Sculptor Jim Sardonis won a competition at the University of North Carolina Veterinary School with this concept. Jim has been creating large-scale stone and bronze sculpture for over thirty years, and hired me to help him with this one. We worked together on the life-sized scale model and then spent several months together carving the stone. This piece was great fun to work on, and seems to genuinely delight anyone who sees it.
The Brazilian "Carioca Gold" granite block was chosen because the color most closely matched that of a golden retriever. The eyes and nose are polished, and the rest of it is a chisel finish. The mounting of the bronze was ingeniously engineered and executed by Glen Campbell of Campbell Plaster and Iron.