A black dog named Toby brought together Chester resident Rusty Ruckel (left) and Chagrin Falls pencil artist Mary Hobbs, who memorialized the dog in a large-scale painting. Mrs. Hobbs holds a portrait of her late husband, Jack.

Chagrin Falls colored pencil artist Mary Hobbs has painted thousands of pet portraits, immortalizing in each a beloved animal for a grieving family.

But a recent commission of a nine-year-old mixed breed named Toby not only helped lessen the hurt for the pet owner, but eased Ms. Hobbs’ own grieving heart as well.

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