A one-eared rescue dog named Van Gogh is creating art with his tongue at a Connecticut rescue, as reported by CNN on Wednesday.
Van Gogh can certainly do many tricks like many other dogs, but he is getting a lot of attention for his far more unique artistic talent.
Van Gogh, a seven-year-old, seventy-five pound boxer-pit bull mix, was rescued from a North Carolina dog fighting ring. His ear was so severely injured it had to be amputated.
The dog realized his gift and began honing his skills. The surgery didn’t dampen his talent as an artist, and he was even named after the famous artist who cut off his own ear.
Founder of the rescue group teaches Van Gogh to paint
Jaclyn Gartner, founder of the Connecticut-based Happily Furever After Rescue, helps with the artistic process by putting gobs of paint on a canvas and dropping it into a plastic bag coated with one of his favorite treats.
Gartner explained, “So his painting is him licking peanut butter and while he’s licking peanut butter, all the paint is smeared and doing the drawing.”
For one piece in particular, he used blue and yellow paint to match his Starry Night bandana while pushing the canvas across the floor as shown in the video clip below.
The rescue recently held a gallery show for Van Gogh to fundraise and perhaps find him a permanent home. Sadly, however, only two people showed up to see the canine’s artwork.
Sympathy and publicity make rescue dog an art star
About thirty of Van Gogh’s art pieces have thus far been sold for forty dollars each to benefit the animal rescue. This makes Van Gogh a doggie art star, as his paintings have since gone viral online.
Despite his unique talents and gentle face, the one-eared dog still yearns for a home with a loving family.
“He would like someone to cuddle him because he’s a cuddler,” Gartner commented, adding that “he’s a very fluid type of dog.”
According to Gartner, the artist loves bacon and is a “go-with-the-flow type of dog,” though he might be bored with playing ball.
Rescue dog Van Gogh and other pets looking for new homes
On Petfinder, Van Gogh’s profile reads: “This well-mannered gentleman is certainly a marvel to behold, with his soft brown eyes and stately brindle coat.” According to the profile, Van Gogh is the sweetest, most down-to-earth dog that one can ever meet.
“We’re currently working on a potential adoption for our special superstar so stay tuned,” the rescue announced.
The organization added on Facebook that various individuals worldwide have begun expressing interest in adopting Van Gogh.
More than a dozen other pets like himself are also available at the rescue and are awaiting adoption for a permanent home.