I was honored to have been asked to paint the portrait of Sirius, the yellow Labrador Retriever Bomb Detection Dog who perished in the World Trade Center on 09/11/01 after the terrorist attacks. I actually painted and donated two portraits. The framed original watercolor, "Salute to Sirius" was donated on April 24th , 2002 to his handler, David Lim, and the framed oil painting on canvas was given to the NYNJPAPD in the memorial ceremony for Sirius that was held at Liberty Park, NJ. The original painting is hanging in the police headquarters building.
"Salute to Sirius" in both watercolor and oil portrait versions are protected by Registered US Government Copyright to Debra S. Stonebraker. If you want to share this image on your own websites, please link back to me. Any use of the image for monetary gain is strictly prohibited.
If you are interested in owning a print of this image , you can click on this link to purchase : prints of the Salute to Sirius painting . The paper size is 19x23 1/2" and the image measures 16x20". This is a limited edition of 500 signed and numbered prints. The cost, including priority mail shipping, is $85.00
100% of the profit from the sale of the prints will be divided evenly among the following 3 charities:
* Port Authority Police K9 Unit of New York New Jersey
* The NASAR Search and Rescue Dog Training Fund
* Southwest Pennsylvania Retriever Rescue Organization (SPARRO)
The prints are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. They are consecutively numbered and sold in order of sale. Only about 230 prints remain as of July 2018 . You may either purchase online using PayPal, or send a check or money order to:
Debbie Stonebraker-Salute to Sirius
77 Burr Oak Road
Foley, Missouri 63347
In an effort to share this image with the public, and to honor Sirius as the unknown hero he was, I am now offering small, affordable gift items with my proceeds also going to the above charities at Sirius Gift Items
Thank you to the Port Authority for their blessings on this project, and to all of you who have shown interest in honoring Sirius.
Thanks to my friends Carol Stevens "a digital moment", Robin Anderson, and Christing Eck
for photographing the memorial event for me. "The Promise"
Also thank you to Sandee Nastasi of Long Island Labrador Retriever Rescue for asking me to create the Sirius portraits for Dave Lim and the NYNJPAPD.
He sits beside the Heaven's Gate
And heeds commands to "sit and wait".
A promise, "I'll be back", was set
And in due time it shall be met.
And in due time..... it shall be met.
For Sirius and Dave and a promise across eternity.
Walt Zientek, March 20, 2002
Special thanks to Tom Kohler of Blue Horse Gallery for providing the framing on both paintings.