Win a personal dog portrait with the Kennel Club Art Gallery

Would you like your dog to be immortalised with a portrait, whilst simultaneously helping children to read?

At Crufts this March, the Kennel Club Art Gallery will be hosting a raffle to win a personal portrait of the lucky winner’s dog by established artist Christine Varley, with the money raised from the raffle going to the Bark and Read Foundation.

Helping children improve their reading skills by using dogs as non-judgemental reading companions, the Bark and Read Foundation is supported by the Kennel Club Charitable Trust. The foundation works with two charities that take dogs into schools in the UK: Reading Education Assistance Dogs (READ) and Pets As Therapy, through their Read 2 Dogs programme. The latter is active in more than 40 schools across the country but the Kennel Club wants to see even more children benefiting.

The lucky winner will receive the unique prize of having talented watercolour artist Christine Varley paint a personal picture of their dog. Christine is celebrating her 25th year of painting portraits of dogs, horses, cats and other animals at Crufts this year.  Working from her Derbyshire home, where she paints in her garden studio, surrounded by her dogs and other pets. Christine works from photographs using watercolour paints, creating individual and beautifully detailed portraits capturing the character of the subject.

On display at the Kennel Club Art Gallery stand is a portrait by Christine of last year’s Reserve Best in Show winning Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, Soletrader Peek a Boo. If you would like to see more work by Christine, she will be exhibiting at Crufts on Stand 47 in Hall 3, where she will also be giving demonstrations of her painting skills throughout the show.

Visitors to the Kennel Club Art Gallery stand during Crufts will be able to enter the raffle for a donation of just £1 and the ticket will be drawn on Sunday 11th March at 4pm.

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3rd February 2012
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The Kennel Club is the largest organisation in the UK devoted to dog health, welfare and training. Its objective is to ensure that dogs live healthy, happy lives with responsible owners.

It runs the country’s largest registration database for both pedigree and crossbreed dogs and the Petlog database, which is the UK’s largest reunification service for microchipped animals. The Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme is the only scheme in the UK that monitors and sets standards for breeders, in order to protect the welfare of puppies and breeding bitches. It also runs the UK’s largest dog training programme, the Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme and licenses shows and clubs across a wide range of activities, which help dog owners to bond and enjoy life with their dogs. The Kennel Club runs the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts, and the Discover Dogs event at Earls Court, London, which is a fun family day out that educates people about how to buy responsibly and care for their dog.

The Kennel Club invests in welfare campaigns and the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, which supports dog welfare charities and research into dog diseases and also into dog training and education programmes. The Kennel Club jointly runs health screening schemes with the British Veterinary Association and through the Charitable Trust, funds the Kennel Club Genetics Centre at the Animal Health Trust, which is at the forefront of pioneering research into dog health.

For more information about Christine Varley visit: www.pet-portraits.co.uk