Chix-A-Lot Friday: A Contest and a Giveaway!!

Gosh you guys, for the past few weeks Doodlebug and I have been SO EXCITED we could just squeal. And the pressure of keeping our BIG EXCITING SECRET under wraps has been so intense that we’ve been huddled up squeezing each other’s paws to keep it together. Just look how determined we have been!!

But today’s the day. We have a double — no — a triple — no — a quadruple — no a FIVE-DUPPLE whammy for you.

I already thought that Chix-A-Lot Fridays are just about the funnest thing on the planet, but a Chix-A-Lot Friday with a fun contest, a few big reveals, and an amazing give-away?? This one really takes the cake!

The first big surprise is this: our Doodlebug’s custom portrait by our very talented friend Kim at Yellow Brick Home has arrived! Just look at the Dude in all his beautiful glory:

Isn’t he just almost as perfect as me?

To be totally for reals with you, friends, it’s hard to describe how cool these little paintings are. The photos don’t do them justice at all. Kim paints them with these tiny little paint brushes the size of one of my whiskers, and you can tell how much love, talent, and perfectionism goes into each one. There is so much detail. There must be 4 million different shades in Doodlebug’s beautiful red furs!

Ok, now for our second surprise. Kim’s gorgeous custom pet paintings business has just gone under a giant makeover — both in real life and online! We have loved tracking the progress of the beautiful little hand-crafted room where she creates these beautiful 4″ and 6″ square works of art.

And in conjunction with the new online shop, Kim is launching a new painting size — a glorious 8-inch piece. We have chosen six-inch paintings for both me and the Dude and four-inch pieces for each of our fosters (still in progress), but boy oh boy are we drooling over this new giant option. Mama is thinking of adopting more animals just so she can justify buying one for herself. Oh no!

On to surprise number three. To celebrate the new shop and our completed portraits, Kim is sponsoring a give-away of a custom pet painting in the new 8×8 size, only on our blog!! That’s right, all of your lovely folks are eligible for a FREE Pet Shop painting of your own. Pretty amazing, right? I mean, just look at this painting of handsome, handsome me. You could have one like this of your own favorite pet. He will never be as handsome as me, but he will be bigger in an 8×8 size!

Curious how you can win?

Just leave a comment on this blog post with your guess at the answer to surprise number four: Doodlebug’s DNA Test results! The Dude has had his Wisdom Panel DNA Test done, and the results are in. What kinds of dogs do you think he’s made of? The person who comes closest to guessing Doodlebug’s genetic composition from the breeds tested on the Wisdom Panel Insights test will win the painting. If there is a tie for closest, we will do a lottery among those clever folks. Submit your guess by Monday at 8pm Central. We’ll be announcing the winner — and Doodlebug’s breed composition — on Tuesday!

Jeepers, I’m just about exhausted from revealing just the first four surprises of our Five-dupple Whammy, but I’ve taken a short nap and now I’m ready to tell you the exciting fifth whammy: an exclusive, just-for-our-readers discount code! Yep, you’ve got it — Kim has generously created a special discount code, which will give the first 20 people who use it a 15 percent discount on anything in the Yellow Brick Home Pet Shop. That means all custom paintings — 4×4, 6×6, and the new 8×8 — as well as original paintings and gift certificates — are 15 percent off! Naturally, our special code is CHICKERDOODLE. And remember — it’s only good for the first 20 people to buy, so scurry along and make your purchase!

Ok, so a quick recap of how to take advantage of my every exciting Chix-A-Lot news:

1. Leave a comment on this post with your guess on Doodlebug’s DNA. You must do this by 8pm Central on Monday! Whoever guesses the closest to his real test results wins the 8×8 custom pet painting.

2. Visit Kim’s Pet Shop and drool, drool, drool over it’s magnificent glory.

3. Pick the item(s) you can’t live without, and enter code CHICKERDOODLE at checkout for a 15% discount on anything you wish to buy. But hurry — this is only available to the first 20 people who use the code.

Happy Friday, everyone!

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122 responses

  1. My best guess is American Bulldog, American Staffordshire Terrier and maybe a little Boxer. I really hope I’m right, I’d love to win one of these paintings. It’s beautiful artwork, I’m going to have to get one made for both Boomer and Dottie.

  2. I’m thinking American Staffordshire Terrier, a little Boxer and maybe some Bulldog – American or English. The paintings are gorgeous – and I love the picture of Chick and Dude holding paws, so precious!

  3. American Staffordshire Terrier, Stafforshire Bull Terrier, and Dachshund. :-)

    The pic of Chickerdoole holding hands is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen…

  4. Oh I’ve been admiring these portraits ever since I saw them on Two Pitties in the City…just gorgeous! How exciting that you know all the breeds that make up beautiful Doodlebug. We have been toying with the idea of using Wisdom Panel to find out Piper’s breeds.

    So my Piper has a similar look to Doodle, except Doodle has more white on his face. I’m going to guess what folks tell us all the time about Piper.

    (With fingers crossed for good luck) I’m guessing American Staffordshire Terrier, & Labrador Retriever. I’m sure there is something else but really couldn’t even begin to guess. :)

  5. Yippee! I just used the code! Thanks! I think Dude is a mix of love, adventure and gratitude! Maybe those aren’t real options, but I’m pretty sure they’re woven into his DNA!!

  6. With that cute little petite forehead, just like my pup….Im thinking doodlebug is some american pitbull terrier..but those ears must be sourced from some speckles of american bulldog…and there is another breed I see in him..but I cant remember the name – lol…either way he is allllll cuteness! which goes great with Sir Chick’s dashing handsomeness ;-)

  7. American Pit Bull Terrier, Boston (Look at those ears! I have one at home with the same crazy ears and we SWEAR he’s part Boston… or rabbit!), Boxer, and Lab. Whatever it the Dude is, he’s gorgeous!!! But I don’t think “handsome devil” exists in DNA form yet… :)

  8. Chick and Dude, you are two awesome secret keepers! What a big surprise you’ve been keeping! Chick, I’m going to guess you have some American Bulldog, Lab, Boxer, and American Staffordshire Terrier in that handsome face of yours! I totally love Jess Russell’s response too :)

    Thanks for the code! Maybe we will have the pleasure of running into you guys in person one day. We are just an hour away from Austin and pop into town all the time with our two pups.

    • Chick, I haven’t had my coffee yet. You know I meant I was guess the Dude’s DNA…Whew. It’s going to be a long Friday!!

  9. I just re-read the Doodlebug saga from the beginning to look at all the pictures of him. I was definitely one of the folks cheering for team foster-fail at the time. I love seeing the progression from “we love him, but we can’t keep him” to “Chick loves him” to “he’s ours!”

    We’ve been waiting until Badger and Mushroom get a little older and more set in their looks before getting a painting from YBH, but I just can’t pass up this opportunity. Plus, I love guessing dog breeds! I’m still trying to convince Llamaentity that it’s worth buying the tests for Badger and Mushroom just for the fun of it.

    I think the Dude is mostly Pointer, with some American Staffordshire Terrier and Whippet thrown in.

  10. What a lovely Friday surprise, Chickerdoodle! Just placed my order at the new (awesome!) Petshop. I absolutely LOVE that Kim is doing prints now so I can cover my office walls with little creatures. I can’t even imagine what the Dude must be..maybe lab, APBT, JRT, with a splash of boston? 110% darling and squishy and oh so lucky. R

  11. Amazing pic of the boys keeping thier secrets! Those paintings are to die for…definately want one of my lab baby!
    I’m guess Doodlebug is American Bulldog, Lab, Boxer??!

  12. This is so hard! I have so many guesses but trying to pick the right one. I think my final guess will be American Staffordshire Terrier, Pointer, and maybe Foxhound. I’m so bad about guessing these things.

    Either way can’t wait to hear the Dude’s results!

  13. Okay im going to guess that he is either this combo: pit bull, argentine dogo and pointer. Or this combo: bull dog, lab, and pointer. Cant wait to hear the results! (is it cheating to put two guesses if it is let me know lol and ill reguess lol :))

  14. Love those paintings! The paintings of the boys came out great!

    Given that the American Staffordshire terrier and American Pit Bull terrier are genetically the same, my guess for two of Dude’s mix of DNA are APBT and Boston terrier (especially when I look at the Mastercard dog commercials).

  15. Wow Chick! What a BIG Chix-A-Lot Friday! You must be ready for another nap, handsome fellow! My uneducated guess for the Dude would be…Am Staff, pointer & hound. Either way, his combo comes out 100% adorable! Good Luck to all the DNA guessers & a Big Thanks to Kim at Yellow Brick Home for her generous donation of generous discounts & prizes! Wahoooo! :)

  16. Thanks (and thanks to Kim too) for the giveaway! I’ve been a fan of her paintings for a while, but my husband insists on keeping my crazy dog lady in check by not allowing me to buy one. Winning one on the other hand…
    Okay, on to the important stuff–I suspect he’s got some american pit bull and viszla. Please let me be right, please let me be right, please let me be right.

  17. I am going to guess am staff and australian cattle dog (my foster cattle dog has very similar ears and that nice red color).

  18. Oh man, even though I have no idea of what the dude may be I’ve got to take a stab the at it for the sake of winning a portrait of one of my kiddos! I’m going to guess: boxer, terrier, lab, and a little dash of unknown :) I have my fingers crossed for the win!

  19. Love the Portraits!! My best guess would be Am Staff/Am Bulldog/German Pointer. As I like to call my mix breeds, Purebred Mutts. Love them to pieces.

  20. I know half for sure but won’t say cause it would be cheating : ) I was part of the email when Clint Eastwood’s came in showing no pittie at all. Clint was saved from the same shelter as the Dude, and was listed as a pitt bull. It is sure an interesting study to do!!!!! I will however take advantage of the discounts! Good luck everyone!

  21. I’m guessing he comes back as AmStaff, Bull Terrier, Bullmastiff and Chesapeake Bay Retriever. Plus maybe a touch of Shepherd in there! (my last foster looked a lot like him, so I’m kinda cheating off her results). Fun post and contest! Really cool artwork!

  22. He looks exactly like my American Bulldog/Boxer mix, Fernando. He even has the same calm, sweet expression.

  23. Even with my biology background, I’m leaving the guesswork of what breeds are in Doodlebug up to the expert…Elway, my APBT, who believes he and Doodlebug are brothers from another mother.

    This is what Elway thinks:
    -A sprinkling of English Bulldog
    -A smattering of American Staffordshire Terrier
    -A smidgen of Manchester Terrier
    -A bit of Staffordshire Terrier
    -A dash of Mastiff
    -A dollop of American Bulldog

    The above adds up to 100% love-a-bull!

  24. You two sure are handsome! And I love your pictures holding paws…keeping surprises quiet is hard work…but did a great job!

    I’m thinking Lab, American Bulldog and Staffordshire Bull Terrier and small bit of pointer.

    I’m going to order a painting of Bentley … can’t wait! Happy Friday Dude and Chick!

  25. What a fabulous Friday! I have been a fan of Kim’s paintings and blog for awhile so I’m so excited for this contest and I hope I win so I can get one done of my very own Luna! I’m also excited to find out what the Dude’s DNA is. (I’ve always wanted to do this to see what else my Luna is, we know for sure she’s part Treeing Walker Coonhound, but not sure of the rest). My guess for the Dude’s DNA is a mix of – American Staffordshire Terrier, Boxer and Pointer. Can’t wait to find out if I’m right!!

  26. My guess is American Staffordshire Terrier, Boston Terrier, and I’m going to guess a bit of Catahoula Leopard Dog to account for those beautiful amber eyes.

    The paintings are just gorgeous! And love the shot of the boys holding paws!

  27. LAB – AMERICAN BULLDOG – STAFFORDSHIRE! <3 <3 Those really are an amazing work of art! I must get one for my Reddie-roo.

  28. Those portraits are lovely! What a fun guessing game for a prize ^^

    I think the Dude is a, English Springer Spaniel, Boxer, American Bulldog.

  29. Love that site! It is going to be a horribly fantastic addiction-thanks for that, haha!

    I think that Doodle bug is: Pointer, American Bulldog, Boxer.

    Have a lovely Texas weekend! :)

  30. AmStaff, Parson Russel, Australian Cattle Dog and I like that a lot of people are saying Brittany spaniel…so I will go with that to close my vote.

  31. Since everyone is having so much fun, I thought I’d chime in. I think Dude is part American Bulldog and part Vizsla. Why Vizsla? He curls up like mine does and not many big dogs can do that. He also has that odd pink nose and brown eyes.

    Nancy

  32. The Dude could be an Am Staff – Bull – Boston Terrier Mix? Yea, We guess that’s what he could be! Love their picture together, grabbing each others paw!

  33. Love your blog and always get a smile from the photos! I will guess Staffordhire Bull Terrier, Lab, and Catahoula.

  34. Here goes! Basset Hound (hello? he’s the Dude, how laid-back can you get?) Bull Terrier, Boxer, German Shepard, (the low food drive, ours had some form anorexia) and finally… Vizsla (which might explain some of his anxiety issues). Lordy, this is fun! Can’t wait to find out. :)

  35. Thank you for the discount code! I remember you sharing Kim’s store and I visited it a while back. This would make a wonderful gift for my boyfriend, I’m going get one right now!

  36. Oh boy, you’re being buried in submissions. I hope you have some clever spreadsheet set up to make this easier.

    First off, something is causing Doodlebug’s ears to stand up. And his eyes are kinda golden. So I’m going out on a limb here to say there’s some Australian Shepherd in the mix along with American Staffordshire Terrier and German Short Haired Pointer.

    Of course, I think his real breed is All American Dog.

    Thanks for sponsoring such a fun contest. Oh, and BTW, the pix of the boys in their life vests in the earlier post will terrific. Will we be seeing paddleboard pictures at some future point?

  37. I can’t tell if my comment came through or not – American Staffordshire, Staffordshire bull terrier and pointer. Looking forward to seeing the results – seems like they are always interesting! ;)

  38. American Staffordshire Terrier, a dash of American bulldog and a dab of Lab. Whatever it is The Dude rules!

  39. I’ve NO idea, but since I desperately want a portrait, here’s my guess: Dogue de Bordeaux, American Foxhound, and Catahoula Leopard Dog.

  40. Those paintings are adorable! I’d love to get one of my Fenway!!
    I’m guessing Doodlebug is part Pitbull, Boxer, and Snickerdoodle of course! =)

  41. Those paintings are just to die for and I love the idea of getting them made for not only my babies but also my fosters! I am going to guess: Amercan Bulldog, Boston Terrier, American Staffie, Cane Korso, and Dogue de Bordeaux….and pure sweetness!

  42. I’m still researching, but it’s a shame they don’t test for Saint-Germain Pointer. Check out these photos!

  43. OK, here’s my prediction: Beagle, boxer, chihuahua, German short-haired pointer, Australian shepherd, Visla, American Staffordshire terrier, Ibizian Hound.

  44. Both of our dogs have had this test done before! My guess for Doodlebug is American Staffordshire Terrier and Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

  45. Holy cannoli! Check out all those comments^… well I’m an awful guesser because I wonder myself what breeds mix to make my pitty… but I would say that mister Doodlebug is a staffordshire terrier, boxer, and border collie! Where do you guys get the DNA testing done? How much was it?

  46. I’m going to guess what my dogs DNA came back as: American Bulldog & Schipperke Mixed! The American Bulldog I see! Schipperke not so much!

  47. Ooh, this is fun and hard! How about lab, boxer, Am Staffordshire terrier, American bulldog and Jack Russell terrier.

  48. American staffordshire terrier, lab, komondor, cairn terrier, bull terrier, black and tan coonhound, welsh springer spaniel :)

  49. I can’t not give it a shot!

    Am staff, bulldog, boston terrier, boxer, and pointer. Plus some cinnamon and sugar since he is the Snickerdoodle after all :)

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