As an animal lover, photography enthusiast and jewelry crafter, I created Metropawlitan Art to combine all these passions. I have been a professional animal trainer since 1995 and I use these skills to bring out your pet's personality and create lasting memories in print and through my custom noseprint/fingerprint jewelry In 2010, as the “mom” to five dogs and a dog trainer for over 15 years, when my youngest was diagnosed with bone cancer in April 2010 it was a very sad and unexpected diagnosis. Not only was she one of the dogs I used in my training business, but Tellico was a therapy dog and worked hard to dispel myths about the Rottweiler breed. A friend had suggested that I do something to honor her and create a keepsake so I started a search online for something unique.
I found that a few people had created pendants of pawprints and noseprints and thought it was a great idea. So I researched jewelry making and taught myself how to make the molds of the nose and turn it into a precious metal pendant. Luckily I had five dogs to practice with! Within a few months, word had spread and now I have a small business called Metropawlitan Art and a portion of each sale is donated to BoneCancerDogs.org
Unfortunately, my Tellico passed away four months after her diagnosis but that was only the beginning of our heartbreak. We ended up losing all five of our elderly dogs within 18 months from August 2010 to February 2012 . I am comforted to have been able to create their noseprint jewelry before they passed and wanted to be able to do the same others. It is so cathartic for me personally to do for other people what has brought me so much comfort in my own dogs’ passings.
We now have a Chesapeake Bay Retriever named Hannah Boden and a adopted Rottweiler named Barrett. I look forward to creating howlin' good memories for you!
No animal is too big or too small for any of our services and products! Whether you prefer casual or formal photographs, bronze or silver jewelry, noseprint, pawprint or fingerprint...your satisfaction is guaranteed!
In addition to Metropawlitan Art I also own a pet training business called Woofs of Wisdom.
I hope you enjoy our work! Please feel free to email or call with any questions and I am happy to consider custom work. Wholesale inquiries welcomed! Sincerely, Nicole McBride