Eye blink animation for SkinnedMesh pet?

Hi everyone,

I created a pet in Blender and want to animate the eyes to make it blink. No other eye movements, just blinking. I know one way that I could do this is creating actual eyes + eyelids in the mesh and animating them just like any other bones in the rig. However, since I really just need this one blinking animation, it seems like overkill.

My question is: can this blinking be accomplished any other way? Maybe to draw the eyes on the texture, and then animate between two textures (one with eyes open and one with eyes closed)?

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