I look into the eyes of that dog, and even though it is hand drawn, and not a photo, the emotions seeping out of this dog are tangible. This little dog should be in some one's lap, not locked in a kennel somewhere, homeless. The picture had obviously grabbed my attention, so I clicked on the attached link. Often, links like this will lead you to a story with a happy ending. The dog was painted by a local artist, a story was on the news about the artist's work, and suddenly fifty people wanted to adopt the dog in the portrait.
After clicking, I came to a website: www.anactofdog.com . The gentleman, Mark Barone, is an artist and avid dog lover in Kentucky who has partnered with Marina Dervan, another animal lover and activist. The portraits Mark paints are endearing, but not just because of the lifelike expression on the animals' faces. The portraits are endearing because they are of dogs that were euthanized, dogs that were killed while awaiting a family in an animal shelter.
Each and every portrait, each face, each pair of eyes peering out from the canvas is a life lost, a love lost.
The above portrait, the one that caught my eye, is of Pat. He was killed February 13, 2011, because no one chose to bring him home.
There are more faces put to canvas...
I know what you are probably thinking right now... "But Lisa, aren't these pit bulls? We cannot save them!" Perhaps you are uneducated enough to have succumbed to the idiotic stereotype that pitties are all vicious, and you would never take one home. Or perhaps you are a rescuer, not unlike myself, that sighs when you see a pittie who needs a home because they can be difficult to place for SO many reasons that do not include their temperament. So let us temporarily forget about the forgotten pit bulls.
Let's keep looking at this gentleman's artwork...
Perhaps a Schnauzer would be more to your liking?
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