Paint your pet at Furry Fanatics

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Tonia Shatzel works on her creation.

Deborah Wheeler | The Sun
Published: Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 10:36 AM.

Once a month, the lights at Furry Fanatics at Gulf Place burn later than the usual 5 p.m. closing time.

People begin arriving by 6 p.m. with a picture in hand. The picture is of their favorite pet, whether cat, dog, or bird, and dead or alive.

By 9 p.m., all of these non artists will have painted a completed-with-their-own-hand portrait of their beloved pet to take home.

Furry Fanatics pet store owner Julie Brown said she attended a similar class two years ago at Doggie Day Care to paint her own pet and had so much fun that she knew she wanted to host a similar class at Furry Fanatics.

She approached artist Maxine Orange Bern about teaching, and she happily agreed.

"The pet might be one that has been a part of the family for a long time, a new puppy, or one that has passed on, and doing it evokes a lot of emotions. But it is a lot of fun," said Brown.

Participants only need to come with their favorite picture of their pet, and the rest is supplied.

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