Krom, I agree that Laura had a big hurdle with the size of her dog (who I will miss - he is so cute!). However, I think her problem was that she overthought the whole theme of the painting and didn't leave enough time to execute it. What she came up with was way too elaborate; isn't she a designer or something?
That said, I thought it was poor sportsmanship to call out Bella Star's mom as a diversion tactic. I'm sure she was hoping that they would be disqualified and she would get to stay instead. If her own painting had turned out better, I'm sure she wouldn't have even brought it up.
I also thought it was big of Travis to speak up and defend Beth Joy, when we were already of the flirtation/friendship between him and Laura. Yes, the dog was crying a little, but it was hardly abusive. The bands she had Teresa put around Leroy's mouth were much worse, IMO.