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Holiday Pet Portrait Gift Certificates NOW AVAILABLE

We can no longer guarantee Christmas Delivery for Custom Pet Portrait. Orders placed today will be completed in January 2017. You can still give the gift of CANINE CARICATURES this holiday season - Consider giving a GIFT CERTIFICATE!
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Christmas Custom Order Deadlines - UPDATE

CURRENT COUNT: 0 PETS AVAILABLE FOR CHRISTMAS DELIVERY In years past, I had set a deadline date for custom orders to be placed in time for guaranteed delivery before Christmas. This deadline often backfired because most of my holiday orders came in right at the last moment (surprise!). Suddenly, I found myself with more orders than I could complete with not enough time to complete them.  I changed my strategy last year...
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Breed of the Week Nov 7 - Nov 13

Save $25 PER PET on Custom Pet Portraits featuring Bulldogs   Save 20% on all Wall Art and Apparel featuring Bulldogs  
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Christmas Custom Order Deadlines - UPDATE

CURRENT COUNT: 57 PETS AVAILABLE FOR CHRISTMAS DELIVERY In years past, I had set a deadline date for custom orders to be placed in time for guaranteed delivery before Christmas. This deadline often backfired because most of my holiday orders came in right at the last moment (surprise!). Suddenly, I found myself with more orders than I could complete with not enough time to complete them.  I changed my strategy last year and...
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Breed of the Week Oct 31 - Nov 6

Save $25 PER PET on Custom Pet Portraits featuring Bulldogs   Save 20% on all Wall Art and Apparel featuring Bulldogs  
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Christmas Deadline - 88 Pet Portraits Left!

CURRENT COUNT: 88 PETS AVAILABLE FOR CHRISTMAS DELIVERY In years past, I had set a deadline date for custom orders to be placed in time for guaranteed delivery before Christmas. This deadline often backfired because most of my holiday orders came in right at the last moment (surprise!). Suddenly, I found myself with more orders than I could complete with not enough time to complete them.  I changed my strategy last year and...
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Breed of the Week Oct 24 - Oct 30

Save $25 PER PET on Custom Pet Portraits featuring Australian Cattle Dogs   Save 20% on all Wall Art and Apparel featuring Australian Cattle Dogs  
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Christmas Custom Order Deadlines - UPDATE

CURRENT COUNT: 82 PETS AVAILABLE FOR CHRISTMAS DELIVERY In years past, I had set a deadline date for custom orders to be placed in time for guaranteed delivery before Christmas. This deadline often backfired because most of my holiday orders came in right at the last moment (surprise!). Suddenly, I found myself with more orders than I could complete with not enough time to complete them.  I changed my strategy last year...
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Breed of the Week Oct 17 - Oct 23

Save $25 PER PET on Custom Pet Portraits featuring Chihuahuas   Save 20% on all Wall Art and Apparel featuring Chihuahuas  
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Christmas Custom Order Deadlines

In years past, I had set a deadline date for custom orders to be placed in time for guaranteed delivery before Christmas. This deadline often backfired because most of my holiday orders came in right at the last moment (surprise!). Suddenly, I found myself with more orders than I could complete with not enough time to complete them.  I changed my strategy last year and it worked extremely well. I...
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Breed of the Week Oct 10 - Oct 16

Save $25 PER PET on Custom Pet Portraits featuring Basset Hounds   Save 20% on all Wall Art and Apparel featuring Basset Hounds  
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Breed of the Week Oct 3 - Oct 9

Save $25 PER PET on Custom Pet Portraits featuring Yorkies   Save 20% on all Wall Art and Apparel featuring Yorkies  
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Breed of the Week Sep 26 - Oct 2

Save $25 PER PET on Custom Pet Portraits featuring Dalmatians   Save 20% on all Wall Art and Apparel featuring Dalmatians     
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Charity Event Tonight! St. Pete, FL

Last month, a man fleeing police hit two men crossing the street -- killing Aaron Davis and Brian Lee LaFrance. Tonight, from 6-9, I will be at Yard of Ale (260 1st Ave N., St. Petersburg, FL) drawing free pet caricatures ... with a suggested $20 donation ... during a charity event benefitting the families of Mr. Davis and Mr. LaFrance. Hope to see you there!  
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Skully the Tuxedo Mustache Cat: "Basic" Custom Illustration

Skully lives with the Sphinx girls, Taco and P. His description: "...perfectly proportioned strong robust frame His real name is Fidel Catstro because he is the dictator of the house, he has taken it upon himself to keep the girls in line.... he is king of the castle and a huge mommas boy... tough guy attitude and very stubborn. all he cares about is me and protecting his kingdom". You...
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P the Black Sphynx: "Basic" Custom Illustration.

P is the sister of Taco, the one-eyed Sphynx. Described by her mom as "... very much your traditional cat, aloof, wants attention in her own time..... the devious one.... 100% the troublemaker and instigator... she DEF knows she's beautiful... was the runt of her litter but fearless"
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"Basic" Custom Illustration: Taco the One-Eyed Grey Sphynx

Sometimes, the caricature gods smile upon us. The customer's description: "pear shaped body... lots of rolls and big breasts. She is very needy and vocal (why I have so many pics of her with her mouth open)... super affectionate and believes she is a beauty queen... what she lacks in looks, she makes up for in personality"
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"Full Scene" Custom Illustration: Dutchess the Basset Hound

Now hanging up in a beach house in Australia! The request: "Please don't forget her beautiful backside as it's so noticeable, and she uses it to her advantage....Anything beach or boat or seagulls or pelicans!!"
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"Favorite Things" Custom Illustration: Chibo the SuperFan

Favorite things: Portland Timbers Major League Soccer Ideas: ...soccer ball, log slice (he could be standing on it), axe, rctid logo. If Chibo was axing down the Seattle Space Needle with an axe, that would be rad.
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NEW PRODUCT: Name Paintings by Jessica LaFree

For the past several years, my ridiculously talented wife Jessica has worked behind the scenes of my animal caricature operation. She has been my webmaster (having taught herself how to read and write HTML coding), maintained social media sites (Facebook is now over 15k fans worldwide... without cheating), and has acted as the de facto President of the John LaFree Fan Club (there isn't one). All the while, she has managed our...
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PRESS: Orlando Weekly's Holiday Guide 2014

So excited to see that I am featured in Orlando Weekly's Holiday Guide 2014: Gone to the Dogs!  Here's a snippet by Erin Sullivan... "John LaFree of Wesley Chapel has a fantastically anthropomorphic style that’s reminiscent of Ralph Steadman – he can do custom caricatures, or you can select a cool print of specific breeds of dogsor cats from his online store at johnlafree.com (starting at $20). I love his karaoke pit bull...
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PRESS: ABC's "The List" 09-26-2014

TAMPA BAY: Pet Caricaturist Has Tails Wagging By: Jake Peterson The List's Jake Peterson visits a popular caricature artist in Tampa. His specialty is pets! Watch the news clip HERE !!
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PRESS: Tampa Tribune 09-17-2014

I'm excited to share the recent article that was published in The Tampa Tribune! Thanks to Jeff Berlinicke and the folks at The Tampa Tribune for finding me interesting enough to write about! Check out the article below, or click over to TBO.COM   ARTIST'S WORK IS GOING TO THE DOGS BY JEFF BERLINICKESpecial Correspondent Published: September 17, 2014   TAMPA – For Tampa artist John LaFree, it truly is...
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Caricature of Bandido the Chihuahua Mix

This is a caricature of a Chihuahua mix named Bandido.  Bandido's owner provided me with the following descriptions: Likes to smile and do Elvis impressions Holds court at Doggie Daycare and watches his dog kingdom Chases lizards in the park So this is what I drew....   LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?  ORDER A CUSTOM CARICATURE OF YOUR PETS NOW!
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Caricature of Mojo the Doberman

This is a caricature of a Doberman named Mojo.  Mojo's owner provided me with the following descriptions: Alerts mom to dangerous squirrels, shadows and passers-by Keeps the couch from floating away Chews through every single blanket Princess in dog's clothing Loves beer and green beans So this is what I drew for her.....   LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?  ORDER A CUSTOM CARICATURE OF YOUR PETS NOW!
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