for bravery in 2002.

Amazing Animals in Clothes Portraits

When I read these stories, I couldn’t believe how brave and amazing these animals were, the bravery they showed and the lives they have saved is heroic and at the times brings a tear to your eye. I think these animals put many a human to shame. I admit, I nearly cried reading about poor Gander.

Do you have a favourite painting? I’d love to know!

Do you have a question about our animals in uniform? Please leave a comment below or email: and we’ll get back to you!

Our animals in clothes portraits are so popular and if  you too would love to commission one of your dogs or animals in uniform simply email: a photo of your pets with an idea of size and we’ll get back to you with a quote and some ideas. If you have seen a particular style of painting that you love from the portfolio please let us know and we’ll get the same dog artist to paint your pet’s portrait.

Anna x

About DogArtists

Dog Artists was founded in 2007 and is run by 8 pet artists specialising solely in dogs. Based in London UK, we deliver world-wide and paint beautiful dog portraits based on your photos.

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