Launceston artist Graeme Whittle made a very special friend this year.
Her name is Ellie, she is his partner's greyhound, and she made such an impression that he has illustrated a book about her life.
Becoming Ellie, with the story written by Lyndon Riggall, will be launched Saturday at the Tasmanian Craft Fair, with Mr Whittle and Mr Riggall both doing signings from their stall.
It tells the story of a greyhound who is trained to race, retires to a sanctuary, and is finally rehomed to a loving owner - and on the last page, for the first time in her life, she is given a name.
"Often [racing greyhounds] aren't given a name, they're treated more as livestock," he said.
"But they're wonderful animals, so full of character, and they make great pets."
Mr Whittle's stall is one of 260 at the Tasmanian Craft Fair, which takes over eight venues in Deloraine including the showgrounds and Rotary Park, and the Gourmet Festival at Rotary Function Centre.
It's on 9am to 5pm until Sunday and 9am to 4pm on Monday, with day tickets at $17 adult, $8 child 10 - 16, under 10s free.
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