Springer Spaniel “Dog Tag” Print
This print combines hand drawn lettering with illustration. Each one is hand-printed on my press in a rich burnt toffee ink, then individually signed.
Image Size: 190 x 240 mm (including signature)
Paper Size: 315 x 315 mm (approx)
Unframed print: £40 (+P&P worldwide shipping)
Framed prints: £80 (+P&P, UK addresses only)
Personalize Your Print
You can personalise your Dog Tag print with a short dedication (up to 10 words).
This is written by hand, in pencil, below the dog tag image and above the signature (like the example in the picture for Benson the Labrador).
Choose this option and enter your own words at the checkout, if required.
About Springer Spaniels
When I talk to Springer Spaniel owners about their dogs, the most frequent word that they use to describe them is ‘mad’! The next thing they talk about is how they just love to be with you, whatever you are doing and wherever you are going. The phrase ‘Velcro Dog’ (as in ‘sticks to you like Velcro’) also cropped up quite frequently.
Completely devoted to their owners, it isn’t hard to imagine how the phrase to “follow one around like a spaniel” came into being.
Like the Cockers favoured by the Kennedys and Nixon, Springers are also the choice of American Presidents - this time the Bush family.
The spaniel is widely assumed to have originated in Spain, with the word “spaniel” thought to be derived from the old French word “Espaignol” meaning “Spanish”. It may have been the Romans who were responsible for bringing these ‘Dogs of Spain’ to other parts of Europe.
However another theory suggests that the name “spaniel” may come from the French verb “espanir” meaning “to crouch or flatten” (which describes a style of hunting involving crouching and springing).
They are extraordinary sniffer dogs and have been credited with saving countless lives in service due to their ability to detect bombs, explosives and weapons. They can also sniff out drugs, contraband mobile phones in prisons, bumble bee nests or illegal immigrants!
I make custom vintage style frames for my prints. Whenever possible I use reclaimed wood and each frame has its own pattern of knots, dinks, scratches, nail holes, wonky edges and aged patina.
Currently frames are available in reclaimed pine, hand-painted in Old White with a chalky matt finish. Frames are approximately 38 cms (15”) square and are fitted with crystal clear acrylic ‘glass’. They come ready to hang.
These prints also fit very nicely into standard frames, such as the Ikea Ribba 52x52 cm square frame, using the included matt/mount of 29x29 cms.