Ruby was a rescue dog who recently passed away, and I wanted to commemorate the relationship she had with Carole. At first I was going to paint the regal Ruby by herself. But Carole is a special person and I thought she'd be alot of fun to paint. When Ruby was with Carole, she would smile alot,and the same with Carole when she was with Ruby. So I painted both of them with their characteristic smiles.