The loving nature of the couple who requested this piece made it one of my favorites this year. They have been taking in rescue dogs and cats for the past 20 years. As each one passes, they commission a likeness of them with Santa by an American woodcarver. This is Kit receiving her favorite toy (a little stuffed whale) from Santa.. Their collection includes pieces from some of my favorite carvers.. Tony Costanza, Tim Jumper, Dick and Nancy Moore and Vaughn and Stephanie Rawson.. Such a wonderful thing to do for these animals and a loving way to remember them..