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Dogs paint pictures with their paws — and no one can get enough of the cuteness

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Dennis Murland and Niko at Paint with Your Pet February 2014
Dennis Murland and Niko at Paint With Your Pet. Niko's inspiration: Cheery, bright flowers speckling a spring landscape. Great job, Niko! Photo courtesy of Hyde Park Gallery
Mattie Painting at Paint with Your Pet February 2014
Mattie carefully contemplates her next step, this time with a red-hued paw. Art takes patience! Photo courtesy of SNAP
Finished Paintings at Paint with Your Pet February 2014
Finished masterpieces begin to line the fence at Paint With Your Pet. Courtesy photo
Kim Padgett and Cassidy painting  at Paint with Your Pet February 2014
Kim Padgett and Cassidy at Paint With Your Pet. Cassidy chose Pantone's Color of 2014, Radiant Orchid, for a monochromatic scheme. Courtesy photo
Pics from snap 2 at Paint with Your Pet February 2014
A few of the artists take a break - with their human friends encouraging them onward. Photo courtesy of SNAP
painting with your pet Charlie screen shot from YouTube
Charlie works on an Impressionist piece, freely spreading and overlaping colors with blending perfection. Bayou City Art Festival/YouTube
Brittany Zucker and Max at Paint with Your Pet February 2014
Brittany Zucker and Max at Paint With Your Pet. Photo by Sara Jackson
Tiffany and Brandon Horton and Apollo at Paint with Your Pet February 2014
Tiffany and Brandon Horton congratulate Apollo at Paint With Your Pet. Photo by Cheri Pressley
The scene at Paint with Your Pet February 2014
The scene at Paint With Your Pet. Photo by Dennis Murland/Hyde Park Gallery
Painting with pets Emily Goetz Rio painting February 2014
Emily Goetz gives her Rio an unbiased A+ for his painting. Note: This budding artist uses the entire canvas for Variations on a Theme. Photo by Emily Goetz
Dennis Murland and Niko at Paint with Your Pet February 2014
Mattie Painting at Paint with Your Pet February 2014
Finished Paintings at Paint with Your Pet February 2014
Kim Padgett and Cassidy painting  at Paint with Your Pet February 2014
Pics from snap 2 at Paint with Your Pet February 2014
painting with your pet Charlie screen shot from YouTube
Brittany Zucker and Max at Paint with Your Pet February 2014
Tiffany and Brandon Horton and Apollo at Paint with Your Pet February 2014
The scene at Paint with Your Pet February 2014
Painting with pets Emily Goetz Rio painting February 2014

With paints ready and canvases prepared, about 50 dogs of all shapes and sizes discovered their inner Picasso, all the while amazing owners with their newly found artistic talents at the recent Paint With Your Pet fundraiser in Hyde Park Gallery in Montrose.

Pets young and old dipped their paws in nontoxic paints and then dotted, wiped and smudged designs on paper, proudly walking away with masterpieces for their owners to take home. Volunteers used fresh water from a garden hose on site to clean the pooches' palettes.

The $25 donation per four-legged artist at the event benefits presenters Spay-Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP) and Art Colony Association, which produces the Bayou City Art Festival in downtown and Memorial Park each year. SNAP volunteers brought the supplies for the event, while the Art Colony Association gave welcomed water and cold drinks to attendees.

Hyde Park Gallery, A Pictures Plus Co., provided the venue.

Take a look through our slideshow of the artists at work and their finished artwork. "Paw-cassos" in the making!

Got a great photo of a Houston happening or everyday occurrence? Send it to barbara@culturemap.com, along with details (who, what, where and why it's special). It might make our Pix of the Day.

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