Painted Dog Cart Seats

Judi and Ellis Adler designed and built dog carts for their Newfoundlands to pull. Their dogs often gave cart rides to children at various festivals and gatherings, and the carts needed safe seating for the little ones. The wooden seat boxes they built were perfect – but they were boring. So Judi’s artistic talents went to work. Her cart art was much admired, and other Newf owners whose dogs participated in similar events soon hired her to paint designs for them as well. Here are a few samples of the dozens of cart boxes Judi has painted over the years.


The Evergreen Cart

A calming design of evergreen branches and a resting Newfoundland, with a softly shaded checkerboard seat and back. The wood was left its natural color.





The Scenic Cart

This painted cart box features Newfs enjoying life in the woods and at the water. The artwork wraps seamlessly around the box, with each side’s design flowing into the next.





The Fire Engine Cart

A charismatic Newf named Jimmy gives cart rides to hundreds of children each year. His owner noticed that little girls will line up in droves for a ride, but little boys seemed a bit more reticent. So she requested a cart that would attract the boys who might not be brave enough to ask – as well as one that would reflect her Newf’s all-boy personality. The fire engine theme was perfect. Everyone wants to ride in Jimmy’s fire truck cart!






The Party Cart

It was an unusual request. “I want you to paint me a cart box, a happy cart box. Can you make it like one of those yellow taxi cabs with the black and white checkerboard designs? I love that look. I want a party cart. One that makes everyone smile.” What a great idea! And this was the result: the Party Cart. Complete with balloons and streamers and confetti. And with ten dotted black Newfs cavorting around the sides and back.


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