I am imagining something simple, clean, classic looking, with my business name, and a line sketched dog in blue, sitting, holding a solid silver/gray colored horse shoe in its mouth. I envision the lettering in a lighter gray/neutral color, and the dog a brightish blue, since the background is going to be black. I'm open to other ideas! I just need there to be my business name, a blue dog, and a horse shoe (and for people to see I'm a horseshoer). I know that having a dog in the logo inevitably brings a sense of "cuteness" which i am happy with, but I am not looking for something overly "cutesy" - I'm thinking more classic, like the RCA dog. Since my business is about horseshoeing, the actual horseshoe should stand out and be noticeable, along with the "farrier service" part, I need people to be able to see the logo and think "horseshoer". I've attached a few photos, one of the sketch style I'm imagining, one of a dog whose stance and expression I really like (holding a newspaper), and one of my own dog, for ideas. Thanks ahead for your work and creativity!
PS I realized I should provide a picture of a real horseshoe, for reference. There are no hooked ends or holes punched all the way across. Hope the picture helps!