For years I have wanted to get a portrait done of Reina but never ran into the right person or situation to get it done. Well, thanks to Piper and a great network of friends I’ve met through the Boykin Spaniel Society I was lucky enough to be introduced to a great artist named Newton Smith. There is no question that Newton has mastered the art of capturing the Boykin Spaniel with pencil and paper but could he do a Chesapeake Bay Retriever? I’m happy to say the answer is YES! I plan to display the portrait in my trophy room alongside the original photo as a way to honor the dog that was so tolerant of my training mistakes. Reina was also the dog that showed me how powerful the bond could be between a handler and his gun dog and I’ll be forever thankful for that.