It’s always most rewarding to paint something people truly care about in their daily lives. When The Ox realized dogs qualify in every conceivable way, he set out to paint as many of these pets as he could while moving along in his work.
He painted these family members on commission and when he comes across a four-legged individual he wanted to salute. Moving away from any construct of realism, he looks to capture the personality of the animal in a spirit of love and playfulness.
Remember, in truth, all dogs are good dogs.